Annual Event

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

Gala Dinner 2019

Please join us for our 2019 Gala Dinner!

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
6 p.m.

The National Partnership's Annual Event is an opportunity to celebrate our hard-won accomplishments and to look ahead to our upcoming victories.

Mark Thursday, June 13, on your calendars and invite your friends and colleagues!

Our Honorees

Congresswoman Deb Haaland
Representative Deb Haaland
Champion for Women and Families

One of the first Native American women elected to Congress, Representative Haaland knows from personal experience the pressures faced by single mothers and women who live paycheck-to-paycheck. A community organizer, tribal administrator and public servant, she is a powerful force for policies that support women and families struggling to make ends meet, military families and all people who have been historically underrepresented.

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood
Representative Lauren Underwood
Powerful Advocate for Women’s Health and Rights

The youngest African American woman ever to serve in the House, Representative Underwood has been a lifelong champion for women’s health, fair pay, measures to end discrimination and harassment, and paid family and medical leave. In Congress and previously, as a nurse and a federal employee, she has been a fierce, highly effective advocate for quality, affordable health care.

Our Generous Supporters

(partial listing)

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

Underwriters: AARP, Citi, CVS, Shreya Devendra Jani and Michael Parini, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Service Employees International Union

Distinguished Supporters: ABIM Foundation, AFSCME, Anthem, Inc., Avalere Health, Avenue Solutions, Ranny Cooper and David Smith, Deloitte LLP, Isabel P. Dunst, EMILY’s List, Fresenius Medical Care NA, Humana, iStar Inc., National Quality Forum, Sidley Austin LLP, The Steptoe Foundation, Williams & Connolly LLP

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2018 Gala Dinner Highlights

Distinguished Speakers

2018 Gala Speakers, Union, Washington, Brewer, Pozen, Sandberg, Ness

Gabrielle Union, Distinguished Honoree
Kerry Washington, Distinguished Honoree
Rosalind Brewer, Corporate Leader
Sharis Pozen, National Partnership Board Vice Chair
Sheryl Sandberg, Keynote Speaker
Debra Ness, National Partnership President

Video Highlights

Event Photos

2018 Gala Dinner Group

Corporate Partner Rosalind Brewer, Distinguished Honoree Gabrielle Union, Keynote
Speaker Sheryl Sandberg, National Partnership Advisor Judy Lichtman, National Partnership
Board Vice Chair Sharis Pozen and National Partnership President Debra Ness

2018 Gala Dinner Crowd

National Partnership's 2018 Gala Dinner

2018 Gala Dinner, Debra Ness and Kerry Washington

National Partnership President Debra Ness and Distinguished Honoree Kerry Washington

2018 Gala Dinner, Sheryl Sandberg

Keynote Speaker Sheryl Sandberg

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Social Highlights

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2018 Gala Dinner TapSnap

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Event Quotes

"We deserve access to quality, affordable health care, and control over our own bodies. We deserve safety and equality and a fair democracy and full rights of citizenship. But all of that is under threat right now. The current administration is an important reminder that progress can be undone, but, as the National Partnership’s 47-year history demonstrates, the challenges we’re facing predate this administration and persist whether the people in office consider themselves our allies or not. We have to protect the progress we’ve made, even as we fight for more."
— Kerry Washington, Award-Winning Actor, Producer and Social Justice Activist

"Through the battles you’ve waged and won, you’ve established the principle that everyone’s labor should be valued, everyone’s health matters, everyone’s safety and dignity is important. Everyone means everyone. All genders, races, income levels, races, ethnicities and abilities. Everyone deserves health care. Everyone deserves sick leave. Everyone deserves a safe workplace. And everyone deserves a more just and equal world."
— Sheryl Sandberg, Founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook

"Are we really asking ourselves the tough questions, and doing the internal work necessary, to ensure safe, productive, inclusive, happy, equitable workplaces? I know I have a lot of work to do. … I’m asking for help. I am leaning in so much, I might fall over. I hope somebody catches me."
— Gabrielle Union, Celebrated Actor, Producer, Author, Entrepreneur and Women's Rights Advocate

"You envisioned a new kind of workplace that recognized individuals who work and try to balance a family and all of those responsibilities, and you fought to make that workplace a reality for all of us. I’m personally grateful. You did that for me."
— Rosalind Brewer, Group President, Americas and Chief Operating Officer Starbucks Coffee Company

