Recently, the White House held a briefing for members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. They came from around the country and shared valuable insights on a range of issues affecting women and girls.
At the briefing, the Coalition heard from several White House officials on some of the Obama Administration’s top priorities. Tina Tchen, Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls, kicked off the morning, welcoming the Coalition and updating them on the Counsel on Women and Girl’s past, present and future endeavors. Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, spoke about the Administration’s goal of turning around low performing schools and improving graduation rates. Russlynn encouraged the audience to visit the Department of Education’s Website to learn more about its endeavors. Cecelia Rouse, a member of the Council of Economic Advisers, discussed the economic challenges this Administration faced coming into office, the steady progress it's making, and the real challenges that lie ahead. She outlined the range of current Administration efforts to keep the economy growing and suggested people visit www.mymoney.gov for more information. Caya Lewis, Chief of Staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, briefed the ladies on the Affordable Care Act and encouraged the Coalition to become more familiar with www.healthcare.gov. Finally, before the Coalition closed the briefing with a Q&A session, Jocelyn Frye, Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Director of Policy and Special Projects for the First Lady, gave the Coalition a snapshot of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, which can be read about at http://letsmove.obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/.
The Coalition left the briefing armed with information to bring back to their communities. They also provided the panelist with a lot of sound advice.
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Jenny Kaplan is Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls