Carolyn B. Maloney, Tina Tchen, Terry O’Neill and More: Meet (Some of) the 2013 Women, Money, Power Summit Speakers!

We’ve already given you a sneak-peek at the Women, Money, Power Summit agenda and introduced you to our three honorees: Rosa DeLauro, Barbara Arnwine, and Leticia Van De Putte. But that’s not all! You’ve got less than two weeks left to grab a seat at the table for our two-day, action-packed summit bringing together feminist and political leaders and activists to talk, strategize, and network in an effort to strengthen the feminist movement – so we’re here to introduce you to the other speakers pulling up a chair to that table, too.

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Randi Weingarten

Randi Weingarten is a historical movement-maker in the labor movement. She is currently President of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. Weingarten has launched major efforts to place real education reform high on the nation’s and her union’s agendas, including the AFT Innovation Fund – a groundbreaking initiative to support sustainable, innovative and collaborative education reform projects developed by members and their local unions. Under her leadership, the AFT has grown and expanded, including the 2013 affiliation of the National Federation of Nurses which made it the second-largest nurses union in the country.

Terry O’Neill

via NOW

via NOW

Terry O’Neill has been president of NOW since her election in June 2009. In the past, her political organization skills led her to be involved in historic campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and the campaign leading to the election of Louisiana’s first woman U.S. senator, Mary Landrieu. O’Neill became an activist in the 1990s, fighting right-wing extremists in the Deep South, and has served as president of Louisiana NOW, New Orleans NOW, and Maryland NOW, as well as serving twice on the NOW National Board.

Melanie Campbell



Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network, has fought for civil, youth and women’s rights for over 20 years. A veteran at leading, planning and managing highly successful multi-million dollar civic engagement, census, and issue-based campaigns, Campbell is recognized as one of the hardest working leaders in the social justice movement. Successful projects enacted under her leadership include the Unity Voter Empowerment Campaign, Unity Diaspora Coalition Census 2010 Campaign, and the ReBuild Hope NOW Coalition to assist survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in rebuilding their lives in the Gulf Coast. One of her most rewarding accomplishments at the National Coalition has been creating the Black Youth Vote! youth-focused leadership development program.

Eleanor Smeal

Recognized throughout the nation as a women’s rights leader,  Eleanor Smeal has been on the frontlines fighting for women’s equality for over 30 years. She was at the forefront of almost every major women’s rights victory – from the integration of Little League, newspaper help-wanted ads, and police departments to the passage of landmark legislation, such as the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Equal Credit Act, Civil Rights Restoration Act, Violence Against Women Act, Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, and Civil Rights Act of 1991. Smeal was the first to identify the “gender gap” — the difference in the way women and men vote — and popularized its usage in election and polling analyses to enhance women’s voting clout. One of the architects of the modern drive for women’s equality, Smeal is known as a political analyst, strategist, and grassroots organizer. She has played a pivotal role in defining the debate, developing the strategies, and charting the direction of the modern day women’s movement.

Katherine Spillar


Spillar is on the right, via Roni

Spillar is on the right, via Roni

Katherine Spillar is the Executive Vice President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Feminist Majority, and has been on the forefront of challenges to abortion clinics and women’s reproductive rights. She’s worked in reducing and preventing anti-abortion terrorism and extremism nationally. Spillar was named Executive Editor of Ms. magazine in 2005, and under her oversight, Ms. has increased its investigative reporting: exposing sweatshops, forced prostitution and forced abortions in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, and uncovering the connections between abortion Dr. George Tiller’s convicted murderer, Scott Roeder, and anti-abortion extremists who promote violence.

Kathy Bonk

Kathy Bonk co-founded the Communications Consortium Media Center in 1988 and is currently its executive director. Kathy has worked on multi-year, issue-oriented efforts on topics like child welfare and population and global health. She also directed the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Women Media Project and the NOW FCC/Media Committee. She was a public information officer for the U.S. Department of State and developed media policy recommendations for the International Women’s Year Commission under Presidents Ford and Carter. Her government career also includes four years with the Justice Department in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division and she was a founder of the Center for Women and Work at the National Manpower Institute.

Manizha Naderi

Manizha Naderi, Executive Director of Women for Afghan Women, was born in Kabul and raised in New York. She joined WAW in 2002 as the director of the organization’s Community Outreach Program in Queens, the program which she started.  In Aug. 2006, she moved permanently to Kabul to direct WAW’s work in Afghanistan; there she created groundbreaking projects like the Family Guidance Center (FGC), which offers counseling and mediation to families in crisis and to women and girls who are experiencing domestic violence, forced and underage marriages, rape, sex trafficking, and other gross violations of their human rights. WAW now operates 8 FGCs in 8 Provinces and has helped 7000 women since 2007. Manizha opened 7 shelters for women/girls who could not return home because of threats of violence and initiated literacy and vocational training classes to help women earn a living and achieve financial independence.  She also started 3 Children Support Centers for children who were residing with their mothers in prison. 230 children are now living and getting educated in WAW’s CSCs, and she is working to expand the centers to other provinces in Afghanistan.

Carolyn Maloney

First elected to Congress in 1992, Carolyn B. Maloney is recognized as a national leader with extensive accomplishments on financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues. She is a senior member of both the House Financial Services Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Vice-Chair of the House Democrats’ Steering and Policy Committee, and immediate past Chair of the Joint Economic Committee. Maloney is the first woman to represent New York’s 12th Congressional District; the first woman to represent New York City’s 7th Council district (where she was the first woman to give birth while in office); and was the first woman to Chair the Joint Economic Committee, a House and Senate panel that examines and addresses the nation’s most pressing economic issues.

Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen is an Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady Michelle Obama. Within the Obama Administration she also serves as the Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls and the past Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Tchen was previously a partner in corporate litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In that capacity, Tchen represented public agencies in state and federal class actions, including the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Public Aid, and the Chicago Housing Authority.

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