Women Take Charge


Saturday, October 15th, at 8:30 AM

George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia

3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va 22201


Advocates from CARE Action will be joining Representative Beyer as he hosts his annual women's event. As the title of this year's event--Women Take Charge--suggests, Rep. Beyer is a forceful advocate for women's empowerment. CARE, also longtime champion of empowering women in the cause of human progress and eradicating poverty, is proud to join him. CARE Action's representatives look forward to seeing you there!


8:30 - 9:00 AM: Registration/Networking/Light Breakfast

8:30 - Noon: Community Organizations Exhibits/Complimentary Headshots

9:00 AM: Welcome Remarks

Opening Remarks by Congressman Donald S. Beyer Jr.

Special Guest Anita Dunn, Former White House Communications Director

Presentation of Clara Mortensen Beyer "Women and Children First" Award

10:00 AM: Break

10:10 AM: Breakout Sessions I

Making a Difference: Running for and Serving in Public Office

A Conversation with Local, Elected Women

  • Janet Howell, Virginia State Senator
  • Charniele Herring, Virginia State Delegate
  • Penny Gross, Fairfax County Supervisor
  • Dalia Palchik, Fairfax County School Board
  • Moderator: Kim Anderson, Executive Vice President of Democracy Alliance

The Global Impact of Women in Politics: Human Rights

  • Regan Ralph, President and CEO of the Fund for Global Human Rights
  • Archi Pyati, Director of Policy and Programs for the Tahirih Justice Center
  • Moderator: Dr. Sheherazade Jafari, Director, Point of View International Research and Retreat Center, GMU

Emerging Women Leaders: Building and Sustaining a Career

  • Nichole Francis, Director of U.S. Federal Affairs, MasterCard
  • Susannah Wellford, President and Founder of Running Start

Civic Engagement: Women’s Local Advocacy and Activism

  • Angela Rose, Founder of PAVE
  • Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital
  • Theo Stamos, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church
  • Moderator: Mary Hynes, Former Arlington County Board Member

11:00 AM: Break

11:10 AM: Breakout Sessions II

Noon: Adjourn

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