2019 National Conference Agenda

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Thursday, June 20
The Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

1:00pm – 1:30pm  Registration and Headshots 

Take free headshot, for all attendees who attend full conference  

1:30pm – 2:00pm  Opportunity Feminism: A Vision for All Women 

Karin Lips, Founder and President, Network of enlightened Women 

Lips will make the case that it is time for a new version of a women’s empowerment movement. She will argue for a conservative version of feminism, Opportunity Feminism. Opportunity feminism seeks to maximize freedom for women, so they have the tools they need to build fulfilling and meaningful lives as they see fit. Lips will discuss women in the workplace and challenges that all women can come together on for the advancement of women. 

2:00pm – 2:30pm  Building Your Potential: Taking Risks, Using Your Fear, and Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Laura Cox Kaplan, Host, "She Said/She Said" Podcast

A former senior government official and executive-level partner at PwC and now the creator and host of the “She Said/She Said” podcast, Kaplan teaches and leads conversations about women’s personal and professional development. Kaplan will discuss what she’s learned — pulling from her two decades of experience in communications, corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, and public policy strategy — and will offer tools and perspective to help you realize and live your own potential. 

2:30pm – 3:30pm  Represent 101: How to Persuade Your Peers and Influence Your Community 

Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute
Emily Jashinsky, Culture Editor, The Federalist
Meg McDonnell, Editor in Chief, Verily Magazine

As conservatives, libertarians, and independent minded women, we are frequently questioned for what we believe. Learn how to talk about your principles in a positive way that persuades others and welcomes more individuals into greater understanding of your values. Learn specific ways to become a better, more effective advocate – even if you’re an introvert and hate speaking in front of people. While it can feel like campuses and cities across the country are becoming even more hostile towards conservative and libertarian ideas, Ekins, Jashinsky, and McDonnell will discuss how to be a positive ambassador for your ideas. Learn practical ways to talk about how these timeless principles result in more opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. Grow your confidence so you can stand up on campus or in your city, get more people thinking about other points of view, and welcome more of your friends in our dynamic movement!

3:30pm – 3:45pm  Break 

3:45pm – 4:15pm  Path to CEO  

Lisa B. Nelson, CEO, American Legislative Exchange Council

What does it take to become a CEO of a multi-million-dollar organization? What challenges on the way to the top (and at the top!) do you encounter? What is unique about running an organization as a female? Even if you do not want to climb to the top of the corporate ladder, learn practical advice from Nelson on how to approach your career and position yourself for success. Hear an insider perspective and key lessons on what life as a CEO is really like and how you can implement these lessons in your life 

4:15pm – 5:15pm  Keynote Debate: Is the Press a Friend or Foe of Freedom?

Ameshia Cross, Host, 'Cross Point with Ameshia Cross'
Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor, The Federalist

moderated by Ann Compton, White House Correspondent ABC News-retired

Thomas Jefferson once wrote: 

“I am persuaded myself that the good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army. They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves. The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro’ the channel of the public papers, & to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them.” 

In the era of “fake news,” come hear a dynamic debate about the role of journalists and the press. What is the role of a free press in 2019 America? Is the press fulfilling its duty? What responsibility do journalists have today? Are journalists helping or hurting the cause of freedom? What can young journalists—and all Americans—do to fix the current media environment? What responsibility do the government and private sector have in this area?  

5:15pm – 5:30pm  Break 

5:30pm – 7:00pm  Reception with Remarks by the Honorable Barbara Comstock


Friday, June 21
The Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship
227 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

8:45am – 9:00am  Registration

9:00am – 9:10am  Welcome 

9:10am – 9:50am   Do You Believe in Miracles? What a Determined and United America Can Accomplish

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY 21st District)

9:50am – 10:35am  Professional Polish PanelTips to Set Yourself Apart 

Ashlea Frazier, Director of Programs, Kirby Center 
Stafford Palmieri, CEO, HavenPay
Leah Whetstone, Community Growth Manager, America’s Future Foundation 

As you embark on your career, give yourself the professional polish to make you stand out from your peers. From what to wear to how to make a proper introduction to maintaining a strong network, learn specific tips and tricks of how to present your best self to the workplace and set yourself up for success.  

10:35am – 10:45am  Head to Breakout Session 

 10:45am – 11:15am  Personal Workshops: Choose Your Path 

To Be, or Not to Be, A Lawyer 
Megan Brown, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP 

As you consider whether law school is the right path for you, join this discussion about what law school and a career as a lawyer is really all about. Brown will share about her experiences working in the public and private sector and what opportunities are available with a law degree. She will also offer advice on key things to consider before making the commitment to attend law school.  

Learn the Path to Chief of Staff 
Vivian Moeglein, Chief of Staff, Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04)

For those of you who aspire to work and advance on Capitol Hill, hear Moeglein share her journey to Chief of Staff. Hear her experiences and lessons she learned on her time on Capitol Hill. If you are considering working on the Hill at some point, learn an insider’s perspective for how to land the job you want and succeed once you get there.  

