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Adrienne Schweer [More Info]
Bipartisan Policy Center

Adrienne Schweer is a BPC fellow and leads its Paid Family Leave Task Force.

A Nebraska native, Schweer first came to Washington, D.C., to work for then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, following many years of working in campaigns, including those of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). After her years of service on Capitol Hill, Schweer joined the rock star Bono’s non-profit organization, The ONE Campaign, where she led partnership strategy and advocacy in support of African development, including maternal and child health.

From 2014 to 2017, Schweer served as chief of protocol to Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Ashton Carter, and Jim Mattis in the Pentagon. During her tenure, she proposed and led creative new initiatives to raise the profile and advance the priorities of the Secretary of Defense, including creating a partnership with the World Economic Forum; organizing the Counter ISIS Coalition meetings; and helping roll out a 12-week paid maternity leave policy for the military.

In 2015, Schweer started a non-profit organization, Family Leave Works, to find bipartisan solutions to paid family leave. She has worked across the aisle to shape policy and helped corporations elevate stories of how paid family leave is good for business. In 2018, she helped BPC stand up the first bipartisan Paid Family Leave Task Force.

She and her husband have three young daughters and a son. Schweer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Betsy Lawrence [More Info]
Counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship
House Judiciary Committee

Betsy Lawrence is Counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship of the House Judiciary Committee. Prior to this, she served as Director of Government Relations at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Washington, DC where she directed AILA’s agency and legislative advocacy efforts surrounding immigration benefits issues with an emphasis on employment-based immigration. Prior to joining AILA in 2008, she was an associate attorney at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale in San Francisco where she represented clients with respect to all matters involving immigration and nationality law (business, family, asylum, removal defense). She has also served as an editor on several editions of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, as well as the 2010-11 Edition of AILA’s Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law. She earned her JD from the University of San Francisco and is admitted to practice in California.

Brad Fitch [More Info]
President and CEO
Congressional Management Foundation

Bradford Fitch is President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation. 

Fitch started his communications career at the age of 16 working at his local AM radio station in Upstate New York and a disc jockey and reporter. After graduate school, he worked as a television reporter in Washington, moving on to Capitol Hill for 13 years as press secretary, legislative director, and chief of staff.  In 2001 he served as Deputy Director of CMF, a non-profit dedicated to improving congressional operations and citizen engagement. He left CMF in 2006 to form a successful internet startup, before returning to CMF in 2010.

Fitch frequently quoted in national media outlets on how Congress works. He is also is the author of Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials and Media Relations Handbook for Agencies, Associations, Nonprofits and Congress.

Camille Olson [More Info]
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Camille is a partner at Seyfarth, co-chair of its National Complex Litigation practice group, and national chair of its Complex Discrimination Litigation practice group. She serves on the firm's National Labor and Employment Law Steering Committee and is the past national chair of the Labor & Employment practice department. Since 2013, Camille has served as chair of the US Chamber of Commerce's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Subcommittee. For nearly 30 years, she has represented companies nationwide in all areas of litigation, with an emphasis on employment discrimination and harassment, wage-and-hour matters, and independent contractor status.

Throughout the last decade, Camille has regularly appeared before the US Senate, the US House of Representatives, the EEOC, and the US Department of Labor on her own behalf (because of her extensive experience in various fields), and on behalf of the US Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management. In these capacities, she has provided the business perspective on proposed legislation to amend the following laws: the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the application of white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. During the Bush Administration, Camille served as the employer spokesperson to the Department of Labor, advising Labor Secretary Elaine Chao on significant wage-and-hour matters.

Charlie Cook [More Info]
Editor and publisher; columnist
The Cook Political Report; the National Journal

Charlie Cook is widely considered to be one of the nation’s most respected and impartial analyst of American politics, elections and political trends. As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, columnist for National Journal, political analyst for NBC News and co-author of the upcoming 2020 edition of the Almanac of American Politics, Charlie’s prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics. Deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by The Wall Street Journal, he produces the sharpest and most impartial political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to-source for Americans who want to be “in the know” about politics. Cook’s expertise receives endless praise. The New York Times called him “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and noted that The Cook Political Report is “a newsletter that both Parties regard as authoritative.” The Washington Post said he is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races,” and the Washingtonian called him “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else.” With his encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, Charlie Cook focuses on the broad implications of the latest election results. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, he forecasts the fortunes of each party in a non-partisan way, leaving audiences with the concrete information they need in today’s political environment.

