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Washington, DC – November 18, 2013 – On December 9th, 2013, eight outstanding women will be recognized for their impacts on major federal, state and local issues at the Power Women in Advocacy Reception to be held during the 2013 Professional Women in Advocacy Conference. The honorees have been selected for their Excellence in Advocacy in five categories: federal issue campaign, state issue campaign, campaign for women serving women, veteran practitioner and up and coming practitioner. The Bryce Harlow Foundation Board Chair Juanita Duggan, Board Member Josephine Cooper, and President Linda Dooley served as the judges.
Dorothy Coleman, Vice President of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, will be honored in the Federal Issue Campaign category for her outstanding leadership during the fiscal cliff crisis of December 2012. “Dorothy’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the NAM helped to prevent the largest tax increase in history and to bring about positive tax changes for manufacturers,” said her colleague Laura Narvaiz when nominating her for the award.
Amber Harding and Marta Beresin of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless will be the Honorees for the State Issue Campaign category for their tireless efforts to ensure that homeless families in Washington, DC were protected against potential new laws that could have been harmful. “Harding and Beresin mobilized a broad community of supporters and worked with the Gray Administration to soften the impact of certain provisions and with the DC Council to remove provisions that remained punitive and harmful,” stated their colleague Patricia Mullahy Fugere.
The Honorees in the Women Serving Women Campaign category will be Barbara S. Wahl, Kristine J. Dunne and Alison Lima Andersen, attorneys at Arent Fox, for their years of work fighting for the rights of women who have suffered gender discrimination in the awarding of farm loans by the USDA. “As a result of their excellent efforts, the government has offered an administrative claim program that makes over $1 billion available to women who can prove gender discrimination,” said Roderic Boggs of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
The winner in the Up and Coming Practitioner category is Mary Kate Cunningham, Manager for Public Policy at the American Society of Association Executives Center for Association Leadership.
Although she has only been a registered lobbyist for one year, Mary Kate’s co-worker Robert Hay stated that “without a doubt, she has a bright future as a female leader and star lobbyist.” She will be recognized for her impressive ability to simultaneously organize her association’s annual member fly-in (with record attendance) while also coordinating grassroots efforts to fight a major Senate amendment. She also makes significant contributions to Running Start, an organization dedicated to bringing young women into politics.
The Honoree in the Veteran Practitioner category will be Martie Kendrick of Patton Boggs for her impact on health care legislation over the past twenty years. Among countless other achievements, Martie’s advocacy efforts
resulted in the inclusion of colorectal cancer screening benefits as one of the first Medicare Preventative benefits, as well as statutory language that expanded funding to mammography for lower income women. “Not only has Martie represented clients successfully before Congress in virtually every major piece of health, Medicare and Medicaid legislation, but she has also achieved many legislative victories on behalf of the firm’s pro bono clients such as Bright Beginnings Day Care Centers and the Greater Washington Urban League.” said Kevin O’Neill of Patton Boggs.
The Power Women in Advocacy Reception, with honorary hosts Esther Aguilera of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Hon. Mary Bono of Faegre BD, Josephine Cooper of Josephine Cooper, LLC, Gloria Dittus of Story Partners, Linda Dooley of the Bryce Harlow Foundation, Juanita Duggan of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, and Fran McMahon, Publisher of The Hill newspaper, features top lobbyists and executives from national trade associations, corporations, non-profits, lobbying and public relations firms, and academia and is complimentary to conference attendees. The reception will be held on December 9th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, Washington, DC. Individual tickets are for sale and sponsorships are available. To register for the conference or the reception, please visit http://womeninadvocacy.com/.