The morning will kick off with a welcoming address by our chairwoman,
House Minority Leader, Advocate for Education, Environment,
Healthcare, ISRAEL, and more...
515 15TH ST. NW
WASHINGTON, DC 2004
|Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 115th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history. As the Democratic Leader, Pelosi is fighting for bigger paychecks and better infrastructure for America’s middle class families. In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement.|
Kerry Blair currently resides in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with her husband and six children. Upon graduating from The Ohio State University (B.A. Journalism), Kerry spent twelve years in Europe working as a model, journalist and co-owner of the tourism company Promociones Mallorca, LLC. There she also spent many years as a volunteer for the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet Center (MWR). Since returning to the U.S., Kerry has worked as an independent philanthropy professional, traveling to more than 50 countries researching the plight of orphans and at-risk children. As a member of UNA-USA, the nation’s largest chapter, she traveled with a small delegation to Geneva and Rome to study the issue of transparency within the United Nations. She is most notably regarded for her work with HIV/AIDS orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through the UNA-USA campaign HERO, Kerry created Club HERO (Help Educate At-Risk Orphans), an educational program for middle-school students in the DC area that encourages philanthropic and globally minded children through education, advocating and donation efforts.
For more than 30 years, Kerry Blair has studied esoteric and holistic healing. Guided by her belief in integrative medicine, combined with a program of personal empowerment, Kerry founded Maximum Joy, LLC, a holistic wellness company that includes consulting, coaching, energy work, retreats, workshops and speaking engagements, working with various organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, schools and private clients. Kerry is a Certified Life Coach, Wellness Consultant and Reiki Master.
Kerry Blair is a founding board member of the Blue Horizon Charitable Foundation and continues to work actively within the organization. The Blue Horizon Charitable Foundation is dedicated to increasing the awareness of global inequalities in healthcare, as well as providing charitable medical care and education to adults and children in impoverished areas.
Dr. Melissa Glynn serves as the Assistant Secretary for Enterprise Integration (OEI) and is responsible for leading efforts to continuously improve operations of the Department. OEI focuses on enhancing Veterans and employee experiences through effective enterprise integration and execution support of people, processes, technology; innovations; and maturing management capabilities. OEI leads Departmental efforts in: strategic and future foresights, enterprise risk management, performance management, policy management and analysis, transformation and innovations, data analytics and statistics, data governance, and interagency coordination and collaboration.
Prior to entering public service, Dr. Glynn led a consulting practice for an internationally renowned turnaround and restructuring firm. Her work with Alvarez & Marsal’s Public Sector practice focused on improving the delivery of government programs, K-12, and higher education through public private partnerships and restructuring sourcing and acquisitions, asset management, technology, and organizational design. The practice transformed organizations and programs and leveraged her specific expertise in Medicaid, social services, and grants management. Previously, she was a Principal with PricewaterhouseCoopers responsible for the firm’s work with the Department. Initially, Dr. Glynn’s career focused on the development and deployment of cutting edge technologies associated with collaborative decision making. She served as Co-Director of the Center for the Management of Information at the University of Arizona concurrent with her doctoral studies and was a principal investigator on an Industry / University Cooperative grant from the National Science Foundation and several programs funded by defense research laboratories.
Dr. Ludy Green is one of the world’s foremost experts on Economic Empowerment and violence against women. A Human Rights activist for over 20 years. She speaks regularly in national and international venues on the importance of financial autonomy in breaking the abusive patterns that hold captive victims of violence and human trafficking, and she is a contributing writer on women’s issues for the Huffington Post and to Thrive Global, as well as the Author of “Ending Domestic Violence Captivity”:A Guide to Economic Freedom published by Volcano Press on October 2015.
The methodology pioneered by Dr. Green has been validated by the work of the non-profit organization she founded in 2001, Second Chance Employment Services. Second Chance’s innovative program has been uniquely successful in helping hundreds of survivors attain lifelong freedom from domestic violence and human trafficking through financial and emotional independence.
