Women's Issues Aren't Wedge Issues, They're Winning Issues.

Where: The Whittemore House

When: May 14 - 16th

$150 - $350 Per Ticket

An examination of domestic policy that disproportionately affects women and marginalized groups.

Leaders from across the country will meet mid-May in DC to discuss domestic policy that disproportionately affects women and marginalized groups as well as solutions that are inclusive and non-discriminatory. Lectures, Panels, and Workshops will be conducted to address a wide range of women’s issues and how we move forward to accomplish important policy goals.

The Win With Women Conference will look towards 2018 midterms and beyond to accomplish important political solutions.

Our 2018 Win With Women Conference will be held at The Whittemore House, a beautiful historic preservation mansion located in the heart of fashionable Dupont circle in Washington, DC.

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Our Speakers


Tarana Burke

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Tarana Burke is the Founder of The ‘me too’ Movement & Social Justice Activist The simple yet courageous #MeToo hashtag campaign, which was established as TIME’s 2017 Person Of The Year, has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana Burke’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is…

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Kristen Clarke

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Kristen Clarke, president & executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), leads one of the country’s most important national civil rights organizations in the pursuit of equal justice for all. The Lawyers’ Committee’s seeks to promote fair housing and community development, economic justice, voting rights, equal educational opportunity, criminal justice, judicial diversity and…

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Shannon Watts

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Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. The…

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Rebecca Cokley

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Rebecca Cokley is a senior fellow at American Progress, where her work focuses on disability policy. Most recently, she served as the executive director of the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent agency charged with advising Congress and the White House on issues of national disability public policy. She joined the NCD in 2013 after serving in the Obama…

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Sarah Kendzior

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Sarah Kendzior is best known for her critical take on the “prestige economy”, her reporting on St. Louis, her coverage of the 2016 election, and her academic research on authoritarian states in Central Asia. Sarah’s best-selling essay collection, The View From Flyover Country is being released by Macmillan Publishers in April 2018, with new material on the Trump administration —…

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Dr. Hazel Levy

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Hazel Levy is a professor of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and embryology at the University of Florida (UF). She is the first African American woman to have a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research laboratory at the UF COM. In addition to researching cures for pediatric cancer and prioritizing the training of women of color in laboratory research…

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Ibram X. Kendi

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IBRAM X. KENDI, AN AWARD-WINNING HISTORIAN AND NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, is Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was published by Nation Books and won the 2016 National Book Award…

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Nucchi Currier

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Nuchhi Currier is currently serving as President of the Woman’s National Democratic Club, (WNDC). She served for 4 one-year terms from 2009 to 2013. She was requested to come back in 2016 and was reelected again in 2017. The WNDC is a 95 year-old institution, created 2 years after women won the right to vote. Members work on public policy…

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Our Panelists


Beverly Gooden

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Beverly Gooden is a social activist, speaker, storyteller, and creator of a viral Twitter movement. #WhyIStayed was named by TIME as one of the Top 10 Hashtags That Started a Conversation and is one of 8 Hashtags That Changed The World according to CNN affiliate, HLN. Her on-air appearances include Good Morning America, the Dr. Phil show, Inside Edition, CNN,…

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Catherine Buni

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Catherine Buni is a writer and editor focusing on technology, health, and gender. Her articles and essays have been published by The Atlantic online, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions, The New York Times, Orion, Time-Life Books, The Rumpus, The Verge, and The Writer, among others. Her stories have been backed by The Investigative Fund, supported…

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Soraya Chemaly

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Soraya Chemaly is a writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion and media. She is the Director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project and organizer of the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, both of which are involved in curbing online abuse, media and tech diversity, and expanding women's freedom of expression.…

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Lily Herman

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Lily Herman is the founder of Get Her Elected, a network of over 2,000 people offering skills like writing and graphic design pro bono to more than 200 progressive women candidates running for U.S. political office. She's also a contributing editor at Refinery29, where she writes political commentary and does original news reporting. In addition, she regularly contributes to Teen…

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Amanda Litman

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Hillary Clinton’s email director. (The other emails.) Responsible for raising more than $330 million online. Charlie Crist’s digital director when he ran for governor in 2014. One of the first employees at Organizing for Action as deputy email director. Email writer for Barack Obama’s re-elect. Northwestern University graduate. Bookworm. Feminist. Nationals fan. Dog owner.

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Kimberly Hill Knott

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Kimberly Hill Knott is President/CEO Future Insight Consulting, LLC. Formally she served as Senior Policy Manager at Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, where she primarily directed state and federal policy initiatives. In 2011, Kimberly convened community, academic, government, and private stakeholders to form the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC). Through DCAC, she is facilitating the development of the City of…

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L. Joy Williams

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L. Joy Williams is a national political strategist, media thought leader, public speaker, and social justice advocate. She is a trusted strategic adviser to elected leaders and organizations across the country and is sought after by various media outlets for her expertise in politics, civic engagement, and social justice. L. Joy is the Founder and Principal of New York-based consulting…

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Ashlee Marie Preston

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Ashlee Marie Preston is a Media Personality, Writer, Speaker, and Civil Rights Activist. She is historically the first trans woman to become Editor in Chief of a national publication. Ashlee Marie has been featured by Teen Vogue, NBC, New York Times, BuzzFeed, HuffPo, The Washington Post, and many more. She was named one of The Root 100's "Most Influential African…

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Dr. Samantha Allen

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Dr. Samantha Allen is a senior writer for The Daily Beast covering LGBT issues. Her reported memoir Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States is forthcoming from Little, Brown in Spring 2019. Samantha holds a Ph.D. In Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University and she was the 2013 recipient of the Kinsey Institute’s John Money Fellowship for…

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Caroline LaPorte, J.D.

