Changing the Conservative Conversation: Mindy Finn, President of Empowered Women
- Tell us all about yourself- from your successful background working on political campaigns such as those of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney as a digital strategist at Twitter, to the company you ultimately founded in 2015, Empowered Women.
- It’s extremely admirable that your organization aims to debunk several stereotypes about conservative women, and instead positions them as they truly are- educated, influential, independent. What are the most pressing issues facing these women today, especially now going into the 2016 elections?
- Whatever you’re doing is obviously working! What separates Empowered Women from other Republican women-focused groups out there and what do you pride yourself in doing differently?
- You’ve mentioned in past interviews that you consider yourself more of a humanist than a feminist? Why has the latter in your opinion become such a toxic, dangerous word today and why should women be wary of referring to themselves as feminists?
- What has been the most memorable and/or rewarding aspect of running Empowered Women to date? As it’s in the early stages, what is your vision for the organization in 2016 and years to come?
Mindy Finn is Founder and current President of Empowered Women, a non-profit working to expand and diversify the conversation on feminism and women’s equality. Finn previously worked at Twitter heading up strategic partnerships in DC and specializing in business development. She was recently named one of “50 Politicos to Watch” by POLITICO and a “Tech Titan” by the Washingtonian magazine. Finn has also been named one of the Best in Digital by FamousDC.
Finn was a founding partner of Engage, an online media strategy company. She left Engage to pursue an opportunity at Twitter in late 2011.
Most of Finn’s work focuses on technology’s impact on politics and democracy, and she has built tools and programs to empower individuals to organize and shape policy.
Finn has worked on or led digital programs for President George W. Bush and Governor Mitt Romney.
She began her career as a Congressional correspondent for the Waterbury, Connecticut Republican-American and as a staffer for Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX).
Finn is a highly sought-after panel expert and lecturer and has spoken at the South by Southwest Interactive conference, the Personal Democracy Forum, the Brookings Institution, the Edelman Academic Summit, the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, the Milken Institute, the American Political Science Association Summit, Kellogg’s Media Management Center at Northwestern University, the New Politics Institute at the University of Texas, the American Association of Political Consultants, Politics Online, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Germany), and Fundacion Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Dominican Republic).
She was also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, having taught a class on Campaign Organization & Execution.
Finn was named a “Tech Titan” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2011, a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine in 2007, and a “Top 10 Political Powerhouse under 30” by Glamour Magazine.
In addition, Finn has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, NPR and other media channels to provide political commentary. She is regularly quoted in print publications, including Politico.
She has been profiled in numerous publications, including National Journal, Campaigns & Elections, and the Washington Post.