Judy Schneider Fellowship

Established in 2015, in conjunction with WGRís 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.

Judyís 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 (over 300 events in 2018) and of course, complimentary registration for Judyís Direct Connect to Congress education program, for one year.

2019 Fellows

Natalie Martinez - Congresswoman Angie Craig (MN-2) - Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Alexandra Rosen
- American Trucking Association

2017-2018 Fellows:

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

2016-2017 Fellows

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;Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg, Mary McClure, Victoria Parsons, Judy Schiender
  • Interest and/or experience in the government relations profession.
Click here to view the Judy Schneider Fellowship Expectations.
The 2020 Application is closed. Finalists will be selected in October and fellows will be announced at the WGR Holiday Party on December 11. The fellowship runs January 1 to December 31. 

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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