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Karen Bass, California Speaker of the Assembly, is Keynote Speaker at NWPC Women of Courage Reception

California Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass is the keynote speaker at the National Women�s Political Caucus (NWPC) Diversity Reception Friday, August 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., during the NWPC convention in Newport Beach, CA. The reception honors nine remarkable women leaders as Women of Courage.

The 19th biennial convention, hosted by the California Caucus, is at the Radisson Newport Beach Resort Friday through Sunday, August 7 through 9.

NWPC 2009 Women of Courage are attorney and feminist Gloria Allred; California Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass; U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu; former State Senator Sheila Kuehl; Green-For-All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins; activist Lillian Mobley; author and activist Zoe Nicholson; Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis; and Long Beach Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga.

A panel discussion on Title IX Education Amendments of 1972 is the focus of the Saturday morning breakfast, August 8. The panel is welcomed by Assemblywoman Alyson Huber and moderated by Karen Humphrey, executive director of California Postsecondary Education Commission.

Title IX panelists are Diane Milutinovich, director of Fresno University Student Union, who filed and won a Title IX lawsuit against Fresno State; Margie Wright, National Collegiate Athletic Association division 1 softball coach, who recently won a Title IX discrimination suit against Fresno State; and State Senator Dean Florez who is crafting legislation to counteract Title IX discrimination.

Afternoon breakout sessions include Healthcare Reform; Women Elect: Filling the Pipeline; Small Group Conversations with Women Leaders; and Money Management for Women

The Saturday evening gala and silent auction, August 8, features California State Controller John Chiang, who receives the �Good Guy� award and be a keynote speaker. Controller Chiang has long championed financial literacy and is using his position to empower working families.

Selected silent auction items include two signed lithographs by March Fong Eu, CA Secretary of State, beautifully framed and signed colored pencil drawing by U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein; and a week�s stay at a three-bedroom home in Mazatlan, Mexico among others.

A special Saturday-only pricing of $125 includes three meals plus plenary and break-out sessions, subject to availability. Contact Clare Giesen at Giesen@nwpc.org or (202) 785-1100.
Hotel reservations must be made directly with the Radisson Newport Beach Resort at (949) 833-0570 or www.radissonnewportbeach.com .
The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is a multi-partisan, multicultural grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in politics and creating a political power base to achieve equality for all women. Founded in 1971, NWPC prides itself in increasing the number of pro-choice women elected and appointed into office every year.
For more information, see www.nwpcca.org or www.nwpc.org .
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