10th Annual Young Women to Watch Awards


March 15, 2016, 7 pm – 9 pm
The National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Running Start’s 10th Annual Young Women to Watch Awards honored the youngest women in politics! The annual awards dinner also provided programmatic training to 3 of Running Start’s most impressive alums: Alexandra Curtis, Teresa Dorlack, and Jessica Gottsleben. These 3 alums were selected after competing in a nationwide contest to spread the word that every young woman should be able to say #ILookLikeAPolitician.

The Young Women to Watch Awards drew about 400 of Washington, DC’s political elite as guests and about 75% of of the women in Congress joined the Congressional Host Committee. The Awards were hosted in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and we think it was the best party on Capitol Hill!

We heard from Members of Congress (Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kyrsten Sinema, Martha Roby, Tulsi Gabbard, Eric Swalwell, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Brenda Lawrence), our amazing alum finalists for the competition to become our #ILookLikeAPolitician Ambassador (congratulations to winner Jessica Gottsleben), some of our strongest supporters (Walmart’s Jana Barresi, the UAE Embassy’s Hagir Elawad, and PwC’s Laura Cox Kaplan), and from our fabulous Trailblazer honoree, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

2016 #ILookLikeAPolitician Ambassador Jessica Gottsleben gives her winning speech.


Host Committee

Rosemary Becchi

Liz Berry & Michael Hill

Laura Cox Kaplan

Karen Goldmeier Green

Jessica Grounds & Wes McClelland

Hallie Smith

Jenn Higgins

Jessica Hogle

Nancy Jacobson

Linda Kramer Jenning

Katie & David Leavy

Emily Lenzner

Molly Levinson

Poppy MacDonald

Kristin Mannion

Anita McBride

Kelley McCormick

Chris McGowan

Christine Enemark & William Minor

Pat & Alex Shakow

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour



Learn about the Run with Running Start contest to choose the finalists.

2015 Young Women to Watch Awards

2014 Women to Watch Awards

2013 Women to Watch Awards

2012 Women to Watch Awards

2011 Women to Watch Awards

2010 Women to Watch Awards

2009 Women to Watch Awards

2008 Women to Watch Awards

2007 Women to Watch Awards