African American Mayors Association to Host Historic Leadership Retreat for Women in Elected Office and Public Policy

Pictured (from left to right): Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (Baltimore City, MD), Mayor Lovely Warren (Rochester, NY); Natalie Madeira Cofield, founder and CEO, Walker’s Legacy; Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, IN); Mayor Vivian Covington (University Park, IL); Mayor Karen Weaver (Flint, MI); Lesli Foster, WUSA-9 Anchor; Stephanie Mash Sykes, esq., Executive Director and General Counsel, African American Mayors Association


“Our voices must continue to be heard and our issues must be addressed with urgency and priority.  Now is our time!”

On December 13th and 14th, the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) will host the first-ever Women’s Leadership Retreat in New Haven, Connecticut hosted by Mayor Toni Harp (New Haven, CT) Board President of the AAMA. The two-day leadership conference will focus on supporting women in leadership positions and will host mayors, business leaders, and organization executives for a forum designed to recognize, inform and champion the work of Black women in elected office.

The retreat is a part of an ongoing national conversation about the role of women in local leadership and politics, and what supports are needed to ensure breakthroughs in areas where women are often underrepresented.

Black women are the driving force of progressive policies that benefit women of all colors across the country.  We showed up to the polls in historic numbers this fall and ran and won elections at all levels across the country,” said Stephanie Mash Sykes, esq., Executive Director and General Counsel, African American Mayors Association.

The women’s roundtable will be moderated by Natalie Madeira Cofield founder, and CEO, Walker’s Legacy and feature the following notable participants:

  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3)
  • Mayor Karen Weaver (Flint, MI)
  • Mayor Vivian Covington (University Park, Il)
  • Mayor Toni Harp (New Haven, CT)
  • Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, IN)
  • Mini Timmaraju, Executive Director, External Affairs at Comcast
  • Wendi Wallace, Political Outreach Director, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Patrice Webb, Vice President, Social Commitments American Beverage Association
  • A’shanti Gholar, Political Director, Emerge America
  • Anita Estell, President, and CEO, The Estell Group
  • Donna Epps, Vice President for Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, Verizon
  • Heather Foster, Vice President, Widmeyer Education
  • Kim Winston, Director, State Government Affairs, Starbucks Coffee Company

The AAMA women’s forum will be the first of many conversations to ensure black women Mayors are also working directly with community and business leaders to address our country’s most pressing issues.

Please see here for more information and to register to attend. 

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