Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a federal legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
Director, Advocacy and Government Relations, American Society of Addiction Medicine
Leadership on recent regulatory and legislative responses to the nation’s opioid epidemic
For successfully advocating that physicians be allowed to raise their prescribing privileges of the opioid treatment, buprenorphine, and for helping to establish the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose (CSOO).
Team of Betsy Laird and Abby Jagoda
International Council of Shopping Centers
ADA Education and Reform Act
With lawsuits on the rise associated with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), this team successfully advocated to establish clearer rules, additional compliance safeguards and to direct resources to programs such as training for professionals to provide guidance and remediation for potential violations of ADA.
Team of Katy Spangler, Jill Kaleta, Lori Shoaf, Yvette Pena O’Sullivan
Alliance to Fight the 40
Repeal of the “Cadillac” 40% tax on health benefits
For their collaborative efforts that demonstrated the negative impact of the 40% tax on health benefits on women, older and disabled workers and families whose members have chronic illnesses. Under their leadership, the Alliance to Fight the 40 achieved Congressional approval of a two-year delay of the tax.
Excellence in a State Issue Campaign – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a state or local legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
Deputy Director of Policy and Associate General Counsel, North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)
State Crowdfunding Legislative and Regulatory Initiative
For her efforts to pass legislation that permit more states to allow startup businesses to raise capital from investors through crowdfunding.
Executive Vice President, Story Partners
ReadB4YouSign and the Value of Oil and Gas
This year a proposed ballot measure threatened to restrict client Noble Energy’s oil and natural gas drilling operations in Colorado. Trudi managed a public affairs campaign that encouraged citizens to be educated on the consequences of the measure before signing on to a petition. Her two unique consumer focused campaigns used social media and traditional PR methods that prevented the opponent from getting the signatures needed and ultimately kept the initiative off the ballot.
Laura Lee Prather
Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Freedom of Speech Issues
For her unwavering dedication to protect the First Amendment rights in Texas. A passionate leader, she works closely on legislative initiatives to uphold and protect the rights of free speech and free press and increased the government transparency in Texas.
Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women – An effort wherein women advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a problem or opportunity on behalf of other women.
Bracewell LLP and Policy Resolution Group
Assisting Girls Fleeing Terrorist Persecution Globally
For her perseverance in advocating before Congress, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the offices of the White House on behalf of young, abducted women seeking asylum in the U.S. Her knowledge of the political process and her effectiveness as an advocate has helped her to assist young women who are seeking safe and legal passage to the United States.
Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
Protecting and Expanding Access to Reproductive Health Care
For her dedicated service to protecting women’s access to healthcare including successfully advocating for new coverage protections for birth control in the Medicaid program and for actively supporting introduction of new, proactive women’s health legislation in Congress.
Director of Policy and Advocacy, International Center for Research on Women US Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls
For her multi-faceted efforts in leading a coalition of women’s rights in an advocacy campaign that worked with the White House, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, Peace Corps and the Millennium Challenge Corporation to launch the world’s first piece of foreign policy dedicated to the rights and empowerment of adolescent girls.
Excellence in Advocacy by a Veteran Practitioner – Recognizes the advocate for her achievements and contributions to the industry over the course of her career.
Group Government Relations Leader
For a thirty year career with Westfield Insurance. The last ten years spearheading the government relations department she transformed it from a perfunctory office to a business unit delivering critical services and increasing the company’s overall policy presence in Washington, at the state level and among numerous state and national trade association committees.
Senior Vice President
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Sam has been a long time leading voice on organizational development strategies and LGBT business inclusion. She has lead efforts in Massachusetts, California, Pennsylvania and Washington State as well partnered with several federal agencies to garner more opportunities for LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) and Disability-Owned & Veteran Owned Business enterprises.
Federal Advocacy, AHA
For a career spanning 3 decades on the Hill, in the Administration and at the American Heart Association. Her policy expertise ranges from health to nutrition to medical research. Sue is a well-established, well respected member of the health care policy community who is also a mentor and advisor to her team and others in her organization.
Excellence in Advocacy by an Up and Coming Practitioner – Recognizes the advocate for early achievements in her career and potential to be a successful contributor to the field over time.
Joanna Visser Adjoian
Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP)
For using policy advocacy to transform the experiences of juveniles prosecuted in the adult criminal system. YSRP partners with court-involved youth, their families and lawyers to assist in the transition to the juvenile system.
Senior Legislative Associate
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Lauren is a U.S. Army veteran, an entrepreneur and advocate who began her career as a Legislative Associate at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America in 2013 with no prior experience and now serves as Senior Legislative Associate. She has testified before Congress many times and met with leaders such as Leader Pelosi, Senator McCain, the Secretary of the VA, and the President. In 2015, Lauren was honored by HillVets as one of their Top Lobbyist & Influencers.
Team of Beth Goldstein and Katie Novaria, Squire Patton Boggs
Beth Goldstein and Katie Novaria are lobbyists in their first few years of advocacy who together, and from the ground up, spearheaded the outside advocacy efforts to create the Congressional Pediatric Trauma Caucus, a bipartisan congressional member organization that holds expert panel events to educate lawmakers on pediatric trauma issues. This Caucus serves to increase the bipartisan dialogue on these issues, so as to set the stage for consensus legislation in the future.
Contact: LeeAnn Petersen at Leeann@womeninadvocacy.com, 202-744-6077