Past Programs

You Are What Washington Wants You To Eat
A Panel Discussion with Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project
& Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Everyone knows the adage, “you are what you eat.” To promote health, the U.S. should promulgate legislation that supports organic, local farming and increased production and distribution of nutrient dense foods. Instead, Washington supports agri-business and promulgates food policies that are detrimental to public health.

Join AAUW Capitol Hill branch for a panel discussion with leading experts on U.S. food policy and learn what you can do to influence legislation to promote a healthier America.

Our Distinguished Panelists:

Jessica Donze Black, RD, MPH, Director, Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project. Ms. Black leads research and policy efforts aimed at improving school nutrition. The Project is a collaboration between the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Margo Wootan, DSC, Director Nutrition Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI is one of the country’s leading health advocacy organizations that specializes in food, nutrition, and public health issues. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Wootan led the successful effort to require trans fat labeling on packaged foods.


Get Fit Program: Zumba and Healthful Eating
Sponsored by Jordin’s Paradise

Saturday, January 11, 2014
09:00 am – noon

Jordin’s Paradise
1215 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202.997.8211

Our first program of 2014 on exercise and healthy eating is set to kick-off on January 11th. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Jordin’s Paradise, we have the use of professional studio space free-of-charge from 9:00-10:45 am.

Plan to meet between 9:00 and 9:15 am. Our own Tara Ward, a certified Zumba instructor, will conduct a half hour Zumba class beginning promptly at 9:30. The exercise class will be followed by Kendra Fink’s session on good nutrition. Kendra is a registered dietician. After the studio session we may continue onto a local restaurant (location to be determined) for a late breakfast where we can put into practice some of Kendra’s healthful eating tips.

Located at 1215 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC, Jordin’s Paradise is Metro accessible: Metro Stops – Farragut North or DuPont Circle on the Red Line; Farragut West on Orange/Blue Line; Bus lines 42, 43 N2 or N4.

Please RSVP by January 10th to Friends are welcome to join us.


October 2013:

NETWORK (“Nuns on the Bus”)
with Shannon Hughes, Education Program Manager

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

25 E Street NW, First Floor Conference Room
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.347.9797 ext. 206

NETWORK is a leader in the global movement for social justice and peace, which seeks to educate, organize, and lobby for economic and social transformation. It is a progressive voice within the Catholic community that has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 40 years. Through lobbying and legislative advocacy, it strives to close the gap between rich and poor and speak out against racism and violence.

Founded in 1971 by 47 Catholic sisters, NETWORK is a national movement of committed members, acting in solidarity with the global community. Diverse and inclusive, NETWORK collaborates, partners and engages with different sectors of society in the service of their mission. In 2012, NETWORK sponsored its “Nuns on the Bus” tours, through which sisters traveled across the U.S. in support of immigration reform and social justice.

Our speaker, Shannon Hughes, is the Education Program Manager for NETWORK. Since joining the organization in 2011, Shannon has visited high school and college classrooms and presented to faith groups, at national conferences, and in professional development settings. Prior to joining NETWORK, Shannon worked in Resident Services for Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, a non-profit affordable housing provider in Cincinnati, Ohio. Through Jesuit Volunteers International, Shannon spent two years teaching English, physics and world religions at Assumption High School, Republic of the Marshall Islands. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Xavier University, Cincinnati.

There is no cost for this program. We will “pass a hat” for voluntary contributions to defray the cost of snacks.

September 2013:

Cruise to Mount Vernon
Saturday, September 7, 2013
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

600 Water Street SW (at South L Street)
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 866.302.2469

We will gather at the Spirit of Mount Vernon at 8:00 AM for an 8:30 AM departure and enjoy a 90-minute narrated cruise to George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon. Food may be purchased on the boat. When we arrive at Mount Vernon, we will participate in a guided tour of the house and grounds.

On our return trip to Washington, DC we will hear from our very own Kathy Kelm, who will discuss legal constraints controlling the bodies, wealth, and children of women in the time of the colonies. They were not happy about their rights. Properly quoting a founding mother, Abigail Adams, “If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.”

This fun activity is a great way to network with CHAAUW friends. Bring your friends; bring your family and enjoy a time of sharing in our country’s rich history!

The cost for the cruise and Mount Vernon tour is $48 if fewer than 20 register. If more than 20 register, the cost drops to $42.

Note spaces fill up quickly, so we recommend that you reserve as part of the group if you are sure you will be able to attend. You may also contact Denise if you have questions.

Looking forward to seeing you on September 7th on the Spirit of Mount Vernon!

June 2013:

AAUW Capitol Hill Spring/Summer Get Together
Tuesday, June 25, 2013,
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

The Sequoia Restaurant
3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20037

We will gather at about 5:30 for networking and fun. There is no formal program for the evening, simply a chance to get together and chat.

Kathy and Denise will have just returned from the AAUW National Convention in New Orleans and can share the activities and results of the Convention. Bring your program ideas for Denise, Pat, Wendy and Tara. Feel free to invite friends; they may want to talk with Anna and Lynn about joining.

