Press Release
MEDIA ADVISORY: Actors Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington, Facebook/Lean In Leader Sheryl Sandberg and Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer to Speak at Leading Women’s Group’s Gala

The National Partnership for Women & Families will hold its annual gala this Thursday, June 7 at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The event looks at the challenges facing the nation’s women and families and the programs and policies women need.

WHO: Keynote Speaker Sheryl Sandberg, founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org and chief operating officer of Facebook.

Corporate Leader Rosalind Brewer, group president and chief operating officer of Starbucks Coffee Company.

Honorees Gabrielle Union, celebrated actor, producer, author, entrepreneur and women’s rights advocate and Kerry Washington, award-winning actor, producer and social justice activist.

WHAT: National Partnership for Women & Families Gala Dinner

WHEN: 6:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, June 7, 2018. The program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. ET.

WHERE: International Ballroom, Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

NOTE: Media must have a valid press credential and are encouraged to RSVP in advance to Lauren Sogor at

DETAILS: The event will feature remarks from Sandberg, Union, Brewer and Washington as well as National Partnership President Debra L. Ness, who will discuss the challenges facing women and families and the organization’s work to make the country more healthy, fair and family friendly. She will talk about the need for quality, affordable health care; contraceptive and abortion coverage and care; a national paid family and medical leave insurance program; a federal paid sick days standard; an end to pay discrimination and sexual harassment; fair schedules; and livable wages.

The program will include remarks by General Electric’s Vice President, Global Competition and Antitrust Sharis Arnold Pozen, who is vice chair of the National Partnership’s board of directors and will serve as emcee at the gala.

For more information, contact us:

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About the National Partnership for Women & Families

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help all people meet the dual demands of work and family.

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