WCSA 2018 Leadership Conference 

Saturday, July 14

9:00am - 4:30pm

Capitol Visitor Center

HVC 215

Conference Agenda

Registration and Breakfast

Welcome Remarks

Speed Mentoring

Panel Discussion: "Female Trailblazers: Learning From The Best"

This panel will include:  

Shalanda Young, Democratic Staff Director for House Appropriations Committee. Learn more about her here 

Mignon Clyburn, former FCC Commissioner. Learn more about her here

Jennifer Higgins, partner at Chamber Hill Strategies. learn more about her here

Leslie Sanchez, producer of CBSNews and former Bush Administration Executive Director of Hispanic Education  Learn more about here here 

Keynote: Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Networking Lunch (Panera to be served)

Breakout One: Crisis Communications

This panel discussion takes a deeper dive into crisis communications with experts who have gracefully led their boss or organizations through tricky times. Panelists will include:

Susan Phalen, most recent director at FEMA.  

Elise Jordan, former speech writer to President George W. Bush and Secretary Condoleezza Rice. Learn more about her here

Caitlin McClure, Senior Associate, the Glover Park Group

Jessica Presley, co-founder of the Democratic Digital Communications Staff Association. Learn more about her here

Breakout Two: How to Get a Bill Into Law

Learn from expert policy staffers on best practices for getting your idea into law, as they inform us on the complex process a bill must undergo before it can be signed by the President and enacted into law. 

Panelists will include:

Fiona Hecksher, Legislative Counsel

Mary Frances Repko, Minority Staff Director of Senate Committee Environment, Power, & Public Works. Learn more about her here

Jenifer Nawrocki Bradley, Legislative Director for Rep. Rutherford

Workshop: Three Ways to Unleash Your Potential 

Learn from negotiation expert, speaker, and coach, Elizabeth Suarez, in making the most of your professional career. Learn more about the workshop here


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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