Cheryl Vincent [More Info]
Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support
Committee on Ways and Means (Republicans)

Cheryl Vincent serves as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support for the Committee on Ways and Means (Republicans). The subcommittee oversees several federal programs including unemployment insurance, child welfare, child support, and child care. She also leads the Committee’s work on paid family leave.

Cheryl was previously a policy advisor on child care and paid family leave at the White House Office of Economic Initiatives, and senior advisor for legislative affairs at the Administration for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Prior to that, she worked as professional staff on the Ways and Means Committee leading efforts to reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. She also has state experience, having worked in her home state of Ohio as deputy director in the Office of Human Services Innovation under former Governor John Kasich. Vincent began her career at HHS working for more than a decade on programs to support working families.

Cheryl received her Bachelor’s from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.


Emily M. Dickens, J.D. [More Info]
Corporate Secretary, Chief of Staff, and Head, Government Affairs

Emily M. Dickens, J.D., serves as SHRM's Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff. She is the executive responsible for coordinating staff to implement the CEO's vision, serving as corporate secretary for the SHRM Board and subsidiary boards, as well as managing external partnerships and providing oversight for the Government Affairs division.

Dickens is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has served as a member of the leadership team at the University of North Carolina system, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Her prior roles include general counsel, chief relationship officer, senior vice president, vice president for public policy and assistant vice president for federal relations. Dickens has also worked at Duke University and Fayetteville State University in administrative and external affairs roles. 

Emily is actively engaged in board service. She formerly served on the Fayetteville/Cumberland (NC) Chamber of Commerce (Secretary of the Board), the Cumberland County Workforce Development Board, the North Carolina Partnership for Defense Innovation Board, and the Educational Advancement Foundation. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Central University, and chairs the International HBCU Task Force for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Central University School of Law. 

Emily is a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.

Secretary Eugene Scalia [More Info]
U.S. Labor Secretary
U.S. Department of Labor

Secretary Scalia previously served as Solicitor of Labor, the Department of Labor's principal legal officer, working for Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao as a member of President George W. Bush's Administration. As Solicitor, he pursued initiatives to protect low-wage workers, reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, and enhance enforcement of workplace safety laws. He worked closely with Secretary Chao on matters such as the Department's efforts seeking to recover the losses of employees and retirees in Enron's pension plans, and resolving a costly labor dispute at the West Coast Ports.

Prior to his confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Secretary Scalia was a lawyer with a national reputation as an expert in labor and employment law and in administrative and regulatory law.

Secretary Scalia served as a speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett during the Reagan Administration. During the Administration of President George H.W. Bush, Scalia received the Department of Justice's Edmund J. Randolph Award while serving as a Special Assistant to Attorney General William P. Barr.

Secretary Scalia has served as a lecturer in labor and employment law at the University of Chicago Law School, and as an adjunct professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law with the University of the District of Columbia.

Secretary Scalia is a graduate with distinction from the University of Virginia. He studied law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated cum laude and served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

Secretary Scalia and his wife Trish have seven children.

Frances K. Cox [More Info]
The Fratelli Group

A principal at The Fratelli Group, Frances specializes in advocacy and communications strategy, helping a wide variety of organizations – ranging from multinational corporations and NGOs to trade associations and foreign governments – develop and execute communications strategies that advance their missions. She has coached ambassadors, diplomats, business leaders and other executives to become even more effective and skilled communicators.


Prior to The Fratelli Group, Frances managed public policy and business issues for General Motors; was a legislative representative for federal affairs at Ryder System, Inc.; and was a government relations consultant for a boutique lobbying firm that represented city, regional and state agencies, as well as public and private sector transportation providers. She began her career in Washington, D.C., as a legislative staffer in the Office of Congressman Kevin Brady.


Frances received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her JD from Georgetown Law. She is admitted to the state bars of Maryland and New York.

Frederick S. Humphries Jr. [More Info]
Corporate Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Responsibilities/Contributions – Fred Humphries is Corporate Vice President of U.S Government Affairs for Microsoft. Under his leadership, U.S. Government Affairs provides expertise in policy, outreach, political engagement, and government affairs that helps advance the company’s advocacy goals.


