WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This Wednesday, January 28, 2015, leading advocates gathered at the Google DC headquarters for the launch of the All In Together (AIT) first annual Strategy Forum. The non-partisan and non-profit organization has led an unprecedented following in support of empowering the female voice in issues of public policy.
Participants and attendees included leaders and experts from both the private and public sectors including Daimler, Deloitte, EY, and PwC. The forum – led by AIT Co-Founders Lauren Leader-Chivée and Courtney Emerson – featured welcome remarks by Jenny Backus, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Google, and a panel discussion led by Anne Fulenwider, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire featuring Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President of AARP and John Gerzema, CEO and Chairman of BAV Consulting.
Senator Gillibrand and Congresswoman Stefanik brought a balanced approach to the afternoon's strategy session by advocating that both sides of the political spectrum can benefit from a stronger female voice and applied perspective in politics. Both women agreed that it's important to encourage women to pursue an active role in community issues and national policies that impact their lives and those of their families.
The organization was founded by Chivée and Emerson. Chivée also serves as an Executive Advisor for Deloitte and is the former President of the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI). Emerson was the Vice President at CTI where she developed their proprietary women's leadership program.
"Today American women are leading in unprecedented ways, but we need them to lead in every sphere and the political is one of the most critical and most lagging," says Chivée. "Women are 'leaning in' more than ever before when it comes to their careers, but this conversation just hasn't translated into a strong voice in public policy," Emerson added, "nor are there easily accessible tools, platforms, or communities to facilitate the kind of engagement that will drive change."
Research shows that while American women have been voting at higher rates than men since the 1980s, women's voices and interests continue to be underrepresented on the local and national stage. The gender gap in political engagement has remained stagnant. Statistically, women are less likely to write to their representatives, speak up at town hall meetings, be interested in learning about and discussing politics and run for public office. AIT aims to reframe what it means to be politically engaged by participating on a personal, professional, and political level.
About the All In Together Campaign (www.aitogether.org)
All In Together is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides women with the tools they need to participate in civic, social, and political issues that matter to them. AIT connects individual women to community resources, policy makers, and relevant high impact outlets for collective action. AIT bridges collaborations between diverse stakeholders (public, private, non-profit) committed to women's empowerment and engagement. For more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
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