FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (December 2, 2020)
The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS) is proud to add four new members to its Executive Committee and welcome two new financial grants to help the organization carry out its ambitious agenda in 2021.
As LCWINS supports and tracks implementation of the incoming Biden-Harris Administration’s commitments around gender parity, and supports women preparing to take on these critical roles, four deeply experienced former senior national security professionals will join the LCWINS Executive Committee:
Two of LCWINS’ original founders, Heather Hurlburt and Rosa Brooks, will complete their tenures on the Executive Committee. Tamara Cofman Wittes will remain a co-chair of the Executive Committee, and Shelly O’Neill Stoneman will become a co-chair, replacing Heather Hurlburt.
To support LCWINS’ ongoing work, Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, is awarding $150,000 to LCWINS, which it will use to enable the hiring of more staff and increase programming capacity. This grant is a validation of the work LCWINS has done to elevate women as national security leaders, and an investment in the group’s future.
BAE Systems, Inc. also recently agreed to co-sponsor LCWINS' next round of webinars. LCWINS' previous webinar series on political appointments had more than 2500 registrants and each webinar hosted hundreds of attendees. In January, 2021, with the support of BAE Systems, LCWINS will expand its webinar offerings to address leadership and specific challenges that women face leading change in Congress and the Executive Branch.
LCWINS launched in June 2019 with nearly 100 bipartisan national security professionals dedicated to ensuring that women, in all their diversity, have equal space at the policy-making table. Shortly after, the organization secured commitments from President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as well as 16 other Presidential candidates, to seek gender parity in senior national security appointments. In 2020, the organization delivered the names of more than 900 well-qualified, diverse women ready to serve in senior foreign policy and national security roles in the new Administration, in addition to other activities.
For more information, contact email@example.com or visit https://www.lcwins.org/ LCWINS Executive Director Lindsay Rodman, as well as other LCWINS Executive and Steering Committee members, may be available for interviews.
The Leadership Council for Women in National Security improves national security by ensuring that women, in all their diversity, have equal space at the policy-making table. LCWINS is an organization of women and allies from across the political spectrum working to advance gender inclusion at the highest levels of the U.S. national security and foreign policy workforce. LCWINS is fiscally sponsored by the Pacific Council on International Policy, a 501(c)(3).
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