Humphries is Microsoft’s chief public policy advocate internally and externally on all aspects of federal, state and civic affairs. He sets the company’s strategy and government affairs outreach on the most pressing policy issues facing the technology industry including cloud computing, taxes, privacy, trade, cyber security, education, immigration, and emerging technologies.  He also communicates with policymakers on Microsoft’s leadership role in fostering economic and job opportunities in the U.S.


In 2000, Humphries joined Microsoft as Director of State Governmental Affairs, building a team responsible for outreach to our nation’s governors, mayors and local elected officials in every state capital.  In that position, Humphries integrated on-the-ground state advocacy work into Microsoft’s overall corporate strategy, in coordination with the public sector, policy and lobbying teams.  He was promoted to Microsoft’s Managing Director of U.S. Government Affairs in 2009 and Corporate Vice President in 2015.


Education – Humphries received a J.D. from Temple University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College.

Affiliations – He proudly serves on the boards of numerous non-profit and public service organizations including Temple University Beasley School of Law, WETA Board of Trustees, Information Technology Industry Council, The Information Technology Industry Foundation, Internet Association, National Association of Manufacturers, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Martha’s Table Leadership Council,, Ford’s Theatre Board of Governors and the USTR Trade Advisory Committee on Africa. 

Family/Other Interests – Humphries resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Kim. They have two adult children.

Gary Claxton [More Info]
Senior Vice President, Director of the Program on the Health Care Marketplace
Kaiser Family Foundation
Gary Claxton is a Senior Vice President, the Director of the Program on the Health Care Marketplace at KFF. The Health Care Marketplace Project provides information, research, and analysis about trends in the health care market and about policy proposals that relate to health insurance reform and our changing health care system. The Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance examines changes in the private insurance market under the Affordable Care Act as federal and state policymakers implement provisions of the health reform law. Prior to joining KFF, Mr. Claxton worked as a senior researcher at the Institute for Health Care Research and Policy at Georgetown University, where his research focused on health insurance and health care financing. From March 1997 until January 2001, Mr. Claxton served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he advised the Secretary on health policy issues including: improving access to health insurance, Medicare reform, administration of Medicaid, financing of prescription drugs, expanding patient rights, and health care privacy. Other previous positions include serving as a consultant for the Lewin Group, a special assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, an insurance analyst for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and a health policy analyst for the American Association of Retired Persons.
Heather Dean [More Info]
Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
National School Boards Association

Heather Dean is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at NSBA where she oversees the areas of finance, human resources, conference and meetings, information technologies, office services and facilities and business development. Prior to joining NSBA, Dean was the deputy executive director of programs and operations for the National Parent Teacher Association. She also worked as a Sarbanes Oxley officer and senior financial analyst at Siemens Energy, manager of financial planning and reporting at the National Rifle Association, and auditor at a Big Four accounting firm. A certified public accountant, Dean has more than 20 years of experience working with and/or in non-profit management.  She has a proven track record of helping non-profits with financial turn arounds and streamlining operations. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from Gettysburg College.

Heather Tinsley-Fix [More Info]
Sr. Advisor, Financial Resilience Programming

Heather Tinsley-Fix is a Senior Advisor at AARP, where she leads the organization’s work on employer engagement and helps drive AARP’s focus on providing members and the 50+ with the tools they need to thrive in today’s work environment. She also focuses on employer engagement on a variety of topics affecting the 50+ worker. With a background in marketing, innovation, and program management, Heather works with employers and job seekers, external partners, and academics to provide thought leadership on 50+ labor market issues and create practical resources that enable employers to capitalize on the value of experience. Ms. Tinsley-Fix has been with AARP since 2006. Prior to joining AARP, she held various marketing, strategy, and program management positions with the American Psychological Association, MicroStrategy, and the Advisory Board. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Literary Theory, both from the University of Exeter.

Holly Tyson [More Info]
Former Chief Human Resources Officer
Dick's Sporting Goods

Tyson was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Dick’s Sporting Goods from August 2016 to January 2020. In this role, she was responsible for leading the overall talent strategy for the Company, while ensuring that the culture, practices, policies and operations aligned with the strategic organizational priorities and values. She also provided strategic human resources leadership to the executive management team and board of directors.

Prior to joining DICK'S, Tyson served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Brink's Company from August 2012 to July 2016.

Prior to joining The Brink's Company, she was at Bristol-Myers Squibb from 2004 to 2012 with her final role as Vice President Human Resources U.S. Pharmaceuticals.

