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Professional Women in Advocacy Conference Announces Awardees for the 2018 Excellence in Advocacy Awards
Washington, D.C. – October 10, 2018 Last night organizers of the 2018 PWIA Conference announced to a crowd of 125 people this year’s awardees for the Excellence in Advocacy Awards.
Since our awards are open to the public anyone can nominate or be nominated. This year we had over one hundred nominees in six categories. The finalists and awardees in each category are listed below.
The first round of judging was conducted by peer judges in the advocacy industry. The second round was conducted by board members of the Bryce Harlow Foundation.
The platinum sponsor of the evening was the American Beverage Association. The Silver sponsors were The Truth Initiative and Council for Opportunity in Education.
Here are the Awardees and finalists by category with a short description of their campaign:
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.
- Awardee: Jennifer McGuigan Babcock, Vice President, Association for Community Affiliated Plans for her work in obtaining a provision in the Balanced Budget Act of 2018 requiring states to measure and report the quality of care provided to children in Medicaid and CHIP.
- Elizabeth (Liz) Clark, Senior Director of Federal and Regulatory Affairs, NACUBO – National Association College and University Business Officers for her role on behalf of 2,000 college and university member institutions in spearheading a NACUBO campaign to respond to a slate of tax provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that would have negative consequences for students and colleges.
- Stephanie Doyle, National Outreach and Partnerships Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby for her role in the creation and growth of the House Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group of 86 legislators exploring policy options and introducing legislation that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.
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.
- Awardee: Amy Wickliffe, Partner, McCarthy Strategic Solutions, LLC for her success in getting Marsy’s Law passed to amend the Kentucky Constitution to allow victims of crimes the same rights as criminals under the law.
- Libby Post, Executive Director, New York State Animal Protection Federation for single handedly securing the $5 Million State Capital Fund, the first of its kind in the nation, to fund operations of animal shelters in NY here to now unfunded.
- Nicole Barranco, Director State Government Relations, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. for coordinating the introduction and successful passage of multi-state legislation aimed at ensuring that vehicles equipped with congestion mitigation technologies are permitted to operate autonomously in numerous jurisdictions.
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.
- Awardee: Ann Sullivan, Founder and President, Madison Services Group, Inc. for her role in establishing, maintaining and getting funding for the Women Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program.
- Amy Taylor, Senior Vice President, Community and Youth Engagement, Truth Initiative for coordinating a new collaboration between with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital on a curriculum designed to change youth attitudes about tobacco use and engage youth as tobacco control activists.
- Lynn Taylor, SVP and Global Head of Government and Public Affairs, EMD Serono for sponsoring and leading the Healthy Women, Healthy Economies program to develop policies to address barriers to good health and wellbeing for women worldwide.
Excellence in Advocacy on a Controversial Issue – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on an issue that was controversial or not very popular.
- Awardee: Lauren Alfred, Vice President, Policy; Partnerships, Sandy Hook Promise for development of the STOP School Violence Act which provides $1.075B over 10 years for school violence prevention under the Department of Justice, passed into law within the 2018 Omnibus.
- Linda Dempsey, V. P. International Economic Affairs, National Association of Manufacturers for her leadership on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the successful adoption of all amendments supported by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the defeat of those that were not.
- Nora Fuller, Syringe Access Policy Organizer. AIDS United for her work in increasing financial and programmatic support from the federal government for drug user safety efforts under The CARE Act, the Opioid Response Act and the 2019 Appropriations bills.
Excellence in Advocacy by a Veteran Practitioner – Recognizes the advocate for her achievements and contributions to the industry over the course of her career.
- Awardee: Barbara Hiden, Vice President, Federal Affairs, American Beverage Association for over 30 years of service to the American Beverage Association and her role in several Hill battles over competition, labor standards, the Farm Bill, and others.
- Maureen Hoyler, President, Council for Opportunity in Education for a career spent advocating for access to education for low income families, underrepresented individuals and first generation college students.
- Melissa Ness, Founder and Principle, Connections Unlimited Inc. for a career dedicated to advocating for children, women and the underserved of Kansas.
- Serra Sippel, President, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) for her lifelong pursuit of human rights, women’s rights and reproductive rights for women and girls domestically and abroad.
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.
- Awardee: Nicole Commodore, Manager, Federal Policy and Advocacy, Ascension for conceiving and implementing the case studies that form the backbone of a national strategy to support the 340 B Health campaign that uses drug cost savings to provide care to those in need and for her work on many other crucially important healthcare issues.
- India Heckstall, Program Associate, Higher Learning Advocates for using her personal experience with accessing college to begin a career in advocating for access to higher education for all.
- Keri Richmond, Junior Policy Specialist, Arnold and Porter for using her personal experience in foster care to advocate for foster families in a professional and personal capacity.
- Lindsay Houff, Senior Policy Manager, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship for her commitment to advocating for her members and her leadership during ACA repeal efforts.
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