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ADVISORY: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Valerie Jarrett Headline Launch of Major New Women’s Initiative

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277

The Center for American Progress, American Women, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Services Employee International Union Launch Fair Shot: A Plan for Women and Families to Get Ahead

Washington, D.C. – On September 18, the Center for American Progress, working with American Women, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Service Employees International Union, will launch a major new initiative, “Fair Shot: A Plan for Women and Families to Get Ahead,” at an event featuring House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett. The effort will focus on elevating public policies that address the challenges women face today and ensure that families are not just getting by, but rather have the opportunity to get ahead.

Through a combination of panel discussions and keynote speeches, the event will highlight the key themes of the initiative: promoting women’s economic security, ensuring healthy families and protecting reproductive rights, and expanding women’s leadership.


10:00 a.m. – Welcoming remarks
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

10:05 a.m. – Opening speaker
Valerie Jarrett, Senior White House Advisor

10:15 a.m. – Research Presentation
Denise Feriozzi, Political Director, American Women

10:15 a.m. – Panel 1: Why Women’s Leadership Matters

Introductory Speaker:
Stephanie Schriock, President, American Women

Featured Panelists:
Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
Andrea Jung, former CEO, Avon Products, Inc.
Sharon Meers, Head of Sales and Business Development, X.commerce, a division of eBay
Beverly Tatum, President, Spelman College
Judy Warner, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, moderator

11:20 a.m. – Keynote speaker:
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

11:35 a.m. – Panel 2: From Paycheck to Progress
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President; Director, Domestic Policy Council
Jocelyn Frye, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Judy Lichtman, Senior Advisor, National Partnerships for Women and Families
Joan Walsh, Editor at Large, Salon, moderator
Rocio Saenz, President, SEIU local 615

12:45 p.m. – Panel 3: Healthy Women, Healthy Families

Introductory Speaker:
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Featured Panelists:
Assemblywoman Lucy Flores (D-NV)
Marcia Greenberger, Founder and Co-President, National Women’s Law Center
Ilyse Hogue, President, NARAL Pro-Choice America
Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer, Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Dr. Jamila Perritt, Gynecologist, Montgomery County, Maryland
Karen Finney, Host, “Disrupt with Karen Finney,” MSNBC, moderator


Wednesday, September 18, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served.


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005


RSVP HERE. For more information, please contact Madeline Meth at or 202.741.6277.


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