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Join us on January 29, 2017 for 
Montgomery County Commission for Women’s 
37th annual 
Women’s Legislative Briefing 

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. 
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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 36th anniversary of this event. The number of co-sponsoring organizations has grown dramatically with over 65 organizations co-sponsors. The number of participants has also increased significantly, more than tripling from approximately 200 in 1981 to over 700 in 2016. In fact, this event that began in Montgomery County has become a regional event in the state of Maryland.

Four women

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:

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


What is the Montgomery County Commission for Women?

The Montgomery County Commission for Women (CFW) is a 15-member board charged with the responsibility of advising the public, the County Executive, the County Council, and the agencies of the county, state and federal governments on the issues of concern to women.  It was formed in 1972 through county law. Each of the commissioners is appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council.  Commissioners serve three year terms without compensation.

The mission of the Commission for Women is to advance women’s equal and full participation in the benefits, responsibilities, and opportunities of society, and to enable women to participate as equals in the community through the acquisition of skills and competencies, information and resources.  The Commission’s primary responsibility is to identify inequities in laws, policies, practices and procedures, and to recommend and promote remedies.

AARP Women


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. 

Co-sponsorship opportunities:

Kaiser Permanente Staff
Thank you for your interest in becoming a community co-sponsor.
Click here to complete your co-sponsorship payment.

*Please note that while co-sponsorships are still available for purchase, we have sold out of tables.

2017 Women’s Legislative Briefing at a Glance:

Conference attendees

To ensure the continued excellence and relevance of the Women’s Legislative Briefing, the Montgomery County Commission for Women and its community co-sponsors are in the process of finalizing the schedule and programming for the 2017 Women’s Legislative Briefing. Check back for updates! 

In the past sessions have included:

  • health issues including health care reform; 
  • older women’s issues including eldercare, pension and Social Security reform; 
  • labor issues including flexibility, paid leave, pregnancy fairness, fair pay and custody; 
  • immigrant women’s concerns; 
  • women and poverty; 
  • trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and family law; 
  • effective advocacy; and 
  • successful strategies for increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office. 


We are pleased to offer reduced rates for those wishing to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn the night before the briefing.   The Hilton Garden Inn is located very close to the Women’s Legislative Briefing Conference site.  If you are interested in booking a room, you may do so here.
The hotel is located at 14975 Shady Grove Road,  Rockville, Maryland 20850. For specific hotel amenity questions, please call the hotel at: Tel: +1-240-507-1800

Six happy women
Sunday, January 29, 2017  

Doors Open at 11:30 am, Program 12:30–6 pm

The Universities at Shady Grove, 
Bldg II 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland 

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For more information, please contact the Montgomery County Commission for Women at 240-777-8333 or    

Breakout Sessions:


    Session 1 - 2:30 - 3:45pm


The Nuts & Bolts of Creating Change in Your Community
Panelist include:

  • Melissa Richmond, Running Start
  • Layla Zaidane, Millennial Action Project
  • Matt Celentano, Health Care for All
  • Ashlie Bagwell, Harris Jones & Malone, LLC

Economic Justice & Opportunity
Panelist include:
  • Delegate Ariana Kelly
  • Pam Luckett, Community Action Board
  • The Honorable Valerie Ervin
  • Caryn York, Jobs Opportunity Task Force  
  • Moderator: Wendy Kahn, former MoCo Commissioner

Health Care Justice & Equality
Panelist include:
  • Carolyn Quattrocki, Maryland HealthCare Exchange Benefit
  • Delegate Bonnie Cullison
  • Tammy Bresnahan, AARP
  • Moderator: Marylou N. Yam, Baltimore City

Unique Populations & Emerging Issues
Panelist include:
  • Shaundra Allen, Veteran's Administration
  • Latonia Laffitte, Veteran’s Administration
  • Mimi Hassanein, Middle Eastern Community Office of Community Partnerships
  • Moderator: Yun Jun Yang, Esq.  

Session 2 - 4:00 - 5:15pm

Safety & Justice for Women
Panelist include:
  • Amanda Rodriquez, Turn Around Inc.
  • Lisae Jordan, Maryland Sexual Assault Coalition
  • Cynthia Lifson, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
  • Moderator: Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Life Reimagined; The Age of Possibilities
Panelist include:
  • Tracy Thomas Gronniger, Justice in Aging
  • Eva Dominguez, Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Lynn Feinberg, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Moderator: Barbara Mintz, MoCo Commission for Women  

Challenges & Triumphs of Women in Non-Traditional Fields
Panelist include:
  • Shantell Brown, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue
  • Washington Divas

Law Enforcement & Our Community
Panelist Include:
  • Chief of Police Manger
  • Kim Tignor, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights  


Title Sponsor: AARP - $2500

Opal Sponsorship - $250
Linda Amendt
Maryland Commission for Women
Maryland NOW

Friend of the WLB - $100
Cherri Branson
Diana Conway
Heather Reichardt
Jeffrey Slavin
Shani Waugh
Level 4 Community Sponsor - $125
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Omega Omega Chapter / Ivy Vines Charities
Business and Professional Women of Maryland
Community Action Agency
Court Watch Montgomery
DC Metro Federally Employed Women
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Fort Washington Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Frederick County Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Prince George's county Alumnae Chapter
Emerge Maryland
Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County, MD
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Montgomery County Business and Professional Women
Montgomery County Business Owners
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
National Council of Negro Women, Montgomery County, Maryland Section
National Council of Negro Women, Prince George's County Section
Potomac Valley Section, National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
Prince George's Commission for Women
*Stacey Mangham
The Links, Incorporated, Silver Spring, MD Chapter
The Links, Incorporated, The Patuxent River, MD Chapter

Level 3 Community Sponsor - $100
Hadassah Greater Washington
Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Montgomery County MD Chapter
Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women
Women's Law Center of Maryland
American Association of University Women - Maryland
Consumer Health First
J. Franklyn Bourne
Jewish Council for the Aging
League of Women Voters of Montgomery County
*Linda Kolko
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Montgomery College
Muslim Community Center
Pride Youth Services
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Eta Pi Zeta Chapter
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Tau Delta Zeta Chapter

Level 2 Community Sponsor - $80
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chi Theta Omega Chapter  
American Association of University Women - Kensington - Rockville
American Association of University Women - Montgomery County Interbranch
Montgomery County NOW
The Clearing House of Women's Issues

Level 1 Community Sponsor - $65
League of Women Voters of Maryland, Inc
National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, DC Metro Chapter
Organization of Chinese Americans, Greater Washington DC Chapter
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