WINners gathered at the AFL-CIO along with friends and colleagues for
the 20th Annual Women Opening Doors for Women (WODW). The reception buzzed with nearly 500 attendees as old friends reconnected and new contacts introduced
themselves. Sadly, the duties of public service kept Congresswomen
Debbie Wasserman Schultz from attending and giving her keynote, but that hardly dampened the spirit of the evening.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, thank you to all of the WIN members who attended WODW, especially the new members. Over half those present attended their first WIN event. We are also grateful to WODW Chair *Crystal Lander*, to the WODW Team, and to Events Director *Emily Dorsey* – who came together to organize a great event – and to the WODW Steering Committee –who helped invite attendees. Finally, thank you to the women who continue to support WIN: the Advisory Council and the Sustainers. During the program, WIN recognized a few amazing women who make the organization a better place to learn and grow.
Advisory Council Chair Karen Mulhauser presented long-time WIN supporter and Advisory Council member Alice Cohan with the Karen Mulhauser Award. Alice exemplifies the mission of WIN, and as Karen said, "was a leader and mentor for women before WIN was founded." In this 20th year of WODW, WIN is honored to have Alice's ongoing support and friendship.
Network Director Caitlin Horrigan recognized the Network of the Year: the Health, Wellness and Recreation co-chairs Christine LeMieux and Isra Pananon. Throughout the year, Christine and Isra planned regular events and participated in Membership recruitment efforts, such as farmer's market outreach. They developed their own newsletter, blog, and Facebook page, starting the trend of Networks using Facebook groups to create smaller communities. Our networks are the core of WIN and Christine and Isra are phenomenal women who brought unique and successful programming to WIN.
As WINners left the reception to attend their various dinner parties, we took part in a tradition that has spanned the past two decades. WODW truly gets to the heart of WIN and what brings us together as a community of pro-choice, Democratic women by allowing women to provide support, share advice and explore their passions. Take their advice to heart, continue to build your network, and keep working for our shared ideals.