Affiliated Events

All American Weekend Ed Talk: An Inside Look at the 2020 Elections

Screenshot of the livestream of the event

October 5, 2019

During AU’s All-American Weekend, SPA alumni and experts offered an insider’s look at the 2020 election. Moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin (SPA/BA '92, SOC/MA '96), panelists included: Amy Dacey (SPA/MA '95), Executive Director, The Sine Institute for Politics & Policy and former CEO, Democratic National Committee; Chris Donovan (SPA/BA '97), Executive Editorial Producer, ABC News; Michael Steele, MSNBC Political Analyst and former Chairman, Republican National Committee; and Robert Costa, national political reporter, The Washington Post, moderator, PBS's "Washington Week," and political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

The panel of journalists and political strategists, discussed the run up to nominations, likely approaches of the Republican and Democratic parties, and what it will take to win. Michael Steele made the following statement when asked about partisanship in the upcoming presidential election, saying "We can get caught up in the politics and we can get caught up in the partisanship, but at the end of the day it boils down to 'Are you an American?' Because the three most powerful words in our founding documents are 'We the People.'"

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Women's Leadership Academy September Session

Betsy speaking to program participants

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Betsy Fischer Martin spoke to program participants at Loyola University's Women's Leadership Academy during their September training event that covered the theme of "Your Communication Style." Topics discussed during the session included professional networking and creating a personal brand.

Developed by Tania Tetlow, the first female President of Loyola University, the Women's Leadership Academy works with women in the New Orleans region to promote their professional potential through leadership training, personal development, and mentorships. 

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Women in Government: Honoring the 19th Amendment

Lucy Gettman sits with the other panelists for a discussion about the centennial celebration of women's suffrage

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 

Women's political leadership is front and center this year as we celebrate the Suffrage Centennial - 100 years since the 19th amendment was considered for ratification by states to enshrine women's right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. WPI Adjunct professor Lucy Gettman moderated one such conversation this week at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Salt Lake City that included Governor Laura Kelly of Kansas as well as senior executive branch, private sector and local leaders. WPI continues the conversation for students at a Weekend Intensive course "The Suffrage Centenary" in September.

Book Talk: "The Hill To Die On"

Jumpstart Event Panelists

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Betsy Fischer Martin spoke with Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, senior writers for Politico and co-authors of the Politico Playbook newsletter, about their new book, "The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and The Future of Trump's America," during an event held at American University School of Public Affairs (SPA). Their book details the no-holds-barred fight to control Congress early in Donald Trump’s presidency.

This event was part of Jumpstart, a two-day preview of the SPA graduate program experience, which included panel discussions, tours, events, and classes.

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2020 Campaign Journalism Conference

Betsy Fischer Martin and panelists smiling on stage

Thursday, April 11, 2019

WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin moderated the "Hacks & Flacks" panel at the 2020 Campaign Journalism Conference, hosted at University of Chicago. Alex Conant, former communications director for Senator Marco Rubio, and Jen Psaki, former White House communications director were featured in the discussion. They covered what you need to know about how to speak with campaign officials, who to know, how to cultivate sources, and how to deal with spin. 

WREN Advocacy Day

Panelists and Betsy posing at the event

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) held an event for Equal Pay Day, the day that represents how far into the year on average women must work to earn what their male counterparts earned the previous year.  The event focused on aligning women’s political leadership for pay equity.  Betsy Fischer Martin moderated a panel discussion with speakers including Richland County Councilwoman Chakisse Newton, Richland County Councilwoman Allison Terracio, SC Women in Leadership Board Member Maressa Cuenca, Founder of LoveYourselfAlways Inc. Bianca Chardei, and Representative Mandy Powers Norrell.  

"Galentine's Day" Panel

The panelists speaking during the panel

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Betsy Fischer Martin moderated a "Galentine's Day" Panel featuring alumnae of SPA. The panel discussed how they landed their current positions, the importance of networking, and the (sometimes painful) lessons they learned from their very first jobs.  Panelists included: 

Tanya Aldridge, Public Affairs Specialist, Office of Public Affairs/Office of Inspector General, US DHS
Tracy Bellamy-Anderson, Senior Management Office, Office of Management at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, US FDA
Kacey Buderi, Senior Analyst at MACPAC - Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission 
Kelly Mason, Content Manager at Leadership Connect 

Statewide Women's Policy Conference

Adjunct professor Lucy Gettman speaking at the conference

Thursday, February 7, 2019

SPA Adjunct Professor and Women In Government Executive Director Lucy Gettman presented on "Having Your Voice Heard" at the Statewide Women's Policy Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sponsored by Mayor Andy Berke's Mayor's Council for Women, the session was packed with elected officeholders & appointees, candidates, campaign leaders,  advocates & entrepreneurs - every one a political leader in her own way.

