WeLead Alumni Spotlight

Laura Ransone

Laura Ransone, Associate Director, Women in Government Relations
"WeLead does an amazing job bringing together a diverse group of talented and driven women. I can't wait to see a woman from my class running for office."
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WeLead Alumni 

Tonia Bui

Tonia Bui

Tonia Bui, Communications Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools
"The WeLead program truly is a space of women who empower other women. Despite our different career paths, we shared the common goal of promoting women's leadership."
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Erika Dyer

Erika Dyer

Erika Dyer, Account Associate, Ketchum’s Public & Corporate Affairs
“WeLead is a unique experience because it brings together a bipartisan group of ladies who, for the most part, are just beginning their career. It was refreshing to learn that despite political differences, many of us shared the same experiences and had a lot in common.”
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Rachael Estes

Rachael Estes

Rachael Estes, Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Apex Clean Energy
"I really enjoyed learning the nuts and bolts of running a campaign. It was also inspiring to be in the company of driven, talented and politically-minded young women."
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Courtney Federico

Courtney Frederico

Courtney Federico, Program Manager, WOMEN VOTE! at EMILY’s List
Her advice the new class? “Take advantage of every opportunity. You worked hard to have this experience, so be thoughtful and strategic about what you want to gain from it, and get after it!”
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Ashley Fox

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Ashley Fox, Deputy Chief of Staff, DC City Council 
"I appreciate WeLead providing a bipartisan space even more as an alumna, and I credit the program with some of my strongest friendships in DC."
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Zandria Haines

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Zandria HainesVice President, SBDigital

"The most valuable takeaway for me was learning about the impact that women, on boths sides of the aisle, were having in DC and beyond."

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Audrey Henson

Audrey Henson

Audrey Henson, Founder, College to Congress
Prior to WeLead, Audrey “thought that working in politics and making an impact in your community could only exist in a partisan world. WeLead took me out of my bubble and showed me that women on opposite sides of the aisle could not only be friends, but we could achieve common goals.”
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Aly Higgins Wheeler

Aly Higgins Wheeler

Aly Higgins Wheeler, Founder, Wheelerhouse, LLC
"While I love a good plan, the most growth I've seen in my career has been when I deviated from "the plan" and jumped at a new challenge."
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Elizabeth Murphy

Liz Murphy

Elizabeth “Liz” Murphy, State Policy Director, Sandy Hook Promise
"WeLead opened my eyes to the multitude of ways I could lead in the political/policy world – including, but not limited to, running for office. I really appreciated the variety of backgrounds of our speakers and trainers, as well as the other women in my class."
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Laura Ransone

Laura Ransone

Laura Ransone, Associate Director, Women in Government Relations
"WeLead does an amazing job bringing together a diverse group of talented and driven women. I can't wait to see a woman from my class running for office."
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Carla Reed

Carla Reed

Carla Reed, Director of Human Resources, The Raben Group
“I really enjoyed the professional development sessions. As an HR professional, I valued having the opportunity to practice presentation and communication skills during mock interviews with women who were well established in their careers."
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Beth Roberts

Beth Roberts

Beth Roberts, Senior Program Officer, Finance, Investment and Trade at Millennium Challenge Corporation
"Because everyone in the program was doing interesting things and had aspirational goals, I learned somuch from simply interacting with WeLead colleagues, sharing stories and exploring new possibilities. At an early stage of my career, this was invaluable."
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Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood, U.S. House of Representatives (IL-14)
Lauren graduated from the WeLead Training Program in 2012 and was elected to Congress in 2018 to represent her hometown, Naperville, in Illinois's 14th District. Lauren credits WeLead with "providing me with the tools, leadership training, and confidence to run for office."
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Carissa Smith

Carissa Smith

Carissa Smith, National Women's Vote Director at Biden for President 
"WeLead was such a transformative and insightful curriculum. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and learning from the best of the best in politics. I was able to walk away with a rolodex of contacts in the field of government relations and politics." 
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Alexandra Weinroth

Alexandra Weinroth

Alexandra Weinroth, Communications Director & Speechwriter at U.S. House of Representatives
"I recently got a call asking me to manage the campaigns of two women running for local office in my hometown. Thanks to my recent participation in WeLead, I had the confidence, training, and support network to say 'yes!'
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