Recent Events

ESSA Implementation and the Politics of Equity
Hosted by the Education Task Force
March 13, 2018

On March 13th, WGR's Education Task Force hosted its second in a series of conversations focused on equity in education, this time with a robust discussion on the implementation of No Child Left Behind's reboot, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This discussion, moderated by the Task Force's own Victoria Fosdal, featured panelists Susie Saavedra, Senior Director, Policy & Legislative Affairs at National Urban League, Chad Aldeman, Principal at Bellwether Education Partners, and Jessah Walker, Senior Federal Relations Associate at Council of Chief State School Officers, and explored where states are meeting and falling short of meeting the law's provisions to advance equity for all students. The panelists made clear that not all states and districts are created equal, with some doing a much better job than others of finding innovative ways to close equity gaps and hold themselves accountable for going above and beyond compliance of the law. 2018 will be a critical year as many of the state plans go into effect, giving us all an opportunity to see for the first time if ESSA will in fact move the needle towards creating a more equitable education system for all.

Education Task Force Restaurant Week Dinner
Hosted by the Education Task Force
January 24, 2018

On January 24th, the Education Task Force kicked off its 2018 programming with a restaurant week dinner at famed DC restaurant RPM Italian. This informal gathering gave new and returning task force members the opportunity to get to know one another better all while enjoying a delicious four course meal. And as a great conversation starter, the dinner kicked off with a winter book exchange so each task force member went home with a new winter read!

Midterm Politics in the U.S. House
Hosted by the PACs, Politics & Grassroots Task Force

January 17, 2018

On January 17, the PACs, Politics, and Grassroots Task Force hosted an insider look into the midterm elections in the U.S. House with a fascinating back-to-back panel with the DCCC and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL), and the NRCC and Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT). WGR members gained insight into the top races to watch in November and learned about both committees’ strategy and expectations for the election. Most surprisingly was the common theme both parties spoke about: that candidates running this fall on both sides of the aisle are motivated by a call of service to our country to make a difference.

The Women Behind the Acronyms: Women in Energy and Environment Holiday Happy Hour and Toy Drive
Hosted by the Energy, Environment & Agriculture Task Force
December 19, 2017

 On December 19th, women from the WGR Energy, Environment and Agriculture task force networked with peers from the Women’s Energy Network and the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. It was a great opportunity for our members to meet other women across the energy spectrum and learn more about other energy groups in the city.

FDA 101 Brown Bag Lunch
Hosted by the Health & Social Policies Task Force
December 14, 2017

On Thursday, December 14th, the Health and Social Policies Task Force hosted a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) brown bag lunch.  Participants heard from FDA policy expert Barbara Binzak Blumenfeld, Ph.D. from Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney. She provided an overview of the impact the FDA has on our economy and the role they play in bringing drugs to market. Dr. Blumenfeld also shared her insight into the FDA’s priorities for 2018; this includes increasing the number of generics in the market, curbing the opiod epidemic, and implementing the CURES bill.  Participant’s also heard from WGR’s own Liz Westbrook, who briefed the group on the legislative initiatives moving through Congress that affect the FDA.

Breakfast with Rep. Yvette Clarke and Rep. Susan Brooks
Hosted by the Telecom, Tech & IP Task Force
December 14, 2017

On December 14th, the WGR TTIP Task force hosted a bipartisan policy discussion with Rep. Yvette D. Clarke and Rep. Susan Brooks, two leading women on the House Energy and Commerce and Ethics Committees. During the discussion, Reps. Clarke and Brooks discussed their experiences as being women in Congress and key issues important to their constituents including net neutrality, 5G, cybersecurity, broadband infrastructure, digital redlining and telehealth. WGR members were glad to get the opportunity to speak with two Members of Congress and learn about issues they will be working on during the second session of the 115th Congress.

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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