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We would like to thank everyone that attended the 2016 Women's Legislative Briefing.  Over 600 people participated and we had over 65 co-sponsors.  A special thank you to Kaiser Permanente, AARP, and Sandy Spring Bank for being our major sponsors. Pictures from the event may be found on our Facebook  page.

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The Women’s Legislative Briefing (WLB) is the premier and longest-standing women’s legislative event in the state of Maryland. It is coordinated by the Montgomery County Commission for Women and brings together advocates, policy makers, and emerging leaders to empower, engage, and mobilize Marylanders around issues affecting women and girls throughout the state. 

2016 Women’s Legislative Briefing at a Glance


Date:             January 31, 2016
Place:           The Universities at Shady Grove, Bldg II
                      9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland
Directions
Time:            Doors Open at 11:30 am, Program 12:30–6 pm

Cost:            Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Sponsorships:       Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels.
Click here for sponsorships.

2016 Sponsors:


Emerald Sponsor

Kaiser Permanente

Garnet Sponsors

AARP

Opal

Maryland Commission for Women
National Organization for Women, Montgomery County Chapter

Friends of the Women’s Legislative Briefing

Cherri Branson
Delegate Erek L. Barron
Department of Commerce/NOAA
Joy Lazaroff

Community Co-Sponsors

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Omega Omega Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., XI Sigma Omega Chapter
American Association of University Women, Kensington - Rockville
American Association of University Women, Maryland
American Association of University Women, Silver Spring
American Association of University Women, Montgomery County Interbranch
American Association of University Women, Patuxent River Branch
Business and Professional Women of Maryland
Carla Pettus
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Frederick County Alumnae Chapter
Emerge Maryland
Frederick County Commission for Women
Hadassah Greater Washington
Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County
J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association 
Jack & Jill of America, Inc., Montgomery County Chapter
Jewish Council for the Aging
League of Women Voters of Maryland, Inc.
League of Women Voters, Montgomery County
LINKS/DELTA
Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform
MCASA - Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Montgomery County Business and Professional Women
Montgomery County Commission for Women
Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA)
Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation
Montgomery County Federation of Republican Women
Montgomery County Women's Bar Association 
Montgomery Women
National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Montgomery County Section
National Council of Negro Women, Potomac Valley Section
National Council of Negro Women, Prince George's County Section
PG Lesbian ZIP Code Group
Press Dozier Law
Pride Youth Services, Inc.
Prince George’s County Commission for Women
Southern Prince George's Business and Professional Women
The Links, Inc., Silver Spring Chapter 
The Links, Inc., The Patuxent River Chapter
The Muslim Community Center, Inc.
United Democratic Women of Maryland, Inc.
VELMAC Educational Services, Inc.
Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County, Maryland
Women's Law Center at Maryland, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Tau Delta Zeta Chapter

Questions:  Contact the Montgomery County Commission for Women at 240-777-8333 or  merci.wolff@montgomerycountymd.gov.

2016 Women’s Legislative Briefing Sessions

Women legislative briefing session

 

Agenda:

10:30-11:00 am:                Registration Opens for Presidents’ Networking Reception
11:00-12:15pm:                 Presidents’ Networking Reception (invitation only)
12:30-1:15pm:                   Opening Ceremony
1:15-2:15pm:                     Plenary Panel featuring members of Maryland’s Congressional Delegation

Sessions

Seminar Series I
2:30-3:45pm       Health & Safety for Women: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Trafficking
  • Moderated by: Senator Susan Lee
  • Panelists:
    • Cynthia Lifson, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
    • Lisae Jordan, Maryland Sexual Assault Coalition
    • Laurie Duker, Court Watch
    • Amanda Rodriquez, Turn Around Inc.´╗┐

2:30-3:45pm       Advocacy: Lessons Learned by some of Maryland's Top Advocacy Campaigns
  • Moderated by: Pat Cornish, Maryland Commission for Women
  • Panelists:
    • Ellen Bogage, Chesapeake Public Strategies
    • Melissa Broome, Maryland Healthy Working Family Act
    • Rev. Linda Thomas´╗┐, First Baptist Church of Glenarden

2:30-3:45pm       Emerging Population: How to Address the Needs of Unique Populations
  • Panelists:
    • Frieda Dawkins, National Women's Prison Project, Inc.
    • Alma Couverthie, Casa de Maryland
    • Yun Jung Yang, Law Offices of Yun Jung Yang, LLC

2:30-3:45pm       Caring for the Caregiver: Health Care & Senior Women
  • Moderated by: Delegate Terri Hill
  • Panelists
    • Ilene Rosenthal, Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland
    • Representative from the Maryland Department on Aging (pending)
    • Representative from US Congress CARE Caucus (pending)

