Announcing Candidates for the 2016-2017 WIN Executive Committee
WIN’s daily operations are overseen by an elected Executive Committee (EC). We invite you to decide who will serve on WIN’s leadership team next year. All active members are eligible to cast a vote in the election.
The campaigning process for the 2016-17 Executive Committee is officially underway, so read more about our candidates below and join us for the following campaign events to hear directly from the candidates themselves:
Candidate Reception 1: Thursday, June 23, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Piola, 2208 14th St NW
Candidate Reception 2: Tuesday, June 28, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Mackey’s Public House, 1823 L St NW
Candidate Forum: Wednesday, July 6, from 6:00-9:00PM at the WIN Office, 1825 K St NW
All active members who join or renew before Monday, July 4 by 11:59 p.m. will receive an electronic voting ballot via e-mail on Wednesday, July 6, 30 minutes following the conclusion of the candidate forum.
WIN would not be the organization it is today without the active participation of our many members and leaders, so thank you in advance for supporting the elections process!
2016-2017 WIN Executive Committee Candidates
Edwith Theogene – Chair
Natalie Weiner – Vice Chair
Kateryna Pyatybratova – Advisory Council Director
Cheryl Tanski – Communications Director
Britt Dorfman – Development Director
Amber English Coleman – Events Director
Nita Somasundaram – Finance Director
Sara El Saied – Membership Director
Allison Tune – Membership Director
Prita Kohli – Networks Director
Stephanie King – Political Director
Corinne Falotico – Technology Director
Emilie Riggs – Training & Partnerships Director
My name is Edwith and I am thrilled to announce my candidacy for WIN Chair. Serving as Networks Director has been a great honor. It has filled my heart and grown me in so many ways. Since joining WIN in 2013, and my tenure in the WIN Conversation Series in 2014, WIN has surrounded me with so many amazing women with strong character, compassion, and ambition. Our growing membership continually inspires me to do more and be better. I will bring that same inspiration and drive to serve WIN as Chair.
My vision is for WIN to be a safe haven to gain the skills we need to be competitive in our fields, be empowered at all levels of our lives, and to connect with those who share our values. I aim to keep it current as it grows with its dynamic membership, to continue our strategic plan, and to build off of the infrastructure we have created. I look forward to a year of bringing it to fruition and creating success.
- As Chair, I will incorporate the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee as a permanent fixture within WIN. This will be under my purview as chair, making it top priority for the organization as a whole. This committee will focus on diverse recruitment efforts and evaluate programming and leadership efforts in order to inform actions for a more diverse, more inclusive WIN. As Networks Director, diversity and inclusivity was at the forefront of any of my decision making. I am committed to continue doing so and driving progress within our organization.
- This will be the first year of the WIN Training and Partnership Director position. This role fulfills the needs of WIN membership for more training, skill building, and knowledge sharing. This also will engage Mid-Level professionals. As Chair, I will work diligently to ensure the success of this role by supporting the growth of our community partnerships. I want WIN to be the go to place for quality professional development for Pro-Choice, Pro-Democratic Women.
- 2016 is an important year! WIN can play a vital role in this year’s Election cycle. I will work with our Political Director and the DNC to ensure WIN has impactful volunteer opportunities, programming, and commentary around the election.
- As Chair, I will oversee the implementation of our new WIN website. I will support the Technology Director for a seamless transition to provide our membership with a new and improved website and database. This will elevate our profile and bring us farther into 2016 with sparkly bells and whistles.
WIN plays a valuable role in Washington, D.C and has been indispensable to me. It is critical for women to come together to support other woman. WIN is that! It would be honor and a privilege to give WIN all that it has given to me, by serving as the next Chair of WIN. Learn more by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting my FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/WINwithEd2016. Would love to hear from you!
My name is Natalie Weiner and I am excited to run for Vice Chair of WIN! I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Executive Committee this past year as Political Director and I look forward to serving all of you as the 2016-2017 Vice Chair.
My Goals for the Year
Supporting the WINtern, WIN Leaders, and the Executive Committee
One major role of the Vice Chair is to hire and manage our WINtern who is an integral part of WIN as they execute the day-to-day. Not only will I be a capable manager of the WINtern, but a strong mentor and support system.
My previous experience on the EC has given me insight into the role of the Vice Chair, how the EC operates, and the best way to support the next Chair. I look forward to running the EC’s meetings and assisting EC Directors in their roles.
