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Thursday, March 8 Women Business Owners - Challenges and Opportunities

Join us for this event focusing on women business owners.

Women Business Owners

The Kogod Tax Policy Center, the Kogod Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the AU Center for Innovation and the Institute on Women's Policy Research are hosting an event on women business owners at AU on March 8 - International Women's Day. We will talk about the research and thought leadership that AU scholars and alumni do on issues specific to women business owners. In addition, the event will highlight our strategic research partnerships with nonpartisan experts such as Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and the recently-AU affiliated Institute on Women's Policy Research (IWPR).

5:30p.m. - 6:00p.m.

Arrivals/Networking (Coffee/Desserts)

6:00p.m. - 6:20p.m.

Introductions & Opening Remarks

6:20p.m. - 7:40p.m.

Moderated Panel Discussion

7:40p.m. - 7:55p.m.

Q & A

7:55p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Closing Remarks

American University's Center for Innovation (East Campus building)
3501 Nebraska Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20016

Susan Matthews Apgood, president and CEO of News Generation, has been in public relations for more than 20 years. She opened the doors of her media relations firm, News Generation, in 1997. She is active in a number of public relations associations, including the Public Relations Society of America, National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC), of which she is treasurer for the second consecutive year, and co-chair of Thoth Awards Judging. PRSA-NCC honored Susan with 2017's Platinum Award, for her continued impact on the chapter. She earned the award in 2013 and 2011 as well. She is also involved in Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), and, in 2014, was one of three finalists for WWPR's Woman of the Year award.

Apgood is an adjunct professor in the Kogod School of Business at American University. She is proud to be the Chair of the Board of JUST TRYAN IT, a non-profit working to positively impact the lives of families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer. She earned her MBA in finance from American University and BA in economics from George Washington University.

For fun, she competes in triathlons and half marathons. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three sons.

Caroline Bruckner is on the faculty of American University's Kogod School of Business and is the managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, which researches tax issues specific to small businesses and entrepreneurs. In this capacity, she has testified before both US House and Senate Congressional committees as well as the IRS, and released ground-breaking research on the tax compliance challenges of the small business owners powering the sharing economy, as well as how the US tax code impacts women business owners. She previously worked for the US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC) from 2009 through 2014, ultimately as Chief Counsel, where she worked on small business tax legislation and advised the committee and its chair on tax, labor and budget matters. As counsel for the SBC, she worked with US policy makers and small businesses stakeholders across the political spectrum on small business tax legislation and to develop the tax title to the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-240). Prior to public service, Bruckner was a senior associate with the international tax services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP - Washington National Tax Services (PwC-WNTS), where she advised clients on international tax issues. Before joining PwC-WNTS, she served as an associate in the employee benefits group of PaulHastings. Bruckner has an LLM in tax law from Georgetown University Law Center, a JD from George Mason University School of Law, and a BA from Emory University.

Jane Campbell has spent decades in public service in a variety of roles, on the local, state and federal level. Before serving in her current positions as director of the Washington, DC, office of the National Development Council (NDC) and president of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Campbell was the first woman mayor of Cleveland, president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, and Governing Magazine named her 2000's Public Official of the Year while she was county commissioner for Ohio's largest county.

From 2012-2014, Campbell served as the staff director of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, first serving Senator Mary Landrieu and continuing under Senator Maria Cantwell as staff director and then senior advisor, where she led the Committee's work on access to capital and women's entrepreneurship. As staff director, Campbell directed policy to support small businesses' access to capital, federal contracting opportunities, business counseling, and engagement in international trade. From 2009-2013, Campbell served as Senator Mary Landrieu's Chief of Staff, leading efforts to recover from both Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill, and serving as her key healthcare advisor.

In her current role as the director of the Washington office of the National Development Council, Campbell brings the expertise of NDC's 40 years of experience working to bring capital to underserved communities-both urban and rural-into the federal public policy debate. NDC works in more than 100 communities across America building public facilities and creating commercial redevelopment, low income housing, all through public-private partnerships and creative use of federal, state and local financing tools.

In 2016, Women Impacting Public Policy partnered with NDC to provide support for WIPP's coalition activities. In her role as Director of the NDC Washington office, Campbell also serves as President of WIPP.
Previously, Campbell spent five years as county commissioner for Ohio's largest county and six terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. Her public service focused on economic development, fiscal stability, child welfare, and health and human services policy. Between 1997-1998, she successfully implemented welfare reform in Cuyahoga County, Ohio's most populous jurisdiction.

Becky Beland McNaught is the democratic staff counsel of the US Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. She manages a policy portfolio that includes federal procurement, entrepreneurial development, technology, and cybersecurity. McNaught was the lead author of the committee's 2017 minority staff report Tackling the Gender Gap: What Women Entrepreneurs Need to Thrive that analyzed the intersecting financial, cultural, and structural obstacles facing women entrepreneurs in the United States. Previously, McNaught served as the counsel to US Senator Barbara Boxer, whom she advised on judiciary, immigration, law enforcement, voting rights and other policy issues.

McNaught was a longtime aide to Maria Shriver, the former First Lady of California. From 2008 to 2014, she served as the deputy director and deputy managing editor of The Shriver Reports, a nonprofit media initiative examining seismic societal shifts affecting American women. She was also the deputy development director of Shriver's Women's Conference, an annual gathering of world opinion leaders, executives, entrepreneurs, and visionaries.

A native of Sacramento, California, McNaught earned her law degree from American University's Washington College of Law. She graduated cum laude from New York University with a double major in history and journalism.

Janet Stotsky is an AU Adjunct Professor, former IMF visiting scholar and expert on gender budgeting.

  • Kogod Tax Policy Center
  • Kogod Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • AU Undergraduate Women in Business
  • AU Center for Innovation
  • Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
  • Institute on Women's Policy Research (IWPR)

Directions to Campus

Hourly parking is available in the garage under the Katzen Art Center. Campus can be reached by DC Metro rail and bus, or by using the AU Shuttle Bus.

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