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Representation Matters: Women Impacting and Empowering Public Policy

From Leadership Connect and NGA

The field of Policy has traditionally been male dominated but women are increasingly being represented more in the policy field. For instance, in the Biden Administration, the majority of Schedule C’s are women. As this month is Women’s History month, join us as our topic experts explore what this shift means, and how it is impacting the policy field.

Tune into this panel to hear from Women within this field, as they talk about the hiring process, what it took for them to get to where they are today, and what steps need to be taken to further the advancement of Women in Public Policy. This webinar will discuss everything from challenges these panelists experienced to recommendations on advancement in policy. Listen as our panelists talk about the progress that has been made in the increasingly diverse policy field, and what work still needs to be done.


headshot renee antoineRenee Antoine

Executive Director: Governor’s Office of Women’s Policy
Office of the Governor, Louisiana
Renee Antoine is a public health policy advocate and national maternal child health consultant. She has served in a variety of positions advocating for women, children and families across the state of Louisiana and nationally. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Women’s Policy in Louisiana. She works collaboratively with the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Louisiana Women’s Foundation. She was recently awarded the Forty Under 40 Leadership award from Baton Rouge Business Report. Her recent accolades include serving as State Director for Maternal Child Health and Government Affairs for March of Dimes. Renee is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University. Her graduate research continued to the University of Iowa in epigenetics and culminated at the University of Virginia in Developmental Psychology where she published studies on cognition and brain development.

headshotCaroline Hegeman

Director of Public Affairs- State and Local
McKinsey & Company
Caroline leads State and Local Public Affairs at McKinsey, the management consultant firm. Since joining McKinsey in November, Caroline has focused building the Firm’s reputation in state capitols. She joined McKinsey after 12 years at Deloitte where she most recently served as Deputy Head of State Policy & Government Relations, working to drive state and local legislative and political strategy. With more than 15 years of policy and government relations experience, she has a passion for building relationships and helping leaders understand the nuances of complex political and policy challenges. Caroline also built Deloitte’s Political Activity Compliance function where she worked to centralize lobbying, campaign finance, and pay-to-pay management across business functions.  Before Deloitte, Caroline spent ten years working in various advocacy and client service capacities at Skadden Arps and VanNess Feldman. She holds a BA in Political Science from James Madison University and a Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University.


kylie headshotKylie Patterson

Senior Policy Advisor
CHIPS Program Office [CPO], National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST], United States Department of Commerce
Kylie Patterson (she/her) serves as the Sr. Advisor for Opportunity and Inclusion for CHIPS for America, a historic investment to strengthen and revitalize U.S. manufacturing, innovation, and technological leadership. Previously, she was the Director of the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, chaired by Rep. Maxine Water and served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, chaired by Senator Ben Cardin. She was a key member of the policy team that negotiated the 2021 Minority Business Development Act that codified the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency at the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as the reauthorization and extension of the $800 billion Paycheck Protection Program.  Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Kylie spent more than 10 years directing multi-million-dollar programs, investigations, and evaluations to address racial, gender and wealth inequality at Johns Hopkins University and Health System, Prosperity Now, management consulting firm BCT Partners, the City of Minneapolis, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the AFL-CIO.  Kylie graduated from Temple University, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, where she was awarded a Truman Scholarship. Kylie also holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.


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Brittney Roy

Program Director, Public Health
National Governors Association

Brittney Roy serves as program director for public health in the NGA Center for Best Practices. Roy leads the public health portfolio, which includes supporting Governors with their public health response to outbreaks and incidents. She also oversees policy areas, including chronic and infectious disease, vaccines, health equity, maternal and child health, public health infrastructure, and the social drivers of health. Before joining NGA, Roy served as the senior health policy advisor for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and non-profit management from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Event Details

  • Date: March 9, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
  • Live Webinar
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