Archive for April, 2010

Arts | Biz Ball


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Saturday, April 24th, 2010
10:00AM – 5:00PM
2323 18th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009


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Tuesday, April 27
Art in Congress

The opening of WNDC’s latest exhibition, Art in Congress, will be held in the Stevenson Ball Room. The show, featuring artwork by members of the U.S. Congress and their families, is the first public exhibition of Congressional art, and is an exciting acknowledgement of the Club’s status as a museum. Speakers are yet to be determined.

Members can now bid on the silent auction items donated for the Art in Congress opening reception. The three auction items — the Art in Congress official poster, two ink on paper sketches by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and a stay at the nearby Churchill Hotel — are on display in the foyer, along with the auction bid sheets. Proceeds will benefit the Education Foundation. Start the bidding now!!

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Price: Gratis


Thursday, April 29
Michelle Rhee
Chancellor Rhee and D.C. Public Schools

Michelle Rhee has been the Chancellor of D.C. Schools since 2007. Since then, she has tackled a broken system with vigor and purpose, and without apology. Her willingness to make difficult decisions for the improvement of the education of the children of the District has won her many admirers, and some vocal critics. Please join the Smith College Club of Washington, who celebrate twenty years of partnership with D.C. Public Schools by welcoming Ms. Rhee to speak to us at the WNDC. Much has happened since we last heard from the Chancellor, and the afternoon promises a personal view on the events of the past year in D.C. education and in the public eye.

Time: Bar opens at 11:30 a.m. Lunch 12:15 p.m.
Price: Members $25, Nonmembers $30, Lecture Only (no lunch) $10


Tuesday, May 4
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Receive WNDC’s Highest Award at
an Evening Champagne

The WNDC-EF Eleanor Award Reception honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now SOLD OUT. Any requests for tickets received after March 31, 2010, will be returned. We appreciate Member support and interest in this historic event.

The prestigious Eleanor Award was established in 1998 to honor those persons who best represent the ideals Eleanor Roosevelt fought for and represented all her life.

Be a part of the Club and an eyewitness to history as we honor the woman who has achieved the highest level in the Judiciary branch of government – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In accepting this award, Justice Ginsburg joins the two women who achieved the highest level in the Executive and Legislative branches of government; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, in being so honored.

The Award Committee is planning an elegant champagne evening reception with testimonials to the Justice. Every member of the Woman’s National Democratic Club will receive an invitation with the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets per member.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Rosemary Monagan

We hope to see you at this exciting, historic event.
Eleanor Award Committee
Marlene Connors, Chair
Virginia Lawton
Rosemary Monagan
Carol Baer Mott
Abigail Nichols


Thursday, May 13
A Reception Celebrating Women Diplomats
Evening Event

More than 40 women now represent their countries as either Ambassador (26 women) or as Chief or Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States. Join WNDC members and guests in honoring their individual accomplishments and celebrating the growing role of women in diplomacy at a WNDC reception May 13. The honorees will discuss the achievements and challenges facing women. Reserve your place early for what promises to be an informative and festive evening as we honor those who are able to join us. Early acceptances include the representatives of Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Estonia, Guatemala, India, Portugal and Morocco.

Time: Wine Reception with Hors d’œuvre 6:30. Program at 7:15 with continued reception afterwards.
Price: Members $40, Nonmembers $45


Tuesday, May 25
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah
The Situation in Afghanistan and “The Way Forward”
Evening Event

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is a major political figure in Afghanistan today. He was a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, a candidate in the 2009 Afghan presidential election and current leader of his political party “Coalition for Hope and Change. Dr. Abdullah has worked with Afghan Refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan, and was also the Director of Healthcare for the Resistance Front and the special advisor and close confidant of the legendary Commander and National Hero of Afghanistan, Late Ahmad Shah Masoud. In 2001, during the historic Intra-Afghan talks in Bonn, Germany, Dr. Abdullah was selected as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan. He has also served as Secretary General of the Massoud Foundation. In 2009 Dr. Abdullah ran a highly impressive and dynamic Presidential campaign under the slogan of “Change” to institute needed reform and to change Afghanistan’s system of governance from a Presidential to a Parliamentary system. The election results were vigorously contested due to voter fraud. On November 1, 2009, Dr. Abdullah announced that he would not participate in the second round of the Presidential elections citing his lack of faith in President Karzai government’s ability to hold a “fair and transparent” election process.

