Women. Power. Peace.

2009 Agenda

Sunday, October 4

12:00pm-2:30pm: Registration

2:30-5:00pm: Opening Plenary

  • Columbus Councilwoman Charleta Tavares, Opening Welcome, Chair, WAND Board of Directors
  • Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD)"A View from the Hill

Panel: Women Setting the Table

  • Genevieve Chase, Founder and Executive Director, American Women Veterans
  • Merle Cuttitta, President, Local 500 of Service Employees International Union
  • Celinda Lake, political strategist and international pollster; President, Lake Research Partners
  • Moderator: Susan Shaer, Executive Director, Women’s Action for New Directions

5:00-6:30pm: Sponsors Reception Meet our authors, exhibitors and sponsors (book signings included)

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Dine Around Dinners

Dinner, dessert and discussion in Capitol Hill homes:

  • Workers, Homemakers, Moms: Valuing Families at Work & Home –Steffany Stern, National Partnership for Women and Families; Spokesperson, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
  • Writing Her Story: Women Authors - Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona and Doloris Cogan
  • Taking a Seat at the Head of the Table: Running for Higher Office - Sam Bennett, Women’s Campaign Fund; Laura Fruge, EMILY’s List
  • Women Across Borders: The Future for Women Worldwide - Terry O'Neill, National Organization for Women; Alissa Wilson, American Friends Service Committee
  • New Social Media: Tools for Communication - American Media Forum
  • The Nuclear Landscape 60 Years Later: Public Health Impact of Making, Dismantling, and Storing Nuclear Weapons - Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) ; Annie Makhigani, Project Scientist, IEER; Susan Corbett, Chair, Radiation Committee, National Sierra Club

9:00-10:00pm: Movies and popcorn, timely topical documentary

Monday, October 5

8:00-9:00am: "Women Leading the Way"

  • The Hon. Linda Tarr-Whelan, former Ambassador, UN High Commission on Women, author, “Women Lead the Way”
  • Michaeline Della Fera, author, “Women at the Table, 40 Intimate Profiles of Political Women of the Northeast”
  • Moderator: Senator Vivian Davis Figures, Alabama

9:00-12:00pm: Effective Communicating: The Media, The Gold Dome
A timely discussion and hands-on training with the Truman National Security Project

  • The Progressive National Security Story: Our History and Values
  • National Security Issues in Your Locality
  • Military 101 with Recent Veterans: Understanding the U.S. Armed Forces, Their Culture, and How to Connect With Our Troops
  • How Progressives Undermine Our Messages, and How to Communicate Better: Talking with the American People About Security and Progressive Values
  • Scenario Exercises: Talking about Security at a Town Hall meeting and on Fox News

12:00pm – 2pm: Luncheon Program

  • Senator Nan Orrock, Georgia, President, Women Legislators’ Lobby
  • Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO: “Labor and Women’s Voices”

Panel: Health, Human Needs and our National Priorities

  • Representative Sharon Treat, Maine
  • Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs
  • Moderator: Representative Barbara Toles, Wisconsin

2:00pm – 4:30pm: Practice what you preach!
Spend the afternoon reviewing your skills applied to real world scenarios. Videotaping with feedback.

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Capitol Hill Briefing
Learn the ins and outs of Capitol Hill, and get the tools you need to effectively educate your Members of Congress on important and timely issues.

6:00pm - 9:00 pm: Torchbearer Reception
Dirksen Senate Building Room 106

  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) (invited)

2009 Pacesetter Awardees: Women Legislators Making a Difference

  • Alabama Senator Vivian Davis Figures
  • New York Assemblywoman Barbara S. Lifton
  • Arkansas Representative Kathy Webb
  • Kansas State Representative Delia Garcia
  • North Dakota Representative Lois Delmore
  • Minnesota Senator Mee Moua
  • Rhode Island Representative Amy G. Rice
  • Minnesota Senator Patricia Torres Ray
  • Utah Representative Trisha S. Beck

2009 WiLL Torchbearer Award: The Honorable Hilda Solis Secretary of Labor

Also Honoring Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA)

Tuesday, October 6: Capitol Hill Day

8:00am – 9:30 am: Breakfast and Briefing

  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA); author of Renegade for Peace
  • Moderator: Representative Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona

10:00am – 5:00pm: Capitol Hill meetings with Members of Congress

11:00am – 2:00pm: Hill Briefing Luncheon featuring Members of Congress

Sponsored by National Education Association

Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-339, Capitol Hill

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