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Join us at the 2015 NeW National Conference!

Each summer, NeW leaders, NeW supporters and those interested in learning more about NeW gather in Washington, DC for the annual NeW National Conference. This annual conference provides a unique educational opportunity to hear from conservative women, authors, and leaders AND network with other young women. We have a great line-up for our 10th Annual Conference in June and will be announcing speakers weekly. Registration is now open. Student scholarships are also available.

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2015 National Conference Speakers & Guests

In addition to a special video message from Carly Fiorina, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from fantastic speakers, including Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Beverly HallbergJennifer Marshall, Kirsten PowersKristen Soltis Anderson, and Grace-Marie Turner. More speakers will be announced weekly as the conference approaches. Our 2014 Keynote Speaker, Katie Pavlich, will be attending our Thursday reception.

Carly FiorinaCarly Fiorina| In 1999, Carly Fiorina became the chief executive of Hewlett-Packard. As CEO of HP, she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business. Since leaving HP, she has focused on giving back. She has served in a large number of advisory and policy-making positions for national and state governments. She has also led a number of charities and nonprofits.

 

 

 

 

Diana Furchtgott-Roth2Diana Furchtgott-Roth| Diana Furchtgott-Roth is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and the director of Economics21. She is a contributing editor of RealClearMarkets.com, and a columnist for the Washington Examiner, MarketWatch.com, and Tax Notes. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Furchtgott-Roth was chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. From 2001 to 2002, she served as chief of staff of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. Furchtgott-Roth served as deputy executive director of the Domestic Policy Council and associate director of the Office of Policy Planning in the White House under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993, and she was an economist on the staff of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1986 to 1987. Additionally, Furchtgott-Roth is the author of Regulating to Disaster: How Green Jobs Policies are Damaging America’s Economy and Women’s Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women in America. A frequent guest on Fox Business News, Furchtgott-Roth’s areas of expertise include employment, taxation, education, pensions, unionization, and immigration.

Beverly Hallberg HeadshotBeverly Hallberg| Beverly Hallberg has been on all sides of the camera. In 2008, she launched District Media Group to focus on preparing and coaching leaders to deliver their messages in a way that makes a difference. She has trained members of Congress, organization leaders, and policy experts, among other professionals for appearances on local as well as national networks.

 

 

 

JenniferMarshallJennifer Marshall| Jennifer Marshall is the Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. Marshall collaborates with Heritage colleagues to explore how moral values and civil society relate to issues such as limited government, a strong national economy and foreign policy. She also edits Heritage’s annual Index of Culture and Opportunity, which tracks key social and economic trends to determine whether important indicators of opportunity in America are on the right track. In 2010, National Journal named Marshall one of Washington’s 20 “power players” in recognition of her work on school choice and other education reforms. Before joining Heritage in 2003, Marshall worked on cultural policy issues at Empower America, a free-market think tank. Before that, she was senior director of family studies at the Family Research Council and taught at an American school in Lyon, France. She has spoken at national and international forums, testified before Congress and appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and PBS’ To the Contrary. She is the author of Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century (Multnomah Publishers, 2007). The book evaluates the cultural, practical and spiritual issues that marriage-minded young women confront as the age of first marriage continues to rise in America. Marshall holds a master of arts in religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in statecraft and world politics from the Washington-based Institute of World Politics, and a bachelor’s degree in French from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where she also earned teacher’s certification. She currently resides in Arlington, Va.

Katie Pavlich headshotKatie Pavlich|  Katie Pavlich joined Fox News Channel in 2013 and currently serves as a rotating panelist on FNC’s Outnumbered and as a network contributor, providing political analysis and commentary across Fox daytime and primetime programming. In addition to her role at Fox News, Ms. Pavlich is the news editor for Townhall.com, a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine and the award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up. As a reporter, she has covered a range of topics including White House scandals, the 2012 presidential election, and the Second Amendment and border issues. She graduated with a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Arizona and is a National Review Washington Fellow.

 

Kirsten PowersKirsten Powers|  Kirsten Powers has been called “Fox’s liberal to be reckoned with” by Mediaite and “an outspoken liberal journalist” by the Columbia Journalism Review. The Women’s Media Center lauded Powers as a “trailblazer,” “powerful,” and an “exceptional professional.” Prior to her career in journalism, Powers worked in Democratic Party politics and the Clinton administration. She has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer, the New York Post, the Daily Beast, Elle, Salon.com, and the American Prospect online.

