Inside Look: “Unstoppable: Women Reshaping the Political World” Panel

We have heard from so many of you that you love hearing the details regarding our Dare to Disrupt Logoaccomplished panelists that we decided to keep sharing. Keep reading for details on another panel filled with women who have made major impacts in their fields:

Unstoppable: Women Reshaping the Political World

Join us as we talk to dynamic women leaders who have taken the idea of being bold, taking risks fearlessly, and fighting for their beliefs (and yours) to the next level – the public stage!

Panelists will include:

Goli Ameri, President & CEO, The Center for Global Engagement
Goli Ameri served as the Undersecretary for Humanitarian Values and Diplomacy at the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, the world’s largest humanitarian organization. Her responsibilities included global diplomatic efforts including persuading decision-makers and opinion leaders to act, at all times, in the interests of vulnerable people, for deeper public, governmental, and partner support, and more resources.

Prior to her tenure at the IFRC, Goli co-lead the effort to establish CGE, working closely with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and assembling the group of 80 eminent experts and public diplomacy practitioners.

Goli has served as the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with the mission to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world. In this capacity, she promoted the expansion of international educational and cultural exchanges through a variety of initiatives including public/private partnerships and the use of Web 2.0 technologies.

Ms. Ameri’s previous positions include service as a Presidentially nominated Representative to the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Before her UN assignment in New York, she served as a Public Delegate to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. During the 2004 election cycle, Ms. Ameri was the Republican nominee for Congress in Oregon’s first district.

Prior to her government service Ms. Ameri had extensive business and corporate experience. She was a small business owner, founding eTinium, a consulting and market research firm specializing in the telecom industry, and as a Director at US Leasing.

Ms. Ameri was born in Tehran, Iran, and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and French Literature and her Master’s degree in Communications at Stanford University. She also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She is fluent in French and Persian and is conversant in Spanish.

Ms. Ameri serves on the boards of Freedom House and the World Affairs Council of Oregon. She is also a member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. In May 2008, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations presented her with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is awarded to U.S. citizens who exemplify American ideals and leadership while preserving the distinct values and rich heritage of their ancestors.


Shira Center, Politics Editor, Roll Cap
Shira T. Center (née Toeplitz) is the Politics Editor for Roll Call, the top news source on Capitol Hill, based in Washington, D.C. One of the beltway’s best campaign reporters and analysts, she has covered politics from Alaska to New Hampshire and everywhere in between for nearly a decade.

Known for her expertiseversatility, and comfort across media platforms, Shira regularly breaks news, pens long-form stories, and appears on television and radio outlets around the country. During her tenure at Roll Call, Shira was the first national reporter to interview Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., after his election, the last to do an extended interview with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin before she was selected as the GOP nominee for vice president, and the final reporter do an in-depth interview with former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. before his legal troubles came to light.

An authority on Congressional races, Shira spearheaded Roll Call’s coverage of the decennial redistricting process following the U.S. Census. She possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the demographics and geography of Congressional districts, and she can articulate the intricacies of voting rights laws in digestible and interesting ways.

She uses social media to enhance and promote this work across all platforms, whether she is filing for Roll Call’s politics blog, “At the Races” or the newspaper, meanwhile updating her Twitter audience of more than 17,000 followers. She pioneered a reported campaign road trip on Roll Call’s first news microsite. In 2012, she served as an invited panelist at SXSW, the premier national technology conference in Austin, on the state of political journalism.

A frequent guest on cable news programs, Shira has offered commentary on political campaigns for ABC, NBC, CBS, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX, C-SPAN and CNN. She has guest hosted “Showdown 2012,” on XM’s politics station, POTUS.

Her writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, Washingtonian, National Journal and Reason Magazine. Shira has also worked at POLITICO and National Journal’s The Hotline.

In 2014, Shira was the selected to serve as a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, where she designed and led regular discussions on gender, journalism and the midterm elections. She is the youngest professional to ever participate in the program.

Shira has been a featured speaker at events for her alma mater, Northwestern University, spoke on political journalism to the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, plus guest lectured on politics at American University and Georgetown University. She regularly speaks to Running Start, a non-partisan program for collegiate women in politics, and serves on that group’s Advisory Council.

Shira graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, earning honors for her thesis on gender and communication strategies in politics.

Shira hails from Pittsburgh and is an avid Steelers fan. She lives in D.C.’s H Street neighborhood with her husband and cat, who are also Steelers fans.


Heidi Nel, Principal, Picture Motion
As a Principal at Picture Motion, she oversees the DC office and plays a leading role in business development, campaign management and strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Picture Motion, Heidi served as Senior Vice President of Digital at FitzGibbon Media where she created social action campaigns that leveraged technology and storytelling to shape policy and create cultural change. Previous to her work at FitzGibbon she was a Senior Associate at Dewey Square Group – a WPP company – and led digital initiatives for non-profits, Fortune 50s, and social enterprises.

Heidi began her career in Hollywood and made her first foray into digital media working for Ghost House Pictures. There she produced original series for Comcast’s Internet TV and broadcast network and went on to oversee marketing strategy for an annual slate of 30 films at Lions Gate Entertainment. Originally from South Africa, Heidi grew up in Colorado and studied Modern Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a Partner of the Truman National Security Project, and in her free time she volunteers for New Leaders Council, a leadership institute that recruits young women and men from outside the traditional power structure and equips them with the skills necessary to be civic leaders in their communities.


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