From first-timers to long-time members, the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum is comprised of women like you and me. You don’t have to be a professional shooter, hunter, activist or philanthropist to join our group, you just need the passion and determination to defend our Second Amendment freedoms.
We are a network of vibrant, influential women from all corners of the country. Many of us shoot and hunt, but all of us care about protecting our personal freedoms. We are women of intelligence and thought, generous in spirit, strong in character. Most importantly, we act on—and stand for—what we believe.
Wild at Heart
Melanie Pepper never held a gun until she was 40 years old, but now as a “Mimi,” she’s one of the most accomplished hunters in the world—she received the distinguished Diana Award in 2013. Melanie has previously served on the executive committee of the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum.
“Women really have such an incredible role right now in the NRA. Our gatherings are filled with enthusiasm—whether we’re looking back at how much has been accomplished in a short amount of time, or looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. And WLF is where it all starts.”
—Melanie Pepper, NRA Board Member
“I've been amazed by these women that I have come across. There is a lot of excitement and a lot of momentum.”
—Katherine Ohlhausen 2015 Luncheon Chair
“If you could pick your family, you would pick NRA members. I have made phenomenal friends that I’ll have for life.”
—Esther Schneider, NRA Board Member
This NRA Women series profiles the inspiring women of the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum. In each episode, ladies share their personal history with firearms and what triggered their passion for protecting the Second Amendment. You’ll get to meet the empowered women who are making a difference and understand what drives each of them to get involved and give so selflessly of their time and energy.
These are the fresh faces of the NRA—young women from all walks of life who are embodying the diversity and strength at the core of the National Rifle Association. From bloggers and CEOs to hunters and trainers, these ladies are blazing their own trail in the firearm industry and are energizing others to step up and get involved.
Few causes have such a direct impact on our children, grandchildren and the future of our country as the Second Amendment. We invite you to join us as a woman, a leader and a keystone of America’s treasured legacy of freedom. Come be a part of the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum and help us shape the future!