Annual Event

Our annual gala is a time-honored tradition. Past speakers include Kerry Washington, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama to name a few.

Highlights From the 2019 Gala Dinner


Lauren Underwood

Rep. Lauren Underwood
Distinguished Honoree

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Deb Haaland

Rep. Deb Haaland
Distinguished Honoree

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Rosa DeLauro

Rep. Rosa DeLauro
Presenter of Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ellen Malcolm

Ellen Malcolm
Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award

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Debra L. Ness

Debra Ness
National Partnership President

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Sharis Arnold Pozen

Sharis Pozen
National Partnership Board Chair

Karen Finney

Karen Finney, Emcee
CNN Political Correspondent

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Social Highlights 2019 Gala Dinner

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Event Quotes

"It’s our turn and our time. Time for us to take the future into our own hands. To become the founding mothers and daughters of a new age for America, a nation powered by our diversity, drawing strength from the rich tapestry of our lives." — Debra Ness, National Partnership President

"I realize that for many of us, success depends not only on our strengths but on the strengths of other individuals and on amazing organizations like the National Partnership for Women & Families. Helping more women stand strong for women’s health, reproductive rights, and economic justice are ways we can make positive change and help women like me find and achieve success." — Representative Deb Haaland, distinguished honoree

"The National Partnership for Women & Families has played such an important role in improving our health care system, protecting and expanding our rights, and ensuring equality and fairness for all." — Representative Lauren Underwood, distinguished honoree

"We — you and I — support the Partnership because we care very deeply about helping women and families. We know the enormous pressures placed upon women in our dual roles as breadwinners and caretakers. We understand the concerns and even fear that families face dealing with expensive and inadequate healthcare. And we’re both appalled and energized by the on-going assault on our rights by the Trump-led right wing. The National Partnership gives us a way to fight back, to focus the conversation on the policies women need, and to tally victories that improve the lives of women and families.— Ellen Malcolm, founder of EMILY's List and lifetime achievement award recipient

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Our Generous Supporters

(partial listing)

Pacesetters: BlueCross BlueShield Association, Covington & Burling LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Cravath, Google, Swaine & Moore LLP, Jamie S. Gorelick and Richard Waldhorn, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Johnson & Johnson, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Kirkland & Ellis, Nina B. Matis, Morgan Stanley, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, PhRMA, Sharis Arnold Pozen and Thorn Pozen, Starbucks Coffee Company, Uber Technologies, WilmerHale

Underwriters: AARP, Akin Gump Hauer & Feld LLP, Anonymous, Cigna, Citi, Clifford Chance US LLP, CVS Health, Shreya Devendra Jani and Michael Parini, Erwin Family Foundation, General Electric Microsoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, PWR, Service Employees International Union, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, UnitedHealth Group, Williams & Connolly LLP

Distinguished Supporters: ABIM Foundation, AFSCME, Anthem, Inc., Avalere Health, Avenue Solutions, BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota, Peter and Allison Cheston, Ranny Cooper and David Smith, Deloitte LLP, Isabel P. Dunst, EMILY's List, Fresenius Medical Care NA, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Humana, iStar Inc., Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC, Tom Montag, National Quality Forum, Sidley Austin LLP, Perkins Coie LLP, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Ruth and Steve Pollak, Procter & Gamble Company, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, The Steptoe Foundation, UPS

Highlights From Past Years (click images for more)

2018 Gala Dinner, Debra Ness and Kerry Washington

2018 Gala Dinner
Featuring Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Rosalind Brewer and Sheryl Sandberg

2017 Gala Dinner Speakers

2017 Gala Dinner
Featuring Kamala Harris

Senator Barbara Mikulski

2016 Gala Dinner
Featuring Barbara Mikulski, Sylvia Burwell, Kirsten Gillibrand and Robert Moritz

2015 Annual Luncheon -- Board Chairwoman Ellen Malcolm, Senior Advisor Judy Lichtman

2015 Annual Luncheon
Featuring Tom Perez and Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Pelosi at 2014 luncheon

2014 Annual Luncheon
Featuring Nancy Pelosi

Tammy Duckworth, 2013 Annual Luncheon

2013 Annual Luncheon
Featuring Rosa DeLauro, Tammy Duckworth and Gwen Moore


For state fundraising disclosures, click here.