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The Executive Women in Government (EWG) has been an important force in the advocacy for and support of advancement of women into federal and military leadership positions. Through its highly acclaimed mentor program, informal leader development activities, and unprecedented networking opportunities, EWG creates amazing opportunities for current and aspiring female senior leaders to share and engage on their most pressing challenges and most inspiring achievements. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as President, and I encourage you to join us as we endeavor to continue to inspire, elevate and support a more diverse and inclusive federal and military leadership cadre.

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Prepare, promote, support and mentor women for senior leadership positions in the Federal Government. Build a powerful network to share experiences, to enhance professional relationships, and to increase understanding among women executives in the Federal Government. Motivate women leaders in the federal government to contribute to effective succession planning by creating a mentoring culture within their sphere of influence.

Advocate for the advancement of women in senior leadership positions in the Federal Government, to include taking a public position on issues related to the purposes and goals of the organization; Provide an opportunity to become better acquainted with other professional women in an atmosphere conducive to the constructive exchange of professional ideas; and encourage by collective example and action, interest and participation in public service by other women.

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Executive Women in Government (EWG) was founded in 1973 by the Honorable Barbara Franklin and other high-ranking government Women as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization comprised of Federal Government women executives. Members prepare, promote, and support women for senior leadership positions in the Federal Government and the military through networking, shared knowledge and experience, and mentoring.



Annually during July, EWG honors newly elected board members with a swearing-in ceremony and reception.

The swearing-in ceremony and reception brings together Federal Government women executives, proteges, and guests in celebration and recognition of leadership within EWG.  The reception also serves as a networking event, bringing together the Board and Committee Chairs, membership, proteges, and valued partners.

Join us in welcoming the incoming 2018-2019 EWG term officers:

President: Patrina Clark

Vice President: Deborah Leben

Secretary: Jennifer Holtz

Treasurer: Cynthia Morgan

The ceremony is scheduled for July 18, 2018 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the Dacor Bacon House in Washington, D.C.  Tickets are free and a cash bar will be available. Light hors d’oevres will also be served.

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“We, the women in government who were really concerned about the advancement of women, began having meetings. I was then serving in the White House and was able to arrange meetings there, first in the Roosevelt Room, then as our numbers grew, in larger venues. After I left the White House we wanted to keep meeting, so we formed Executive Women in Government in 1973 and created by-laws in 1974. The level of camaraderie and support was astounding. For us EWG was an anchor, a place to come to share experiences, support one another, and make life-long friendships.”

—Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin

Who Makes up EWG?

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EWG members represent all branches of the federal government, including current employees, those retired from the federal service, current and former political appointees, and former federal employees who are now in the non-profit and corporate sectors.

EWG means new professional contacts, new friends, and new insights helpful to your professional growth and business. Through EWG, professional women are reaching beyond, learning anew, and finding the ideas and opportunities they need to grow and advance in the new millennium.

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EWG Mentoring Program Mid-Point Evaluation

EWG Mentoring Program Mid-Point Evaluation

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What is Happening at EWG?

What is Happening at EWG?

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