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27th Annual Recognition and Scholarship Gala

Please join WWIG for our 27th Annual Gala Scholarship and Recognition Gala on May 6, 2014 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

An evening of networking, heavy appetizers, plus dessert during the 2014 program. The 2014 Women of Achievement will be highlighting women of Higher Education, nomination applications available March 14.

About our 2014 Keynote Speaker:
Kay Bailey Hutchison

The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison has been a passionate and commanding force in American politics. She was the first Republican woman to be elected to the Texas House of Representatives and then served as Texas State Treasurer.  Then in 1993, she won a special election to become the first – and, to date, the only – woman elected to represent Texas in the United States Senate.  At the time of her election, Senator Hutchison was one of only seven women serving in the U.S. Senate.  Senator Hutchison soon became the Senate's fourth-highest ranking Republican leader and was the highest-ranking Republican woman prior to her retirement in January 2013. Forbes magazine has ranked her among the world's 100 most powerful women and in 2001, she was named one of the thirty most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal.  Senator Hutchison is the author of three books: American Heroines: The Spirited Women who Shaped our Country, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women who Shaped Texas and Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the University of Texas Law School, where she was among only seven women in her graduating class.

  • Member, Texas House of Representatives (1973 – 1977)
  • Texas State Treasurer (1991 – 1993)
  • U.S. Senator from Texas (1993-2012)
  • Member, Bank of America's Global Advisory Council
  • Member, Campaign to Fix the Debt Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council
  • Senior Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • Contributor, CNBC TV Network

2014 Program Information

5:00 - 6:30 pm  Networking Reception
Heavy Appetizers & Cash Bar

6:30 - 7:30 pm   Scholarship and Recognition Awards
Coffee & Dessert will be served 

  • 2014 Undergraduate Scholarships
  • 2014 Badger Girls State Governor
  • 2014 Annual Leadership Seminar
  • Women of Achievement in Higher Education
  • Keynote Speaker, Kay Bailey Hutchison

7:30 pm Closing Networking Reception, Raffle Winners Announced & Book Signing
Cash bar

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  • $75.00 Individual Ticket
  • $500.00 Group of 8

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2014 Sponsorship Information

26th Annual Scholarship and Recognition Gala

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
5:00 - 7:30 pm
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Madison, WI 

Thank You to All who Attended!

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Laura Schwartz to Keynote 26th Annual Wisconsin Women in Government Scholarship and Recognition Gala

Wisconsin Native, Author of Eat, Drink & Succeed, Television Commentator and former White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration to Speak at May 7 Event 

Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) is honored that Laura Schwartz will keynote the organization’s 26th Annual Scholarship and Recognition Galaon Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in Madison. Laura Schwartz, speaker, author of Eat, Drink & Succeed and television commentator, served as the White House Director of Events to former President Bill Clinton. Schwartz was born and raised in Plymouth, Wisconsin.

This year’s event features a revamped format that emphasizes networking and includes heavy appetizers and dessert.

Wisconsin Women in Government’s 26th Annual Scholarship and Recognition Gala event will begin with a networking reception featuring a silent auction from 5:00-6:15 p.m., followed by the program and keynote address from 6:15-7:00 p.m, with networking until 7:30 pm.

WWIG’s Annual Scholarship and Recognition Gala is the premier bipartisan political event in Wisconsin, attended by more than 1,000 federal, state and local elected officials, business leaders, public servants, and political enthusiasts. Since 1987, WWIG has raised more than $1 million to support and encourage women to choose a career in public service and to advance women in government.  Wisconsin Women in Government is fully volunteer-driven and all funds raised will benefit scholarships and programs benefiting women pursuing careers in government service.

About Laura Schwartz

Laura Schwartz, a professional speaker, television commentator, and best selling author of Eat, Drink, & Succeed, was born and raised in Plymouth, Wisconsin.  During her time as the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration, Laura created and executed more than 1,000 White House events including 12 State arrival ceremonies and dinners, America’s Millennium Celebration, and NATO’s 50th Anniversary. Laura is an eight-year veteran of the Administration, having served as The White House Director of Television and Midwest Press Secretary for the President prior to being named Director of Events in 1997. Following the Administration, Laura traveled the world with Former President Clinton for his Foundation and Global Initiative. 

In her first book, Eat, Drink & Succeed! Climb Your Way to the Top Using the Networking Power of Social Events, Laura shares the secrets that skyrocketed her onto the world stage, adding color with personal anecdotes from her life and White House years. Laura appears regularly as an international television commentator speaking about leadership, networking, domestic and foreign affairs, pop culture and special events. Laura’s non-partisan commentary is well respected both domestically and internationally.

Laura is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, where she founded White House Strategies in 2001. She has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Chicago” by Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine and one of Chicago’s “Most Bold and Beautiful” by Chicago Magazine.  She proudly serves on the boards of the American Heart Association and Clean the World.