Second Chance is the nation’s first and only employment placement agency for domestic violence and human trafficking victims. In its sixteenth years of operation, Second Chance has expanded from its home base in Washington, DC to operations in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and other locations, and has become one of the leading domestic violence prevention programs in the United States. The service model of Second Chance has been adopted by federal agencies and is the basis for public education campaigns, policy development, and leadership training for preventing and ending violence against women and children, around the nation and worldwide.
Under Dr. Green’s direction, Second Chance Employment Services was a driving force behind passage in March 2013 of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The Act, first passed in1994, and reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013, was the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues families and communities. Last year’s renewal included a landmark provision advocated by Dr. Green to allocate federal funds for organizations that provide employment services for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Dr. Green is now leading an effort to pass the International Violence Against Women Act to prevent gender-based violence on a global scale.
Dr. Green served the U.S. Department of State as Cultural Ambassador of the United States in Human Trafficking to Jordan and Syria in 2009. She recently was sent by US State Department to Brazil 2016, she also served as a US Delegate to Caracas, Venezuela 2016, She was invited by the Government of Poland to be a Presenter at the Congress of Woman in Poland 2014, She was a Presenter at the International Women’s Forum in Berlin, Germany (2014), She served as a U.S. Delegate to Malaysia (2013), Turkey (2011), Chile (2009), and at the Global Summit of Women Vietnam (2008). November 2013, she was a presenter at the Qatar International Business Women Forum in Qatar. In 2006 she was appointed by the U.S. Attorney General to the Advisory Council of Domestic Violence Against Women. Dr. Green was also appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia; elected to serve on the Commission of the Status of Women in Virginia; and elected to the Economic Development Commission in the District of Columbia. Currently serving as Commissioner under Mayor Bowser’s Administration on Child Abuse and Neglect in the District of Columbia
For her work in domestic violence and human trafficking Dr. Green’s numerous awards include: Nominee to the United Nations Business Leader’s Award, Fight Human Trafficking in Luxor, Egypt (2011); Washington Business Journal‘s Women Who Mean Business Award (2010); Brava Award (2009); Woman of Vision Award (2008); Washingtonian of the Year (2008); U.S. Attorney General’s Professional Innovation in Victims Services (2007); “Volvo for Life Award” (2006); Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area’s “HR Leader Award for Excellence in Community Service” (2005); Toyota and ABC Channel 7’s “Tribute to Working Women Award (2005).
Fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and German, Dr. Green has a B.S. in International Finance; she earned her M.A. in Human Resources Management from George Washington University and her Ph.D. in Business Administration at Southern California University. She graduated from the Leadership Washington Program in 2003, and Finance for Senior Executives at Harvard University in 2010. She is a long-standing member of the Society of Human Resources Management; The National Speakers Association (“NSA”), the International Women Forum (“IWF”); and the Women’s Forum of New York and Washington, DC, Member.
Dr. Green resides in Washington, DC with her husband Joseph S. Green and their daughter Megan.
19 years ago, Sarah recognized the need for a stellar, progressive education that would inspire and propel children to become leaders and thinkers, accessing key skills early in their development and preparing them for the future.
Her insights led her to found Preschool of the Arts, with a focus on academic learning, and building healthy habits of the mind, heart, body, and spirit. Sarah is keenly aware of the needs of young children and their families and has dedicated her professional life to catering to them.
Under her leadership, Preschool of the Arts has become of the most in-demand programs in NYC. Moreover, Sarah has established herself as an expert in child development and academic skill-building and authored Curriculum of the Arts, a holistic preschool curriculum used by over 300 schools worldwide. Sarak has lectured to thousands of educators from all around the world and conducted countless workshops. She also serves as a consultant for hundreds of schools and institutions, having supported the establishment of high-caliber Early Childhood programs throughout the U.S., Asia, Canada, and Israel.
