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National Women’s Leadership Summit To Take Place in Anchorage


Discussion Will Focus On Energy And Environmental Policy

Honorary Co-Chairs Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) 
150 Women Leaders Nationwide From the Public and Private Sectors

The National Women’s Leadership Summit (NWLS), organized by the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, is a three-day bi-partisan gathering of the best and brightest women leaders who will participate in dynamic roundtable discussions about energy and environmental issues facing our nation.   

Thursday Night, Friday Luncheon & SaturdayPress Conference:  Anchorage Marriott  Friday Breakout Sessions:  Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center

Thursday, June 3 through Saturday, June 5

Established in 2009 to promote the different perspectives of women from across the country, the Summit has quickly grown to become a benchmark of the influence of women’s voices in public policy. The NWLS in Anchorage will focus on finding a pragmatic approach to balancing our energy needs while protecting the environment.   

The Summit begins with opening speakers on the evening of Thursday, June 3 followed by a full day of panel discussions and a luncheon keynote address by journalist Lisa Ling on Friday, June 4 from 12:15  to 1:45 p.m.  The summit will culminate with a closing presentation and media availability with U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski andMaria Cantwell from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 5.  The Senators will review the results of the Summit discussions and incorporate them into their presentation         remarks about the future of energy and environmental policy.  Speakers include:

  • Kristi Acuff, Senior Vice President, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
  • Karen Billups, Chief Counsel, US. Senate Committee on Energy andNatural Resources
  • Megan Bloomgren, Executive Director of Strategy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Margaret Brown, CEO, CIRI
  • Elizabeth Cheney, Vice President, Upstream Americas, Shell
  • Marilyn Crockett, Director, Alaska Oil & Gas Association
  • Lisa Daniels, Founder, Windustry
  • Rayola Daugher, Senior Economic Advisor, American Petroleum Institute
  • Julie Estey, Business Director, Alaska Center for Energy & Power
  • Sara Fischer Goad, Deputy Director, Alaska Energy Authority
  • Phyllis Harris, Vice President of Environmental Compliance, Wal-Mart
  • Caitlin Higgins, Executive Director, Alaska Conservation Alliance
  • Sara Letourneau, Director, Labor Climate Project, Blue Green Alliance
  • Lesil McGuire, Alaska State Senator
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