Dr. Abdullah has earned the respect and admiration of world leaders, and his own people, as a voice of moderation and consensus. He has consistently worked for peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan, as well as advocating the reform of government institutions.

Time: Bar opens at 11:30 a.m. Lunch 12:15 p.m.
Price: Members $25, Nonmembers $30, Lecture Only (no lunch) $10


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Upcoming events (details not yet available)

Tuesday, May 11, Speaker Lunch, Ken Gross, Legal Expert on Campaign Financing, “Money, Politics and the Courts and What it Means for Democrats”

Tuesday, May 18, Speaker Lunch, Dean King, Unbound

Thursday, May 20, Speaker Lunch, Jonathan Alter, The Promise: President Obama, Year One

Thursday, May 27, luncheon, Pulitzer-prize-winning author Kai Bird, Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and the Israelis, 1956-1978

Thursday, June 3, Speaker Lunch, Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Do you want to help the Democrats in 2010? Do you think there should be more women involved in politics?

Do you like networking and learning from talented people? Are you free to come to D.C. for May 7 and 8? If so….

DNC Chairman Governor Tim Kaine and the Women’s Leadership Forum
invite you to the 16th Annual National Issues Conference

Keynote Speaker:

Friday, May 7 from 9am-5pm – Saturday, May 8 from 9am -2pm, 2010
Washington Hilton Hotel
Washington, DC

Buy your ticket here:

Questions and to RSVP, please contact Jeff Kurzon at



A New Foundation: Leading the Way Together
Policy Panels on the Economy, Women’s Health, Energy & the Environment:
Confirmed Speakers: Valerie Jarrett, Melody Barnes, Austan Goolsbee, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Tina Tchen,
Mona Sutphen, Carol Browner, and other special guest speakers

Victory in 2010: Electoral Landscape
Confirmed Speakers: David Plouffe, Jim Messina, Patrick Gaspard, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Mitch Stewart

Democratic Messaging on Behalf of Our President and Candidates
Confirmed Speakers: Brad Woodhouse, Stephanie Cutter, Anita Dunn

Governor Tim Kaine, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ann Lewis, Jennifer Lawless, Stephanie Schriock,

*Additional speakers to be announced as confirmed.

16th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum
National Issues Conference


Women’s voices and votes were critical in determining the outcome of the 2008 presidential election and continue to shape the future of our nation. This exciting two-day National Issues Conference will feature Keynote Speaker First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as dynamic leaders and experts from across the country. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, many of our country’s most influential leaders – and to learn how we can take action to support President Obama’s agenda and win in 2010.

The 16th Annual WLF National Issues Conference will begin on Friday, May 7th at 9:00 a.m. (registration is from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.) and conclude on Saturday, May 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. We encourage women to start making travel arrangements now as this is Mother’s Day weekend. For your convenience, the Washington Hilton is located directly off the Metro’s Red line at Dupont Circle North.

T H U R S D A Y, M A Y 6TH

VIP Welcoming Reception with Women of Congress
Note: This event is limited to members of our Leadership Committee & Premium Ticket Holders

VIP Dinner with Jane Stetson and Special Guests Valerie Jarrett & Mona Sutphen
at the home of Vernon & Ann Jordan
Note: This event is limited to National Conference Chairs & Vice-Chairs

F R I D A Y, M A Y 7TH

VIP Breakfast with Special Guest Speakers
Note: This event is limited to National Conference Chairs & Vice-Chairs

Policy Panels and Strategy Sessions Throughout the Day

Keynote Address by First Lady Michelle Obama
Note: The photo line is limited to National Conference Chairs & Vice-Chairs

Networking Reception with Special Guests
Note: This event is limited to members of our Leadership Committee & Premium Ticket Holders

VIP Dinner with Jane Stetson and Special Guests Note: This event is limited to National Conference Chairs & Vice-Chairs

S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 8TH
VIP Breakfast with Special Guest Speakers
Note: This event is limited to National Conference Chairs & Vice-Chairs
Policy Panels and Strategy Sessions

Conference Ends at 2:00 pm

Questions and to RSVP, please contact Jeff Kurzon at