WGR Blog

Over the past six years I have had the great privilege of serving on the board of WGR—these last two years as president. In these leadership roles I have earned a greater appreciation for our members who work so diligently and selflessly to uphold our mission of “advancing and empowering women in the field of government relations.” We do this by fostering professional development and growth opportunities through a community that supports women’s leadership in government relations.

As you may be aware, in January, WGR launched a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative with the formalization of a DEI Committee led by a diverse and dedicated team. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that the greater government relations community as well as WGR’s leadership and membership welcomes, values, and includes diverse viewpoints.

This work begins with an internal quest of creating a DEI culture within our organization. You may be asking, “What does this look like?” As it stands, the work includes the following immediate priorities:

  • Educating WGR’s leadership and membership about diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Providing DEI programming and incorporating DEI into existing programming and events
  • Ensuring that WGR’s membership is diverse and inclusive by creating a more diverse and inclusive leadership pipeline
  • Including DEI into WGR’s strategic plan

Over the next several months we hope to foster meaningful, trustworthy dialogue around a range of issues that are unique to many of our members—including race, privilege, implicit bias, gender identity, ageism, and many more. 

Our first foray into these conversations takes place this Thursday at our kick-off event: What Does Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mean for Us? We welcome you to join us. Click here to register.

As we continue these conversations in the coming months we are charging ourselves to be thoughtful and measured, and to intentionally include every voice in the conversation.  We encourage you to offer candid feedback as we work to realize the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To view WGR’s position statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Within the Field of Government Relations click here.

Past Blogs

WGR Storms the Hill - May 2018
Are You Ready to Dramatically Uplevel Your Career?
- March 2018
Our Seat at the Table
- December 2018
Meet the Newest Board Members
- October 2017
- August 2017
Take your Vacation - June 2017
Sharing the Vision, Shaping the Future  - May 2017
A Path to Public Service: Ensuring women have a seat at the table - April 2017
#WGRStormstheHill - March 2017
Ready for a New Year & New Congress - March 2017
Answering the Call to Lead - February 2017
Crucial Conversations – Yes, you CAN! - January 2017
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Paving the Way for Those to Come - December 2016
One Step Closer to Eliminating the Glass Ceiling - November 2016
The Female Vote This Election Season - October 2016