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"Women Leading the Future" 2014 Conference Hosted by Ladies America

Ladies America

Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird Ticket - Conference admission - ENDS MARCH 14, 2014 @5 PM ET
Early bird pricing is limited to 50 tickets and/ or ends March 7, 2014 at 5 pm ET.
Ended $65.00 $2.62
Conference admission Ended $75.00 $2.87
Students, Military, and Hill staff Ended $60.00 $2.49
Networking Cocktail Reception w/ speakers (limit to 25 people total) Ended $40.00 $1.99

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Ladies America is hosting its fourth annual “Women Leading the Future” women’s conference on June 14, 2014. This conference brings some of the most powerful women (and some men too!) in America together to discuss major issues and topics that are important to women today.  Focusing on women making a difference in the world, discussions will deal with where women are today and how they can become stronger, more effective leaders and why their leadership is critical as we head into the future.

Sponsorship & scholarships available; email info@ladiesamerica.com for more information.


 WLF 2014 Agenda
"Failure on the Path to Success"

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WLF 2014 Schedule - Failure on the Path to Success


“It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” -Bill Gates


Registration and Networking



Welcome (Lindsey) and music


Capital Harmonia, a community women’s chorus. Capital Harmonia is dedicated to bringing the music written for women’s voices to local organizations and events, particularly those which support and promote the concerns of women.



Morning Keynote


Susan McPherson


Leading with Impact: In this high-energy presentation, laced with personal stories, these two women will illustrate how the philanthropy world has been turned upside down & how all of us can be philanthropists.



Break: Yoga/Music/Move partitions


Georgia Gerstein




Breakout Sessions


1. Advocacy


Combining business and non-profit interests to illustrate the need and skills necessary to pitch your business or advocate for your cause.  Learn how similar the two are, why an “elevator pitch” is important in all areas, and steps you can follow to boost your confidence in engaging stakeholders in your efforts.


Nancy Bocskor, Advocacy Professor


Cleve Mesidor, Haiti non-profit

Lindsey Taylor Wood, Founder & CEO at LTW Communications, NYC


Moderator: Mark Vlasic , International Lawyer, Georgetown Professor, Business Diplomacy Advisor & Advocate"


2. Financial Planning

Handling Life's Transitions with Financial Finesse


Kim Fisher, Corporate Vice President and Market Manager for New York Life's Woman's Market, will help you prepare for the financial considerations you need for major transitions in your life and career. She'll focus on the life stages of women and transitions that impact your financial life, providing guidance for your new life, including financial emergencies, actions you can take as you change your career and need to protect your funds; planning for retirement, and helping you understand how to pull together a lifelong plan whether you are single or married. You'll walk away with an action plan you can start immediately.


Kim Fisher, New York Life (NYC)




3. Women & Politics


With a focus on the fervor of seeing more women in politics, particularly with suggestions of a possible female president, even in the next election, we will hear from some of the young women from both sides of the leading the charge to enlist women to run.

Gwendolyn Beck, Candidate for U.S. Congress, VA


Katie V. Wonnenberg; Past-President, Women Under Forty PAC


Rachel Schneider, Ready for Hillary [Clinton]

Moderator: Adrienne Lawrence, Operations and Conference Director, Journalism and                           Women Symposium (JAWS)




Break/Pick up lunch




All-Conference Panel


"Bumps Along the Way:" Managing Life’s Transitions Like a Champ!


Sometimes you don’t want to hear, “You’ll be fine,” when it feels like everything is falling apart.  Hear directly from women who faced personal and professional challenges, learn what they were thinking through the process, and how they turned “failures” into success.


Caroline Cunningham; President, The Trust for the National Mall

Joanna Hoffschneider; Vice President, Business Development, Grimm & Parker


Tabatha Turman, President & CEO, IFAS; Veteran


Moderator:   Sonya Gavankar McKay, Newseum, ABC host






All-Conference Panel

Mentorship vs. Sponsorship

Discover the differences between sponsorship and mentorship, plus why and when both are important. We will delve in a bit to the Ladies DC Mentorship pilot program developed by Yanire Brana and her team in Madrid, Spain and learn of their success scaling the program to women across Latin America.