Additionally, I will use my experience as Director and former WIN leader to manage the WIN Conversation Series Co-Chairs who advance WIN’s goals on diversity and inclusivity by planning events, trainings, and critical discussions.
Continuing WIN’s Progress
The 2015-2016 EC made two important changes to WIN’s structure that I am excited to implement. First, the EC created the new position of Training and Partnerships Director to provide quality trainings for WINners. I will collaborate with this Director to fortify their new role.
Second, the EC voted to bring back the Diversity & Inclusivity Subcommittee to guide WIN in our recruitment efforts, leadership training, and event programing. I look forward to serving on this Subcommittee and welcome your input.
Implementing the Strategic Plan and Looking to the Future
WIN will be entering the third year of our Strategic Plan which is used to safeguard WIN’s mission, utilize our financial assets, increase diversity, and improve our programing. I will ensure that WIN is meeting its strategic goals while working with our members to make sure that WIN continues to support their needs in the future.
WIN has been a wonderful community and support system for me and I’ve had the honor of serving as a WIN leader the past two years. As the 2015-2016 Political Director I served on the Executive Committee, managed five of WIN’s leadership teams, and endorsed legislation and candidates on behalf of WIN. Being on the EC has given me the institutional knowledge to continuing serving while pushing WIN’s progress forward.
From 2014-2015 I served as the Practice Your Politics Co-Chair where I was able to lead volunteer activities and interact with local communities. I value that experience and look forward to doing more community outreach as Vice Chair.
Vote Weiner for WIN
WIN is incredibly important to me and I would be honored to serve as your Vice Chair. If you have any questions or ideas please reach out to me by checking my Facebook page, emailing me at email@example.com, or following me on Twitter. Thank you for your consideration!
Cheryl M. Tanski
Dear Fellow WINners,
I’m Cheryl Tanski and I’m honored to announce my candidacy for WIN’s Communications Director – again!
For the past year, I have had the privilege to serve as your Communications Director and it has been an incredible experience. I have learned so much about WIN and from all of you, and I would love to continue serving you in this capacity.
This past year, I am proud that I have published a WINsight newsletter, featuring all of the amazing things WINners have been doing, every month. I have also continued to expand our social media reach on Facebook and Twitter, and created fun graphics to promote our Signature Events. Most importantly, I serve on the Technology Task Force, and I’m thrilled to announce that we are working on a new website and database for all WINners, one that is more user-friendly and responsive to your needs.
I can’t begin to describe all the ways that WIN has helped me over the past two years. From being the WINtern two years ago, to helping plan last year’s WODW, to serving on this year’s Executive Committee, I have been embraced by this pro-choice, Democratic community. Through WIN, I was able to find my confidence, voice, and direction, and I certainly would not be where I am today without all the WINners who helped me along the way. I have truly found my #tribe. I want to continue giving back to the WIN community in the same way, as Communications Director.
If re-elected, I will:
- Continue collaborating with the Technology Task Force to fully implement the new WIN website and database, and hold training sessions for members who will be using it.
- Ensure all WIN leaders have the most up-to-date communications information for creating successful, well-attended event pages and email blasts by holding small group training sessions throughout the year.
- Continue to promote WIN and its pro-choice, Democratic ideals on all forms of social media, especially Facebook and Twitter, and make better use of our Instagram account.
- Implement new technologies to make WIN more accessible to members, such as Facebook Live for our events; that way, if members can’t attend an event, they can view it at a later date.
- Add to our presence on tumblr by continuing the monthly WINsight, spotlighting each network once throughout the year, and asking the WIN membership at-large to be guest bloggers.
I am so excited about this opportunity to continue to serve WIN! I am open to all thoughts and ideas, so feel free to reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how I can earn your vote. You can also show your support for me on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/CherylforWIN and on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #CherylforWIN.
I look forward to speaking with you and serving you during the next year!
Dear lovely WINners,
I am beyond thrilled to announce my candidacy for Development Director. It has been an honor to serve as the WINtern (spring 2015), coordinate communications for YWA (winter 2016), and co-chair WODW (summer 2016). All of these experiences have allowed me to see WIN from many different perspectives. WIN has given so much to me professionally, personally, and has even helped me find a dining room table! I would like to channel all the passion I have for WIN and my knowledge of the organization into helping WIN continue to grow and thrive. Of course there are many ways in which to do this. Fundraising is definitely the key to keep WIN winning. We cannot do the things we all know and love without strategic partnerships and sponsorship.
