On June 27, EWG installed its 2019-20 President, Ellen McClain, and her fellow Officers: Deborah Leben, Cindy Morgan and Tanya Everett (in absentia) during a well-attended ceremony at Washington DC’s charming Dacar-Bacon House. The Inauguration was preceded by a short membership meeting and, earlier in the afternoon, the Dynamic Mentoring Celebration to close out the 2018-19 EWG Mentoring Program.
A highlight of this year’s Inauguration was featured speaker the Honorable Kathleen Kraninger, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Ms. Kraninger, a colleague of EWG’s new President during the stand-up of the Department of Homeland Security, spoke about her commitment to public service and challenges running the relatively new CFPB. The audience applauded when Ms. Kraninger reported that the number of women senior managers and executives at CFPB far exceeded the government-wide rates.
New EWG President Ellen McClain’s remarks were warmly welcomed by the members in attendance. She began by challenging each EWG member to bring a new member into the organization. She committed to a Speaker’s series during the year ahead, and to sponsoring networking events with a specific focus, as well as panels, perhaps in conjunction with the EWG Mentoring Program or partner organizations, addressing issues of shared interest, such as work-life balance. Ellen, herself a Mentor in EWG’s program, also hopes to market the EWG Mentoring Program more widely across government. In closing, Ellen welcomed comments and input from members during the networking at the conclusion of the ceremony, and throughout her term of office.
In addition to the Officers, first-time Board members Kemba Walden as Chair of the Program Committee and Carla Gammon as Chair of the Status of Women Committee, were introduced to the membership.
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