We hope you will join us for our Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) 30th Anniversary Celebration at our Annual Awards Gala! Our gala is one of the most sought-after tickets in town and you won’t want to miss it.
The gala, like IWF, is known for being as lighthearted and fun as it is elegant and inspiring. At the gala, IWF recognizes and celebrates true champions, who are dedicated defenders of freedom and opportunity.
Mix and mingle with everyone from members of Congress to business executives to primetime news hosts. And listen to inspiring speeches from some of the most respected leaders in the country. 

IWF’s Annual Awards Gala is an experience you’ll never forget. 


2022 Gala Program


2022 Annual Awards Gala



Woman of Valor

Kimberley Strassel

Kimberley Strassel

Member of the Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal

Lifetime Achievement

Diana Davis Spencer

Diana Davis Spencer

Executive Chairman, Diana Davis Spencer Foundation


Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard

Former U.S. Representative (D-HI);
original co-sponsor of the Protect Women’s Sports Act

Gentleman of Distinction

Vivek Ramaswamy

Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Strive Asset Management;
New York Times bestselling author;
successful entrepreneur in the healthcare and technology sectors



Barbara K. Olson Woman Of Valor 

The Barbara K. Olson Woman of Valor Award has been bestowed upon some of the most influential female leaders in the country since 2004. It recognizes extraordinary women who have demonstrated a firm commitment to liberty, limited government, and personal responsibility, and whose work has helped make significant improvements to the lives of women and their loved ones.

Past Honorees 

Janice Dean
Maria Bartiromo
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
Ambassador Nikki Haley 
Kellyanne Conway 
Carly Fiorina 
The Honorable Barbara Comstock 
Ayaan Hirsi Ali 
The Honorable Marsha Blackburn 
The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers 
The Honorable Mary Bono 
The Honorable R. Gaull Silberman 
The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker 
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice 
The Honorable Elaine L. Chao 
The Honorable Lynne V. Cheney

Gentleman Of Distinction

The Gentleman of Distinction Award celebrates a gentleman that is committed to protecting and defending our American ideals and works to create a stronger and healthier society. He also exemplifies a commitment to respect and civil discourse, showing generosity and kindness to critics, while remaining steadfast in his beliefs. He is an advocate for limited government, economic liberty, and personal freedom, and promotes equal opportunities for women and men. 

Past Honorees 

Sen. Tim Scott
Rep. Dan Crenshaw 
Larry Kudlow 
Mike Rowe 
Mark Steyn 
Ed Gillespie 
Steve Forbes

Resilience Award

The Resilience Award recognizes a woman or man who exhibits bravery, courage, and inner strength and helps create stronger, more vibrant communities by encouraging more respectful dialogue and civic engagement.

Past Honoree 

Asra Nomani
Kristy Swanson

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates an individual who, through her talents, hard work, and dedication, made a lasting contribution to our country and to the cause of freedom.  



Things to do in Washington, D.C.

Outdoor Activities: 

Tidal Basin – Paddle Boating

National Mall
Constitution Ave NW

United States Botanic Garden Conservatory
100 Maryland Avenue, SW

Historical Sites:

National WWI Memorial
14th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Ford’s Theatre
511 10th St NW

Blair House
1651 Pennsylvania Ave NW

First Division Monument
17th St NW, State Pl NW


Museum of the Bible
400 4th St SW

National Gallery of Art
4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW

National Archives Museum
700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Ave. SW

National Portrait Museum
F Street NW, Smithsonian Institution

National Holocaust Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW

National Geographic Museums
1145 17th St. NW

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
1700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW


Big Bus Tours

USA Guided Tours

“Moment by Night” Sightseeing Bus Tour


Old Ebbitt Grille
675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The Capital Grille
601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Founding Farmers DC
1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

Le Diplomate
1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Entrance on Indiana Ave, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

QUESTIONS? [email protected]
Independent Women’s Forum (“IWF”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations, including its 2022 Annual Awards Gala (the “Gala”). The Gala is a private event with limited capacity, and IWF reserves the right to refuse ticket sales and/or entry to the Gala, and to remove individuals from the Gala, for any reason.

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