2:30-3:45pm       EMERGING LEADERS - Session I: The Legislative Process 101
  • Moderated by: Kimberly McLurkin Harris, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Theta Omega Omega Chapter
  • Panelist Include:
    • Delegate Marice Morales - District 19, Montgomery County
    • Clare Bresnahan - Executive Director, She Should Run
    • Victor Barkley, Jr. – Student, Wheaton High School


BREAK 3:45 - 4:00pm
Seminar Series II
4:00-5:15pm       Economic Justice & Opportunity: Paid and Safe Leave, Schedule Flexibility, Equal Pay for Equal Work, Women and Poverty
  • Moderated:  Reggie Oldak, National Women’s Law Center
  • Panelists:
    • Delegate Ariana Kelly, Maryland House of Delegates
    • The Honorable Valerie Ervin       
    • Tammy Bresnahan, AARP
    • Pam Luckett, Community Action Board
    • Melissa Broome, Maryland Healthy Working Family Act

4:00-5:15pm       Women in Leadership: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
  • Moderated by:  Delegate Anne Kaiser
  • Panelists:
    • Councilmember Nancy Navarro
    • Sally Botsai, Department of Defense
    • Perry Barber, Major League Baseball Umpire

4:00-5:15pm       Women in STEM: Supporting Women and Girls
  • Moderated by: Margaret Latimer, Montgomery College Provost
  • Panelists Include:
    • Delegate Aruna Miller, Civil Engineer
    • Dr. Nawal Benmouna, Chair of Rockville Physics, Engineering, and Geosciences department at MC
    • Dr. Homayara Aziz, MD
    • Pamela Conrad, NASA-Goddard
    • Chris M. Richardson - CEO/President - Rapid Changing Technology (RAPIDCTEK)

4:00-5:15pm       Documentary Screening of A Path Appears: Sex Trafficking in the USA
  • Moderated by: Commissioner Barbara Mintz, Montgomery County Commission for Women

4:00 -5:15pm EMERGING LEADERS - Session II: Making a Difference in Your Community
  • Moderated by: Moderator: Denise M. Joseph – Education, Community & Youth Advocate

History and Purpose


The Montgomery County Commission for Women organized the first Women’s Legislative Briefing in January 1980, co-sponsored by 12 community and women’s organizations.  With the exception of 1982, the briefing has been presented annually, making last year the 35 th anniversary of this event.  The number of co-sponsoring organizations has grown dramatically with 73 organizations co-sponsoring in 2014.  The number of participants has also increased significantly, more than tripling from approximately 200 in 1981 to over 700 in 2015. In fact, this event that began in Montgomery County has become a regional event in the state of Maryland. 

The purpose of the briefing is to provide information on legislative issues of concern to women and families, including bills that will be introduced in the upcoming sessions of the Maryland General Assembly and U.S. Congress.  Local and state officials are invited to attend the briefing. The ending reception allows participants the opportunity to meet with their legislators and discuss issues of concern.

To emphasize the role of women as key to policymaking, keynote speakers in the past have included:

Ann Lewis, Former White House Communications director, Democratic strategist
Joanne Bamberger, Author, How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America
Dr. Bernice Sandler, Author of Title IX legislation
Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Lilly Ledbetter, Pay Equity Advocate
Dorothy Height, Founder and President Emeritus, National Council of Negro Women
Donna Brazile, Founder and Managing Director, Brazile and Associates, LLC
Eleanor Smeal, Founder and President, The Feminist Majority and Past National President of NOW
Karen Nussbaum, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Shinae Chun, Director, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
The Honorable Donna Edwards, U.S. House of Representatives
Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit for Women
Susan Wood, Ph.D., Former Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, U.S. FDA
Cokie Roberts, Senior News Analyst, National Public Radio, Political Commentator, ABC-News
Dr. Jane Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Business & Professional Women, USA
Ellen Malcolm, President of EMILY’s List
Lynne Battaglia, U.S. Attorney for District of Maryland
Patricia Blau Reuss, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund
Anita Perez Ferguson, President, National Women’s Political Caucus
Carmen Delgado Votaw, Washington Representative for Girl Scouts of the USA
The Honorable Constance Morella, U.S. House of Representatives

Corporate Sponsorships

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AARP

The Women’s Legislative Briefing is only made possible each year by the generous financial support from its corporate and non-profit sponsors, Friends of the WLB and community co-sponsors. Your sponsorship is an easy and effective way to help publicize your program while promoting the importance of issues affecting women and girls throughout the state.

