Women's Legislative Briefing 2022

Join us on January 30, 2022 for
Montgomery County Commission for Women’s
 42 nd 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.

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WLB 2022 Overview

  • This is the 42 nd  anniversary of the Women’s Legislative Briefing
  • 2022 WLB Theme: Voting Women Change Everything
  • Date: January 30, 2022
  • Place: Virtual!
  • Time: 12:30-5:00pm

WLB Program

12:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m. - Welcome and Introductions

1:00 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. -Keynote Address

 2:00 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. - Breakout Session One
 
Voting to Protect
Voting for Access

3:00 p.m. - 3:55pm - Breakout Session Two
 
Voting for Your Health
Educating the Vote

4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Networking Reception and Closing
 
Again this year: special seminars will be offered for students in grades 6 - 12 through our Emerging Leaders track.
 
Registration:
$22 - Now Through January 28, 2022
 
$30 - January 28 -January 30, 2022
 
$5 Students/Emerging Leaders

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Keynote Speaker

Melanie L. Campbell, President/CEO, The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Campbell

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, making last year the 41 st anniversary of this event.  The number of co-sponsoring organizations has grown dramatically with over 65 organizations co-sponsors. The number of participants has also increased significantly, more than tripling from approximately 200 in 1981 to more than 750 in 2019.  In 2021 the WLB went virtual in accordance with CDC guidelines.

 

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 policy-making, keynote speakers in the past have included:

Rosie Rios, 43 rd 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
Mónica Ramirez, Founder, Justice for Migrant Women

What is the Montgomery County Commission for Women?

The Montgomery County Commission for Women (CFW) is a 15-member board charged with the responsibility of advising the public, the County Executive, the County Council, and the agencies of the county, state and federal governments on the issues of concern to women.  It was formed in 1972 through county law. Each of the commissioners is 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 and non-profit sponsors and community co-sponsors. Sponsorship is an easy and effective way to help publicize a program while promoting the importance of issues affecting women and girls throughout the state.
Interested in becoming a sponsor?  Contact  Jodi Finkelstein at (240) 777-8333 or e-mail Jodi.Finkelstein@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Sponsorships may be purchased on online If your organization is unable to purchase a sponsorship online, they may do so by filling out this form.  ONLINE PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION is preferred. 

Forms should be send to  Jodi.Finkelstein@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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 Wednesday, January 12, 2022.)
  • Video about the company shared during opening plenary (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 Wednesday, January 12, 2022)
  • Video about the company shared during opening plenary (video to be provided by sponsor)
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference
  • Complimentary attendance for 6 associates for all portions of 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 Wednesday, January 12, 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 Wednesday, January 12, 2022)
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference
  • Complimentary attendance for 4 associates for all portions of 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 Wednesday, January 12, 2022)
  • Name and logo prominently featured at the beginning of the conference
  • Complimentary attendance for 3 associates for all portions of the conference. Two associates may also attend the Chair’s Networking Reception.

2022 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 Wednesday, January 12, 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 2022 WLB Networking Directory (form must be submitted by Wednesday, January 12, 2022)
  • Complimentary admission for four individuals:
    • Three co-sponsor representatives to the WLB
    • Two admissions 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 Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
  • Opportunity for co-sponsors representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Complimentary admission for three individuals:
    • Two-co-sponsor representatives to the WLB
    • Two admissions for Co-sponsor’s President, Chair or Designee to Chair’s Networking Session and the WLB  
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2022 WLB Networking Directory ( form must be submitted by Wednesday, January 12, 2022)

Level 2 Community Co-Sponsor:  $80

  • Co-sponsoring organization's name included on all online event publicity. Materials must be received by January 12, 2022.
  • Opportunity for co-sponsors representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Complimentary admission for two individuals:
    • One co-sponsor representative to the WLB
    • Two admissions for Co-sponsor’s President, Chair or Designee to Chair’s Networking Session and the WLB  
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2022 WLB Networking Directory (form must be submitted by Wednesday, January 12, 2022)

Level 1 Community Co-Sponsor:  $65

  • Includes one complimentary WLB admission
  • Opportunity for co-sponsors representative to participate on the WLB planning committee
  • Inclusion of Co-sponsoring organization in the 2022 WLB Networking Directory (form must submitted by Wednesday, January 12, 2022)