The welcome remarks to the National Journal's Women in 2020 event. The last decade has witnessed a shift in the demographics of economic power in America. Increasingly there are signs that the glass ceiling is cracking. In today’s universities, women now comprise nearly 60% of all undergraduate and graduate students. And the notion of a woman being the primary breadwinner in a family is no longer an anomaly. WOMEN 2020 will convene a group of the most powerful women in Washington for a series of conversations on the emerging and evolving role of women in the economy, policy and politics. Participants will include influential women thriving across a range of areas, from inside the administration and the corridors of Congress to K Street and the private sector."
Susan K. Neely
Susan K. Neely is president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association (ABA). The association is the leading policy and public education advocate for the non-alcoholic beverage industry that employs more than 227,000 people across the country with a direct economic impact of $118.9 billion.
During her tenure at ABA, Ms. Neely has worked with ABA membership to further industryâ€™s longstanding commitment to being part of the solution to childhood obesity. With innovative industry initiatives, ABA members have shown their commitment to this national public health challenge is significant and will have a lasting and measurable impact. Notably, the industry has voluntarily reduced calories from its beverages sold in schools by 88 percent. In support of first lady Michelle Obamaâ€™s â€œLetâ€™s Move!â€ campaign, the industry launched Clear on Calories, a voluntary initiative to put a calorie label on every bottle and can.
Constance Sayers Witherspoon
Constance Sayers Witherspoon is the Vice President of National Journal LIVE