Women from across Tennessee will convene in Chattanooga with the Mayor’s Council for Women for two days of discussion on policy issues affecting women.

The Chattanooga Mayor’s Council for Women is thrilled to host the sixth annual Tennessee Statewide Women’s Policy Conference, a two-day in-person conference dedicated to empowering women and shaping the policies that directly impact their lives. The conference will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024 and Friday, February 2, 2024 at The Westin Hotel in Chattanooga. Members of the public interested in attending can register online at councilforwomen.chattanooga.gov.

“The work the Mayor’s Council for Women does every day is critical in keeping us honest around ensuring equity is at the forefront of every decision we make,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. “Hosting the Statewide Women’s Policy Conference in our city is a reminder that Chattanooga leads the way when it comes to creating policy initiatives that keeps everyone in mind.”

Hosted by the Chattanooga Mayor’s Council for Women, the annual event brings together hundreds of researchers, advocates, and community members for two days of discussion on policies affecting women. The council was launched in 2015 and hosted its first conference in 2018. 

“Women and girls are better together and that is what it will take to empower meaningful policy decisions that have a direct impact on the lives of everyday women in girls in our state,” said Mayor’s Council for Women Chair and City Councilwoman Carol Berz. “This annual statewide policy conference is a tremendous opportunity to gather changemakers and policy-minded women to discuss how and where we can have the greatest impact.”


Val Demings, Former United States Representative

Rachel Locke, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Michelle M. Amante-Harstine, Congressional Energy Engagement, LLC

Sarah Bendtsen-Diedhioun, Shared Hope International

Dr. Jeannine Carpenter, Chattanooga Area Food Bank

Nina Doorley, Institute for for Women’s Policy Research

Laurel Graefe, Federal Reserve Bank

Hon. Olivia Hill, Metro Nashville Council At-Large

Sara Beth Myers, Southern Poverty Law Center

Christine Raino, Shared Hope International


Tennessee Statewide Women’s Policy Conference


The Westin Hotel in Chattanooga (801 Pine Street)


Thursday, February 1, 2024 – Friday, February 2, 2024

For questions or more information about the conference, please contact Kimberly Strong at [email protected].