Women Taking the Lead

Women Taking the Lead is a program convening and connecting high level women leaders in government and business.

We are creating moments for women leading in business and government to celebrate our accomplishments and expand and strengthen our networks to help us grow further and faster.

— Ashley Wilson, Vice President, Congressional Affairs, Managing Director, Public Affairs and Executive Director, Women Taking the Lead Program
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Why We Created a Community for Leaders

Women Taking the Lead is a program convening and connecting high level women leaders in government and business. The goals of the program are to provide a platform to showcase top talent, help women leaders create and strengthen a network of allies to champion their work and provide opportunities for professional growth and development.



What People are Saying about Women Taking the Lead

"This program builds out a network of true lasting friendships and allies to support you as you rise.  The goal is to move beyond what separates us and look at what connects us.  We are women who are leading.”
    — Stacey Dion, Managing Director and Global Head of Government Affairs, The Carlyle Group

"Women Taking the Lead events are unique opportunities to be inspired and empowered and to build important relationships that will help you in your career.  These events are an hour of power and time well-spent.”
   — Holly Lass, Vice President, Government Affairs, American Express

"Women Taking the Lead emerged from our organizations intentionally. We want to foster diverse and inclusive decision making and we want to share our lessons learned.” 
   — Libby Coffin, Vice President of Tax Policy, United Technologies Corporation


Interview Series



Leadership blog posts from Women Taking the Lead events

Despite the current climate of outrage, the core of policymaking remains strong
Stacey Dion, Managing Director and Global Head of Government Affairs, The Carlyle Group

Celebrating the power in our network
Holly Lass, Vice President, Government Affairs, American Express

The power of a network
Elizabeth Coffin, Vice President, Global Tax Policy at United Technologies Corporation

HED: How leaders create opportunity when they champion others
Cherie Wilson, Director, Federal Affairs, General Motors


Who is this community for?

High-performing women leaders at the VP-level or equivalent who are:

  • Chamber Members
  • State and Local Chambers
  • Entrepreneurs and Small Business Leaders
  • Capitol Hill, Executive and Legislative Branch
  • Federal Agencies
  • Governors, State and local leaders

If you work at a law firm, consulting firm or are in the media - this is not the right group for you to join, but please contact us for other opportunities to engage.


How You Can Get Involved

We invite you to be part of the women’s leadership series by:

  1. Joining us at our events. If you are a Vice President or equivalent in a business or government role, email Julia Satin to be added to our invite list.
  2. Sponsoring one of our monthly luncheons. 
  3. Hosting a site visit with Women Taking the Lead at your corporate headquarters to meet with senior women on your executive team.
  4. Leading by belonging to the steering committee.

To discuss Women Taking The Lead opportunities, please contact:
Ashley Wilson, Vice President for Congressional and Public Affairs & Head of Women Taking the Lead

Connect on social media using #WomenTakingTheLead

Recent Activity

Above the FoldAug 25, 2020 - 1:00pm
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The State of Working Women: Marking a Milestone Even as the Pandemic Takes New Toll

This week we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the constitutional right to vote. Although this amendment did not grant all women the right to vote, specifically those that are non-white, it is a hallmark moment in history. It’s also proof that women have triumphed in difficult circumstances before and we can again.

Above the FoldAug 25, 2020 - 11:45am
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The U.S. Chamber Celebrates Women’s Equality Day and Looks Toward a More Equal Future 

In honor of Women's Equality Day, we're highlighting the strides towards progress and the work to be done to reach equality.

EventAug 18, 2020 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Women Taking the Lead Power Half Hour - August 18

As most schools look toward an at least partially virtual school year, it’s leaving working parents between a rock and hard place.

EventAug 11, 2020 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm
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Women Taking the Lead Power Half Hour

Join Women Taking the Lead on Tuesday, August 11th at 5pm as we take a half hour to connect and learn from renowned public speaking coach and former diplomat Eileen Smith.

EventMay 14, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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WTTL Presents Leading Through Crisis

Join Women Taking the Lead on May 14 to hear from top communications executives who will help us better understand how to communicate with your internal teams, customers, and communities in a crisis.

EventMar 19, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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POSTPONED: Women Taking the Lead March Reception with HLA & CHSA


EventFeb 21, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Women Taking the Lead February Luncheon

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Women Taking the Lead on Friday, February 21st to hear from distinguished female leaders looking to introduce more women to the world of corporate boards. What obstacles do women face in obtaining corporate board roles? How do women best position themselves to serve on corporate boards?

EventJan 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

January Women Taking the Lead Luncheon

Join WTL on January 29th to hear from the top female recruiters who are looking for the next generation of CEOs. 

ArticleDec 19, 2019 - 9:00am
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My Resolution for 2020: Building Community For Women Leaders

The U.S. Chamber's Women Taking the Lead program is building powerful and meaningful networks for women in business and government.

EventDec 06, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Women Taking the Lead - December Reception with Black Girl Magic (BGM) Network

Join Women Taking the Lead and Black Girl Magic (BGM) Network on December 6th for a reception celebrating two powerful networks of female leaders in Washington, DC.