She began her career at Accenture & Cigna Corporation. Tyson holds a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary. She lives outside of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two boys and enjoys travel, skiing with her family and fitting in a run every now and then.

Janelle Duray [More Info]
Executive Vice President
Jobs for America's Graduates
Janelle Duray has over ten years of experience in education and workforce development consulting and nonprofit management. She serves as the Executive Vice President of Jobs for America's Graduates, a national nonprofit that has served 1.35million youth since its inception 40 years ago, and currently serves 74,000 youth across 1,400 communities. In her role, Janelle oversees internal and external departments, working closely with JAG's President and the JAG National Board of Directors Members to support JAG Affiliates in program implementation. Janelle collaborates states leaders, including Governors, Chief State School Officers and Commissioners of Workforce Development and Labor, to provide critical services to youth and young adults through the JAG Model program. Janelle also oversees JAG's national partnerships, working to develop strategic relationships that expand beyond financial development to fully engage JAG students and employer partners for more meaningful impact and engagement at the programmatic, local level. Finally, in her role at JAG, Janelle is a key resource to JAG's 35 State Affiliates, supporting their organizational development and strategic direction to maintain fidelity to the JAG Model and our students.
Janelle received her Masters of Arts in Public Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and her Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Prior to her time at JAG and Strategic Partnerships, Janelle held positions at the Association of American Law Schools and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's office.

Outside of JAG, Janelle enjoys traveling, concerts, good wine and musing about the cosmos.
Janet Dhillon [More Info]
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Janet Dhillon was sworn in as Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on May 15, 2019. She is the 16th Chair of the EEOC. Dhillon was first nominated by President Donald J. Trump on June 29, 2017 and confirmed on May 8, 2019. Her term will end on July 1, 2022.

Dhillon practiced law in the private sector for over 25 years. Prior to joining the EEOC, Dhillon served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Burlington Stores, Inc. Previously, Ms. Dhillon served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of JC Penney Company, Inc., and before that, as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of US Airways Group, Inc.

Dhillon began her legal career at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she practiced for 13 years. She is a graduate of Occidental College, magna cum laude, and the UCLA School of Law, where she ranked first in her class. A native of California, Dhillon currently lives in Virginia.

Jocelyn Moore [More Info]
Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs
National Football League (NFL)

As the National Football League’s chief communications officer, Moore oversees all aspects of corporate affairs for the 100-year-old professional sports league, including football communications, strategic communications, corporate communications, executive communications, internal and stakeholder communications, government affairs, social responsibility and community relations. She first joined the NFL in 2016 to lead the league's Washington, D.C. office.

Moore has been honored as a member of the inaugural class of “Notable Women in the Business of Sports” by Crain's New York Business and as a “Sports Betting Power Player” by both Sports Business Journal and Business Insider.

Prior to joining the NFL, Moore served as a Managing Director in The Glover Park Group’s Government Affairs Division and spent 15 years in the United States Senate, most recently as Deputy Staff Director of the United States Senate Committee on Finance.

Moore is a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and currently serves on the boards of the DC Rape Crisis Center, the University of Florida Foundation, the University of Florida Alumni Association, and the West Virginia University Health System.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP [More Info]
President & Chief Executive Officer

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society. As a global leader on human capital, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors a weekly column, “Ask HR,” in USA Today.

Mr. Taylor’s career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

He serves on the corporate board of Gallup; on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America’s Graduates and the American Red Cross; and as an adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances. In 2018, he was appointed by President Trump to chair the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He holds both a JD and an MA from Drake University and a BS from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

This speaker is a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.

Jonathan Berry [More Info]
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
U.S. Department of Labor

Jonathan Berry was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in April 2018. In this role, Berry is responsible for the policy direction and operations of the agency as he works with other agency leaders to deliver on the Department's policy priorities and regulatory agenda.

Berry previously served in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice. At DOJ, in addition to judicial nominations, Berry assisted with the work of the DOJ Regulatory Reform Task Force, including in the development of department-wide policies to harmonize DOJ's regulatory work with the rule of law. Prior to his service in the Federal government, Berry worked as a regulatory and appellate litigator at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Jones Day. Berry also served as a law clerk to Judge Jerry Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Berry has a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) in Philosophy from Yale University and has a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and won the E.B. Convers Prize for best original legal writing.

Jonathan Segal [More Info]
Partner and Managing Principal
Duane Morris Institute

Jonathan is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in its Employment Group.  Jonathan also is the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute, which provides business-focused training on myriad employment issues.

