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Ladies America will host the "Women Leading the Future" day-long women’s conference. This conference brings some of the most dynamic women in America together to discuss major issues and topics that are important to women today. Focusing on women making a difference in the world, discussions will deal with where women are today and how they can become stronger, more effective leaders and why their leadership is critical as we head into the future.

Women Leading the Future Conference   Annual Women's Conference Hosted by Ladies America

For more information on these and other dynamic leaders in their respective fields taking part in this conference, click here.

A dynamic women’s conference hosted by:
Ladies America

About Women Leading the Future

Women Leading the Future is a conference being held June 14th, 2014 at MICROSOFT in Chevy Chase, MD.

The Conference will be packed with dynamic speakers and panels of leading women (and some men) in business, government, healthcare, journalism, law, finance, technology and more.

(Doors open at 9:00 AM for registration)
   June 14, 2014
   9:00 am - 5:00 pm
5404 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Networking Reception at MICROSOFT
4:00PM to 5:00PM

Women Leading the Future  Host Organizations

Ladies America

developed from the incredible success of our Founding Chapter, Ladies DC, and is the premier national network of young, professional women in such places as Washington, D.C., New York, Texas, North Carolina, and California. Following the motto “Women Helping Women”, Ladies America members are connected to one another and their community through information sharing and monthly events, such as networking functions, brunches, speaker events, charity fundraisers, summits, panels, and more, with a focus on helping women advance personally and professionally.

Ladies DC

is the headquarters of Ladies America, with well over 1,700 members in the Washington, DC area. Originally founded in 2006, LDC has created a strong network of savvy, professional women in all career fields and stages in life.  LDC provides wonderful networking opportunities and an environment in which mentorship . The goal of LDC is to attract extraordinary women who have a real desire to succeed and also be part of a community while here in the nation’s capital.

In addition to initiating the Women Leading the Future Conference, Ladies America and Ladies DC worked with a variety of organizations and on such projects as Womensphere’s Global Summit, Global Woman Summit of DC, United Nation’s Foundation, Fair Fund against human trafficking, Becky’s Fund combating domestic abuse, Newsbabes for Susan G. Komen, Luke’s Wings, Miss Synergy, DC Entrepreneur Week, Do It in Person, StreetWise Partners, Women’s Congressional Staff Association, Health and Human Services for Women's History Month, AMP Summit, and Bisnow’s Women in Business and Journalism.

For information on how to get involved in the Ladies America chapters around the country, please visit the Contact Us page.
Women Leading the Future Conference Co-Directors