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Caroline LaPorte, J.D. Senior Native Affairs Policy Advisor National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center Caroline LaPorte is the Senior Native Affairs Policy Advisor for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. Her work focuses on housing, human rights, children and youth, firearms and criminal justice all within the gender based violence framework. She is a Texas Bar Licensed Attorney and previously worked…

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Dr. Melissa Bird

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As a writer, professor, advocacy coach, and fiery public speaker, Dr. Melissa Bird creates the genesis for a new brand of leadership. Her words awaken revolutionaries, trailblazers and powerful innovators in the quest for justice. When she’s not building her public speaking Empire, she can be found reading trashy novels, drinking fine whiskey, playing mom to three delicious humans, and…

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Ash Williams

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Ash Williams is a non-binary femme from Fayetteville, NC. As a Black Lives Matter organizer, Ash has educated the NC community about state-sanctioned violence as it relates to trans and queer people of color. Ash is a core organizer of Charlotte Uprising, a collective focusing on gender justice and prison abolition. Since 2013, this work has included leading rapid response/…

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Caroline McKinnon

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Caroline moved to the US almost a decade ago from the UK. She is a teacher trainer, Accent Reduction coach and the founder of FeLT NYC, a nonprofit dedicated to providing immigrant women with free education. This has moved Caroline into the world of advocacy, and she offers a voice to those in the immigrant community, who do not always…

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Flora Chen

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Flora was born and raised in Taiwan and emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 17. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Theater Design from University of Maryland and Masters in Business administration from University of Baltimore. in 2009 Flora moved to NYC where she currently resides and manages sales and business development for a photo agency and as…

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Nafiza Jelassi

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Nafiza Jelassi multilingual entrepreneur and ESL professional ESL professional specializing in literacy, life skills, workplace skills and entrepreneurship. Creative Director and Designer behind high fashion jewelry brands Jamja and The Sultaness, the first Muslim owned business to collaborate with an Internationally recognized company. Launched with Inglot Cosmetics summer collection in 2013 in Chelsea, NYC. Her collections have been featured in…

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Tanya Perez

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Tanya Perez is an actress, writer & activist currently living in NYC. Notable TV and film credits include Orange Is the New Black, Jessica Jones, Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary & Hal Hartley's Ned Rifle opposite Parker Posey. Before binge watching was all the rage, the stage was her home in places like Laguna Playhouse & Seattle Rep. Most recently, she…

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Panels & Workshops

The Win With Women Conference will have panels and workshops on topics from women running for office, to economic justice, to reproductive justice, to incarceration. Below are a few of the panels we're excited to have at our conference.

The Color Purple: Violence Against Women, Trauma, and Policy

This panel will focus on violence against women in different communities. Panelists will discuss domestic violence, violence against native women, and gender based violence in the LGBTQ community. In this…

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The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women

An estimated 65.5 percent of women politicians have been subjected to violent, sexualized threats and hate speech. This daily hostility is designed to threaten women's freedom of speech and their civic…

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Reproductive Justice: The Future of Women’s Health Policy

Addressing the physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic well-being of women and girls, based on the full achievement and protection of human rights is a critical element of policy…

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Now We Run: Women Running For Office

This panel will discuss women running for office in the age of Trump. A record number of women have shown interest in running and these women are now winning! This…

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From Literacy to Leadership: Empowering Immigrant Women through Education and Policy.

According to recent surveys, less than 52% of Naturalized citizens vote. Within this group, it is noticeable that a high percentage of women often fail to register. Immigrants often express…

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting People Civically Engaged with L.Joy Williams

In this workshop we’ll discuss: How to highlight the issues on the ground then effectively rally the community to engagement, Creating meaningful, long lasting partnerships for community civic engagement with…

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Hotels & Transportation

These hotels and apartments are located in and around Dupont Circle, just blocks away from the Win With Women conference.


Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle

Just three blocks from Dupont Circle’s iconic central fountain, this newly revamped Art Deco gem boasts modern amenities – from a membership-quality fitness center to fine dining at The Riggsby.

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Fairmont Hotel

Located in Washington’s fashionable West End and adjacent to historic Georgetown, the newly renovated Fairmont Washington, D.C. welcomes guests in capital style. With a sunlit urban courtyard that soothes the spirit, the Fairmont is the perfect hotel for business or leisure travel.

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The Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row

Our iconic Washington, D.C. hotel, perfectly situated in Dupont Circle, embraces the style and grace of a bygone era. Nestled among world-class boutiques, unrivaled dining and iconic monuments and just moments away from the Win With Women conference .

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Presenting Partners

Organizations that support voting rights and women's rights are joining AWP in presenting the Win With Women Conference. We're excited to have their presence and participation in May in DC!

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