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Saturday Lunch speaker:


KATHY KARPAN:
Kathy KarplanKathy Karpan is a native of Rock Springs. She has a journalism degree and a master’s in American Studies from the University of Wyoming and a law degree from the University of Oregon.
As the editor of University’s Branding Iron, she met another Rock Springs native, Teno Roncalio, on his first successful campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. She worked for six years on his staff in Washington, D.C., first as his press secretary and, then, as chief of staff.
After law school, she was a Cart appointee in Congressional Relations and then deputy legal counsel for the Economic Development Administration in Washington, D.C.
She returned to Wyoming and worked two years in the Wyoming Attorney General’s office before Governor Ed Herschler in 1984 appointed her director of the Department of Health and Social Services.
She resigned that post in 1986 to run successfully for Secretary of State and was reelected in 1990, with 65 percent of the vote and carrying all 23 counties. She was the Democratic nominee for Governor 1994 and for the U.S. Senate in 1996.
In 1997, President Clinton appointed her director of the Office of Surface Mining, Department of the Interior. She’s now practicing law in Cheyenne.
Political
 She was a delegate to seven Democratic National conventions in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008.
 She was a Co-Chair with former Governor Mike Sullivan, of Hillary Clinton caucus campaign in Wyoming 2008.
 She chaired Nominee Al Gore’s caucus campaign in Wyoming in 2000.
 She and Governor Sullivan chaired Bill Clinton’s Caucus campaign in Wyoming in 1992. Nominee Clinton in June of 1992 appointed her to the 15-member Platform Drafting Committee for the Democratic National Convention.
 She was on the Democratic Leadership Council’s Board of Governors, Democratic Leadership Council from 1991 to 1995.
 She served from 1997 through 2000 on the Democratic National Committee Ethnic Coordinating Council.
 She won the State Party’s Nellie Tayloe Ross Award in 1994.


Nellie Tayloe Ross Gala Guest Speaker:
Jessica OJESSICA O’CONNELL: Jess O’Connell serves as the Executive Director at EMILY’s List, where she manages the senior leadership team in pursuit of strategic, programmatic, financial and operational goals to help elect pro-choice, Democratic women throughout the country. O’Connell joined EMILY's List from the Center for American Progress, where was a senior vice president and the chief of staff. O'Connell helped lead day-to-day operations for the influential, progressive think tank. She came to CAP from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. As the national field director, she organized influential statewide networks of more than 400 nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and think tanks on international affairs, budget issues, and global engagement. From 2007-2008, O’Connell served on the senior team for Hillary Clinton for President, as the national director of operations. She led staffing and infrastructure to help the campaign run nationwide and managed daily operations at the headquarters. For over a decade, O’Connell has worked to elect U.S. federal and statewide political candidates throughout the country — directly on the campaign trail and off. She’s helped raise millions of dollars for progressive candidates and issues, including work in development positions with EMILY’s List and the Children’s Defense Fund. As the chief operating officer for digital services company, EchoDitto, O’Connell managed operations and the client services team that led strategic and campaign planning for national, progressive clients. In 2009, O’Connell founded Youth Trek, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., that works to promote the character development and self-discovery of underserved girls through travel experiences and access to women leaders throughout the country. Jess has an M.B.A. from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business and a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is originally from Arizona, adopted Colorado for a decade, and now lives with her partner in Washington, D.C.

Saturday Lunch speaker:
KATHY KARPAN:
Kathy Karpan is a native of Rock Springs. She has a journalism degree and a master’s in American Studies from the University of Wyoming and a law degree from the University of Oregon.
As the editor of University’s Branding Iron, she met another Rock Springs native, Teno Roncalio, on his first successful campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. She worked for six years on his staff in Washington, D.C., first as his press secretary and, then, as chief of staff.
After law school, she was a Cart appointee in Congressional Relations and then deputy legal counsel for the Economic Development Administration in Washington, D.C.
She returned to Wyoming and worked two years in the Wyoming Attorney General’s office before Governor Ed Herschler in 1984 appointed her director of the Department of Health and Social Services.
She resigned that post in 1986 to run successfully for Secretary of State and was reelected in 1990, with 65 percent of the vote and carrying all 23 counties. She was the Democratic nominee for Governor 1994 and for the U.S. Senate in 1996.
In 1997, President Clinton appointed her director of the Office of Surface Mining, Department of the Interior. She’s now practicing law in Cheyenne.
Political
 She was a delegate to seven Democratic National conventions in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008.
 She was a Co-Chair with former Governor Mike Sullivan, of Hillary Clinton caucus campaign in Wyoming 2008.
 She chaired Nominee Al Gore’s caucus campaign in Wyoming in 2000.
 She and Governor Sullivan chaired Bill Clinton’s Caucus campaign in Wyoming in 1992. Nominee Clinton in June of 1992 appointed her to the 15-member Platform Drafting Committee for the Democratic National Convention.
 She was on the Democratic Leadership Council’s Board of Governors, Democratic Leadership Council from 1991 to 1995.
 She served from 1997 through 2000 on the Democratic National Committee Ethnic Coordinating Council.
 She won the State Party’s Nellie Taylor Ross Award in 1994.


Nellie Taylor Ross Gala Guest Speaker:
JESSICA O’CONNELL:

Jess O’Connell serves as the Executive Director at EMILY’s List, where she manages the senior leadership team in pursuit of strategic, programmatic, financial and operational goals to help elect pro-choice, Democratic women throughout the country. O’Connell joined EMILY's List from the Center for American Progress, where was a senior vice president and the chief of staff. O'Connell helped lead day-to-day operations for the influential, progressive think tank. She came to CAP from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. As the national field director, she organized influential statewide networks of more than 400 nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and think tanks on international affairs, budget issues, and global engagement. From 2007-2008, O’Connell served on the senior team for Hillary Clinton for President, as the national director of operations. She led staffing and infrastructure to help the campaign run nationwide and managed daily operations at the headquarters. For over a decade, O’Connell has worked to elect U.S. federal and statewide political candidates throughout the country — directly on the campaign trail and off. She’s helped raise millions of dollars for progressive candidates and issues, including work in development positions with EMILY’s List and the Children’s Defense Fund. As the chief operating officer for digital services company, EchoDitto, O’Connell managed operations and the client services team that led strategic and campaign planning for national, progressive clients. In 2009, O’Connell founded Youth Trek, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., that works to promote the character development and self-discovery of underserved girls through travel experiences and access to women leaders throughout the country. Jess has an M.B.A. from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business and a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is originally from Arizona, adopted Colorado for a decade, and now lives with her partner in Washington, D.C.

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