May 12, 2017
Holland and Knight
800 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM             Registration


9:00 AM – 9:20 AM             Welcome and Opening Remarks

Homefront Rising co-founders Donna Huneycutt, Mary Reding Smith, and Lauren Wittenberg Weiner


9:20 AM – 10:00 AM           Advocacy 101

What issues matter to me and how do I make a difference? Learn from a panel of experts about how to utilize your skills to identify the important issues and establish your platform.

Ashley Broadway Mack, American Military Partners Association

Joyce Raezer, National Military Family Association

Megan Paone, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM         Networking break


10:15 AM – noon     Mastering the Message

Communicating and controlling your message can be difficult.  Media experts will be on hand to share their tips of the trade, including how to build your online presence and what to expect from interactions with journalists, followed by an opportunity to engage with the experts to ask specific questions about  developing and delivering your own message.

Rosemary Williams, military families advocate and former VA Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

Meredith Casey McPhillips, Politico


noon – 1:15 PM            Lunch


1:15 PM – 2:00 PM      Advocacy 201

You’ve identified your platform and crafted your pitch. Now how do you engage with decision makers to accomplish your goals? Hear from the experts about how to connect with the right people, create a supportive network that extends across the aisle, and leverage that network to help you succeed.

Elizabeth Hittos, Office of Representative Gus Bilirakis

Erin Miller, Women Airforce Service Pilots advocate

Rep. Robert Wittenberg, Michigan State Representative


2:00 PM – 2:45 PM              Pathways to Service

Military spouses are uniquely equipped for public service. Learn from an experienced panel about the different ways to put your skills to work, including on staff, as an appointed official, and running for elected office.

Carol DiBattiste, former United States Under Secretary of the Air Force

Rory Brosius, ScoutComms

Rep. Robert Wittenberg, Michigan State Representative


2:45 PM – 3:30 PM              Small Group Roundtables

Attendees will break out for guided roundtable discussions focused on areas of interest, including issue advocacy and serving in office.


3:30 PM – 3:45 PM       Networking break


3:45 PM – 4:30 PM              Political Engagement in 2017 and Beyond       

A panel of political insiders will share their insights on public service and how you can apply your Homefront Rising training to serve in today’s political environment.

Clare Bresnahan, She Should Run

Jocelyn Benson, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality

Melissa Richmond, Running Start

Reda Hicks, Leadership Houston


4:30 PM – 4:45 PM              Homefront Rising in Action

Jinyoung Englund, Homefront Rising alumna and Washington State senate candidate


4:45 PM – 5:00 PM              Closing Remarks


Post-conference no host happy hour at Blackfinn American Pub

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