Jonathan has trained federal judges across the country on employment issues for more than 20 years. Most recently, Jonathan provided formal training at a Judicial Conference to federal circuit and district judges on the new provisions in the Judicial Code of Conduct as they relate to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, reporting and abusive conduct. 

Jonathan has been cited as a national authority on employment issues in articles in SHRM, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, USAToday, Bloomberg, Forbes, Associated Press, Reuters, Business Week, CNN, Money, SHRM, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Philadelphia Business Journal, among many other publications.

On behalf of SHRM, Jonathan has testified before the EEOC as well as the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. He was appointed by the EEOC to its Select Task Force on Harassment, was a member of SHRM’s Compensation Equity Committee, and has published more than 400 articles on third party platforms, including for SHRM, Bloomberg, Fortune and Entrepreneur.

Jonathan’s personal passions include animal rescue. To adopt one shelter animal is to save a universe.

Katie W. Mahoney [More Info]
Vice President, Health Policy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce



Katie W. Mahoney rejoined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in June 2010. Mahoney has more than 13 years of health care experience in hospital and health plan operations, as well as health policy. She is responsible for developing, advocating, and publicizing the Chamber’s policy on health and works with members of Congress, the administration, and regulatory agencies to promote the organization’s health policy. Mahoney also crafts regulatory responses for the Chamber and its member companies and addresses material areas as part of a comprehensive health policy. 

Mahoney joined the Chamber from the law firm of Greenberg Traurig where she served as assistant director of health and FDA business. While there, she analyzed legislative and regulatory health care proposals and advised insurers, health care providers, and employers on the respective business impact. 

Previously, Mahoney worked at the U.S. Chamber as director of health care policy from 2004 to 2007. She focused on access to health coverage for small businesses and the uninsured, health plan mandates, ERISA preemption and regulatory requirements, COBRA, Medicare payment systems, retiree health coverage, medical liability reform, and health care quality improvement initiatives. 

Mahoney has consulted on a variety of projects for state agencies and hospitals to maximize reimbursement and improve coverage among underserved populations, using public financing strategies. Her operational experience includes negotiating, implementing, and monitoring all managed care agreements with hospitals and health systems, large medical groups, and ancillaries in Southwest Central Louisiana on behalf of the largest single health carrier in the United States. She completed a postgraduate fellowship with the then-fully integrated Ochsner Health System, working at the executive level with chief executive officers at the Ochsner Health Plan, Ochsner Clinic, and Ochsner Foundation Hospital.

Originally from Massachusetts, Mahoney graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with an undergraduate degree in English literature. She earned a law degree and a master’s degree in health administration from Tulane University’s Schools of Law and Public Health and Tropical Medicine, respectively. She lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband, Jason, twin sons, and a daughter. 

Lynden Melmed [More Info]
Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

Lynden Melmed is a partner with Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP and oversees the firm’s compliance and government affairs practices. Before joining BAL, Lynden served as Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that agency’s highest ranking legal position. As Chief Counsel of USCIS, Lynden managed a legal program of approximately 130 attorneys and was a key advisor to senior leadership within USCIS, DHS, the White House, and other federal agencies on all aspects of immigration law.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Counsel, Lynden served as Special Counsel to Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), who at that time was Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship. In that capacity, he was actively involved in oversight of federal immigration agencies and played a leading role in drafting and managing the comprehensive immigration legislation that passed the U.S. Senate in 2006.

Today, Lynden counsels corporate clients on complex immigration matters, assists businesses in establishing and managing global immigration programs, and represents businesses in connection with audits and investigations by the federal government. He has served as immigration counsel in connection with several of the largest immigration investigations ever pursued by the federal government.

Lynden is uniquely situated to help clients navigate politically sensitive immigration matters. He serves as counsel to several prominent business trade associations, has testified before the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, and has strong bi-partisan connections with House and Senate leadership. He has a track-record of success in helping clients develop, draft and achieve policy solutions.

Earlier in his career, Lynden served as an attorney in the DHS and INS General Counsel’s offices, where he focused on immigration benefits, visa and border security issues. Before joining the federal government in 2002, Lynden spent four years in private practice in Dallas, Texas, first at Jackson Walker LLP and later at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLC.

Lynden has an active pro-bono practice and provides legal advice to patients and families staying at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health. He is married and lives with his wife and three children in Bethesda, MD.

