Thank you for attending Women's Legislative Briefing 2022

Join us on January 29, 2023 for
Montgomery County Commission for Women’s
 43 rd Annual
VIRTUAL Women’s Legislative Briefing

The Women’s Legislative Briefing (WLB) is the premier and longest-standing women’s legislative event in the state of Maryland. It is coordinated by the Montgomery County Commission for Women and brings together advocates, policy makers, and emerging leaders to empower, engage, and mobilize Marylanders around issues affecting women and girls throughout the state. 

WLB 2023 Overview

  • This is the 43 rd  anniversary of the Women’s Legislative Briefing
  • 2023 WLB Theme: Empowered Women Protect Democracy
  • Date: January 29, 2023
  • Place: Virtual!
  • Cost: $23 until January 27, $30 thereafter/students are $5
    Purchase your ticket today!
  • ​Time: 12:30-5:00pm

Schedule (Subject to Change)

  • 12:30pm
    Virtual Conference Opens 
  • 1:00pm-1:55pm
    Plenary Panel Discussion: Women Who Empower Through Advocacy
  • 2:00pm-2:55pm Breakout Sessions:
    Empowerment Through Health 
    Empowerment Through Safety
  • 3:00pm-3:55pm Breakout Sessions:
    Empowerment Through Economic Justice
    Empowerment Through Education
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm
    Virtual Networking

Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders sessions will run concurrently with the adult sessions.

History and Purpose:

The Montgomery County Commission for Women organized the first Women’s Legislative Briefing in January 1980, co-sponsored by 12 community and women’s organizations. Except for 1982, the briefing has been presented annually. The number of co-sponsoring organizations has grown dramatically with over 65 co-sponsors. The number of participants has also increased significantly, more than tripling from approximately 200 in 1981 to more than 750 in 2019. The WLB was held virtually in 2020 for the first time in accordance with CDC guidelines due to the Pandemic.

The purpose of the briefing is to provide information on legislative issues of concern to women and families, including bills that will be introduced in the upcoming sessions of the Maryland General Assembly and U.S. Congress.  Local and state officials are invited to attend the briefing.

To emphasize the role of women as key to policymakers, keynote speakers in the past have included:

Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States
Joanne Bamberger, Author, How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America
Dr. Bernice Sandler, Author of Title IX legislation
Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Lilly Ledbetter, Pay Equity Advocate
Dorothy Height, Founder and President Emeritus, National Council of Negro Women
Donna Brazile, Founder and Managing Director, Brazile and Associates, LLC
Eleanor Smeal, Founder and President, The Feminist Majority and Past National President of NOW
Karen Nussbaum, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Shinae Chun, Director, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
The Honorable Donna Edwards, U.S. House of Representatives
Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit for Women
Susan Wood, Ph.D., Former Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, U.S. FDA
Cokie Roberts, Senior News Analyst, National Public Radio, Political Commentator, ABC-News
Dr. Jane Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Business & Professional Women, USA
Ellen Malcolm, President of EMILY’s List
Lynne Battaglia, U.S. Attorney for District of Maryland
Patricia Blau Reuss, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund
Anita Perez Ferguson, President, National Women’s Political Caucus
Carmen Delgado Votaw, Washington Representative for Girl Scouts of the USA
The Honorable Constance Morella, U.S. House of Representatives
M ónica Ramirez, Founder, Justice for Migrant Women

What is the Montgomery County Commission for Women?

The Montgomery County Commission for Women (CFW), formed in 1972 through county law, is charged with the responsibility of advising the public, the County Executive, the County Council, and county agencies, state and federal government on issues of concern to women.  The CFW consists of a 15-member board of commissioners appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Commissioners serve three-year terms without compensation. 

The mission of the Commission for Women is to advance women’s equal and full participation in the benefits, responsibilities, and opportunities of society, and to enable women to participate as equals in the community through the acquisition of skills and competencies, information and resources.  The Commission’s primary responsibility is to identify inequities in laws, policies, practices and procedures, and to recommend and promote remedies.

