Special Events

 SBA Roundtable: A Conversation with Deputy Administrator Leslie
November 28, 2017

A diverse group of WGR members were joined by Deputy Administrator Althea (?Allie?) Coetzee Leslie for a roundtable discussion. The members heard about the diverse path Deputy Administrator Leslie took toward her appointment at Small Business Administration (SBA) before she provided an overview of the core activities the administration is involved in. All present came away with a better understanding of the resources and work carried on by SBA and a commitment to help take that message back to their organizations and members.


Storytelling: Finding Your Narrative Workshop
October 24, 2017

 A diverse range of WGR members came together for the Storytelling workshop with Jessica N. Grounds. While communication skills development was at the heart of the program we quickly learned that just as no two stories are the same no two reasons for being a better story teller are either. Ultimately workshop participants learned that gaining the skills to present your own narrative and adapt it to multiple situations will not only help you personally and in relation to others but enable you to help your members and clients do the same as well.


Gender & Lobbying
October 5,2017

On Thursday, October 5, Beekeeper Group hosted us at their offices for the gender and lobbying event. This event grew out of WGR’s salary survey, and took a deeper look at women in the lobbying profession.

Jessica Grounds of Mine the Gap moderated this fantastic panel, which included professors Tim LaPira of James Madison University, Kathleen Marchetti from Dickinson College, and Lara Brown from new WGR partner George Washington University’s School of Political Management.

Drs. LaPira and Marchetti walked the audience through their recently published findings that women are still underrepresented in lobbying, and are overwhelmingly “in-house” rather than on contract. Dr. Marchetti provided some interview anecdotes from their work and discussed the unique needs of women, while audience members explored through discussion the push and pull between professional and personal lives.

Dr. Brown shared her own research related to women running for office, noting that more women are interested in running than ever before, but they are still experience challenges that are unique to our gender.

Overall, the robust discussion provided a great venue to further the dialogue about gender and lobbying. We are looking forward to continuing this conversation!


Regulatory Lunch & Learn - Comment Letter How To
September 18, 2017

On September 18th, WGR hosted a lively lunch and learn conversation responding to member inquiries on the process of writing comment letters. Whether responding to federal or state regulatory action the getting your organizations position on the record is key to informing the regulatory process. WGR VP Kate Shenk and Board of Directors member Tamra Spielvogel were joined by Susan Asmus, SVP, Regulatory Affairs at the National Association of Home Builders to lead the conversation. The conversation ranged from what you should do before the rule is announced to managing the comment letter writing process and agency follow-up after the fact. The group was able to share best practices, experiences from the field and challenges & solutions with each other with attendees bringing both questions and answers to the table.

WGR Election Series: Does the Glass Ceiling Still Exist?
Hosted by the Congressional Outreach Committee
November 3, 2016

On November 3, Women in Government Relations (WGR) hosted the second event in our 2016 Election Series, which sought to answer the question, “does the glass ceiling still exist?” In her opening remarks, WGR President Katie Schubert reminded attendees that the organization was formed in 1975 when a salary survey of government relations professionals showed large discrepancies between men and women working in our field.

Jessica Grounds, founder and principal of Solid Grounds Strategy, LLC, moderated the panel, which included former U.S. Representatives Connie Morella (R-MD) and Mary Bono (R-CA), Anna Davis from the National Governors Association, and Cicely Simpson from the National Restaurant Association. They discussed how they overcame obstacles to get to their current positions, what they learned from their failures, and how to not be modest or let others take credit for their success.

The panelists had inspiring advice for all the women in the room. “Don’t give up. No guts, no glory,” said Congresswoman Morella who told how she lost her first election and then came back stronger than ever four years later. Anna Davis shared that early in her career she tried to be more like the men she worked with, but then realized that she could be more successful by doing things differently. “It’s the not the experience, but how you respond to it,” said Cicely Simpson who told attendees to always keep their eyes open for opportunities. And when asked which woman, in addition to their mother, inspired them the most, Congresswoman Bono named Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam who was the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event since 1945. “Nobody told her that she could or couldn’t. She just did it.”

To see photos from the event, check out #WGRElectionSeries on Twitter.


WGR Hill Day - #WomenStormTheHill
Hosted by the Congressional Outreach Committee
April 20, 2016

On Wednesday, April 20 WGR stormed the hill to spread our mission of advancing and empowering women in government relations through education, professional development, networking, and mentoring! The day started with breakfast and a presentation on how WGR engages with Congress and female members of Congress. The group visited 58 offices for meetings with members of congress and staff.

 As a result of Hill Day, five members of Congress joined as Emeritus Members - Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA), Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME). The group even had some time to catch up with 2016 Spring Reception honoree Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) who gave some great advice to women in our field. Read more at WGR Blog.