Shelley Reese; Sponsorship Expert



Yanire Brana; Mentorship expert; Founder of MET; Consultant, World Bank

Special Guest from India: Sarika Gupta Bhattacharyya,  BizDivasIndia



Moderator:  Monica McNutt,  ABC7 and NewsChannel 8 reporter







Break: Yoga/Music/move partitions









Breakout Session B


1. Women & Media

In this panel, we will hear from leading media and branding experts discussing the larger picture of how women are portrayed in the media, the lack of representation of women in the media on major issues, overall media diversity, how to engage reporters, and how to brand yourself for media placement & interviews.



Simon Dixon; CEO, IdeaEngineering (Santa Barbara & DC)


Kristina Krawchuk; President, Women in Media

Arnesa Howell; Freelance writer, consultant & national magazine contributor

 Moderator:  Monica McNutt, ABC7 and NewsChannel 8 reporter


2. Fundraising & Negotiation

Moving again to combine the elements of business and non-profit to focus on the core values of raising money and confidently and effectively negotiating for the investment funds, corporate sponsorships, or salary you need for success and deserve based on what entities or career you have diligently developed.


Rachel Braun Scherl, Serial Entrepreneur (NYC)


David Goldsmith; CEO, Speaker, Author; Paid to Think (CA)

Gina Steinway, Odell Simms & Lynch

Moderator: Amy Hammer, President  Hammer Associates, L.L.C.


3. Style & Fashion


Alison Beshai, Stylist


Komal Kushalraj, Co-Founder, NUMARI




Musical Performance

Britteny Valdez
NEW Ladies America Theme (Rally) Song
Song Written By: Cecil Shaw  &  Charlie M. Moore for Chameleon Publishing BMI





Pre-Keynote Address

David Goldsmith, Paid to Think




Afternoon Keynote


Sara Tays, former ExxonMobil executive, Austin, Texas



Reception and Networking









Ladies America
1115 12th St. NW, Suite 203
Washington, DC 20005
@ladiesamerica || @womenleadfuture
Email: info@ladiesamerica.com 

Have questions about "Women Leading the Future" 2014 Conference Hosted by Ladies America? Contact Ladies America

When & Where

Microsoft Chevy Chase
5404 Wisconsin Ave NW
Bethesda, MD

Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Ladies America

Ladies America is a national network of professional women following the motto "Women Helping Women" aimed at connecting and assisting one another personally and professionally and ultimately creating a national voice on issues important to women.


Ladies DC (Ladies America Founding Chapter) began as Ladies Dinner Club, a simple dinner meeting opportunity for professional women to gather outside of work and form viable relationships. Ladies America Founder, Lindsey Mask, made a personal effort to connect with professional women in a purposeful way and to combat the theory of old that women don't work together. Her goal of having a non-competitive forum for women to connect drew thousands of women to join and our motto, "women helping women", has remained steadfast since the very first Dinner Club meeting.

With backing from extensive networks of women across the country, Ladies DC organically evolved into a fully functioning organization with a national network and subsequent Boards, partnerships, sponsorships, and so much more. With the creation fo chapters across the country, Ladies America was born.

Maintaining and keeping ever at the forefront our motto "Women Helping Women," we have all been witness to the amazing transformation that occurs when women are provided an avenue to help one another in a mutually beneficial setting.


While we don't have limitations of age or profession for members, we have found that typical demographic includes women ages 23-40 with undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D degrees. Ladies America members are successful women in a variety of industries, including business, politics, education, design, art, finance, associations, marketing and communications, law, and there are several business owners. Whether you are just joining the workforce, seeking professional advancement, or have established a thriving career, Ladies America caters to all women.

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