Summit Invitation

The 2015 Summit was held on July 11, 2015 at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

2015 Agenda

9:00-10:00 AM BREAKFAST and Check in
10:00-10:15 AM Introduction to Running Start and Welcome
10:15-11:00 AM SPEAKER The Power of Women in Politics
  •  Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D), Maryland’s 4th District
  •  Sharon Day, Republican National Committee Co-chair Invited
11:15-11:45 AM SPEAKER Creating your Personal Brand
  • Ali Rodway, Owner, Head Coach, and Content Designer, Ali Rodway Coaching
11:50 AM-12:10 PM SPEAKER Let’s Party! How to Get the Parties’ Attention and Use Them to Your Best Advantage
  • Moderator: Emily Lenzner, Vice President of Global Communications, Atlantic Media Company
  • Jessica O’Connell, Executive Director, Emily’s List Invited
  • Laila Mohib, Program Director, The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
  • Mindy Finn, Founder, MissChief Media and Empowered Women
  • Neri Martinez, Future Majority Project Director, Republican State Leadership Committee
12:15- 12:35 PM SPEAKER Raising New Voices in Politics
  • Moderator: Christina Bellatoni, editor, Roll Call CQ Invited
  • Mishonda Mosley, Judge Advocate Army Corps Officer, U.S Navy
  • Krysta Jones, Congressional Outreach Director at U.S House of Representatives, Founder and CEO of Virginia Leadership Institute, Author
  • Nadia Farjood, Latinas Represent
  • Diana Hwang, Founder, Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI)
  • Nichole Francis Reynolds, Director of Federal Government Affairs, MasterCard
12:35-1:15 PM LUNCH
1:15-1:35 PM SPEAKER How to Look the Part But Still Be Yourself
  • Moderator: Julissa Marenco, Assistant Bureau Chief, Media Bureau for Federal Communications Commission  Invited
  • Laura Cox Kaplan, Principal-in-Charge of U.S. Government, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy at PwC, LLP
  • Lauren Rothman, Author, Fashion Stylist, Commentator, Styleauteur
  • Heather Barmore, Account Manager at Larger Media, Legislative Representative at New York State United Teachers
1:40-2:00 PM SPEAKER Running from the Ground Up: How to Raise Money When You Don’t Already Have It
  • Moderator: Jessica Grounds, Co-chair of Board of Directors, Running Start, Founder, Solid Grounds Strategies
  • Council Member LaRuby May, Ward Eight DC City Council
  • Katie Cristol, Democratic Nominee for Arlington, Virginia County Board
  • Rebecca Thompson, Non-Profit Leader, Social Justice Advocate, Former Candidate, Michigan State House
2:10-2:30 PM SPEAKER Let’s Talk about Sex: Navigating Sex, Gender and Identity on the Path to Politics
  • Moderator: Sarah Brewer, Government Management Consultant, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
  • Suzanne Haik Terrell, Former Louisiana Elections Commissioner, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration
  • Jaan Williams, Director of Domestic Programs, Victory Fund Invited
  • Clare Bresnahan, Programs Director, She Should Run
  • Major Janel D. Voth, Congressional Affairs Officer and Strategic Planner, HDQA Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Invited
  • Congresswoman Mary Bono,  Invited
2:40-3:45 PM ACTIVITY Elevator Breakout Sessions
4:00-5:00 PM ACTIVITY Who I Am and Why I Want to Run
5:00-6:00 PM ACTIVITY Speed Network Training
  • Ingrid Vanderveldt, Founder Chairman and CEO, Vanderveldt Global Investments and EBW2020 Invited
  • Belinda Garza, Vice President Government Relations and Public Engagement, Univision Communications Inc. Invited
  • Tina Tchen, White House Director of Public Liaison  Invited
  • Kelsey Campbell, Foreign Affairs Specialist, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Sarah Hurwitz, Speech Writer, White House Invited

Learn about 2014’s Summit here.

Learn about 2013’s Summit here.