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

EventJun 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
WTTL April Event

Women Taking the Lead Presents: Diplomacy in the Pandemic Era

Please join Women Taking the Lead on Monday, June 14 at 1pm ET for Women Leading in Diplomacy, hosted in partnership with the Chamber’s International Affairs Division. 

Above the FoldMar 19, 2021 - 9:00am
Two women of color work performing scientific research in a lab

The Strength to Push Forward: Honoring Values, Enduring Lessons from Unsung Heroines

We can all learn from the strong women who came before us, confronted challenges head-on and turned them into opportunities for others.

EventFeb 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Women Taking the Lead presents Women Leading on the Hill

Join Women Taking the Lead on Thursday, February 18th at 3pm ET as we speak with three of the most important female staffers in Congress to learn more about their roles and what they expect Congress and the President can achieve in the first 100 days.   

EventNov 17, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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WTTL Post Election Analysis: Business Lobbyists Assess What's Next

Join Women Taking the Lead for a post-election analysis on November 17th at 3pm ET.

EventNov 03, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
WTTL Power Half Hour

WTTL Power Half Hour: Thought Leadership on LinkedIn

Join Women Taking the Lead and Erica Pyatt on Tuesday, November 3rd at 3pm ET to learn the latest on LinkedIn.

EventOct 29, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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WTTL Presents Leading Latinas in Business

Join Women Taking the Lead, and the American Council of Life Insurers on Thursday, October 29th at 2pm ET, to highlight Latinas leading in business and beyond.

EventOct 20, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
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Women Taking the Lead Power Half Hour: Brag Better

Join Women Taking the Lead and Meredith Fineman, author of Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion for a 30 minute conversation about how to talk about your accomplishments and eliminate words that undermine your work.

EventOct 06, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
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Women Taking the Lead Power Half Hour: The Key to Long-Term Retention

Join Women Taking the Lead and Ali Cudby, author of the #1 bestselling book and CEO of Your Iconic Brand, on Tuesday, October 6 at 3pm for a conversation on the key to long-term customer retention.

EventSep 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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WTTL Presents Being Fearless with Suzanne Clark and Jean Case

Join Women Taking the Lead as Suzanne Clark, President of the U.S. Chamber, and Jean Case, Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Impact Network, discuss how to be fearless in your life and career and why taking risks is what ultimately leads to achieving sucess.

Above the FoldAug 25, 2020 - 1:00pm
Mom Working from Home with Children

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.