Marcie McClintic Coates, JD, MBA [More Info]
Senior Executive Advisor & Counsel, Office of the Chairman of the Board

Having served in numerous leadership roles at Mylan - one of the world’s largest global pharmaceutical companies – and in various generic and biosimilar industry forums, Marcie McClintic Coates has a strong background in healthcare with a deep understanding of the complex interplay between business, law, policy and public affairs. For the past 14 years, McClintic Coates has held various roles of increasing responsibility at Mylan, reporting to the President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors in a variety of roles including head of Global Policy, head of Global Regulatory Affairs, vice president and Chief of Staff to Mylan’s CEO and Global Regulatory Counsel in the Legal department. McClintic Coates currently serves as senior executive advisor and counsel in the office of Mylan’s Chairman of the Board and also serves as deputy corporate secretary to Mylan’s Board of Directors. 

McClintic Coates has spent her career working to increase access to affordable medications in the U.S. and around the world. She is actively engaged in numerous advocacy efforts, including working on fixes to help reduce patient out-of-pocket costs for lower-priced generic and biosimilar medicine in Medicare, ensuring that trade and intellectual property laws balance both competition and innovation, and working with policymakers to harmonize regulatory requirements. 

Over the last decade, her work has had wide-ranging impact for patients. McClintic Coates negotiated the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA) on behalf of the generic drug industry to improve access to safe and high-quality generic drugs. She also worked to get the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Amendments Act of 2012 passed, which updated an outdated law from 1938 that effectively held prescription drugs manufactured outside the U.S. to a different standard than drugs manufactured here.

McClintic Coates has served on the Association for Accessible Medicine Board of Directors, including as chair of its membership committee.  She is also vice chair of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership organization, a nonprofit group devoted to developing student leaders to help tackle the world’s biggest challenges beginning in their own communities.

McClintic Coates holds a law degree and an M.B.A. from West Virginia University and an undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University. Prior to her time at Mylan, she was an attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of the Baker & Daniels law firm, now known as Faegre Drinker.

Meredith G. Singer [More Info]
Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive
IBM Corporation

Meredith Singer is a Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive for IBM, where she serves as a Capitol Hill and federal agency lobbyist. She is responsible for advancing IBM's legislative and regulatory priorities in human resources policy, ie., immigration, diversity/LGBT+, paid leave, labor/employment, healthcare and retirement.

She regularly lobbies U.S. and foreign embassy officials; interfaces with senior company leadership; builds consensus, creates and executes strategies for all U.S. HR policy priorities in close coordination with IBM's myriad business units here and abroad; writes legislative language, Congressional testimony and regulatory comments; and actively creates and leads many coalitions and trade associations. She also manages both grassroots and grasstops policy campaigns and communications. In addition, Meredith has managed IBM's advocacy for nationwide intelligent transportation and automotive solutions, as well as appropriations for basic research at federal agencies, such as NIST, NSF and DoE.

She currently chairs the US Chamber of Commerce's Immigration Committee; is a board member of the Public Leadership Education Network; is an advisory board member of the Coalition for the American Dream; and is on the Executive Committee of Compete America, among other positions.

Meredith has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from The George Washington University. She also is an internationally certified Les Mills™ BODYPUMP instructor.

Nate Bailey [More Info]
Chief of Staff
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Drawing on his diverse communications, public policy and public affairs experience, Nate Bailey serves as chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. He is responsible for implementing the Secretary’s strategy for education reform in America and overseeing the Department’s 3,600 employees and $72 billion discretionary budget. Prior to assuming his current role, Bailey served as the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach (delegated) at the Department.

Before joining the Department, Nate was the president of a boutique public affairs, communications and advertising firm based in Alexandria, VA. There, he provided senior leadership to a diverse range of clients involving health, energy, trade, telecom and foreign policy matters.

Previously, Nate was a Senior Vice President at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, where he led a team of grassroots, digital and public affairs professionals and executed campaigns for major trade associations and Fortune 100 companies.

Earlier in this career, Nate had held roles at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, with a senior member of the House Appropriations committee, the Michigan Attorney General’s office, and in numerous electoral campaigns.

Nate is a graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University, where he studied international affairs, economics. He and his wife, Kylee, live in Alexandria with their three children.

