WCSA 2019 Leadership Conference 

Saturday, July 20

8:45am - 4:30pm

Capitol Visitor Center

HVC 215

Conference Agenda

Registration and Breakfast

Welcome Remarks

Speed Mentoring

Panel Discussion: "Overcoming Adversity"

More info about your panelists can be found here.

Bonnie Jenkins, Founder & President of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS)

Reema Dodin, Floor Director to the Assistant Democratic Leader

Shannon Hines, Staff Director, Senate Committee on Appropriations (Majority)

Juliegrace Brufke, Staff Writer, The Hill

Keynote: Janice Mays

Former Chief Counsel for the Committee on Ways & Means

See Janice's full bio here!

Networking Lunch

Breakout One: Branding Your Boss

This panel discussion features experts from the social media space as well as seasoned Capitol Hill communications staff to educate attendees on how to develop a brand for your boss.

2019 Panelists:

Rachel Holland, Facebook and Instagram

Sofia Gross, Snap Inc.

Christiana ("Christie") Stephenson, House Democratic Caucus

Ruben Verastigui, Republican Senate Conference

Breakout Two: How to Be an Effective Legislative Staffer

Learn from expert policy staffers on best practices for how to best advance your boss' policy priorities.

Kim Corbin, Senior Adviser, House Rules Committee (majority)

Emily Leviner, Legislative Director, Senator Deb Fischer

Laura Thrift, Legislative Director, Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Brett Quick, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Financial Services Forum

Breakout Three: Scheduling Best Practices

Estephania Gongora, Director of Scheduling, Second Lady Karen Pence

Laura Piccioli, Scheduler, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Tory Scordato, Scheduler, Congressman Derek Kilmer

Alexandra Gourdikian, Director of Operations and Scheduling for Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy

Carol Kresse, Scheduler, Congressman Anthony Gonzalez

Workshop: Negotiating Like a Boss

WGR’s (Women in Government Relations) Kayla Gardner and Stephanie Krenrich walk through the tools you need to be your own best advocate!

Stephanie Krenrich, Director of Federal Relations, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Kayla Gardner, State Government Affairs Manager, Wireless Infrastructure Association

Networking Happy Hour to Follow!

Where: Union Pub side room, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE

When: 4:45pm - 7:00pm


Registration costs $25 and includes breakfast and lunch catered by Panera. Plenty of Starbucks coffee will be provided throughout the day!

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