CPAC Reflections by Peyton Froehlich

March 12, 2021

The American Conservative Union’s Annual Conservative Political Action Conference was held in Orlando, Florida from Thursday February 25 through Sunday February 28, 2021. There were an endless number of speakers to inspire conservatives from all over the United States. Conservatives gathered to hear from a variety of speakers, including President Donald J. Trump, Governor Kristi Noem (SD), Governor Ron DeSantis (FL), Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Senator Marsha Blackburn (TN), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Representative Kat Cammack, Representative Lauren Boebert, Representative Michelle Fischbach, and many more.

Peyton Froehlich, Madison Kutruff and Haley Supergan with Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union.

There were an exceptional number of conservative women that made appearances at CPAC such as Carly Patrick, Tomi Lahren, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and KT McFarland. Many of these women made exceptional contributions to CPAC on the speaker stage, conducting interviews and connecting with conservatives. These notable women, in addition to all of the other conservative women that made appearances spoke on a variety of topics including the First Amendment, the American Dream, past and future elections, socialism and more.

One of the speakers, Kristi Noem, Governor of South Dakota, spoke to CPAC attendees addressing the State of South Dakota in correlation to Covid-19 guidelines. Post speaking engagement, Governor Noem signed t-shirts for the first 100 attendees to get in line, allowing for young conservatives to meet and interact with a strong, female governor.

In addition to the speakers and chances to meet influential conservative leaders, NeW women were able to attend professional development events hosted by groups like the Leadership Institute (LI). Throughout the event, LI sponsored free conservative career consultations and professional headshots.

Another aspect of CPAC 2021 that many of the NeW attendees, including myself, enjoyed was CPAC Central. CPAC Central included booths of sponsors and conservative organizations that offered information on internships, career opportunities, ways to get involved in the conservative movement, and free merchandise. CPAC Central introduced me to conservative organizations that I would have never gotten the opportunity to connect with. Many of the organizations and businesses located in CPAC Central offered new perspectives on policy and how to get involved with policies that resonate with conservative values.

NeW had 10 women attend CPAC on scholarship and several other women who attended with other organizations as well. On Saturday evening, NeW hosted a dinner at Maggianos for women to attend. This event provided the opportunity for women to connect with other like-minded females and meet other women involved in NeW.

NeW Staff - Haley Supergan, Madison Kutruff, Peyton Froehlich, and Alexis Flowers at the NeW dinner following Saturday’s CPAC activities.

NeW women at Maggianos on Saturday evening.

“CPAC was great to attend as a woman because I was able to meet like-minded conservatives of all ages and connect on similar beliefs. I formed friendships with women across the U.S. and got to hear from my favorite political speakers.”  - Erika Head, NeW at Oakland University

“At CPAC, I was able to make friends with so many other young conservative women. Since the media and education systems only show the left’s radical views, I was always led to believe I was alone in my conservative views…. I learned at CPAC that I was wrong and not alone.” - Talia Girvin, NeW at the University of South Florida

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