The Sequoia has both in-doors and out-of-doors seating. This time of year, it is wonderful to sit outside, feel the breeze, view the boats and just generally enjoy being by the water in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Summer promises to be a busy time and this will be a chance to relax in the midst of the hubbub. We are arranging with the restaurant to have seating near each other. Please plan to attend if you can and bring friends!

January 2013:

Reflections on the Inauguration and Year Ahead
Join the Capitol Hill Branch of AAUW
for an opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues

Friday, January 18, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)

901 Restaurant Bar
901 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 524-4433

No formal program, just a “meet up” and a chance to relax in an informal setting. A server will be available so members and guests may order drinks and appetizers from 901’s menu.


November 2012:

Analysis of the 2012 Elections: How to Advance Women’s Issues
with Lisa M. Maatz
Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, AAUW

Monday, November 12, 2012
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)
VFW Memorial Building/Board Room
200 Maryland Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002

When the elections are over and new legislative sessions begin, women’s advocates must continue to advance their issues. For an insightful look at how to work with elected officials please join the Capitol Hill branch of AAUW for a brown bag lunch seminar featuring AAUW’s Director of Public Policy & Government Relations Lisa Maatz.

Lisa Maatz joined the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in 2003. As a top policy adviser, Ms. Maatz advances AAUW’s priorities on Capitol Hill, at the White House and through coalitions such as the National Coalition for Women & Girls in Education and the Paycheck Fairness Act Coalition. Her advocacy career began as the Executive Director of Turning Point, a battered women’s program recognized for excellence by the Ohio Supreme Court. She provided legislative advocacy for the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Older Women’s League, was a legislative aide to U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and was a mayoral appointee to the Washington, DC Commission on Women (2006-2010).

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio University, Ms. Maatz has two Master’s degrees from Ohio State, holds an adjunct appointment with the Women & Politics Institute at American University, sits on the Women’s Information Network Advisory Council, and is a board member of the Public Leadership Education Network. Her awards and honors are extensive; the most recent include the National Association of Partnerships in Equity’s Public Policy Advocate for Equity Award (2012), the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s 10th anniversary Trailblazer Award (2011), and the Women’s Information Network’s Karen Mulhauser Award (2010)for mentoring and service.

Lisa Maatz was recently featured in the book Secrets of Powerful Women: Leading Change for a New Generation (© 2010 Hyperion Books) where she explains the power of the petition. Raised by a single mom who has a keen understanding of current events, who values education and humor, Ms Maatz understands first-hand the issues faced by many women. In her spare time, Ms. Maatz enjoys parades, planetariums, plate tectonics, and Twitter (@LisaMaatz).

The nearest metro is Union Station on the Red Line.
You may bring a brown bag lunch.

TO RUN OR NOT TO RUN: That is the Question Women Running for Election! Why and How to Run!
Connecting with women who have run!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
6:00 to 8:00 PM
901 Restaurant Bar
901 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 524-4433

Moderated by CHAAUW member, Dr. Denise Decker

Hear from women who have run for election or who have helped other women run.
How and when should I run?
Is it worth it? How do I fund raise?
What is my platform? How do I articulate it?
Who are my supporters? How do I engage them?

    • Kathryn Braeman, AAUW National Board member, will tell us about her run for Congress in Nebraska in 1972 and how it changed her life.

      Kathryn Braeman, Clara Gustafson, Brittney Foxhall, and Susannah Wellford Shakow

    • Susannah Wellford Shakow, President of Running Start, has helped women campus leaders and women running for state, local and Federal elections get a “running start.”
    • Brittney Foxhall made history when she was elected as Howard University’s Student Association Executive President. She attended the Elect Her AAUW/Running Start program that encourages women in college to run for office.
    • Clara Gustafson was elected Georgetown University Student Association President with a broad commitment to causes ranging from sustainability to student conduct with over 50 percent of eligible voters participating.
    • Emily Yu was elected President of American University Student Government running on a platform of “Inclusion, Support, Community.” Her priorities are heavily focused on financial issues, student services and serving underrepresented student populations.

A fun and exciting networking opportunity and
a chance to explore how we all fit into the elective process.

September 2012:

Educating Our Way to a Vibrant Economy
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
M Street Bar & Grill
2033 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Reception 5:30-6:30 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
(202) 530-3621

Martha J. Kanter
Under Secretary of Education

Martha Kanter is the first community college leader to serve in the Under Secretary position. She oversees policies and programs for postsecondary education, adult and career-technical education, federal student aid, and five White House Diversity Initiatives. The goal is to improve college access, affordability, quality, and completion in order to implement President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative. The successful Direct Student Loan program resulted in a 50-percent increase in college enrollment.

From 2003 to 2009, she served as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation, serving more than 45,000 students with a total budget of approximately $400 million.

August 2012:

Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Join Capitol Hill AAUW on Saturday, August 18th for a day at the Newseum, located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC. See exhibits ranging from the Berlin Wall to an interactive newsroom. As an AAUW group, we will be especially interested in the exhibit Every Four Years, sponsored by AAUW and updated to reflect current electoral realities.

We will gather at 10:00 am at the group entrance located on C Street behind the Newseum building. Self-guided tours are available. Lunch is on your own in the Newseum food court.