"These times are truly testing us. They conjure up some of the darkest moments in our history. But what is imperative to remember is that what ultimately defines our country going forward is not [the Trump administration’s] shameful actions, it’s how we react to them. The future will be determined by whether we step up and fight back, or whether we put our heads down and wait for the horrors to pass."
— Debra Ness, National Partnership President

Event Video

Our Generous Supporters

(partial listing)

Leadership Circle: Facebook | Morgan Stanley | Starbucks Coffee Company

Pacesetters: Bayer | BlueCross BlueShield Association | Covington & Burling LLP | Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP | General Electric | Jamie S. Gorelick and Richard E. Waldhorn | Hogan Lovells US LLP | Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP | Kirkland & Ellis | Nina B. Matis | Microsoft Corporation | Morrison & Foerster LLP | Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP | Pfizer Inc. | PhRMA | Sharis Arnold Pozen | Williams & Connolly LLP | WilmerHale

Underwriters: AARP |Aetna Foundation, Inc. | AmeriHealth Caritas | Anthem, Inc. | Cigna | Citi | CVS Health | DLA Piper LLP (US) | Google | Johnson & Johnson | Jones Day | Northrop Grumman Corporation | Pacific Gas & Electric Company | PWR | Service Employees International Union | Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP | UnitedHealth Group | Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz LLP

Distinguished Supporters: AbbVie | ABIM Foundation | AFSCME | Avenue Solutions | Clifford Chance US LLP | Ranny Cooper and David Smith | Deloitte LLP | Eli Lilly and Company | EMILY's List | Humana | iStar Inc. | Shreya Devendra Jani and Michael Parini | Levi Strauss & Co. | Lyft | Mercer | Merck | Motley Rice | Perkins Coie LLP | Procter & Gamble Company | Richard P. Rome | Sidley Austin LLP | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP | Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC | Jeffrey Z. Slavin | Spotify | The Steptoe Foundation | Uber Technologies, Inc | UPS | Wiley Rein LLP | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Hosts: AFL-CIO | American College of Cardiology Foundation | American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists | American Nurses Association | America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | Blue Shield of California | Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC | Carol Tucker Foreman | Heidepriem & Associates | International Brotherhood of Teamsters | Keller Benefit Services, Inc. | LeaveLogic | Mager & Associates LLC | National Health Law Program | National Quality Forum | NCQA | NVG, LLC | Planned Parenthood Federation of America | United Food & Commercial Workers International Union

2017 Gala Dinner Highlights

A Night to Remember. The 2017 Gala Dinner celebrated honoree U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris. We also welcomed distinguished speakers Petula Dvorak, columnist for The Washington Post, and Ellen Malcolm, National Partnership board chairwoman.

2016 Gala Dinner Highlights

Vision Becomes Reality. The 2016 Gala Dinner, celebrating our 45 years of accomplishments, was a tremendous success! We were proud to welcome our inspiring honorees — Lifetime Achievement Awardee U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and PwC LLP U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner Robert E. Moritz — and Ellen Malcolm, our emcee, who chairs the National Partnership’s Board of Directors.

2015 Annual Luncheon Highlights

Women Matter…Equality Matters…We Matter. The 2015 Annual Luncheon celebrated honorees Thomas E. Perez, U.S Secretary of Labor, and Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder, chairwoman and CEO of We also welcomed distinguished speakers Petula Dvorak, columnist for The Washington Post, and Ellen Malcolm, National Partnership board chairwoman.

2014 Annual Luncheon Highlights

Strong Women…Strong Families…Strong Nation. The 2014 Annual Luncheon celebrated honoree Nancy Pelosi, leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. We also welcomed distinguished speakers Karen Finney, MSNBC contributor and political analyst, and Ellen Malcolm, National Partnership board chairwoman. More

2013 Annual Luncheon Highlights

Celebrating 100,000,000 stories (The Family and Medical Leave Act Turns 20). The 2013 Annual Luncheon celebrated honorees U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Tammy Duckworth and Gwen Moore. We also welcomed distinguished speakers Eun Yang, News4 anchor and reporter, and Ellen Malcolm, National Partnership board chairwoman.