June 1, 2018 | Mimi Wertz

June 1, 2018
CONTACT: Alyssa Condrey
[email protected] 


WASHINGTON, DC—The Network of enlightened Women, known as NeW, is holding the largest gathering of conservative college women in Washington, DC at the NeW National Conference June 21-23 in Washington, DC. The Thursday and Friday sessions will be held at Hilldale’s Kirby Center on Capitol Hill. An exclusive student training will be held on Saturday (also at the Kirby Center) and a young professional brunch will be held at City Tap House Saturday.

“We are looking forward to this annual event, which brings together top conservative women leaders for speeches, panels, a debate, and networking,” said Karin Lips, Founder and President of NeW. “We have an excellent line-up of speakers who showcase the intellectual diversity within the right-of-center movement. We are women who can engage and disagree on ideas and still be friends, which is refreshing in this charged political environment.”

Speakers include:

  • Kristen Soltis Anderson, Washington Examiner columnist and author of The Selfie Vote 
  • Lindsey Burke, Director, Center for Education Policy and Will Skillman Fellow in Education, The Heritage Foundation
  • Jennifer Butler, Senior Policy Advisor, State Policy Network
  • Mona Charen, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute
  • Caitlin Flanagan, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic 
  • Sarah Isgur Flores, Director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice
  • Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget & Entitlements, The Heritage Foundation
  • Kelsey Harkness, Senior News Producer, The Daily Signal 
  • Bettina Inclán, President, Mira Mira Strategies, Corp
  • Karin Lips, President, NeW
  • Carrie Lukas, President, Independent Women’s Forum
  • Jillian Kay Melchior, Editorial Page Writer, The Wall Street Journal 
  • Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute
  • Brandi Zehr, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Register to attend here. The Conference Agenda is available here.

Conference co-sponsors include EdChoice, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, America’s Future Foundation, Capitol Research Center, Conservative Book Club, The Heritage Foundation, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Grassroots Leadership Academy, Speech First, Foundation for Economic Education, The Fund for American Studies, Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, and The Steamboat Institute.

Past keynote speakers include Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, Katie Pavlich, editor at Townhall, Kate Obenshain, political commentator and author of Divider in Chief, and Christina Hoff Sommers, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, among others.

NeW is the nation’s premier organization for conservative university women. Started as a book club in 2004 at the University of Virginia, NeW has expanded to campuses across the nation, teaching conservative principles, creating open forums for debate, and training young women to speak out on campus and in their communities. In addition, NeW hosts a Young Women’s Leadership Retreat, The Gentlemen Showcase, and professional development trainings.For press inquiries, please contact Alyssa Condrey at [email protected].

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