Judy Schneider Fellowship

Established in 2015, in conjunction with WGR’s 40th anniversary, the Judy Schneider Fellowship is named in gratitude and appreciation for the immense impact Judy Schneider has had on WGR and the thousands of women she has mentored, developed, and trained through her Direct Connect to Congress education series, since 1985. The fellowship provides real life opportunities to build your professional and personal skill set as an emerging government relations professional. This year-round program is aimed at creating the next generation of talent, ethical, savvy, and passionate advocates.

Since its inception, Judy has worked passionately to ensure that WGR members are smart, savvy government relations professionals, breaking down the ins and outs of congressional procedure in both the Senate and House. She is a treasure trove of information and historical knowledge that ensures that every participant of her Direct Connect to Congress program leaves feeling confident and empowered to be successful in their legislative agendas.

Judy’s passion for professional development is a cornerstone of the fellowship, which will provide a 360 professional development experience, to young professionals in the early stages of her career. Two fellows will be selected annually, immediately gaining access to all of the program benefits, including a WGR membership, free registration to all WGR events (150 events in 2015) and of course, complimentary registration for Judy’s Direct Connect to Congress education program, for one year.

The 2017 Fellowship application is open. Applications are due April 10, 2017 The program will run July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Congratulations to the 2017 Judy Schneider Fellows:

Julia Morriss, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
Laura Munoz
, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

View the 2017 Finalists

2016 Fellows
Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg, Mary McClure, Victoria Parsons, Judy Schiender
Mary McClure, Voice for Progress
Victoria Parsons, Daimler North America

Fellowship criteria:

  • Resident of the District of Columbia, Virginia, or Maryland;
  • No more than three years of professional work experience;
  • Interest and/or experience in the government relations profession.

DONATE to the Judy Schneider Fellowship

WGR gratefully acknowledges the following individual and organizational donors:

Airline Pilots Association, International
American Academy of Dermatology
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Gas Association
Jacqueline D. Bowens
Louis Dupart
Exelon Corporation
FAA Managers Association
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Professional Women in Advocacy
Adrienne A. Roberts
Siemens Corporation
Thomas J Spulak
Suzanne Sullivan
Peggy Tighe 
Paul Vick

Upcoming Events
Due to inclement weather, we are postponing the Energy, Environment & Agriculture Task Force's Congressional Breakfast Series: Senate Energy Committee Staff Panel event originally scheduled for tomorrow, March 21, 2018. The event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 8:30am.

March 22

PPG Task Force Quarterly Call Update - DATE CHANGED to April 19th! 


March 22

WGR Leadership Institute: M&A Mania


March 23

Revamp your LinkedIn Presence Workshop


March 26

What You Need to Know Webinar - Mid-Career Graduate Programs