December 13, 2013

Econ Empow

The fabric of the American workforce has changed over the last several decades with the dramatically increased participation of women - but federal policies have yet to adjust to meet the needs of the modern workforce and middle class families. Senator Gillibrand is championing an agenda of Paid Family and Medical Leave, Quality Affordable Child Care, Universal Pre-K, Increased Minimum Wage and Equal Pay to modernize the American workplace for women workers and the entire middle class with policies that treats them equally, allows them to reach their full economic potential and reflects our values. This Summit was an important discussion about workplace policies that will place women and middle-class families at the forefront of the economic agenda.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in one of two "solution sessions" designed for panelists to share their experiences and spark discussion about how current workplace policies and challenges have affected their professional and personal success, and what steps need to be taken to allow for full economic empowerment.

Solution Sessions

Host: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten E. Gillibrand was first sworn in as United States Senator from New York in January 2009. In November 2012, Gillibrand was elected to her first six-year Senate term with 72 percent of the vote, winning 60 of New York’s 62 counties.

Prior to her service in the Senate, Gillibrand served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York's 20th Congressional District, which spanned 10 counties in upstate New York.

Keynote: Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King, member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, is a sports icon and humanitarian who won 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles, and mixed doubles tennis titles, including a record 20 championships at Wimbledon. She empowered women and educated men when she defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest moments in sports history – the Battle of the Sexes in 1973, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. This match is remembered for its effect on society and its contribution to the women's movement. In 2008, she authored Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes to commemorate the 35th anniversary of her historic 1973 match against Bobby Riggs.

 

Confirmed Participants

Vanessa Karen Bush

Vanessa Karen Bush

Edith Cooper

Edith Cooper

Elizabeth Cutler

Elizabeth Cutler

Carol Evans

Carol Evans

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Karen Finney

Karen Finney

Ruth Gaviria

Ruth Gaviria

Cheryl Heinonen

Cheryl Heinonen

Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Ilene Lang

Ilene Lang

Cynthia Leive

Cynthia Leive

Monika Mantilla

Monika Mantilla

Eileen Naughton

Eileen Naughton

Natalia Oberti Noguera

Natalia Oberti Noguera

Lisa Price

Lisa Price

Rossana Rosado

Rossana Rosado

Ellen Schall

Ellen Schall

Tanisha Sykes

Tanisha Sykes

Neera Tanden

Neera Tanden

Cyma Zarghami

Cyma Zarghami