National Partnership for Women & Families

Annual Event

2018 Gala Dinner Save the Date

Save the Date!

Gala Dinner
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Washington Hilton

1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
5:30 p.m.

Please join us for our Annual Gala — featuring our keynote speaker, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org and one of the most influential women in business today.

The National Partnership works every day to foster a society in which workplaces are fair and family friendly, discrimination is a thing of the past, women’s reproductive health and rights are secure, everyone has access to quality, affordable health care and every person has the opportunity to live with dignity and economic security.

Our Annual Gala is a time-honored Washington tradition celebrating all we have accomplished together for women and families while looking toward the critical work ahead.

Mark Thursday, June 7th on your calendars and invite your friends and colleagues!

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2017 Gala Dinner Highlights

Distinguished Speakers

Petula Dvorak, National Partnership Gala 2017
Petula Dvorak
Emcee and Washington Post columnist
Ellen Malcom, National Partnership Gala 2017
Ellen Malcolm
Chairwoman, Board of Directors
Debra Ness, National Partnership Gala 2017
Debra Ness
President, National Partnership
Senator Kamala Harris for California
Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, Keynote and Honoree

Video Highlights

Event Photos

2017 Gala Dinner Senator Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris

2017 Gala Dinner Speakers
National Partnership President Debra Ness, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris,
Washington Post Columnist Petula Dvorak and Board Chairwoman
Ellen Malcolm

2017 Gala Dinner Debra Ness
National Partnership President Debra Ness

2017 Gala Dinner Ellen Malcom
National Partnership Board Chairwoman Ellen Malcolm

2017 Gala Dinner Petula Dvorak
Washington Post Columnist Petula Dvorak speaks to a full ballroom

Social Highlights

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2017 Gala Dinner TapSnap Staff

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Event Quotes

"Here’s the truth people need to understand: To tackle the challenges of the 21st century, we must empower women and families. If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short. Because when you lift up women, you lift up families, you lift up communities, you lift up economies — and you lift up America."
— U.S. Senator Kamala Harris

"Since the National Partnership for Women & Families opened its doors more than 45 years ago, we have been standing strong — working tirelessly to create a society that is free, fair and just — where nobody has to experience discrimination, all workplaces are family friendly, and no family is without quality, affordable health care and real economic security."
— National Partnership Board Chairwoman Ellen Malcolm

"We’re taking back our destiny. The National Partnership is fighting every day to put the issues that matter to women and families front and center — to secure a better future for all of us. And we are having an impact. Together, we are creating a resurgence in activism."
— National Partnership President Debra Ness

Event Videos

Our Generous Supporters

Pacesetters: Bayer | BlueCross BlueShield Association | Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP | Exelon Foundation | General Electric | Hogan Lovells US LLP | Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP | Nina B. Matis | Microsoft | Pfizer Inc. | PhRMA | PwC, LLP | Sharis Pozen | WilmerHale

Underwriters: AARP | Aetna Inc. | Anthem | Citi | Covington & Burling LLP | DLA Piper | Google | Johnson & Johnson | Jones Day | Morrison & Foerster LLP | Motley Rice LLC | Northrop Grumman Corporation | PWR | Service Employees International Union | Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP | UnitedHealth Group

Distinguished Supporters: ABIM Foundation | AFSCME | AmeriHealth Caritas | Clifford Chance US LLP | Ellen R. Malcolm | Morgan Stanley | National UAW Community Action Program | Melanie and Larry Nussdorf | Pacific Gas & Electric Company | Perkins Coie LLP | Planned Parenthood Federation of America | Ruth and Stephen Pollak | Richard P. Rome | Sidley Austin LLP | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP | Joe Solmonese | The Steptoe Foundation | The Jay and Kelly Sugarman Foundation | UPS | Williams & Connolly LLP | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

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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.

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