FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2015
Contact: Claire S. Gould
300 Pro-choice, Democratic Women Gather to Celebrate Young Women of Achievement with Keynote Ilyse Hogue
The Women’s Information Network (WIN) celebrated 45 highly talented, up-and-coming young women leaders at the 22nd annual Young Women of Achievement Awards (YWA) themed, “Ready for Women.” Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America delivered the keynote address.
The ceremony was held at the Carnegie Institution for Science and included a networking reception, followed by the awards ceremony where winners were announced.
“Our awards committee had a difficult time choosing winners with a list of 45 incredibly accomplished nominees who are both thriving in their professions and giving back to the community. One of WIN’s two signature events, the Young Women of Achievement Awards continue to spotlight the next generation of women leaders who are making a real difference in our community–and the world,” said Jeryl Hayes, WIN Chair.
“As we celebrate Young Women of Achievement for the 22nd year in a row, it is inspiring to meet the 45 very talented women nominated this year and celebrate the success of women leaders in our community,” said Jamie Maniscalco, Chair of the 2015 YWA.
This year’s awardees were:
- Amanda Hooper for Community Organizing/Labor Work
- Emilie Aries for Innovation/Entrepreneurship
- Jessica Byrd for Leadership
- Kate Black and Jennie Johnson for Political/Campaign Work
- Donya Nasser for Service/Nonprofit Advocacy
- Samantha Gordon for Women in the Choice Movement
Keynote speaker Ilyse Hogue is president of NARAL Pro-Choice America and is an expert in both electoral and advocacy campaigns. She has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Friends of Democracy, Media Matters for America, and MoveOn.org. Ilyse is a frequent guest on network and cable news shows including MSNBC, PBS, CNN, and Fox News as an expert on the political and policy landscape for reproductive freedom. She writes regular commentary for CNN.com and The Nation, and has had dozens of opinion pieces published in local and national outlets including Politico. Ilyse was featured as one of Elle Magazine’s “10 Most Powerful Women in DC” and was named on Washington Life’s Power 100 list.
WIN is DC’s premier professional, political, and social network dedicated to informing, connecting, and empowering young, pro-choice, Democratic women. For more information about WIN, visit www.winonline.org.
The Young Women of Achievement (YWA) Awards are WIN’s annual celebration of highly talented up-and-coming young women leaders making a difference in the community. YWA acknowledges young, Democratic, pro-choice women of excellence who have made strides in their field and a real difference in the world. YWA nominees are Democratic, pro-choice women who are 35 years of age or younger and live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Members of WIN and the WIN Advisory Council, a group of high-achieving women who support the organization, select six awardees from the nominations.