Women's Leadership Forum Summit

McLean, VA • September 9-11, 2016

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Thank you to those who attended the NRA Women's Leadership Forum Summit in September! Your leadership and friendship provides sustenance to our ever-growing community of philanthropic women.

The Summit was our biggest yet, and the weekend's agenda was filled with an incredible line-up of nationally acclaimed speakers, inspiring panelists and one-of-a-kind special events.

This year's weekend kicked off with a special training workshop created by nationally recognized security and defense expert, Steve Tarani. "Active Threat Control: The Impact of Global Threats on Your Family and Finances (and What You Can Do About It)" was a major hit. Participants learned "what the professionals know" to optimize situational awareness and stop a determined predator by proactively managing threats.

The Summit officially commenced with the Welcome Reception and the "Heart of Democracy Opening Dinner" featuring Laura Ingraham, host of The Laura Ingraham Show. Laura's engaging and to-the-point speech focused primarily on the 2016 elections, the impact of the media and the critical responsibility we have as women voters. Up next was the "Monuments at Night" tour. Attendees took a ride on a luxury charter, sponsored by Mike and Sally Clark, and learned about our nation's rich history in an exclusive and privately guided tour of D.C.'s most treasured national monuments. The "Sweet Land of Liberty Dessert Reception" brought the evening to a delectable close.

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Saturday morning we were up and at 'em at the "Red, White & Blue Breakfast Buffet," and a presentation on The DC Project. Panelists Dianna Muller, Julianna Crowder, Megan Boland, and Cheryl Todd spoke to Summit attendees about the non-partisan, grassroots initiative that brings one woman from each state to Washington, DC to establish relationships with legislators and reveal the faces and stories of female firearms owners and Second Amendment supporters. The morning continued with presentations by the dynamic Dana Loesch, host of "The Dana Show," Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA and a 2017 NRA Annual Meetings Update led by Executive Committee Members Jane Brown Keller, Judi White, Susan Bernard Shaver and WLF member Susan Straub. Longtime NRA friend Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) rounded out the morning with a few very poignant remarks and a lighthearted "Insider's Interview" that gave attendees a peek into the more personal side of things.

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Saturday afternoon's schedule remained chock-full of fascinating speakers, including a one-of-a-kind Gubernatorial First Ladies Panel and "Insider Interviews" with First Ladies Deborah Bryant (Mississippi), Lori Otter (Idaho) and Tonette Walker (Wisconsin). A second panel presentation followed, entitled "The Power of Second Amendment Grassroots Activism." Moderated by Carrie Lightfoot, Founder of The Well Armed Woman, and featuring panelists Karen Butler, Kimberly Corban and Kristy Titus.

Ladies took a break from speakers for a few hours to participate in two optional activities: An exclusive experience at Mount Vernon, and a private tour of the NRA National Firearms Museum. Both groups were taken behind the scenes with knowledgeable guides, revealing the hidden wonders of these two historic destinations.

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After returning to the hotel and sitting down for the "Let Freedom Ring Grand Finale Dinner," Summit attendees reflected on freedom through the unique lens of Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal columnist, author of eight books on American politics, history and culture, as well as a special assistant and speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan. A very special Women's Leadership Council brooch presentation followed. Some of the most generous donors were presented with a brooch or gemstone denoting their giving level and commitment to the mission of the NRA. And finally, the "Stars, Stripes, & Sweets Dessert Reception," sponsored by Nina May and Renaissance Women Productions and the new TV series, Daily Bread, was the icing on the cake.

A "Monumental Breakfast Buffet" kicked-off Sunday morning's activities. Sharon Callan, WLF member and retired Tucson Police Department law enforcement officer, led a special tribute to the 15th Anniversary of September 11, 2001, at 8:46 a.m. After the solemn moment of silence, Ashlee Lundvall, Ms. Wheelchair USA and ambassador for the outdoors, inspired attendees with her story, "A Redefined Life: Lessons from a Pitchfork."

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The uplifting weekend drew to a close with a Summit-favorite tradition: "The Reflections Panel." Ten women shared their personal experiences about what the Summit meant to them, and how they planned to bring home their new ideas and lessons learned. All 10 courageous women are from different backgrounds, but share their encouragement, empowerment and enlightened vision of a united community of women dedicated to defending freedom.

We hope you join us next year for what's sure to be another incredible NRA Women's Leadership Forum Summit.

Contact Addie Crimmins at (703) 267-1580 or ACrimmins@nrahq.org with questions, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 NRA Women's Leadership Forum Summit.

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