Young Professionals Month Mentor Dinner
Hosted by the Membership Committee
April 19, 2016

On April 19, twelve young professionals joined LeeAnn Petersen, Partner at Cox Petersen Group, and former WGR President and Katie Schubert, Senior Vice President at CRD Associates and current WGR Treasurer for a dinner discuss what life is like as a female in the field of government relations. LeeAnn and Katie guided the conversation, provided their perspectives and shared their own life experiences from their career path to their involvement in WGR.


Young Professionals Month Networking Happy Hour
Hosted by the Membership Committee
April 14, 2016

On April 14, WGR kicked off our second annual Young Professionals Month (YPM) with a networking happy hour. Over 40 young professionals joined WGR leadership for an evening of networking with government relations professionals from all levels and sector.


Roots to Route at George Washington University
Hosted by Board of Directors

March 23, 2016

On March 23, WGR presented our college Roots to Route series to the GW Women’s Leadership Program at their Mount Vernon Campus. Panelists from WGR’s leadership included Laura Evans, APIC, Ashton Barry, Cook Political Report, and Allison Hull, Sempra Energy with Leah Svoboda, Jeffrey J. Kimbell and Associates serving as the moderator. The panelists shared their career path, lessons learned, and gave advice about college including tips on how to get an internship and deciding on advanced education. The women from GW asked questions and networked with the panelists.


Roots to Route at American University
Hosted by the Membership Committee
October 8, 2015

More than 20 participants attended October 8th American University Roots to Route college panel. Panelists included WGR leaders, Carla Lochiatto, CAE, Associate Director, Public Policy, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE); Mallika Vastare, Director of Government Relations, The Furman Group; Abby Jagoda, Director of Federal Government Relations, International Council of Shopping Centers; Erin Morton, Director, Global Health Technologies Coalition; and Lucy Gettman, Deputy Associate Executive Director, Federal Programs, National School Boards Association served as the panel moderator. The panelists shared their experiences in the government relations world, lessons learn, and things they wish they had known when they were in college.
Thank you to the Women & Politics Institute at American University for helping WGR put this event together and to the panelists and moderator for sharing their wisdom!


Language, Power, and You – Techniques to Keep Stress in Balance for Women in the Workplace
Hosted by the Board of Directors
July 20, 2015

WGR WEN partner eBay hosted a free, members-only event with speech language pathologist, Rochel Lieberman, MA, CCC-SLP, in an interactive seminar that explored several sources of stress particularly relevant for women.  Rochel’s unique approach focused on the significance of communication in the workplace, and discussed how its usage can either trigger or help reduce stress, along with the powerful effects of vocal management and intonation. Attendees learned management and stress reduction techniques to be used immediately to achieve success in both their professional and personal lives including speaking from your core and how to complete a stress journal.


New & Prospective Member Open House
Hosted by the Board of Directors
July 16, 2015

Over 60 new and prospective members joined the WGR leadership for a casual summer networking reception to learn more about WGR and how to get involved. Leadership shared their experiences with WGR and how it has shaped their professional and often personal lives. If you would like to learn more about how to get involved view our webinar here.


Leadership Strategy Session
Hosted by the Board of Directors
July 10, 2015

WGR Leadership gathered together at the American Gas Association for the annual training meeting. Task Forces and Committee networked, shared ideas and started planning for events the upcoming year.  The Executive Committee shared an update of the organization as well as some best practices. Keep an eye on your inbox and the WGR schedule of events for new and exciting things from our leadership!


2015 Congressional Women's Softball Game
Hosted by the Board of Directors
June 24, 2015

WGR was pleased to again serve as a Hall of Fame sponsor for the 2015 Congressional Women’s Softball Game supporting the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) which provides program and initiatives that are vitally important to the thousands of young women diagnosed with breast cancer every year. WGR members met up at local watering hole, Trusty’s for snacks and drinks, then headed over to the game to see the members of congress take on women of the Washington, D.C. press corps.

Leadership Networking Reception
Hosted by the Board of Directors
March 24, 2015

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, WGR's election committee hosted a reception for WGR members interested in learning more about the multitude of leadership opportunities available within the organization. The elections committee while tasked with recruiting candidates for the board of directors has in recent years helped identify leaders for WGR ask forces and committees, ensuring a robust pipeline of future leaders for WGR. If you would like to learn more about the WGR leadership and the many roles that are available, please contact Executive Director Emily Bardach to learn more.


40th Anniversary Leadership Tea
Hosted by WGR Board of Directors

February 18, 2015

On February 18th, WGR kicked-off it's 40th anniversary celebrations with a Leadership Circle tea at The Willard hotel. The event thanked our inaugural Leadership Circle members and invited past WGR leaders to join this amazing group of women who are committed to supporting WGR's mission of advancing and empowering women in our field.  We were honored to have two WGR founders attend the event: Sheila MacDonald and Bettie McCarthy. We hope that you will join us on May 6th for our annual Spring Reception, a great opportunity to celebrate WGR! Interested in learning more about WGR's Leadership Circle?  Contact WGR Past President Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg.