January 11, 2016

10th Annual Young Women to Watch Awards

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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.

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Videos
Press

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

January 11, 2016

Running Start, 9th Annual Women to Watch Awards, April 21, 2015, National Museum of Women in the Arts,

Running Start, 9th Annual Women to Watch Awards, April 21, 2015, National Museum of Women in the Arts

Running Start’s 9th 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. These 3 alums were selected after competing in a nationwide contest to solicit votes on social media and engaging in “boots-on-the-ground” campaign simulations prior to the Awards to garner support.

At the Young Women to Watch Awards, the alums campaigned with attendees to ask for their votes, gave rousing speeches, and eventually, one of them walked away with a $5,000 grant to put towards a nonpartisan political cause of their choosing.

Running Start Women to Watch Awards 2015

Congratulations to Political Rising Star Award winner Rana Abdelhamid and to Alumna in Action Award winners Paula Dela Cruz and Antonia Okafor!

The Young Women to Watch Awards always draw 400 of Washington, DC’s political elite as guests, along with about 20 of the women in Congress. The 2015 Awards had e a vintage campaign theme and feel, were hosted in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and we hope it was the best party on Capitol Hill!

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

2014 Women to Watch Awards

January 16, 2014

The 8th Annual Women to Watch Awards, held on April 2nd, celebrated amazing women leaders who are role models for us all. We feature a few photos below, but take a few minutes to view our Facebook albums and tag yourself and your friends! Our Luncheon album is here and our Awards dinner album is here. You can check out the great press we got here.

This year, we tried a few new things and we think they were wild successes!

For the first time, we held a special luncheon the same day as the dinner, featuring Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and our Emerging Young Leader Award Finalists. This luncheon was open to area young women and set the day’s tone of inspiration and celebration.

Our next gambit featured Ambassador Capricia Marshall as the moderator of a Ground Breakers Discussion amongst women who have each been firsts in their field. Making History Award winner, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri; Role Model Award winner, United States Army Reserve Staff Sergeant Jennifer Hunt; and Political Rising Star Award winner, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Coalitions at the National Republican Congressional Committee Bettina Inclán discussed their experiences and showed everyone that we can all dare to achieve, even when it means blazing our own trail.

In a similar theme, we honored the 20 women of the United States Senate with our Trailblazer Award, which was accepted by Senators Kelly Ayotte and Mazie Hirono. Senators Ayotte and Hirono spoke at length about the importance of women’s leadership and in support of Running Start’s work in bringing young women to politics.

We topped off the dinner with the exciting announcement of our Emerging Young Leader Award winner from an impressive group of five finalists in our nation-wide competition, the first of its kind for Running Start. We were pleased to have Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announce that her constituent won the award.

In the middle of our planned show, we were pleasantly surprised by a visit from a Running Start supporter, a former Woman to Watch, and the brand new winner of the Democratic primary in the DC mayoral race! Councilmember Muriel Bowser took up our celebration of women’s leadership and expressed enthusiasm for Running Start’s mission.

We could not have been more pleased and excited about this fantastic night and we left Women to Watch feeling inspired and ready to take on our own challenges and rise to leadership ourselves. Thank you to our sponsors, our hosts and co-hosts, and our supportive Congressional Host Committee, which this year included 60 of the 99 women in Congress!

 


April 2, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Congressional Reception 6:00 pm
Awards Ceremony 7:00 pm

Women to Watch Awards Invitation web

The Women to Watch Awards, held each spring in Washington, DC, celebrates Running Start’s efforts to inspire young women to run for public office. The annual event honors some of the most impressive young women in the country, including some of the youngest women in Congress and other young women leaders who represent the best of their respective professions. By honoring these young women, Running Start hopes to inspire them–and others like them–to take their leadership to another level.

 

2013 Women to Watch Awards

February 25, 2013

Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
May 14th, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill

The Women to Watch Awards, held each spring in Washington, DC, celebrates Running Start’s efforts to inspire young women to run for public office. The annual event honors some of the most impressive young women in the country, including some of the youngest women in Congress and other young women leaders who represent the best of their respective professions. By honoring these young women, Running Start hopes to inspire them–and others like them–to take their leadership to another level.

