Advocacy Day and Academy for Public Service

NAWBO Central & Northern NJ“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has!” – Margaret Mead

NAWBO’s roots are in advocacy. This annual Advocacy Day event in Washington, D.C. allows members’ voices to be heard and helps us to understand the best ways to help affect change.

The Academy for Public Service is a NAWBO event held in conjunction with the Advocacy Day. Previous years’ topics have touched on how to run for office as well as the benefits of and need for women to join corporate boards. This year’s program covered several topics, and included a discussion of the recently passed California initiative (SB 826); this initiative requires all publicly-held corporations in that state tohave at least one woman directoron their boards by the end of 2019 and three women directors by year end 2021. NAWBO was very involved in this issue despite it being a subject of much debate on the part of the membership. We also heard from women who had run for office and found that despite losing, the visibility they gained paid off in being appointed to a variety of state or local commissions and/or boards in their respective states.

Our advocacy day started with a morning briefing at the EEOB (Eisenhower Executive Office Building). This is part of the White House complex and where the vice president has his offices. We heard from a variety of representatives from the SBA, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Labor (Women’s Bureau).  In the afternoon, we transferred to the Hart Senate Building, in sight of the Capitol, for additional speakers, including U.S. Senator (Maryland) Ben Cardin, Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and U.S. Senator (Arizona) Martha McSally.

There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and many speakers opted to explain who they were and what they did before opening the floor for questions and comments.Some of the re-occurring issues brought up were access to capital and health care.

Here is a link you will find interesting: https://www.nawbo.org/press-release/bipartisanship-alive-washington-dc-nawbo-says-yes