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Independent Women's Forum

4th Annual womenLEAD Summit

May 9th • 1:00pE

American Institute of Architects

Washington, DC

Beat the crowd and take advantage of our

early-bird special, 1/2 off ticket price.



Proceeds from your registration will be donated to this year's charity partner Find your Fabulosity. 
All guests are encouraged to bring a new tube of lipstick to the summit.


Afterparty sponsored by Anheuser-Busch

seating is limited.

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Registration Opens



WELCOME: Carrie Lukas


1:35pm - 2:00pm   

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Life, Love, & Politics in the Real World

Patrice Lee Onwuka  Moderator 


Rachel Campos-Duffy 

Congressman Sean Duffy 


2:00pm - 3:00pm

PANEL: Fostering the American Dream

Carrie Lukas  Moderator    

Kristin Shapiro  Paid leave      

Jennie Massey, Senior Manager of Public Policy, Amazon  Technology      

Lindsey Burke  Education    

DESCRIPTION: The economy is on the upswing:  Unemployment has dropped and wages and benefits are increasing.  Yet barriers still remain to helping more people pursue their vision of happiness.  What policy reforms can help open more doors and give more people the incentives, skills, and ability to access the opportunities that are available?  

3:00pm – 3:30pm

DISCUSSION: A Conversation about Health Care

Grace-Marie Turner, President Galen Institute

Katy French Talento, White House Special Assistant to the President on the Domestic Policy Council


DESCRIPTION: Listen to a conversation between two health care experts about the most pressing issues facing our health care system: prescription drug prices, higher insurance prices, lack of insurance options, and our current Medicare and Medicaid systems.  They will dive into the core causes of the current challenges and offer potential solutions.

3:30pm – 3:45pm



3:45pm – 4:15pm

DISCUSSION:  Biggest Issues Facing the Supreme Court   


Erin Hawley, IWF Legal Fellow 

Leonard Leo, Executive Vice President, Federalist Society


DESCRIPTION: Join SCOTUS experts Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society as well as IWF’s Legal Fellow Erin Hawley as they discuss the biggest upcoming challenges facing the Supreme Court. 


4:15pm - 5:30pm

PANEL: Creating a Better Culture and Safer, Stronger Country


Jillian Melchior  Moderator      

Claudia Rosett  Foreign Affairs    

Ashe Schow  Sexual Harassment

Julie Gunlock  Culture of Alarmism 


DESCRIPTION: Join us for an exciting panel focusing on the big trends that are impacting our country, including increased risk aversion and concerns about health and safety issues; the #MeToo movement and the challenge of discouraging sexual harassment but without prohibiting normal social interactions; and the need to stand up for human rights and the cause of freedom in an increasing complicated international environment.  


5:30pm – 7:30pm    




Congressman Sean Duffy U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district

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Patrice Onwuka Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women's Forum

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Katy French Talento White House Special Assistant to the President on the Domestic Policy Council

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Jillian Melchior Writer, The Wall Street Journal

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Jennie Massey Senior Manager of Public Policy, Amazon

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Grace-Marie Turner President, Galen Institute

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Leonard Leo Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

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Ashe Schow Reporter, Senior Political Columnist

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Lindsey Burke Director, Center for Education Policy

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Claudia Rosett Foreign Policy Fellow, Independent Women's Forum

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Erin Hawley Legal Fellow, Independent Women's Forum

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Kristin Shapiro IWF Visiting Fellow

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Carrie Lukas President, Independent Women's Forum

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Julie Gunlock Senior Fellow and Culture of Alarmism Director, Independent Women's Forum

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