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Join us on January 28, 2018 for
Montgomery County Commission for Women’s
 38th 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 37 th 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 2017. 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:
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.
Sponsorships:
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

  • Complimentary attendance for 20 associates for all portions of the conference and reserved seating at the opening session
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name will be included on all event publicity including on the WLB website, social media, rolling power point display
  • Speaking opportunity during opening session and as a panelist in an appropriate seminar
  • 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
 
Ruby Sponsorship:  $10,000
  • Complimentary attendance for 10 associates for all portions of the conference and reserved seating at the opening session
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name will be included on all event publicity including on the WLB website, social media, rolling power point display
  • Speaking opportunity during opening session and as a panelist in an appropriate seminar
  • 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
   
Sapphire Sponsorship: $7,500
  • Complimentary attendance for 8 associates for all portions of the conference and reserved seating at the opening session
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name will be included on all event publicity including on the WLB website, social media, rolling power point display
  • 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
 
Emerald Sponsorship: $5,000
  • Complimentary attendance for 7 associates for all portions of the conference
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name will be included on all event publicity including on the WLB website, social media, rolling power point display
  • Recognition from the podium during the opening and closing plenary sessions
  • Exhibit table during the event
 
Amethyst Sponsorship: $1,000
  • Complimentary attendance for 6 associates for all portions of the conference
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name will be included on all event publicity including on the WLB website, social media, rolling power point display
  • Recognition from the podium during the opening and closing plenary sessions
  • Exhibit table during the event
 
Opal Sponsorship: $250
  • Complimentary attendance for 4 associates for all portions of the conference
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name will be included on all event publicity including on the WLB website, social media, rolling power point display
  • Exhibit table during the event
Friends of the WLB: $100
  • Complimentary attendance for 1 associate for all portions of the conference
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name will be included on all event publicity including on the WLB website, social media, rolling power point display 
 
Co-sponsorship opportunities:
 
Thank you for your interest in becoming a community co-sponsor.
 Click here to complete your co-sponsorship payment.
 
 Level 4 Community Co-Sponsor: $125          
  • Complimentary admission for three co-sponsor representatives:
    • Two co-sponsor representatives
    • One co-sponsor representative to Presidents Networking Session and the WLB 
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name will be included on all event publicity including on the WLB website, social media, rolling power point display
  • 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
  • Inclusion of co-sponsoring organization in the 2018 WLB Networking Directory
 
 Level 3 Community Co-Sponsor: $100
  • Complimentary admission for two co-sponsor representatives:
    • One co-sponsor representative
    • One co-sponsor representative to Presidents Networking Session and the WLB
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name will be included on all event publicity including on the WLB website, social media, rolling power point display
  • 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
  • Inclusion of co-sponsoring organization in the 2018 WLB Networking Directory
 
Level 2 Community Co-Sponsor:  $80
  • Complimentary admission for two co-sponsor representatives:
    • One co-sponsor representative
    • One co-sponsor representative to Presidents Networking Session and the WLB
  • Opportunity for co-sponsor’s representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name will be included on all event publicity including on the WLB website, social media, rolling power point display
  • Inclusion of co-sponsoring organization in the 2018 WLB Networking Directory
 
Level 1 Community Co-Sponsor:  $65
  • Complimentary admission for one co-sponsor representative
  • Opportunity for co-sponsor’s representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Co-sponsoring organization’s name will be included on all event publicity including on the WLB website, social media, rolling power point display
  • Inclusion of co-sponsoring organization in the 2018 WLB Networking Directory
 
 
2018 Women’s Legislative Briefing at a Glance: 
 

 
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 2018 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.
 
 Logistics:     
 
Sunday, January 28, 2018
  
Doors Open at 11:30 am, Program 12:30–6 pm
 
The Universities at Shady Grove,
Bldg II 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland
 
                                                                                     Get your tickets today!                                                                                           
For more information, please contact the Montgomery County Commission for Women at 240-777-8333 or merci.wolff@montgomerycountymd.gov.
 

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