Breaking Barriers 2018

By August 28, 2018Events, Uncategorized


The B.A. Rudolph Foundation invites you to celebrate women who break barriers, raise a glass in honor of women who #RiseUp, and support the B.A. Rudolph Foundation Scholars.

Join us at the beautiful Josephine Butler Parks Center, a Renaissance Revival-style mansion turned nonprofit center, for a conversation on #MeToo over cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and (new this year!) a silent auction with B.A.-inspired gifts and experiences including great bottles of wine, books on leadership and behind-the-scenes looks at female leaders’ workplaces. Doors open at 6:00PM, program will begin at 6:45PM, including a discussion on the B.A. Rudolph Foundation’s new white paper and fact sheet, Rise Up: Interns, their Workplace Rights, and the Tools to End Sexual Harassment.

You can register for the event by purchasing a ticket below. All funds raised from this event will go towards supporting our 2019 scholars.

We encourage you to share this invitation with others who you would like to introduce to the Foundation and who may support our work, and promote the event on Facebook and Twitter.

Tremendous thanks to our Host Committee for making this event possible.

Molly Buford, Chair
Alix Burns
Annelise Cohon
Lucy and Charlie Cook
Jo-Ellen Darcy
Bianca DeLille
Adrienne Elrod
Sandi Fiske
Deborah Horan and Billy Moore
Phil Karsting
Marisa Luzzatto
Kiki and Joe McLean
Emmett Moore
Pat and Walter Moore
Terry O’Neill
Suzanne and Francisco Palmieri
Ashlee Peña
Katie Perkowski
Jennifer Poulakidas
Mary Reding
Karen and David Sawyer
John Gill and Anthony Varona


Purchase Your Ticket

To purchase a ticket, select your ticket type and quantity using the form below and click “Checkout” to proceed to the payment page. If you select the wrong ticket type or quantity, use the back button on your browser to return to this page. Please note you will be prompted to create an account with password on the payment page which is to secure your credit card information for future purchases, such as silent auction bids at the event.


Featured Speaker

For our fifth annual Breaking Barriers event we are honored to host a woman who uses the power of law to rise up for women. We are thrilled to be joined by Maya Raghu, Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center.

Like B.A., Maya has been bold throughout her career and speaks up when she sees injustice in the world. At Breaking Barriers 2018 she will join our executive director Mary Bruce in a conversation about #MeToo and what each of us can do to address and eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.

Maya Raghu is Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. She leads federal and state policy development and advocacy, litigation, education, and stakeholder engagement focused on women’s economic security and employment opportunity, including equal pay, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment. Prior to joining NWLC, she was a senior attorney at Futures Without Violence and a senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund), focusing on economic security, gender discrimination, and gender-based violence, with an emphasis on immigrant and low-income women. Her work encompassed litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, public education and training, multi-sector initiatives and cross-movement collaboration. Maya was also previously an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a law clerk to the Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore of the Southern District of Texas. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Power Shift Project at the Freedom Forum Institute; an initiative promoting workplace integrity on behalf of women in the news industry. Maya is a graduate of Trinity University and Georgetown University Law Center. She has appeared in a number of media outlets, including PBS Newshour, NPR, and The New York Times.


How can I purchase a ticket? Can I send a check?

All tickets must be purchased in advance of the event, either by credit card or check. To purchase with credit card, click here. If you’d like to avoid the credit card transaction fee, please send a check made payable to “The B.A. Rudolph Foundation” to P.O. Box 21250 Washington DC 20009, and include “Breaking Barriers” in the memo line. In addition, please include your preferred mailing address and email address for correspondence related to the event.

Will there be a speaker at the event?

Yes! Our special guest(s) will be announced in a few weeks. Check your inbox and back here on this page for updates.

Will there be food at the event? 

Yes! We are excited to announce that we have partnered with a local woman-owned business to cater our annual event. The Cheesemonster will be providing us with one of their incredible grazing tables – complete with fruits, veggies, meat options, and cheese (of course)! Before venturing off on her own to start Cheesemonster, Alice Bergen Phillips worked as the head cheesemonger at Via Umbria, an Italian specialty food store in Georgetown. We’ve also partnered with Alice to provide a selection of tasty wines and women-brewed beers. 

What is the Herstory of the Josephine Butler Parks Center?

Formerly the Embassy of Hungary and Brazil, the 18,000-square foot, 40-room Renaissance Revival-style “Meridian Hill House” was developed by Mary Foote Henderson, an American author, real estate developer, and social activist, known as “the Empress of 16th Street.” The widow of the Missouri senator who introduced the 13th Amendment giving African Americans the right to vote, Mary led the drive to advance Meridian Hill as the cultural center of Washington, inspired by the City Beautiful movement at the turn of the century. She is best known as the person who successfully lobbied Congress to construct Meridian Hill Park as America’s first national park for the performing arts.

The namesake of the Center, Josephine Butler (1920-1997), the daughter of sharecroppers and granddaughter of people who were enslaved, was one of inner city Washington’s most respected community leaders, who helped shape nearly every major social change initiative in Washington since the 1930’s. She started America’s first-ever union of black women laundry workers, she helped lead the integration of the Adams and Morgan Schools, she educated thousands of children about the hazards of air pollution a generation before the environmental movement began. Josephine was also a lifelong leader in pressing for health care reform, and she co-founded the statehood movement for the District of Columbia. She became a champion of park revitalization to give our communities a place to come together, our children a safe outdoor place to learn about the world, and our city a place to champion true home rule for the lands we call home.

What is the Josephine Butler Parks Center?

“It’s a huge task–that’s why we have to get started.” Josephine Butler, 1978

The Josephine Butler Parks Center is a living tribute to her lifetime of loving, inspired leadership. The Center is operated by Washington Parks & People, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, and the capital’s hub for activating public lands and waters for broad community revitalization through partnership, innovation, discovery, and workforce development. The Center operates as a “greenhouse” for advancing Washington’s parks and public spaces. As a Nonprofit Center for Shared Space, Parks & People also provides a dozen community-based non-profit culture and service organizations office space and an array of other benefits.

What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?

There is limited off-street parking near the building. There are several garages nearby with great prices available through SpotHero and Parking Panda, with the closest lot at 2421 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, about a 10 minute walk to the venue. Garages are occasionally full or closed for special events, so we recommend allowing plenty of time to get to the venue.

The venue is within walking distance of U Street Metro (15 minute walk) and the Columbia Heights Metro (12 minute walk) which are both on the green and yellow lines. If you get off at the U Street Metro be sure to enjoy the scenery as you walk through Meridian Hill / Malcolm X Park on your way to the Parks Center.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

There are no age requirements to enter the event. Please bring a valid government issued ID if you would like to consume any alcoholic beverages during the reception.

Is the Parks Center handicapped accessible?

Unfortunately, the building does not have elevator access to the second floor where Breaking Barriers is taking place. There is a handicapped parking space and ramp access from the rear parking lot to the first floor. Although one of the first floor restrooms is wide enough for a wheelchair to use, it is not technically ADA compliant.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


Is my ticket tax deductible?

Your ticket is not fully tax deductible because goods and services will be received in exchange for your purchase. If you made a donation, your donation is fully tax deductible. No goods or services were received in exchange for your donation. Please retain your confirmation email for your tax records. 

What is the refund policy?

If you purchased a ticket and are unable to join us the night of the event, you are welcome to transfer your ticket to another individual. If no ticket transfer is made, 100% of the proceeds from your ticket will be used as a donation to support future scholars of the Foundation.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions may be emailed to

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