Sponsorships:

The Women’s Legislative Briefing is only made possible each year by the generous financial support from its corporate, non-profit, and community co-sponsors. Sponsorship is an easy and effective way to help publicize the program while promoting the importance of issues affecting women and girls throughout the state.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?  You can do so here or contact Jodi Finkelstein at (240) 777-8333 or e-mail Jodi.Finkelstein@montgomerycountymd.gov.

2023 Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Emerald Sponsorship: $5,000

  • Name and logo on all event publicity prior to and up to the event (This will all be online and must be received by Saturday, December 31, 2022) 
  • Company video shared during the opening plenary session (video to be provided by sponsor) 
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference 
  • Complimentary attendance for 7 associates to attend the conference. Two associates may also attend the Chair’s Networking Reception. 

Topaz Sponsorship: $2,500

  • Name and logo on all event publicity prior to and up to the event (This will all be online and must be received by Saturday, December 31, 2022) 
  • Company video shared during the opening plenary session (video to be provided by sponsor) 
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference 
  • Complimentary attendance for 6 associates to attend the conference. Two associates may also attend the Chair’s Networking Reception. 

Amethyst Sponsorship: $1,000

  • Name and logo on all event publicity prior to and up to the event (This will all be online and must be received by Saturday, December 31, 2022) 
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference 
  • Complimentary attendance for 5 associates to attend the conference. Two associates may also attend the Chair’s Networking Reception. 
Pearl Sponsorship: $500
  • Name and logo on all event publicity prior to and up to the event (This will all be online and must be received by Saturday, December 31, 2022) 
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference
  • Complimentary attendance for 4 associates to attend the conference. Two associates may also attend the Chair’s Networking Reception. 

Opal Sponsorship: $250

  • Name and logo on all event publicity prior to and up to the event (This will all be online and must be received Saturday, December 31, 2022) 
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference 
  • Complimentary attendance for 3 associates to attend the conference. Two associates may also attend the Chair’s Networking Reception.

2023 Community Co-Sponsorship Opportunities

Level 4 Community Co-Sponsor: $125

  • Co-sponsoring organization's name included on all online event publicity. Materials must be received by Saturday, December 31, 2022. 
  • Opportunity for co-sponsors representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Complimentary admission for four individuals: 
  • Inclusion of co-sponsoring organization in the 2023 WLB Networking Directory (form must be submitted by Saturday, December 31, 2022)
  • Complimentary admission for four individuals:
    • Three co-sponsor representatives to the WLB 
    • One admission for Co-sponsor’s President, Chair, or Designee to Chair’s Networking Session and the WLB 

Level 3 Community Co-Sponsor and Friend of the WLB: $100

  • Co-sponsoring organization's name included on all online event publicity. Materials must be received by Saturday, December 31, 2022. 
  • Opportunity for co-sponsors representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Complimentary admission for four individuals:
    • Two co-sponsor representatives to the WLB 
    • One admission for Co-sponsor’s President, Chair, or Designee to Chair’s Networking Session and the WLB 
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2023 WLB Networking Directory ( form must be submitted by Saturday, December 31, 2022)

Level 2 Community Co-Sponsor: $80

  • Co-sponsoring organization's name included on all online event publicity. Materials must be received by Saturday, December 31, 2022. 
  • Opportunity for co-sponsors representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Complimentary admission for four individuals:
    • One co-sponsor representatives to the WLB 
    • One admission for Co-sponsor’s President, Chair, or Designee to Chair’s Networking Session and the WLB 
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2023 WLB Networking Directory ( form must be submitted by Saturday, December 31, 2022)

Level 1 Community Co-Sponsor: $65

  • Co-sponsoring organization's name included on all online event publicity. Materials must be received by Saturday, December 31, 2022. 
  • Includes one complimentary WLB admission 
  • Opportunity for co-sponsors representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2023 WLB Networking Directory ( form must be submitted by Saturday, December 31, 2022)

Chair’s Networking Reception

The Chair’s Networking Reception will be IN PERSON on January 28, 2023, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.in the Ellsworth Room at the Silver Spring Civic Center.  The reception is by invitation only. Participants will receive information from the Commission for Women’s Chair.