Heard on the Hill

Female Hill Staffers Prep for Empowering Weekend

Slackers of both sexes: Consider yourselves warned.

While some of you may still be sleeping one off/just rolling out of bed this Saturday, a crowd of career-minded women will be hard at work piecing together their roadmap to future success at the Women’s Congressional Staff Association's fourth annual leadership conference.

The mentoring fest, scheduled to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in room HVC 215 of the Capitol Visitor Center, promises a host of in-depth discussions with powerful ladies from both on and off Capitol Hill.

Admission costs $20 and prospective attendees must RSVP (currently on wait list) to gain entry.

“It’s all about getting a lot of great advice from women on both sides of the aisle,” congressional flack and WCSA events co-chairwoman Sabrina Singh said of the bipartisan bull sessions.

Key speakers include: Rose Baumann, chief of staff to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; House Rules Committee aide Lauren Belive; Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman cum political strategist Jennifer Crider; Senate Budget Committee aide Tori Gorman; Kelly Hastings, legislative director to Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa.; Senate Republican Policy Committee spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore; Dena Morris, legislative director to Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill.; Kristin Nicholson, chief of staff to Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I.; Jessica Robertson, legislative director to Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga.; Fabiola Rodriguez-Ciampoli, executive director of the House Democratic Caucus; Senate Finance Committee aide Hayden Rhudy and CQ Roll Call politics editor Shira Toeplitz.

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