 

 

 

KSAndersonHeadShotKristen Soltis Anderson| Kristen Soltis Anderson is co-founder and partner at Echelon Insights, an opinion research, data analytics and digital intelligence firm. She is also the author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up), due out from HarperCollins in July 2015. Kristen also is a columnist at The Daily Beast and is co-host of the weekly polling podcast The Pollsters. She previously served as Vice President of The Winston Group, a Washington DC-based opinion research and political communications firm where she spent eight years studying emerging trends in politics and policy. In 2013, she was named one of TIME magazine’s “30 under 30 Changing the World,” National Journal magazine’s “25 Most Influential Women in Washington Under 35″ and one of Marie Claire magazine’s “New Guard” of the 50 most connected rising female leaders.

Turner_Grace-Marie-publicity jpegGrace-Marie Turner| Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform. She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform to transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients. She speaks and writes extensively about incentives to promote a more competitive, patient-centered marketplace in the health sector. She has been published in hundreds of major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today, and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and on hundreds of radio and television programs. She is a co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for American (HarperCollins, 2011), and editor of Empowering Health Care Consumers through Tax Reform. Turner speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, and the Gregorian University at the Vatican. Turner is founder and facilitator of the Health Policy Consensus Group which serves as a forum for analysts from market-oriented think tanks around the country to analyze and develop policy recommendations. She received the 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award for Promotion of Consumer Driven Health Care from Consumer Health World. In the mid-1990s, she served as executive director of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform. For 12 years, she was president of Arnett & Co., a health policy analysis and communications firm. Her early career was in politics and journalism where she received numerous awards for her writings on politics and economics.

2015 National Conference Co-Sponsors

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Interested in being a Conference Co-Sponsor? Email sherri@enlightenedwomen.org.

We had a fantastic 2014 Conference. The 2014 National Conference included keynote speaker Katie Pavlich and the following panels:

  • Conservatism, Feminism, and How Women are Defined in Policy Discussions Today
  • Leaning into Life: Women, the Workplace, and The Will to Lead
  • Offering Alternatives to the Life of Julia
  • How to Get Educated and Engaged in Your Community

Press from the 2014 National Conference:
Katie Pavlich Opens Eyes at NeW Conference  (American Principles Project)
Katie Pavlich Exposes Liberal Feminism at Annual NeW Conference (Townhall)
The Next Generation of Conservative Women (National Review Online)
Conservative Female College Group Gains Ground on Campuses Nationwide (The College Fix)

2014 National Conference Photos

2014 National Conference Reception Photos

2014 National Conference Speakers

*Read full biographies of our Speakers here.

2014 National Conference Co-Sponsors

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NeW National Conference Keynote Speakers

Katie Pavlich (2014)
Christina Hoff Sommers (2013)
Mary Katharine Ham (2012)
Kate O’Beirne (2011)
Christina Hoff Sommers (2010)
Kate Obenshain (2009)
Danielle Crittenden (2008)
Carrie Lukas (2007)

NeW National Conference Award Winners

2014

  • Chapter of the Year: University of Florida
  • New chapter of the Year: American University
  • Enlightened Woman of the Year: Krystal Hernandez (University of Florida)
  • NeW Woman of the Year: Kara Bloomer (NeW Alumnae Network)

2013

  • Chapter of the Year: Cornell University
  • New chapter of the Year: Sweet Briar Colleage
  • Enlightened Woman of the Year: Rachel Smith (Akron University)
  • NeW Woman of the Year: Emily Goff (NeW DC)

2012

  • Chapter of the Year: Akron University
  • New chapter of the Year: Cornell University
  • Enlightened Woman of the Year: Alyssa Richardson (James Madison University)

2011

  • Chapter of the Year: University of Virginia
  • New chapter of the Year: James Madison University
  • Enlightened Woman of the Year: Danelle Gagliardi (Ohio State University)

2010

  • Chapter of the Year: Ohio State University
  • New chapter of the Year: The King’s College
  • Enlightened Woman of the Year: Blayne Bennett (Arizona State University)

2009

  • Chapter of the Year: Florida State University
  • Enlightened Woman of the Year: Kathleen Bracken (University of Virginia)

2008

  • Chapter of the Year: University of Florida

2007

  • Chapter of the Year: Arizona State University
  • Enlightened Woman of the Year: Meredith Ramsey (University of Virginia)

2006

  • Enlightened Woman of the Year: Danielle Sturgis (Drake University)