LCWINS to host webinar on “Achieving Gender Parity in National Security Leadership: Would Things Change?” with top women leaders

The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS) will host a panel with some of the country’s leading women in national security on Thursday, March 24 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. The discussion will delve into whether policy decisions would change if gender parity were achieved across the military, foreign policy, intelligence and the national security arena.

The opening conversation will feature Madeleine Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group and the first female Secretary of State. Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs will serve as moderator.

The second half of the webinar will be a panel discussion that delves into questions around what would happen if women held many, or even most, major national security leadership positions in the U.S. government. Would different issues, policies, partnerships, or priorities emerge or remain the same - just with different voices and faces?

The prestigious roster includes:

  • Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec
  • Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • Michelle J. Howard, Admiral (Ret.), U.S. Navy
  • Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations
  • Kori Schake, Director, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Former Department of State Deputy Director for Policy Planning
  • Moderated by Bonnie Jenkins, Founder and President, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS)
  • Former State Department Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, with the rank of Ambassador

This is the third of five webinars with leading national security women that is being held throughout the first few months of 2021. These webinars address issues of import to national security. They are in keeping with LCWINS’ advocacy on behalf of gender equity within the national security arena.

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Interviews with panelists can be arranged.  For more information, contact


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).