Diamond Sponsorship:  $20,000
  • Name and logo on all event publicity (if received by December 1)
  • Name and logo prominently featured on “rolling power point display” of all sponsors during time prior to opening session
  • Recognition from the podium during the opening and closing plenary sessions
  • Speaking opportunity during opening session and as a panelist in an appropriate seminar
  • Exhibit table with prominent placement during the event
  • Opportunity to provide promotional gift item for attendees
  • Complimentary attendance for 20 associates for all portions of the conference and reserved seating at the opening session

Ruby Sponsorship:  $10,000
  • Name and logo on all event publicity (if received by December 1)
  • Name and logo prominently featured on “rolling power point display” of all sponsors during time prior to opening session
  • Recognition from the podium during the opening and closing plenary sessions
  • Speaking opportunity during opening session and as a panelist in an appropriate seminar
  • Exhibit table with prominent placement during the event
  • Opportunity to provide promotional gift item for attendees
  • Complimentary attendance for 10 associates for all portions of the conference and reserved seating at the opening session

Sapphire Sponsorship: $7,500
  • Name and logo on all event publicity (if received by December 1)
  • Name and logo prominently featured on “rolling power point display” of all sponsors during time prior to opening session
  • Recognition from the podium during the opening and closing plenary sessions
  • Exhibit table with prominent placement during the event
  • Opportunity to provide promotional gift item for attendees
  • Complimentary attendance for 7 associates for all portions of the conference and reserved seating at the opening session

Emerald Sponsorship: $5,000
  • Name and logo on all event publicity (if received by December 1)
  • Name and logo prominently featured on “rolling power point display” of all sponsors during time prior to opening session
  • Recognition from the podium during the opening and closing plenary sessions
  • Exhibit table during the event
  • Complimentary attendance for 5 associates for all portions of the conference

Amethyst Sponsorship: $1,000
  • Name and logo on all event publicity (if received by December 1)
  • Name and logo prominently featured on “rolling power point display” of all sponsors during time prior to opening session
  • Recognition from the podium during the opening and closing plenary sessions
  • Exhibit table during the event
  • Complimentary attendance for 2 associates for all portions of the conference

Opal Sponsorship: $250
  • Name and logo on all event publicity (if received by December 1)
  • Name and logo featured on “rolling power point display” of all sponsors during time prior to opening session
  • Exhibit table during the event
  • Complimentary attendance for 1 associate for all portions of the conference

Friend of the WLB: $100
  • Name and logo on all event publicity (if received by December 1)
  • Name on “rolling power point display” of all sponsors during time prior to opening session
  • One complimentary WLB admission

Community Organization Sponsorship Opportunities

Community organized sponsorship
Level 1 Community Co-Sponsor:  $65
Includes one complimentary WLB admission
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name included on all event publicity (if received by December 1)
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name included on “rolling power point display” of all sponsors during gathering time prior to opening session
  • Opportunity for co-sponsor’s representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • One complimentary admission to the WLB
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2016 WLB Networking Directory (if form is submitted by December 1)

Level 2 Community Co-Sponsor:  $80
Includes two complimentary WLB admissions : One representative and one President’s Networking session      
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name included on all event publicity (if received by December 1)
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name included on “rolling power point display” of all sponsors during gathering time prior to opening session
  • Opportunity for co-sponsor’s representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Complimentary admission for two individuals:
    • One co-sponsor representative
    • One co-sponsor President, Chair or Designee to Presidents Networking Session and the WLB
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2016 WLB Networking Directory (if form is submitted by December 1)

Level 3 Community Co-Sponsor: $100 :
Includes exhibit table and two complimentary WLB admissions
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name included on all event publicity (if received by December 1)
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name included on “rolling power point display” of all sponsors during gathering time prior to opening session
  • Opportunity for co-sponsor’s representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Use of one 2x6 foot table for organization’s exhibit at WLB
  • Complimentary admission for two co-sponsor representatives
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2016 WLB Networking Directory (if form is submitted by December 1)

Level 4 Community Co-Sponsor: $125
Includes exhibit table and three complimentary WLB admissions: Two representatives and one President’s Networking session  
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name included on all event publicity (if received by December 1)
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name included on “rolling power point display” of all sponsors during gathering time prior to opening session
  • Opportunity for co-sponsor’s representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Use of one 2x6 foot table for organization’s exhibit at WLB
  • Complimentary admission for three individuals:
    • Two co-sponsor representatives
    • Co-sponsor President, Chair or  Designee to President's Networking Session and the WLB
    • Inclusion of co-sponsoring organization in the 2016 WLB Networking Directory (if form is submitted by December 1)


Contact us:

Email: cfwinfo@montgomerycountymd.gov
Phone: (240) 777-8333


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