Portia Wu [More Info]
Managing Director of U.S. Public Policy

Portia Wu is Managing Director of U.S. Public Policy for Microsoft, where she oversees a team tackling federal policy issues critical to the technology industry, including Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, workforce, and emerging technologies. She first joined Microsoft as Director of Workforce Policy and continues to focus on federal policy regarding workforce, skills, and the future of work.

Wu has extensive experience developing and implementing policy solutions at the federal level. She previously served as Assistant Secretary of the Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she oversaw billions of dollars in federal workforce and training investments; prior to that she served as Special Assistant to the President for Labor and Workforce Policy in the Obama Administration.

She also worked as a legislative staffer for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, holding several positions at the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, including Labor Policy Director and General Counsel. Her prior experience in the private sector includes serving as Vice President at the National Partnership for Women & Families and as an attorney at Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC.


Scott Stump [More Info]
Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Prior to assuming the role of Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education, Scott Stump served as the Chief Operating Officer with Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions provider devoted to helping individuals, organizations and corporations do good in the world. Before that, Scott served as the Assistant Provost/State Director for Career & Technical Education (CTE) with the Colorado Community College System. Over his tenure with the system Stump also served as State FFA Advisor, Agriculture Program Director and interim President of Northeastern Junior College during the institution’s presidential search process.

During his seven-year tenure as a State CTE Director, Scott served as an officer in the National Association of State Directors of Career & Technical Education. Through this role, he served on the National SkillsUSA Board of Directors as the NASDCTEc liaison.

Stump served two terms on the Prairie RE11-J school board and one year on the Colorado Association of School Boards Board of Directors.

Stump received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Purdue University and taught at Manchester High School in North Central Indiana. Before coming to Colorado he also worked for the National FFA Organization managing the national officer team and the national FFA convention. In May of 2018, Stump completed his Master of Business Administration through Western Governor’s University.

Stephen Tausend [More Info]
Legislative Director
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

Stephen Tausend serves as Legislative Director for Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). He manages all policy operations for the Senator including his roles as Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration, Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, and the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Stephen previously served as Senior Counsel to Senator Cornyn on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he advised the Senator on immigration, border security, and criminal justice. He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law (J.D.) and East Carolina University (B.A.), where he served as a team captain of the Track and Cross Country teams.

Steve Clemons [More Info]
Editor at large
The Hill

Steve Clemons is Editor at Large of The Hill, America's most read political media publication. Clemons is also host of the weekly Al Jazeera show on American politics and global issues, The Bottom Line. Previously, Clemons served as Editor at Large of The Atlantic and has been a long time politics and economic issues contributor to MSNBC. He is proprietor of the popular political blog, The Washington Note. He also founded and serves as Senior Fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation where he previously served as Executive Vice President. Prior to this, Clemons served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, was Senior Economic & International Affairs Advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman, and was the founding Executive Director of the Nixon Center, now re-named the Center for National Interest. Clemons serves on the advisory boards of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College and of the Eastern European national security think tank, GLOBSEC.

Tabitha Jenkins [More Info]
Chief of Staff to Chair Dillon
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Tabitha Jenkins is Chief of Staff to Chair Dhillon at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Before joining Chair Dhillon, Tabitha was Vice President – Assistant General Counsel for Burlington Stores Inc. located in Burlington, New Jersey. During her tenure she oversaw the Labor & Employment, Litigation and Regulatory Compliance groups. Tabitha joined Burlington in August 2011 after working in various legal positions at Macy’s, last as Senior Counsel in the Operations Group where she served as the practice area facilitator for Macy’s Loss Prevention groups. More years than she wishes to recount, Tabitha began her legal career at The May Department Stores Company in St. Louis, Missouri. Tabitha received her B.A. from Middlebury College and her J.D. from Washington University School of Law.

Tammy M. Meckley [More Info]
Associate Director (AD), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate (IRIS)

Tammy M. Meckley has over 20 years of experience with U.S. Federal Government in the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, as well as service in the private sector, serving in key executive positions. Tammy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from George Mason University.

As a senior executive, Tammy is the Associate Director (AD), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate (IRIS), formerly known as the Enterprise Services Directorate (ESD). She leads the Identity and Information Management Division, Verification Division and the National Records Center. She is responsible for providing stakeholders with timely and appropriate access to trusted immigration information in support of the missions and goals of USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This includes leading USCIS’ eProcessing initiative that will automate the entire immigration benefit application and adjudication system, managing the E-Verify and SAVE programs, and overseeing the largest FOIA program in the federal government. Tammy leads almost 1,000 federal employees and manages an annual program budget of ~$448 million. She challenges her team to think creatively about how IRIS can continuously enhance operational, customer, and employee efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to becoming the AD, Tammy served a four-year term as the Deputy Associate Director for ESD.

