Author Archives: NOBEL Women

  1. Resolutions Submittals for 2018 ALC

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    Please be advised that Members who are current with their 2018 membership dues, effective May 7, 2018  until May 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST, may submit policy resolution(s) to be considered for ratification during  the 2018 NOBEL Women Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), June 28 thru July 1, 2018, Westin/Sheraton, Birmingham, AL. Please follow the instructions below to send the resolution(s).

    Currently, our categories are:

    • Agriculture (AGR)
    • Children and Families (CF)
    • Education (EDU)
    • Energy (ENE)
    • Health (HEA)
    • International Affairs (INT)
    • Leadership (LEA)
    • Social and Economic Justice (SEJ)
    • Technology (TEC)
    • Telecommunications (TEL)
    Instructions for Resolutions

    • All resolutions MUST be submitted by PAID NOBEL Women members
    • All resolutions MUST be submitted according to approved resolutions format.
      For approved format please click here.
    • All resolutions MUST be submitted as an editable Word document to resolutions@nobel-women.org according to the provided requested format.
      No resolutions will be accepted unless submitted in requested required format.
    • All resolutions MUST be submitted to the Resolutions Committee by the 11:59 pm EST, Monday, May 21, 2018 deadline. 
      No resolutions will be considered after May 21, 2018.
    • All resolutions MUST be submitted as an editable Word document.

    If you have any questions please contact Krystal Leaphart at 202.507.6246 or email the Resolutions Committee at resolutions@nobel-women.org.

  2. All About 5G

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  3. Senator Jackie Winters Biography

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    Senator Jackie Winters began her life-long interest in citizen involvement and public policy as she listened to her parents’ discussions around the table, first in Topeka, Kansas where she was born, and later in Portland Oregon where her family moved in 1943. Throughout her formal education and early years of employment, she continued to personally practice her belief in the powers of “her voice” as well as her value for gathering “everyone” around the table.

    She began her governmental service in 1959 at the University of Oregon Medical School in the medical records unit and later joined the staff of the Portland Model Cities Program. In 1969, she was recruited to be supervisor of the Office of Economic Opportunity’s New Resources Program at the request of Governor Tom McCall. In 1979, she was appointed Ombudsman by Governor Victor Atiyeh. During this service, she helped create the Oregon Food Share Program, the first statewide non-profit food sharing network, which continues today serving most of Oregon’s neediest families.

    In 1985, Jackie opened her first Jackie’s Ribs restaurant, in Salem. Over time, she and her family expanded operations to include three restaurants, two franchises, catering services, private parties and numerous appearances in national Bar-B-Q Cook-offs. She closed the business in 2003 at the time of the first illness of her husband.

    In 1998, voters of District 31 elected Jackie as State Representative, the first African-American Republican to achieve this honor in Oregon. After serving two terms, she was elected as State Senator for District 10 and has served in that office since 2002. She has served on the Joint Ways & Means Committee since 1999 and chaired the Ways & Means Sub-Committee on Human Resources in 2013. She is currently co-chair of the Ways & Means Sub Committee on Public Safety and serves on the Ways and Means Sub Committee on Human Resources. In November 2014, she was elected to a fourth term as Senator representing District 10. In November, 2017 she was selected by the Senate Republican Caucus to serve as Senate Republican Leader, the first African American in Oregon to be a caucus leader.

    Senator Winters is also a past President of the Salem Chapter of NAACP, and one of the founders of the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers. Nationally, she is a former member of the Executive Board of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, (NOBEL Women), and currently serves as the Oregon State Director for Women in Government (WIG) and Vice-chair of the Committee on International Affairs of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL).

    Jackie has lived in Salem for 46 years. She was married in 1971 to Marc “Ted” Winters. She has four adult sons, a stepson, stepdaughter, 11 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Her beloved husband Ted passed on August 26, 2008.

  4. Congratulations Senator Jackie Winters

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    Congratulations Senator Jackie Winters on your new role as Senate Republican Leader! Take a look at the press release below. For Senator Jackie Winter’s bio click here.

  5. NOBEL Women Congratulates Member Florida Senator Audrey Gibson on Election as Senate Democratic Leader for 2018-2020 Legislative Term

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    On Monday evening, state Sen. Audrey Gibson won a narrow 8-7 vote of Senate Democrats to become Senate Democratic Leader Designate for the 2018-2020 legislative term.