Nurturing and expanding the relationships we have built within the DC community will be a top goal. The key to any fundraising strategy is to build and maintain relationships. However, it is time to diversify and expand WIN’s outreach to the communities with which we align to help open doors for the future. Knowing the ins and outs of WIN and its many moving parts will enable me to communicate the spirit of WIN and why its sustainability as an organization is so important.
This year brings an entirely new opportunity to strengthen our community partnerships through the role of the Trainings and Partnerships Director. Community partnerships are key for helping put on signature events and for future collaborations. My second goal would be to work with this new position and make sure we do all we can to ensure a smooth and successful first year.
Lastly, I just want to say that I am not a fundraiser. It’s strange to say in a statement for Development Director. But I am someone who stirs up passion and wants actions. I dipped my toe into the fundraising world very recently, in different capacities, and it lit a fire within me that I did not know I had. I want to give back to the organization that has given me so much (in ways that I sometimes cannot describe). I care about WIN very deeply and I do believe that everyone can benefit from a strong, well-funded organization, especially one that places emphasis on being a safe space for women to fail up and take chances and lead and empower. I want to make sure we can provide scholarships to those who need it or want it. I intend to work closely with the Membership Director to make a plan and ensure that this is possible.
With that being said, I am more than happy to chat with any of you about my ideas! Feel free to email me at email@example.com, tweet at me @brittdorfman, or message me on Facebook (Britt Lynzee)!
Amber English Coleman
I am excited to announce my candidacy to serve as your next Events Director! Being a member of WIN has brought me such joy, and it would be an honor to serve such a dynamic organization.
My first experience in WIN was at a signature event – the Young Women of Achievement Awards. I walked into the room to support a friend, and walked out a member. The energy in the room was electric – so supportive, engaging, and flat out fun! Honestly, most of what I had been looking for in a community here.
Fast forward one year, and I had the pleasure of serving as the chair of the 2016 Young Women of Achievement Awards. Working with other talented WINners to put on an event that celebrates our core values was incredible. I couldn’t get enough of the signature events, so I also helped coordinate the dinner parties for Women Opening Doors for Women.
Washington DC is an events town, and as your Events Director I want to ensure that ours (remain) the talk of the town! I want to ensure that each event embodies the spirit and values of WIN, and that we are FRIENDraising while we FUNDraise.
As your Events Director I want to work collaboratively with members of the Executive Committee and other WIN Leaders to ensure our events reflect the richness and diversity of our membership, and that which we continue to strive for. Events – from signature events to network events – provide great opportunity for collaboration to expand reach. I want to help WIN take advantage of those opportunities.
2016-2017 is already shaping up to be an exciting time to be a pro-choice, Democratic woman. I am excited for the opportunity to be part of leading WIN through that time, and I hope to have your support! I would love to hear your ideas – connect with me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AECforWINevents. Or, shoot me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s continue to push forward in our mission to support and develop pro-choice, Democratic women…and have fun along the way!
Fellow WINners! I am delighted to announce my candidacy to be your Finance Director. I joined WIN in September, 2015 and jumped straight into the deep end as one of the co-chairs for WIN’s political training team. This has been an incredible experience, which is helped me grow both personally and professionally, and has really motivated me to want to give back to the wonderful community that is WIN. I have been truly inspired by some of the amazing women, who are leaders within this organization and how they work tirelessly to champion women’s rights and reproductive freedoms.
The Finance Director handles WIN’s accounts, balances the budget, ensures compliance with necessary laws and makes sure that WIN can continue to develop the next generation of leaders. I have a Master’s degree in Operations and Business Management, and previously worked in the private sector as an analyst at Citigroup. Having exposure to accounting during my Master’s degree, and having worked in the banking world, I understand how important it is to have a balanced budget, and to pay attention to the smallest of details to ensure compliance with appropriate laws. I also recognize the need to continue to empower this community of wonderful Pro-choice, Democratic women. To achieve this, I will examine the different avenues available to help grow WIN’s savings, to be able to better serve all of you, as WINners.
As someone who is from the United Kingdom, I understand how American politics and culture can have a huge impact on what happens globally. Protecting women’s reproductive freedom and enabling women to succeed are central to creating a bright future for women in the United States and beyond. To help secure this future, I am a passionate volunteer leader with Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, who canvassed during the Virginia state senate elections, to ensure that pro-choice, Democratic candidates were elected. I have also worked to promote women’s health services through phone banks, and neighborhood canvasses in the D.C. area. At the 100th Anniversary gala for Planned Parenthood, I was deeply humbled to have these efforts recognized when Cecile Richards presented advocates and volunteers nationwide, including myself, with the 100 Years Power and Purpose award.