Nina Roket concentrates on commercial real estate law with an emphasis in leasing, conveyancing and finance transactions. She was named to the Leading Women Lawyers in New York by Crain’s New York Business and serves as a member of WX and NY Women Executives in Real Estate
Nina advises clients across the U.S. in sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, including leasing, sales, acquisitions and mortgage, mezzanine and preferred equity financings.
Nina is landlord's counsel at numerous office buildings in Midtown and Downtown New York City. Nina also manages complex retail leasing transaction projects on behalf of numerous developers and owners at significant, high profile retail sites across the U.S., including New York, Miami Beach, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and Atlantic City.
Nina has a specialty in restaurant transactions and is counsel to high-profile restaurateurs in bringing complex projects to fruition, advising them and providing resources on matters ranging from negotiating leases to acting as business counsel.
Nina was named to the Leading Women Lawyers in New York by Crain’s New York Business.
Nina serves as a member of WX, New York Women Executives in Real Estate, an invitation-only association of executive-level women actively engaged in the commercial real estate industry in New York and as a board member of Sarcoma Foundation of America.
Additionally, Nina is a co-administrative partner at Olshan, chair of the firm's Hiring Committee and founder and chair of the Women’s Committee, which serves as a networking, business development and mentoring platform for the firm’s women lawyers and their clients and colleagues.
Nina received her J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School and holds a B.A., cum laude, from Fordham University.
Argentine native. New Yorker by adoption. Curious by nature.
Ariana has built a career out of building and growing relationships between people and brands. She’s created connections with virtually every group of people out there: Moms, business travelers, political elites, kids, teens and tweens. Fashion lovers and home improvers. Affluent shoppers and deal hunters. Immigrants and emigrants. First time home buyers and students. And the list goes on and on.
Her innate understanding of how to connect with people stems from her nearly two decades of being plugged into the world of strategy. She has crafted strategy at the local, hyper-local, regional, national and global levels, and she has worked with multicultural and general market audiences.
Ariana has led digital strategy teams within award-winning advertising agencies. Before becoming Global Chief Strategy Officer at MRM//McCann, she lead teams at mcgarrybowen, The Vidal Partnership and JWT. Ariana holds an M.A. in Media Studies. She has spent her career unearthing, tracking and understanding human behavior and decoding people’s drivers to interact with media and technology; examining and shaping the way in which people relate with family, friends, colleagues, trusted sources, and strangers through technology; and coming up with novel ideas that creatively engage people beyond technology.
Ariana is also a Board Director at PVBLIC Foundation. Through her work and speaking engagements at the United Nations, she continues to push forward her commitment to harnessing the power of media to drive social change by raising awareness and activating citizens globally around the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2017, Ariana was recognized as a Leadership Council Honoree at the Media for Social Impact Summit held at the United Nations.
Powerhouse designer Elizabeth Sutton (b. 1989) is a millennial entrepreneur-artist born and raised in New York City. Sutton is changing the world of interiors one unique and colorful design at a time. Known for her bright, bold stylings, and good vibes ethos, Sutton's distinctive creations have been recognized by many famous publications like Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Forbes, Ocean Drive, and the top tastemakers from New York City to Los Angeles.
Sutton's client luminaries include Kourtney Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Pippa Middleton, Pitbull, Andrew Bocelli, and Iris Apfel. In addition, Sutton has won multiple "Best in Show" awards at designer showcases, has been featured in Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, was dubbed as "the artist and designer to know right now" by Forbes, and was listed as one of their inaugural "Next 1000" list.
Sutton's portfolio includes original artworks, acrylic prints and paper prints of original artwork, dazzling clutches, bold patterned rugs, office chairs, and coloring books.
She is committed to shaping spaces and experiences, while continually on the hunt for strategic partnerships and licensing deals to bring her unique design vision to life. Sutton's recent creative collaborations include TileBar, Janovic, The Whale, a high concept office building in Brooklyn, NY; and ongoing projects with the Eden Rock Hotel in St. Barths.
Sutton's work spans diverse industries and media. Her relentless drive to pursue her dreams, and a profound dedication to lifting people up, make her an artist of our time.