    “I look forward to working with Caucus members on their priorities and ensuring their voices are heard on legislation impacting all Floridians.  I am also excited about bringing in new Democrat Senators to the Florida Senate to create a legislative balance in the Chamber,” said Gibson Monday evening.

    Gibson will succeed current Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon II when his term ends next November.

    The split was described by one observers as moderates versus progressives, a dynamic which some fear will split the caucus; our source tells us Braynon was the deciding vote.

    Gibson thought she had the votes last week, but our understanding is that there was a late challenge from Orange County Democrat Randolph Bracy.

    The drama built toward the Monday night vote, yet Gibson — true to her original expectations and vote count — pulled off the win by the narrowest of margins.

    The role was to go to former Sen. Jeff Clemens, who resigned in October after admitting an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

    For Northeast Florida, this is the second big piece of Senate news on Monday.

    Fleming Island Republican Rob Bradley took over the Appropriations Committee chair after former budget chief Jack Latvala relinquished that powerful position, as he defends himself against an onslaught of sexual harassment allegations.

    Senator Gibson, chair of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee, serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    Her other committee assignments: Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development, Commerce and Tourism Committee, Judiciary Committee, Regulated Industries Committee, and Joint Legislative Auditing Committee.

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    Original article here.

  6. NOBEL Women – Staff Changes

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    Washington, DC – The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women(http://nobel-women.org)

    The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women would like to thank Waikinya Clanton, former National Executive Director, for her dedication to the NOBEL Women organization.  As National Executive Director, Waikinya served with distinction and was instrumental in bringing awareness and promoting the goals of NOBEL Women.  Therefore, we are proud to wish her continued success in her new opportunity and in all of her future endeavors. 

    NOBEL Women is pleased to announce, effective September 18, 2017,  LeTonia Hardin, MPH, as Interim National Executive Director.  Since September, 2016, LeTonia has served as Development Manager for NOBEL Women focusing on fundraising and corporate relationship management.  LeTonia joins NOBEL Women after serving, since 2004, as Director, State Government Affairs, at AbbVie and Abbott Laboratories.  Throughout her career, LeTonia has always championed the purpose of NOBEL Women and in 2013, LeTonia received the NOBEL Women Women of Distinction Award-Government Relations for her leadership in facilitating policy initiatives regarding women’s cardiovascular health.   LeTonia brings to NOBEL Women 15 plus years of tenured relationships with policy makers, advocacy groups, and other industry stakeholders on the state and federal level.  LeTonia received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, in 1997. LeTonia can be reached at letonia@nobel-women.org.

    NOBEL Women is also pleased to announce Krystal Leaphart as Operations and Policy Associate.  In her role, Krystal will work in the national office facilitating all day to day operations, including Conference and event management.  Krystal joins NOBEL Women after her four (4) years as Staff Assistant and Chief of Staff from IMPACT as well as her experience at the NAACP and the YWCANational Capital.  Krystal’s wealth of knowledge, experience, and advocacy in intersectional racial and social justice, youth civic engagement, and young black women initiatives, are of value add to the NOBEL Women organization. Krystal can be reached at krystal.nobelwomen@gmail.com.

    NOBEL Women is a non-profit, non-partisan national organization comprised of current and former black women legislators.  NOBEL Women, since its inception in 1985, has always focused on inspiring women to take an active role in public policy and in leadership. NOBEL Women has expanded its vision to serve as a global voice to address the countless issues affecting the lives of women and to provide economic, social justice, and quality of life for their constituents.

     

  7. Girls, Gigabytes, & Gadgets 2017

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    NOBEL Women presents Girls, Gigabytes and Gadgets (3G), an innovative, day-long series of workshops designed to get young women and girls engaged in careers in science, technology, engineering, arts/ design and mathematics.

  8. Leadership Summit 2017

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    The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, its Board of Directors and its members would like to thank the State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida State Co-Hosts, the Honorable Arthenia Joyner & the Honorable Mia Jones, all of our program guests, facilitators and trainers as well as our team of amazing volunteers for making this event possible.