Trisha Zulic [More Info]
Efficient Edge HR & Business Services, Inc.

Trisha Zulic is a resourceful and goal-oriented senior business leader with extensive human resource and operations experience.  Her experience includes serving as an HR Director, COO, Director of Operations and as a HR Department of One. Trisha is a subject matter expert in centralized HR, multi-location HR functions, business metrics and strategy.  She has authored and taught such courses as Keys to Success, a leadership training-moving from a manager to a leader, and Think like a COO, walking participants through leaderships thought process of decision making, short and long-term expectations and deliverables for most businesses.

Trisha is SHRM-SCP certified and holds her SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential. Through her company, Trisha provides human resource, business and training services to multiple companies with emphasis and expertise in leadership development, harassment avoidance, HR in California, anti-bullying and diversity.


Wendell Primus [More Info]
Senior Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Wendell Primus is the Senior Policy Advisor on Budget and Health issues to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In that capacity, he was the lead staffer in developing the Affordable Care Act. He also played a major role in the SGR legislation in 2015 and various budget agreements. Prior to this appointment in March, 2005, Dr. Primus was the Minority Staff Director at the Joint Economic Committee. He has also held positions at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, served in the Clinton Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services and also served as Chief Economist for the House Ways and Means Committee and Staff Director for the Committee's Subcommittee on Human Resources. Dr. Primus received his Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University.

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2020 Schedule

Plan Your Experience

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Sunday, March 15, 2020
3:30 pm - 4:45 pmOpening Remarks and Washington Update
6:00 pm - 8:30 pmWelcome to Washington Rooftop Reception
Monday, March 16, 2020
7:00 am - 5:00 pmRegistration
7:30 am - 8:30 amState Networking Breakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amLaunching Advocacy@Work
9:00 am - 9:30 amInside Labor Department Policy with Secretary Scalia
9:30 am - 10:00 amEEOC Chair Janet Dhillon and Building More Inclusive Workplaces
9:30 am - 5:00 pmSponsor Showcase
10:00 am - 10:15 amCoffee Break sponsored by The Fratelli Group
10:15 am - 11:15 amThe New Roadmap to Talent: Leveraging Workforce Development Policy, Education, and Employer Innovation sponsored by AARP
10:15 am - 11:15 amWorkplace Equity for a New Era sponsored by Seyfarth Shaw LLP
11:15 am - 12:45 pmLunch Session: Inspiring Others Through Storytelling
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLet's Get to the Heart of Workplace Health Care sponsored by Mylan
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmTick Tock: Is Now the Time for Paid Family Leave?
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmWorkplace Immigration Reform: Why YOUR Voice Matters sponsored by Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
2:00 pm - 2:15 pmCoffee Break
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmPolicy in Action: How Your Workplace Can Create a Better World
3:15 pm - 3:30 pmCoffee Break sponsored by Fakhoury Global Immigration
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmAdvocating with Impact: How to Effectively Communicate Your Workplace Story
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmLearning to Hug a Porcupine: Relationship Building with Lawmakers and How It Helps Your Organization
4:30 pm - 6:15 pmFireside Chat and Reception
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
7:00 am - 8:00 amHill Day Breakfast
9:30 am - 1:00 pmAdvocacy@Work on Capitol Hill
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The Advocacy@Work Experience

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Shape Policy with Advocacy Training

Roll up your sleeves at Advocacy@Work and learn how to develop and use your voice to change workplace public policy at the national, state, and local levels. You’ll learn from subject matter experts and Capitol Hill veterans how to craft structured arguments that can be applied to advocating on the hill and on the job.

Join the Action

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Advocate on the Hill

On Advocacy Day, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to elevate the HR profession by letting Members of Congress know, in person, how pending workplace legislation directly affects you as an HR professional, your workplaces and your communities. This rewarding day will benefit both your organization and the entire HR profession. 

Attend Hill Day

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Find Your Voice

Advocacy looks different for each person. Some do it to improve HR overall, some aim to help make sure policies improve their jobs, and others do it to help improve their lives in and out of the workplace. Join other HR professionals just like you as they connect together to elevate the voice of HR for all.

Elevate HR for All
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