It would be both an honor and a privilege to serve as a member of your Executive Council. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me during this campaign. You can email me at email@example.com, follow me on Twitter @NssAB21 or feel free to add me on Facebook! I look forward to meeting more of you and answering any questions on why I would love to be WIN’s next Finance Director.
2016 Candidate for WIN Finance Director
Sara El Saied
It is an honor to announce my candidacy for Membership Director. It has been an exciting year serving as a chair for Women Conversation Series. Passion, Strength and Fearlessness are traits that young women within WIN encompass and it drives me to continue made me more committed about my involvement and leadership with WIN.
I believe my experience as chair of Women Conversation Series and collaborating with many networks to produce successful events have allowed me to grow my skill set and has prepared me to take on this role as WIN’s Membership Director. I hope to continue to empower a village of women that have supported me and made me feel at home as well as pushed me to pursue countless of opportunities in my career.
Together, we can empower each other to the many WIN(s). I want WIN to be a place where women come together find their strength, resilience, and passion while honing in their skills professionally in their respective careers. And yes, I want to encourage more women to find their inner Boss Power.
When women work together and support each other, all we do is WIN! I’ve been in awe and proud to witness the fervor of WIN members and its leaders. As we continue to grow, I look forward in developing a community of women that will be the change makers in a meaningful way.
As Membership Director, I want to expand into a diverse and empowered membership for WIN. I want to cultivate WIN’s programming to serve the needs of the membership, showcase opportunities of professional development, and link members of past and present to create lifelong friendships. Learn more about my vision for WIN!
I’m proud to be a member of WIN. I hope that you’ll give me the honor of serving you as WIN Membership Director. Over the next several weeks you’ll be hearing a lot from me via email, Facebook and Twitter.
In the coming weeks, I hope that feel comfortable and are eager to share with me your ideas and thoughts about how we can make WIN continue an anchor throughout your journey as a member.
Your ideas and spirit are what drive to make WIN, a WINning place to be part of! I look forward to hearing from you all throughout the campaign!
Please don’t hesitate to email or tweet or send me Facebook message with questions or ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org and @BellaSaraX.
Sara El Saied, Candidate for WIN Membership Director
Hello, my name is Allison Tune, and I am announcing my candidacy to become WIN’s next Membership Director! I have been a WIN Member for a year now, and have found WIN to be a place for growth and leadership. I hope to demonstrate both of these qualities as Membership Director. I plan to continue WIN’s outreach to women from a variety of backgrounds, in order to maintain the strong base that already exists, as well as to further bolster that with new members.
I have worked in association management since moving to DC two years ago, and understand that member growth and engagement take dedicated focus and support. I will draw from personal knowledge for guidance in addition to the already established framework for this position that has been built by our previous leadership. I will listen carefully to the knowledge that the outgoing Membership Director shares, and hope to further expand on what we already do well.
While I am still relatively new to the area, I have a general understanding but also a fresh perspective of the city and events. I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people, and am always eager to share a tip that I have learned or one that has been passed on to me to someone new to the area or even new to being a working professional. I love hearing people’s stories and finding ways to connect them with others who may share their interests or point of view. Welcoming new members and encouraging new individuals to join feels like a natural step, and a great way for me to be able to serve this organization.
Finally, I feel that continuing to host fun events and encouraging new connections is always the best way to keep our organization growing! Let’s keep WIN fabulous and encourage others to share our goals! Thank you for considering me for your Membership Director. Please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com should you have any questions.
“Your Network is your Net Worth” – Tim Sanders
There are few cities in the world that understand this quote quite as well as Washington, D.C. and if you talk to anyone around town and they will tell you just how important a robust network is for success. I have spent the last 12 years in D.C. helping young women build their network and connecting them to influencers and causes that they are passionate about. I am fortunate to have a network of so many incredible and inspirational women because of the dedication of previous WIN Network Directors. It is for this reason that I am thrilled to have the chance to pay it forward and am vying for the position of your next Network Director.
The role of Network Director and the part she plays in building bridges and developing the next generation of women leaders is a crucial one and I am ready and excited to continue this work.
As Network Chair, I will take a strategic approach to developing training programs, creating social opportunities and fostering collaboration within our diverse network of powerful women. I will leverage my background as a public speaker, entrepreneur and women’s leadership mentor to ensure that every WIN member is given the opportunity and tools she needs to grow and succeed.
