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Women’s Democracy Network Council
Since its inception in 2006, WDN has witnessed the fruits of its labors. WDN members in every region of the world are directly impacting the future of their communities and countries, and ascending to leadership positions once thought impossible including deputy prime ministers, vice presidents, ambassadors and parliamentarians. These successes would not be possible without the support of WDN’s American members who have contributed their time, expertise and financial support to its programming.
In recognition of this support, WDN has selected 16 American women to serve on its newly formed WDN Council.
Cindy McCain, Honorary Chair
The Council is led by Mrs. Cindy McCain. As honorary chair, McCain brings her considerable expertise as a leader in charitable efforts around the globe and as a leader in business. McCain has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those less fortunate both in the United States and around the world. In recent years, she has focused her efforts on women’s rights, meeting with and speaking to WDN members from around the world, and children’s health care initiatives. She founded and led the American Voluntary Medical Team which provided emergency medical and surgical care to impoverished children throughout the world. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Congo Initiative and HALO Trust. McCain has traveled extensively on behalf of the World Food Programme and Operation Smile, and in 2011 conducted a pre-election assessment with the International Republican Institute in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Consultant; former Director of Strategic Planning for Mitt Romney's Transition Team and Events Manager of the 2012 Republican National convention
Policy Director at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Secretary of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ Board of Directors and former chair of the Board for the American Council of Young Political Leaders
Author of You, Me & the U.S. Economy: A Plainspoken Story of Financial Crisis and former speechwriter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson
Chairwoman of the Kendall County, Texas Republican Party and member of the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board
Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Chair of the National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America and former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
Partner at DDC Advocacy and former White House Political Director for President George W. Bush
President of 2KConsulting and former Assistant Secretary of Education for Legislation and Congressional Affairs
Managing Director of Roosevelt Group, LLC
Executive Director of the United States Israel Science and Technology Foundation
Owner and President of Piescheck Public Relations
Founder, Publisher and the Editor-in-Chief of the Diplomatic Courier
Owner and President of Executive Speech & Presentations Coaching Co.
Mayor of Seminole, Florida and former Speaker Pro-Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Leadership TREK® Corporation