9:00am - 4:30pm


Capitol Visitor Center

2016 Leadership Conference Agenda

“Chart Your Course”



                                                                     9:00 – 9:30                    Registration & Breakfast


                                                                     9:30 – 9:45                    Welcome


                                                                     9:45 – 11:00                  Speed Mentoring

                                                                              Chelsey Hickman, Principal, Winning Strategies Washington

                                                                              Karissa Willhite, Principal, Ogilvy

                                                                              Araceli Gutierrez, Manager, The Podesta Group

                                                                              Devon Barnhart, Professional Staff, Senate Commerce Committee

                                                                              Kelly Cole, Consulting Counsel, Wiley Rein LLP

                                                                              Moh Sharma, Policy Advisor, House Democratic Caucus 

                                                                              Raven Reeder, Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

                                                                              Jasmine Mora, Communications Director, Congressional Hispanic Caucus

                                                                              Julie Minerva, Principal, Carpi & Clay, Inc

                                                                              Alexis Marks-Mosher, Government Affairs Manager, Apple

                                                                              Matt Leffingwell, Director of Coalitions and Member Services, House Appropriations Committee

                                                                              Corey Inglee, Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Kay Granger

                                                                              Val Jewett, Senior Vice President of Federal Affairs, Washington2Advocates 


                                                                     11:00 – 11:10                 Break


                                                                     11:10 – 12:00              Main Panel - National Journal's "20 Most Powerful Women Staffers on Capitol Hill" 


                                 Maria Meier, Director of the Senate Democratic Diversity Initiative, Senator Harry Reid

                                                                                                        Sarah Bolton, Education Policy Director, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Patty Murray                                                                                                               Jennifer DeCasper, Chief of Staff, Senator Tim Scott


                                                                     12:00 – 12:45                 Keynote: Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-CA)


                                                                     12:45 – 2:00                   NETWORKING LUNCH


                                                                      2:00 – 3:00                    Breakout Panels 


                                                                                Panel A: “How to Manage Up”

                                                                                      Veleter Mazyck, Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge

                                                                                      Stephanie Valencia, Strategic Outreach and Partnerships, Google

                                                                                      Desiree Mowry, Legislative Assistant, Senator Roy Blunt

                                                                                      Jamie Miller, Chief of Staff, Congressman Robert Wittman

                                                                                Panel B: “How to Manage Down”

                                                                                       Bianca Ortiz-Wertheim, Chief of Staff, Senator Tom Udall

                                                                                       Kelle Strickland, Chief of Staff, Congressman Michael Burgess

                                                                                       Sarah Bittleman, Legislative Director, Senator Ron Wyden

                                                                                       Christine Kurth, T-Mobile

                                                                      3:00 – 3:10                     Break


                                                                      3:10 – 4:10                     Take Charge of your Career with Gloria Chan

                                                                                        Gloria Chan, Senior Vice President, CoachDiversity Institute 


                                                                      4:15                                Happy Hour at Hank's Oyster Bar

$25 Includes Registration, Breakfast and Lunch

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