Lindsey Mask
Lindsey Mask is the Founder and Executive Director of Ladies America, a national network of professional women connecting to advance one another personally and professionally, following the motto "Women Helping Women". The group focuses on connections, an annual “Women Leading the Future” conference, national mentorship program and education in technology, advocacy & business. The original group formed in 2006 in Washington, D.C. and has expanded to a network of around 3,000 top-tier professional women in D.C., NYC, North Carolina, Texas, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Virginia Beach and San Francisco. The work of Ladies America is leading to international outreach through Ladies International Foundation, an effort set to launch in 2013. In 2011, the group collaborated with the United Nations Foundation to host its inaugural “Women Leading the Future” women’s conference, drawing in hundreds of attendees and speakers from across the country. Then in 2012, Ladies America partnered with the Center for Women in Business of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Microsoft hosted the event.
Lindsey was most recently the CEO of Mask Media Co., a public relations, marketing, branding & social media consultancy business for individuals, non-profits, businesses & women's initiatives with services available in DC, NYC & Los Angeles. A larger firm acquired Mask Media Co. in early 2013 before Lindsey decided to pursue her dream of running the women’s organization fulltime.
Before launching her own businesses, Lindsey served as Communications Director & Spokesperson for U.S. Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon of California, where she handled national and local median. She spent 10 years working in political communications and served as the network and cable liaison for the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In 2013, she was featured on the cover of Washington Life Magazine for being selected as a top thought leader under 40 and was highlighted in Worn Magazine as an aspiring woman in Washington, D.C. In 2012, she was honored as a finalist by Women in Technology as top female entrepreneur and was nominated for the Lady Godiva Program, celebrating inspirational women around the world. She serves on the founding Board of the 2012 G8 Young Leaders; is a co-founder of DC Entrepreneurship Week; an Ambassador for Availor Investments, a social impact investment fund in NYC and is on the Board of the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), aimed at helping women under 40 secure seats in federal office. She lectures regularly on media, public relations, branding, networking & communications for the Leadership Institute, Women in Public Policy’s WeLEAD program at American University, the Public Leadership Education Network and the Women’s Congressional Staff Association. Believing in global business, innovation, the positive impact of women, and social change, Lindsey has spent a great deal of time overseas, most recently in 2011 on a mission trip to Haiti.
Lindsey has been featured by National Journal, Power Women Magazine, ABC7's "Let's Talk Live" & Washington Business Journal Sunday program on Women CEOs, local ABC Ch. 8's "Capital Insider", The Hill Newspaper’s The Washington Scene, Broadminded (Sirius-XM radio), ION’s Metro Magazine (a national television network), WUSA9, NBC Nightside, The Broad Perspective (radio), Capitol File Magazine, Networking News and HerExchange online magazine. She was a select speaker in 2012 for the inaugural Heels & Helmets Career Training Day at USA Today and helped run “women’s media” at the national political convention in Tampa, Florida. Ladies America has partnered with such organizations as Womensphere’s Global Summit in NYC, Global Woman Summit of DC, the United Nation’s Foundation, Fair Fund against human trafficking, Becky’s Fund combating domestic abuse, Newsbabes for Cure, DC Entrepreneurship Week, Do It in Person, StreetWise Partners, Women’s Congressional Staff Association, Luke’s Wings, and Bisnow’s programs for Women in Business, Technology and Journalism.

Emily Hoagland
Emily is Research Manager at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) and a Sociology PhD candidate at Cornell University where she studies gender, organizations and social psychology. She loves designing experiments and surveys, and above all, people-watching, which is, of course, a supremely important hobby for any self-respecting sociologist! She also serves as a Ladies America national committee member and a member of the Ladies DC membership committee. The rest of the time, when she's not training for races or trying desperately to do a headstand in yoga class, you can usually find her befriending dogs and assorted other animals on the streets of DC.

Women Leading the Future Conference Agenda


9:00AM - 10:00AM

Welcome Remarks

10:00AM - 10:15AM

Break (15 minutes)

10:45AM - 11:00AM

BREAKOUT PANELS (60 minutes)

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Break (15 minutes)

12:00PM - 12:15PM


12:15PM - 1:15PM


1:20PM - 2:20PM

Break(10 minutes)

2:20PM - 2:30PM

BREAKOUT PANELS (60 minutes)

2:30PM - 3:30PM
YOGA BREAK (10 minutes)

3:30PM - 3:40PM


3:40PM - 3:55PM


4:00PM - 4:30PM


4:30PM - 5:30PM

"Women Leading the Future" – Topics & Speaker Details

Theme: “Failure on the Path to Success”

“It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” -Bill Gates


9:00-10:00 AM Registration & Networking

10:00-10:15 AM Welcome (Lindsey) and Musical Performance by Capitol Harmonia
Capital Harmonia, a community women’s chorus. Capital Harmonia is dedicated to bringing the music written for women’s voices to local organizations and events, particularly those which support and promote the concerns of women.

10:15-10:45 AM Morning Keynote
Susan McPherson
Leading with Impact: In this high-energy presentation, laced with personal stories, these two women will illustrate how the philanthropy world has been turned upside down & how all of us can be philanthropists.

10:45-11:00 AMBreak
Yoga/Music/Move partitions
Georgia Gerstein

11:00 AM-Noon (Breakout Sessions A)
1. Advocacy
Combining business and non-profit interests to illustrate the need and skills necessary to pitch your business or advocate for your cause. Learn how similar the two are, why an “elevator pitch” is important in all areas, and steps you can follow to boost your confidence in engaging stakeholders in your efforts.
- Nancy Bocskor, Advocacy Professor
- Cleve Mesidor, Haiti non-profit
- Lindsey Taylor Wood, Founder & CEO at LTW Communications, NYC
- Moderator: Mark Vlasic , International Lawyer, Georgetown Professor, Business Diplomacy Advisor & Advocate"