I have been a member of WIN for almost a decade (way to age myself!) and in those years, I can honestly say this has been one of the most positive, supportive and empowering groups I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. On July 6th, I would be honored to receive your vote for Network Director.
Please join me on the campaign trail at www.facebook.com/Prita4NetworkDirector and @pritakohli. You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, ideas or program suggestions for the coming year.
Hello WINners! My name is Stephanie King, and I am excited to announce my candidacy for WIN’s Political Director.
This past year I had the opportunity to serve on the Political Team as the Race to Representation Coordinator. I was proud to run this race to support female candidates and AU’s Women & Politics Institute. Additionally, through Race to Representation I learned about running a WIN event and collaborating with WIN leadership.
I have worked as a Field Director and Campaign Manager for local candidates, including a At-Large City Council race here in DC. Since I moved to DC to work on these campaigns and promote progressive ideals, WIN has been a continually supportive community. I hope to help WIN grow and support Democratic, pro-choice candidates in the 2016 election cycle and beyond.
As Political Director, I would strive to:
- Increase WIN’s collaboration with other Democratic organizations in and around DC, such as the DC Young Democrats and Montgomery County Young Democrats to further expand the opportunities available to WINners. Additionally, strengthening these relationships will allow WIN to have a larger impact on candidates and issues we choose to endorse and support through volunteer efforts.
- Grow WIN’s focus on all levels of government. Continued focus on Congress through the Congressional Council and lobbying efforts are critical, as are events centered around major anti-choice Supreme Court cases. However, anti-choice legislation is blossoming on a state level. While geography would separate us from participating in volunteer field programs in many states, WIN can still help these campaigns by focusing lobbying efforts on state governments, endorsing and highlighting champions in State Houses and State Legislatures around the country, and attending candidate events that are held in DC. This initiative would give WINners the chance to engage with leaders in their home states and states where the right to choose is at risk.
- Build volunteer opportunities for WINners. In 2016 there will be many candidates and organizations in the DC area that are in need of volunteers to support pro-choice Democrats. I will work to secure these opportunities for WINners and build events where we can volunteer together to support those who support our rights.
- Support the Hillary Clinton candidacy. We have the first female presumptive nominee of a major party for President of the United States, and she will be leading an active campaign throughout the country, especially in neighboring Virginia. This presidency will be crucial for the future of women’s rights, the Supreme Court, and equal rights in the United States. WIN should play an active role in supporting Hillary Clinton’s journey towards the White House.
I would be honored to serve as WIN’s Political Director in 2016-2017. If you have any questions or want to talk more about anything discussed above, please reach out to me at StephanieKing019@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/StephKing4WIN.
I look forward to talking to you about these plans, and hearing more about your WIN journey and hopes for the future of pro-choice, Democratic women in Washington, DC.
My name is Corinne Falotico and I am thrilled to announce my candidacy for Technology Director.
Serving as Co-Chair of the Writing Network this year, it has been an honor to be one of the pro-choice, Democratic women who can call themselves WINners. I was encouraged to join WIN by several of my former coworkers and am so happy that I took the plunge and joined an organization committed to supporting other women in their success.
I am dedicated to supporting WIN’s mission through the Technology Director position by ensuring WINners can connect to each other, the EC, the Advisory Council, and can interact with the WIN website in nuanced ways. I intend to do so by:
- Revamping the WIN website and improving usability.
- Implementing a new database and ensuring a smooth transition to the new platform.
- Maintaining WIN’s website, databases, online tools and building sites for WIN’s signature events.
- Improving the retention of institutional knowledge of past events, best practices and connections in the DC area.
- Continuing to recommend strategies for strengthening WINs technology.
- Supporting the WIN EC ny ensuring WIN’s technology mediums remain a safe space for all WINners, especially those in marginalized communities.
- I am qualified to support WIN’s technological needs and plans for 2016-17. I have a blog called The Feminist Feline, through which I have developed strong HTML/CSS and website design skills.
Additionally, WIN has played an integral part of my young professional life. I went to college in DC but felt lost once I was thrusted into the “real world.” Through developing strong friendships (including my roommate!) and attending great networking opportunities, WIN will have a lasting effect on my life. I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to help further WIN’s mission of supporting pro-choice, Democratic women in DC.
I look forward to meeting many of you at the upcoming events and I hope that you will support my candidacy for Technology Director. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
I am so excited for this opportunity to continue my support for WIN and look forward to speaking with you directly to share how I will keep WIN connected.