Senior Staff Symposium on Leadership

Betsy and Doris

Friday, February 1, 2019 

Betsy Fischer Martin was recently invited to speak with author Doris Kearns Goodwin at the Ripon Society and Franklin Center’s Senior Staff Symposium on Leadership. The symposium covered topics like the best ways to navigate team building, how to become a mindful leader, and tips for engaging with supervisors. 

In their conversation, Kearns Goodwin discussed her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, in which she explores the origins of leadership and ambition through an in-depth look at four influential presidents in history – Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson. The book is now available for purchase

E-PAC Launch Event

Betsy and panel speaking at the event

Thursday, January 17, 2019 

Betsy Fischer Martin attended the launch event for a new group created by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21). The group, called E-PAC, is dedicated to “boosting women candidates” and will focus on fundraising and encouraging Republican women candidates to overcome sexism during a campaign. There were some key GOP members in attendance, including the new House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) and the National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Emmer. E-PAC will focus its efforts on pre-primary support and fundraising for Republican women candidates. 

Speaking on a panel aimed at identifying why there are so few GOP women in office, Fischer Martin cited findings from a poll conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group, saying that, “[2020] is a presidential election year, and the top of the ticket is a big factor when people are turning out and voting.” The panelists included Adele Malpass, National Political Reporter and former chair of the Manhattan Republican Party, Christine Matthews, president of Bellwether Research and Consulting, and Kristen Soltis Anderson, Republican pollster and author of "The Selfie Vote." 

Elevate Solutions Summit

Panelists at elevate solutions summit

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Betsy Fischer Martin moderated a panel at the Elevate Solutions Summit titled Elevate: Bringing Women Together to Find Solutions. Panelists included Congresswoman-elect Angie Craig (D-MN-2), Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3), and Congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14). They discussed the campaign trail, their goals for Congress, and how they can work across the aisle on issues of healthcare, paid maternity leave, and job availability.

The day-long Elevate Solutions Summit took place at the Newseum and included various panels covering women’s issues in politics and the workplace. Two Democratic women and two Republican women worked together to create this bipartisan event, which aimed to find common ground for women to work together across the aisle. In addition to healthcare and women in the workplace, panels also covered retirement security and pharmaceutical drug pricing. To close her Washington Post op-ed about the summit, Kathleen Parker raised an issue that all women, regardless of party affiliation, can agree upon: the House of Representatives needs more than four restroom stalls to take care of the growing number of women on the Hill.

Inside American Politics Conference

Panelists at the conference

Monday, November 12- Tuesday, November 13, 2018

At the week-long NYU La Pietra Dialogues Political Conference, hosted in Florence, Italy, Betsy Fischer Martin moderated a panel titled 2018, The Year of the Women? The panelists included Maria Cino, Vice President for Americas, Corporate Affairs at Hewlett-Packard Enterprises, Stephanie Cutter, founding partner of Precision Strategies; Steve McMahon, co-founder of Purple Strategies LLC.; and Kevin Madden, partner at Hamilton Place Strategies. The panel discussed how more women in office might impact governing in the country, and if there would be a reduction of hyper-partisanship with a more gender-balanced Congress.

International Women's Forum Conference

Panelists at International Women's Forum Conference

Friday, October 26, 2018 

WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin participated in a panel discussion at the International Women's Forum World Leadership Conference in Miami, Florida. The panel, "March, Run, Lead," examined the shift in the number of women in politics around the world - where initiatives are driving up numbers, where the numbers are slipping, what's working and what isn't. Other panelists included: Hanna Birna Kristjansdottir, Chair of the Executive Board of Women Political Leaders Global Forum; Marta Lago, Founding Director of Latinobarometro; and Kiah Morris, former two-term State. Rep. from Vermont and the second African-American to be elected to the Vermont State Legislature. Morris made national headlines last month when she stepped down from her position after repeated racial threats and harassment. The panel was moderated by Brig. Gen. Dana Born, USAF, Ret., currently the Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.  

Women in Government Conference

Panelists at the women in government conference

Saturday, October 6, 2018 

Betsy Fischer Martin participated in a panel about women and the 2018 midterms at the annual conference of Women in Government, a non-partisan organization of female state legislators from around the country. The panel was organized by Lucy Gettman, Executive Director of Women in Government and WPI Course Instructor.

Women as Agents of Change

Featured Speakers for Wing Event

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Betsy Fischer Martin moderated a panel discussion at the new Georgetown location of the "The Wing" co-sponsored by "All In Together." The panel featured key political operatives from both sides of the aisle discussing how to engage more young women in the political process. "The Wing" is a network of co-working and community spaces designed for women. Featured speakers included: Rhonda Foxx, María Teresa Kumar, Lauren Leader, and Neri Martinez.