Opportunities to Advance Freedom in the States  
Sarah Keenan, Coalitions Manager, State Policy Network  

Many of us do not want to live in Washington, DC – temporarily or permanently. If you have a desire to positively affect change in your home state, join to learn about the jobs and opportunities that exist in each state. Learn about the thriving policy scene that is happening across the country and how you can get involved in the movement outside of DC. 

11:15am – 11:20am  Return to Auditorium 

11:20am – 12:10pm  Keynote Address  

Empowered Woman of the Year, Mary Katharine Ham, CNN Contributor

CNN Contributor and co-author of the book End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun), Ham has been an optimistic voice in the media for years offering conservative solutions in a positive way. Whether on television, through social media, or on the LadyBrains podcast, Ham articulately voices our principles in a way that’s in depth, but also fun – and funny. A mom of two and a Twitter enthusiast who hiked Kilimanjaro on her honeymoon, she is also a personal inspiration sharing her experiences to encourage others. 

12:10pm – 12:15pm  Group Photo 

12:15pm – 1:15pm  Lunch and Headshots

1:15pm – 1:35pm  Women’s Rights Around the World 

Morgan Vina, Former Chief of Staff to Ambassador Nikki Haley

In her role as Chief of Staff, Vina had a unique window to the front lines of foreign policy. Hear Vina talk about her point of view from this time at the United Nations. Vina will discuss what the role of the United States should be in the world. In a time when women’s rights in many places around the world are truly being challenged, hear positive recommendations for how to make a difference. 

1:35pm – 1:55pm  Entrepreneur Trials and Triumphs   

Beverly Hallberg, President, District Media Group 

The journey of the entrepreneur highlights many policy issues we are facing as a nation. From tax policy to regulations, how can we set up policies that empower individuals to create opportunities for themselves and others. Hear Hallberg talk about her journey of starting and running a business, through the lens of policy 

1:55pm – 2:15pm  Higher Education Hurdles  

Lindsey Burke, Director for the Center for Education Policy and Will Skillman Fellow in Education, The Heritage Foundation 

Many of us feel the weight of our college debt. But is “free” college the answer? What are the policy solutions to make college affordable for all Americans? Hear education policy expert Lindsey Burke talk about how to get the federal government out of the student loan business and how to actually address the root causes of soaring tuition. 

2:15pm – 2:35pm  Let’s Make Capitalism Cool Again 

Patrice Lee Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum 

We have all read the studies (and heard our peers talk). Millennials prefer socialism; they rail against capitalism and the top 1%. Onwuka will go through how to debunk popular socialist myths. She will share how to talk about the power of the free market to lift people out of poverty and why it is the best system for human flourishing.  

2:35pm – 3:00pm  Stretch and Refresh

Lyndsey Fifield, Social Media Manager, The Heritage Foundation & CoHost, Lady Brains Podcast

Starting to feel information overload? Enjoy a short stretch break guided by a barre instructor. All moves will be business-attire friendly—but we won’t mind if you kick off your heels! While you rest and reset, Lyndsey will share a few inspirational remarks from her experiences working in the conservative movement as an empowered woman.

3:00pm – 3:30pm  Personal Workshops: Choose Your Path 

Time Management Tips and Tricks 
Angelise Schrader, Contributing Writer, She Leads Daily 

There are only 24 hours in a day. How do you make the most of them? What are the best ways to manage multiple priorities, personally and professionally?Schrader will talk about how to improve your impact with time management techniques. As you look ahead into your next phase of life, learn new time management skills and sharpen your capabilities to be more effective personally and professionally.  

Op-Ed Writing Workshop 
Emma Meshell, Spokesperson and Correspondent Director, Campus Reform

Join this workshop to help you build your skills and confidence in writing an op-ed. Learn how to get individuals to read your piece, how to structure your arguments, and other practical tips to improve your effectiveness as a writer. Learn how to persuasively craft an op-ed article so you can educate fellow Americans and ideally change minds about our policy solutions 

Practice Makes Perfect: Mock Interviews 
Patricia Rausch, Director of Career Programs, Leadership Institute 

As you embark on your career journey, the dreaded interview can be a hurdle that causes anxiety and stress. Rausch will discuss practical tips and tricks for how to prepare and master interviews. Receive feedback for how to improve and hone your interviewing skills, which ultimately will result in landing more job offers. 

3:30pm – 3:40pm  Return to Auditorium 

3:40pm  Negotiate Like a Pro 

Emily Dunham, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Washington Nationals

What are the top goals you want to make happen? An internship, first job, or better work-life balance? Do you want to lead a new project or take on more responsibility at work? In your job, do you have to negotiate with vendors and other organizations to accomplish your projects? What about in your personal life—is there something you want to do, but have been hesitant to go after? Learn top negotiation techniques to accomplish your goals at school, at work, and at home. Dunham will lead an interactive session on how to negotiate like a pro and offer practical tips and ways to approachgoing for the little and big asks. 

4:30pm   Leading as Enlightened Women 

Karin Lips, Founder and President, Network of enlightened Women 

As the conference wraps, hear from NeW Founder and President, Karin Lips, about how to lead as a strong enlightened woman. Enjoy a final opportunity to network and celebrate with the other female leaders you met during this inspiring conference.  

5:00pm  Conference Adjourns

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