Sponsorships are now available, click here to view our packet
detailing the different levels available.
Please contacts us at info@runningstartonline.org for more details.

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2012 Women to Watch Awards

February 25, 2013

The 2012 Women to Watch Awards Ceremony was a huge success. We were so pleased to have the opportunity to honor such amazing women. Check out photos from the event on our facebook!

  • Representative Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2012 (AZ-08)
  • Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Chief of Protocol of the United States
  • Representative Martha Roby, U.S. House of Representatives (AL-02)
  • Taryn Davis, Founder and Executive Director, American Widow Project
  • Natalie Randolph, Varsity Football Coach, Coolidge High School
  • Rocio Ortega, Student Activist

and alumnae tribute

  • Jacqueline Emerson, Actress, The Hunger Games

View a video about the 2012 Award Ceremony

 

 


More about the 2012 Award honorees:

 

Representative Gabrielle Giffords

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords began her career in public service in 2001 when she was elected to the Arizona State House. Two years later, at age 30, she became the youngest woman ever elected to the State Senate. In 2006, she was elected to serve Arizona’s 8th Congressional District in Congress, where her work on border security, renewable energy and rights for military families led her to win three terms in office. On Jan. 8, 2011, Congresswoman Giffords was the victim of an assassination attempt, in which she sustained life-threatening injuries. Congresswoman Giffords has pursued her recovery with extraordinary strength and determination. Her resilience inspired the nation. Although she has left Congress to concentrate on her recovery, Congresswoman Giffords continues to, in the words of President Obama, “embody the very best of what public service should be.

 

Ambassador Capricia Marshall

Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall was sworn in as Chief of Protocol of the United States on August 3, 2009.  As the Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Marshall leads the Office of Protocol in its mission to advance the foreign policy of the Obama Administration by creating and fostering an environment for successful diplomacy.  As the first hand that welcomes Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers to the United States, Ambassador Marshall serves on the front lines of diplomatic engagement building bridges and fostering understanding between people and governments.  She serves as the primary liaison for visiting dignitaries meeting with the President, Vice President, Secretary of State and other Administration officials, and manages and implements protocol arrangements for Presidential travel abroad.  Since assuming her post, Ambassador Marshall has executed several State Visits, multiple major international conferences, and hundreds of bilateral meetings.  Ambassador Marshall has worked in a variety of capacities for President and Secretary Clinton including Special Assistant to the First Lady and as the youngest White House Social Secretary in recent history.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ambassador Marshall is a first-generation American born to a father of Croatian descent and a mother of Mexican heritage. She graduated from Purdue University in 1986, and received a law degree in 1990 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she served as Student Bar Association President.  Ambassador Marshall is married to Dr. Robert Marshall, a private practice cardiologist in Washington, DC. They have one son.

 

Representative Martha Roby

Representative Martha Roby In November 2010, the people of Alabama’s Second Congressional District elected Martha Roby to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she now sits on the prestigious House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Education and the Workforce Committee.  Prior to her swearing in, Republican leaders selected Roby as one of only four freshman members to serve on the GOP Transition Team, a 22-member panel tasked with reforming House rules to provide greater efficiency, transparency, and accountability in the 112th Congress. On the Committee, Roby was a strong advocate for commonsense reforms. Among other changes, she supported a mandatory 72-hour public review period for legislation prior to House votes, and a restructured House calendar that increases the amount of time members spend in their home districts, where they are accessible by—and accountable to—the people they represent. Many of the Transition Team’s proposed reforms were enacted in recently approved changes to the rules of the House of Representatives.  Roby is married to Riley Roby and they have two children, Margaret and George. They are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where they are involved in various ministries.