This is family friendly, so bring friends and family members.

June 2012:


Today a female soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the esteemed Audience Award, THE INVISIBLE WAR reveals the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military—and exposes the humiliating choice many soldiers are forced to make between speaking up and serving their country.

Nonpartisan and fair minded, THE INVISIBLE WAR exposes these devastating crimes and acts as a catalyst for long overdue political and cultural change.

In theatres Friday, June 22
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC
1:00 | 3:10 | 5:15 | 7:20 | 9:30

Reflections on Science, Exploration and Leadership
Connecting with Dr. Anna C. Palmisano

Monday, June 4, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
901 Restaurant Bar
901 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 524-4433

Dr. Anna Palmisano recently retired from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where she served as Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research in. At DOE, she was responsible for an annual budget of $600 million supporting basic research in bioenergy, systems biology and genomics, and climate and environment science.

She also has served as the Deputy Administrator for Competitive Programs in U.S. Department of Agriculture (2004-2008) where she led the National Research Initiative. From 1997-2004, she was a Program Manager in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research, where she developed and managed research programs in marine microbiology, bioremediation, carbon cycling, and genomics. Dr. Palmisano has also served as a Program Manager for marine microbiology and acting Division Director for Biomolecular and Biosystems Sciences and Technology in the Office of Naval Research.

She co-chaired the US-European Commission Working Group for Environmental Biotechnology from 1995 to 2010, and led the Interagency Microbe Project from 2004-2006. Dr. Palmisano received a B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Maryland (1974) and M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees in Biology from the University of Southern California. She was an Allan Hancock Fellow at the University of Southern California and a National Research Council Fellow in planetary biology at NASA-Ames Research Center.

Dr. Palmisano led five research expeditions to Antarctica to study sea ice microalgae, and she has published over 40 peer reviewed papers in marine microbiology and environmental science. She currently works as a science and technology consultant in environmental biotechnology and bioenergy, agriculture and environment and competitive grants.

May 2012:

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
May 10, 2012

2362-B Rayburn (“3” indicates third floor)
Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee Hearing Room

It Didn’t Start with Rush:
Media Coverage of Women in Politics
Marie Cocco

Senior Washington communications strategist,
who is viewed as the “outsider’s insider.”

She is the Director of National Communications for an advocacy group and has been a syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writer’s Group and a columnist and editorial writer for Newsday.

She has a MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a BA from Tufts University, summa cum laude.

March 2012:

Woman to Woman:

Connecting with Patricia Shiu, Director
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs U.S. Department of Labor

Monday, March 26, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
M Street Bar and Grill
2033 M Street, Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 530-3621

Patricia A. Shiu, as the Director of the OFCCP, leads a staff dedicated to protecting workers, promoting diversity and enforcing the law.

OFCCP, established in 1965 by presidential Executive Order 11246, holds federal contractors and subcontractors to the standard that they must not discriminate in their employment practices on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. Director Shiu also serves on the National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force, charged by President Barack Obama with cracking down on violations of equal pay laws to fulfill the promise of the 1963 Equal Pay Act.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Shiu served as Vice President for Programs at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco where she spent 26 years litigating both individual and class action cases focused primarily on employment discrimination — including gender, LGBT, national origin, immigrant, disability and race-based discrimination and harassment.

CELEBRATE International Women’s Day
CELEBRATE 40th Anniversary of Title IX

Thursday, March 8, 2012
2456 Rayburn House Office Building
Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

    • Celebrating Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
    • Celebrating Bunny Sandler
    • Known for Getting Action on Federal Issues in DC, Eleanor Holmes Norton is a powerful advocate for equity and has served as Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. See
    • Known as Title IX Godmother and Champion, Bernice “Bunny” Sandlertook the first step in the journey to establish Title IX, legislation passed in 1972 that prohibits federally funded educational institutions from sex discrimination. Championed by Rep. Edith Green, Title IX is a law that has changed every aspect of education for all U.S. women and girls.
      • In my naivete back then, I thought it would take about a year and then everything would be fixed,” Sandler says. “At the end of that year, I admitted it would take a few more years. Of course, now I know it’s going to be generations.”
      • Now a senior scholar at the Women’s Research and Education Institute, Bunny continues to make sure that girls and women not only dream big career dreams, but have legal protection if they run into gender bias.
      • See

February 2012:

Join AAUW of Capitol Hill to learn from Erin Prangley as she shares her expertise on “Women to Women: How to Get Heard” on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Noon. This brown bag Lunch and Learn event will be held at the VFW Conference Room, 2nd & Maryland NE.

Erin Prangley is the Associate Director of Government Relations for the American Association of University Women. At AAUW Erin works to implement a public policy program which underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls. She regularly lobbies members of Congress and administration officials and works in partnership with diverse coalitions to break through educational and economic barriers for women and girls.

After graduating from American University’s Washington College of Law, Erin worked as a legislative assistant to Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). She also was the Democratic staff director for the Congressional Women’s Issues Caucus. She later moved to California to start a law practice. In 2004 Erin left private practice to work as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA). After running his congressional district office for several years, she returned to Washington to work on Capitol Hill.