Friday, November 15, 2019
The Woman's National Democratic Club
Washington, D.C.

12:00, Luncheon and Award-winning Speaker
1:30, Daring Leadership workshop, based on Brené Brown's Dare to Lead™ curriculum

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate women who break barriers and to advance the educational, personal, and professional development of women who seek to make a difference in the world. Your engagement and sisterhood mean the world to us—and to our next generation of women leaders.

In 2019, for the first time ever, Breaking Barriers was a ticketed luncheon and speaking event, followed by an optional Daring Leadership workshop, based on Brené Brown's Dare to Lead™ curriculum.

(12:00PM - 1:30PM EST)

In 2019, we were joined by our keynote conversationalist, Marita Golden, who is a true “BA Woman.” Marita is an award-winning author of seventeen works, including The Wide Circumference of Love, which was recently optioned for TV under the “Just A Rebel” production banner. Marita uses words artfully to discuss issues she cares about, with frequent themes at the intersection of the personal and the political. 

As a literary activist, Marita Golden co-founded the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation (where she still serves as President Emeritus), which presents the nation’s only national fiction award for college writers of African descent. She is also a veteran teacher of writing, having served as faculty at area institutions including Johns Hopkins University as the Writing Program’s Distinguished Visiting Writer.

(1:30PM - 3:00PM EST)

Daring Leadership: Rumbling with Vulnerability
This Dare to Lead™ workshop was an invitation to become a braver leader for women who seek to make a difference in the world. Participants learned the four skill sets of daring leadership: rumbling with vulnerability, living into your values, braving trust, and learning to rise based on Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead™ courage-building model. 

Our Facilitator: Ana Estrada Daniels
With over twenty years of experience, Ana Estrada Daniels is the founder and CEO of Anavo Solutions, a California-based executive coaching firm. She is a Certified Brené Brown Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute and an Annie E. Casey Foundation fellow.


Sponsorships are an important part of any event, but for us they are a way to change a life. At the Alliance we help young women realize their potential and achieve their dreams—and we know that Breaking Barriers, as our biggest fundraiser annually, is an integral part of making this happen.

Thank you to all of our 2019 event sponsors!



Thank you to all those in our community who contributed to our 2019 Breaking Barriers' success with in-kind or volunteer contributions! By providing items such as snacks for our day-long alumnae leadership conference, pre-and/or day-of-event resources (printing, linens, centerpieces, decorations, music, etc.), as well as volunteering your time and energy during one of our event shifts, you've demonstrated the importance of lifting as you climb. Thank you for using your gifts and talents to empowHER our community!



The Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC) is a member-led 501(c)(7) organization in Dupont Circle which serves as the meeting place for progressive leaders in every field of public service. Since their inception in 1922, they have shared our commitment to progressive ideals and our fierce belief that the future is female. We were truly excited to continue our partnership with them, building on our 2019 summer-in-residence through our EmpowHER program.

WNDC is located just off Dupont Circle at 1526 New Hampshire Ave NW and easily accessible via Metro rail and bus. The building is approximately a four minute walk from the Dupont North metro stop on the red line, and in close proximity to the Connecticut & Q St. NW and New Hampshire & Dupont Circle NW bus stops.

Parking is located at the SP+ Parking garage on New Hampshire Avenue, immediately across the street from the WNDC (maximum 4 hours, any overage fee paid directly to the garage attendant). To receive this discount, parking tickets must be purchased with cash at the front desk of WNDC prior to returning to the garage.

We're pleased to report that WNDC is handicap accessible, with ramps in and out of the building and an elevator to all floors once inside. We are happy to make additional accommodations to the best of our ability.