 

Taryn Davis

Taryn Davis is Founder and Executive Director of the American Widow Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing military widows with the opportunity to heal together, “Military Widow to Military Widow.” After losing her husband when she was 21 years old, Taryn connected with women across the country to share their stories of love and loss and survival. The connections she made led her to create a documentary, website, and non-profit organization to provide support for women like herself. Today, Taryn’s American Widow Project has served over 1,100 women. Taryn was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World”, a Top 10 CNN Hero, L’Oreal’s National Woman of Worth, and is a VH1’s Do Something Award Recipient.

 

Natalie Randolph

Natalie Randolph became the first female football varsity coach in Washington, D.C. and the third woman ever to serve as head coach of a high school football team in the nation. After assistant coaching at H.D. Woodson High School, Natalie was hired as the head football coach of the Coolidge High School Colts. Under Natalie’s leadership for two seasons, the Colts have improved their overall grade-point average and have twice made the DCIAA playoffs. Outside of her roles as a coach and a science teacher, Natalie is an athlete in her own right having been a hurdler at the University of Virginia and a wide receiver for the DC Divas, a professional team in the Independent Women’s Football League. Former Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty noted Natalie’s pioneering spirit when he declared a “Natalie Randolph Day” in her honor.

 

Rocio Ortega

Rocio Ortega, at 17 years old, serves as the Student Body Secretary and Battalion Commander for the Army JROTC at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. Rocio is a Teen Advisor for Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign to involve American girls in the global problems girls face throughout the world. She also serves as a Financial Literacy Ambassador for the Pan-American Bank and is a teen broadcast citizen journalist for Global Girl Media. Rocio interned for Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and received the Congresswoman’s recognition as a 2011 Woman of the Year.  Rocio heard her calling to politics when she was the last US House of Representative Page sponsored for 38th Congressional District to work in Capitol Hill for the 111th Congress.  She is a proud graduate of Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Leadership Program.

2011 Women to Watch Awards

February 25, 2013

  • Dee Dee Myers, Managing Director, The Glover Park Group
  • Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, Congresswoman, Washington State
  • Maimah Karmo, Founder, Tigerlily Foundation
  • Kakenya Ntaiya, Founder, Kakenya Center for Excellence
  • Maria Peeples, Student Activist

2010 Women to Watch Awards

February 25, 2013

  • Councilmember Muriel Bowser, DC City Council
  • Anne Kornblut, Author & Journalist, The Washington Post
  • Malika Saada Saar, Founder of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights
  • Kellyanne Conway, President & CEO, the polling company inc./WomenTrend
  • Sheila C. Johnson, Team President, Managing Partner & Governor of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics & Running Start’s First Trailblazer Honoree

2009 Women to Watch Awards

February 25, 2013

  • Erin BurnettCNBC Television Anchor
  • Julie Gilbert, Founder & CEO, WOLF Means Business
  • Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Betsy Fischer, Executive Producer, Meet the Press
  • Mona Sutphen, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Obama Administration

2008 Women to Watch Awards

February 25, 2013

  • Nicole Lee, Executive Director, Transafrica Forum
  • Dana Perino, White House Press Secretary
  • Cathy Lanier, DC Chief of Police
  • Michelle Rhee, DC Schools Chancellor
  • Linda Rottenberg, CEO and Founder, Endeavor

2007 Women to Watch Awards

February 25, 2013

  • Rep. Kathy Castor
  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
  • Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
  • Rep. Linda Sanchez
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • Mishonda Baldwin, decorated war veteran and former congressional candidate
  • Dana Bash, Congressional Correspondent, CNN
  • Jamie E. Brown, Federal Relations Counsel, Google
  • Katherine Chon, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Polaris Project
  • Dina Habib Powell, Assistant Secretary, U.S. State Department
  • Kim Rappaport, attorney and pro bono advocate, Arnold & Porter
  • Ashley R. Riveira, attorney and author, Crowell & Moring
  • Maya Rockeymoore, Founder and President, Global Policy Solutions
  • Amy Walter, Senior Editor, Cook Political Report
  • Diana Wells, Co-President, Ashoka