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The 18th Annual Running Start
Young Women to Watch Awards

A group of five women sit on a stage in front of an audience at the Young Women to Watch Awards. The words Running Start are being projected on a screen behind them. The women on stage are clapping and cheering.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

6:00 - 8:30 pm

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

The Young Women to Watch Awards is Running Start’s annual event that honors the country’s outstanding young women leaders and showcases the partners that make our work possible.

Running Start’s community of elected officials, lobbyists, business executives, and emerging leaders gather to network and vote live to elect Running Start’s 2024 Ambassador!

Join us on April 30!

Each ticket includes: 
networking reception
dinner and program
job & opportunity fair 
silent auction

Ways to participate

Become a Corporate Sponsor:  Download the sponsorship packet

Donate an item to the Silent Auction: email for details

Table at the Job & Opportunity Fair: email for details

Three women stand together smiling at each other. There is a large chandelier hanging above them. The words I Look Like a Politician are projected on a balcony. The room is full of people mingling.

Featured Speakers

Ashley Espinosa Reyes

Ashley Espinosa Reyes

Alum Finalist

Lyssa Schei Davids

Lyssa Schei Davids

Alum Finalist

Angelica Erazo

Angelica Erazo

Alum Finalist

Marissa Pittman

Marissa Pittman

Alum Finalist

Lakeisha Skinner

Lakeisha Skinner

Alum Finalist

Susannah Wellford

Susannah Wellford

Running Start CEO & Founder

Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan

Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan

PA - 6

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher


Lizzie Fletcher

TX - 7

Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon

Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon

PA - 5

Rep Stacey Plaskett

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett

Delegate, US Virgin Islands

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

FL - 27

Muriel Bowser

Mayor Muriel Bowser

DC Mayor



Haley Stevens

MI - 11


Marjorie Clifton

Clifton Consulting



Dave Joyce

OH - 14

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Pepper Natonski

Duke Energy


Tasha Cole


Roxy Ndebumadu

Roxy Ndebumadu 

City Council, Bowie MD

Laura Siegrist

Laura Siegrist



Nana Nyanin

Rocket Companies

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Savannah Lane

The Policy Circle


Lindsay Biscardi

CMS Energy

2024 Sponsors

Founding Sponsor

Walmart Logo

Congressional Sponsor

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Talent Pipeline Sponsor

Deloitte Logo
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Leadership Sponsor

Akin Logo
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Mentor Sponsor

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