2023 Women's Legislative Briefing

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2023 Women's Legislative Briefing

The Montgomery County Commission for Women and our many co-sponsoring organizations invite you to the 2023 Women's Legislative Briefing.

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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The Montgomery County Commission for Women and our many co-sponsoring organizations invite you to the 2023 Women's Legislative Briefing. The purpose of the Briefing is to inform the residents of our state about legislative proposals before local, state, and national legislative bodies that address issues of specific concern to women. 

The 2023 Women's Legislative Briefing WILL BE VIRTUAL.

The Montgomery County Commission for Women has established a tuition scholarship to support a high achieving student at Montgomery College who is pursuing a major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM).  Please consider supporting this worthy cause when registering for the WLB.

Again this year: special seminars will be offered for students in grades 6 - 12 through our Emerging Leaders track. 


$22 - Now Through January 27, 2023

$30 - January 28 -January 29, 2022

$5 Students/Emerging Leaders

*** IMPORTANT ***The event is virtual and will be conducted using Zoom. Please be sure to update the latest version of Zoom before the event: www.zoom.us.


Schedule (Subject to Change)


Virtual Conference Opens


Plenary Panel Title: Women Who Empower Through Advocacy

This amazing panel will consist of women who lead organizations that help women and girls become more empowered through education, advocacy, programming and other dynamic means. Their national viewpoints will provide a unique perspective of empowerment needs in different parts of the United States and how advocacy is vital to making change and could open career opportunities, as well.

Moderator: Adrianna Hopkins, ABC 7 Newscast


Virginia Kase Solomon, CEO League of Women Voters

DeAnna Hoskins, President and CEO, JustLeadershipUSA, Inc

Susan Jin Davis, Social Impact Officer, Al Roker Entertainment


Empowerment Through Health

Health advocacy is a topic that is foremost on our minds lately. Join this panel for a unique and powerful discussion on women and health that will include, but not be limited to, the cost of prescriptions drugs, reproductive health, and the current initiatives of AARP.

Moderator: Dr. Kisha Davis, Health Officer, Montgomery County Government


Lola Fashoyin-Aje, MD, MPH, Deputy Division Director and Associate Director, Oncology Center of Excellent, FDA

Robin Elliott, Public Policy Partners

Tammy Tresnahan, Associate State Director Advocacy, AARP Maryland


Empowerment Through Safety

The prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking are critical to the safety of women and their families. Learn about and be inspired by the dynamic efforts non-profit organizations are working on for the 2023 legislative session.

Moderator: Senator Will Smith (D-20)


Lisae C. Jordan, Esq. – Executive Director & Counsel, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Melanie Shapiro, Public Policy Director, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence

Amanda K. Rodriguez, Esq., Executive Director, TurnAround, Inc.


Empowerment Through Economic Justice

Economic empowerment for women takes numerous forms, including starting one’s own business, insuring equal pay, and housing accessibility and affordability counties across the state. This panel will discuss these two topics and more!

Moderator: Margie Kotzalas, President, Business and Professional Women


Carmen Larsen, President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County

Venus Hemachandra, owner of Herbiculture

Chelsea Andrews, Executive Director, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County


Empowerment Through Education

Education is essential in order to succeed! These three panelists will share their perspectives on education in Montgomery County and how new Americans are learning how to navigate in their new country.

Moderator: Dr. Jermaine F. Williams, President, Montgomery College


Brenda Wolff, Montgomery County Board of Education

Arvin Kim, Student Member, Montgomery County Board of Education

Gabriel Martinez Cabrera, Executive Director, Montgomery County Literacy Council


Network Session

Participants will break out into networking sessions based on the topics discussed throughout the day

Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders sessions will run concurrently with the adult sessions.

The Emerging Leaders track will run concurrently with the Women’s Legislative Briefing and is open to students in grades 6-12. Tickets are $5 for all students. Students may earn up to 3 student service learning hours.

2:00-3:15 Breakout Session #1:

Feeling Safe Everywhere: Home, School, Community

Learn strategies to navigate risky or harmful situations at home, in school and elsewhere. Learn how to stand up for the safety of yourself and others

3:30- 4:45 Breakout Session #2:

How to Express My Mental Health

Learn how to find the words to talk about your mental wellness, and to make space for yourself and others wherever you are. Learn how to advocate for your mental health.

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