2. Financial Planning
Handling Life's Transitions with Financial Finesse
Kim Fisher, Corporate Vice President and Market Manager for New York Life's Woman's Market, will help you prepare for the financial considerations you need for major transitions in your life and career. She'll focus on the life stages of women and transitions that impact your financial life, providing guidance for your new life, including financial emergencies, actions you can take as you change your career and need to protect your funds; planning for retirement, and helping you understand how to pull together a lifelong plan whether you are single or married. You'll walk away with an action plan you can start immediately.
- Kim Fisher, New York Life (NYC)

3. Women & Politics
With a focus on the fervor of seeing more women in politics, particularly with suggestions of a possible female president, even in the next election, we will hear from some of the young women from both sides of the leading the charge to enlist women to run.
- Gwendolyn Beck, candidate for U.S. Congress, VA
- Katie V. Wonnenberg; Past-President, Women Under Forty PAC
- Rachel Schneider, Ready for Hillary [Clinton]
- Moderator: Adrienne Lawrence, Operations and Conference Director, Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS)

Noon-12:15 PM Break/Pick up lunch

12:15-1:15 PM: (All-Conference Panel)
Bumps Along the Way: Managing Life’s Transitions like a Champ!
Sometimes you don’t want to hear, “You’ll be fine,” when it feels like everything is falling apart. Hear directly from women who faced personal and professional challenges, learn what they were thinking through the process, and how they turned “failures” into success.
- Caroline Cunningham; President, The Trust for the National Mall
- Joanna Hoffschneider; Vice President, Business Development, Grimm & Parker
- Tabatha Turman, President & CEO, IFAS; Veteran
- Moderator: Sonya Gavankar; On-air personality, ABC7; Newseum

1:20-2:20 PM (All-Conference Panel)
Mentorship vs. Sponsorship
Discover the differences between sponsorship and mentorship, plus why and when both are important. We will delve in a bit to the Ladies DC Mentorship pilot program developed by Yanire Brana and her team in Madrid, Spain and learn of their success scaling the program to women across Latin America.
- Shelley Reese; Sponsorship Expert
- Yanire Brana; Mentorship expert; Founder of MET; Consultant, World Bank
- Special Guest from India: Sarika Gupta Bhattacharyya, BizDivasIndia
- Moderator: Monica McNutt, ABC7 and NewsChannel 8 reporter

2:20-2:30 PM Break
Yoga/Music/Move partitions
Georgia Gerstein

2:30-3:30 PM (Breakout Sessions B)
1. Women & Media
In this panel, we will hear from leading media and branding experts discussing the larger picture of how women are portrayed in the media, the lack of representation of women in the media on major issues, overall media diversity, how to engage reporters, and how to brand yourself for media placement & interviews.
- Simon Dixon; CEO, IdeaEngineering (Santa Barbara & DC)
- Kristina Krawchuk; President, Women in Media
- Arnesa Howell; Freelance writer, consultant & national magazine contributor
- Moderator: Monica McNutt, ABC7 and NewsChannel 8 reporter

2. Fundraising & Negotiation
Moving again to combine the elements of business and non-profit to focus on the core values of raising money and confidently and effectively negotiating for the investment funds, corporate sponsorships, or salary you need for success and deserve based on what entities or career you have diligently developed.
- Rachel Braun Scherl, Serial Entrepreneur (NYC)
- David Goldsmith; CEO, Speaker, Author; Paid to Think (CA)
- Gina Steinway, Odell Simms & Lynch
- Moderator: Amy Hammer, President Hammer Associates, L.L.C.

3. Style & Fashion
- Alison Beshai, Stylist
- Komal Kushalraj, Co-Founder, NUMARI

3:30-3:40 PM Musical Performance
Britteny Valdez
NEW Ladies America Theme (Rally) Song
Song Written By: Cecil Shaw & Charlie M. Moore for Chameleon Publishing BMI

3:40-3:55 PM Pre-Keynote Address
David Goldsmith, Paid to Think

4:00-4:30 PM Afternoon Keynote
Sara Tays, former ExxonMobil executive, Austin, Texas

4:30-5:30 PM Reception & Networking

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