2016: Year of the Woman!
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Posted by: Tara Bardella
2016 is shaping up to be quite a year! We are in the thick of one of the most interesting electoral campaign cycles yet. And next month, for the first time in our history, it looks like a major American political party will nominate a woman to the top of its ticket. As a woman in the organizing world, it’s quite a time to be alive! And as a woman in the communications sector of this world, I am very excited for the next installment of our 2016 Summer Brownbags Series: Communications and Data in Campaigns and Organizations, taking place this Thursday, June 30th from Noon-1 PM at Working America HQ here in DC. I am greatly looking forward to moderating our all-women panel of Communications superstars:
Jolene Ivey - Jolene Ivey Communications: Jolene Ivey has a 30-year record of using a range of communication skills to make great things happen, often against the odds. Jolene has built strong relationships with communities and their leaders is the foundation for her success - these relationships have proven critical to the success of her clients and projects. In addition to being a proven leader in the communications space, Jolene is proven leader and advocate in her community, having served as a Member of the Maryland House of Delegates in the 47th District and being nominated as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Maryland in the 2014 cycle and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention for President Barack Obama and current presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton - to name just a couple of Jolene’s political accomplishments. A mom to five boys, Jolene is also the founder of Mocha Moms, Inc., a support group for stay-at-home mothers of color, and has helped grow the organization to have a national presence.
Renee Johnson - DC Government: A communications professional with a wide range of experience in the communications and government sectors, Renee hails from Waukegan, Illinois and attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Science. After her time at SIUC, Renee attended the University of Maryland Business and Law Schools. Soon after graduation, she began her career on Capitol Hill with Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL). Renee’s focus became policy issues relating to high school truancy, tax law, and judiciary matters which created additional opportunities which aided her with obtaining employment with Senator Roland W. Burris, and the Assistant Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Richard J. Durbin. In 2012, Renee was chosen out of thousands of applicants to attend the Woman’s Campaign School at Yale Law School. Renee is a member of the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. DC Chapter, Woman’s National Democratic Club, the Women’s Information Network, The National Council of Negro Women, and the National Council of Black Women
Jenn Kauffman - Revolution Messaging: A proud unionist at heart, Jenn Kauffman joined Revolution Messaging after nearly 8 years of providing integrated strategic communications within labor organizations such as the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, National Labor College and National Education Association Health Information Network. In these roles, she produced digital and messaging presentations across the country and worked extensively on state-based campaigns to protect the rights of workers and common-sense immigration policy. Previously, Jenn worked for a host of political and civic organizations, getting her start in digital communications as Deputy Director of Internet Operations for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign. A Navy brat who lived in a dozen states and has deep ties to the Central Highlands of Mexico, Jenn stayed put in Georgia for a while and graduated from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and her rescued Italian Greyhuahua.
I can’t wait to talk to these inspiring ladies on Thursday - we hope you can join us! Seats are going fast, though, so please be sure to grab yours today!
Tara Bardella, Director of Communications and Outreach, Democratic GAIN
P.S: Can’t join us on Thursday? No worries - you can join us in July for our other upcoming Summer Brownbags 2016 sessions. Sign up for two or more to be eligible to attend a special lunch with Ronald Klain, former Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Biden and Gore and our Executive Director Kouri Marshall on August 4th!