AF-DC: “You Can Have It All!” – A Discussion on Work/Life Balance

September 7, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dacha Navy Yard

79 Potomac Ave. SE, Washington, DC

Join America’s Future for a tell-all from successful young professionals in the DMV as they share their secrets to juggling it all!

The world tells you that you can have it all and that you deserve to….and then you grow up and move to DC and realize it’s easier said than done. It feels like you can either get ahead in your career or have a life, but seldom both.

But you CAN have both!

We’ll hear from 4 successful, multi-faceted young professionals who have managed to balance an impressive career and a fulfilling life outside of their work. We’ll have a brief time of networking and then we’ll kick-off the panel at 6:30pm sharp. AF-DC council member Chelsea Follett will lead the panel in discussion and then open up a Q&A time for all attendees to join in.

This event is child friendly. Dacha has toys and a safe area for kiddos to be. Please bring anything you might need for them like special snacks or toys. This is a bar, so there will be alcohol around – FYI. Heavy apps and a drink are included in the ticket price.

All AF Hub members (not National members) are able to attend free. Please email Lydia to request your complimentary ticket or with any questions at [email protected]To learn more about AF membership and become a Hub member, click here. We look forward to seeing you!



Courtney Powell is the Director of Member Programs at the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors and oversees the development and expansion of meaningful engagement opportunities for NAW’s members. Before joining NAW, Courtney served as the Program Manager at the Rumsfeld Foundation where she worked with graduate scholars to pursue careers in public service. She completed her M.A in Organizational Leadership and Learning from The George Washington University in 2021 and has conducted research with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management focused on the successful onboarding and leadership development of virtual employees and removing barriers to entry within the federal government. Courtney was selected as a finalist for the 2022 Presidential Management Fellowship Program and has experience in campaign management, finance, and grassroots activism. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has lived in the DMV for 4 ½ years.

John Allen Gay is executive director of the John Quincy Adams Society, a national network of student groups centered on a vision of foreign policy restraint. He is a former managing editor of the National Interest, where his writing focused on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. He is coauthor, with Geoffrey Kemp, of War with Iran: Political, Military, and Economic Consequences. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of William & Mary.

Hilary Hackleman works in operations and development at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Prior to joining Reason, Hackleman was a Regional Development Officer at the Leadership Institute (LI) where she managed a $1.3 million region of 12 states in the middle of the country. Before her time at LI she worked on the development team for Brexit: The Movie and spent time working for the Libertarian Party in the UK. She continues to be a co-leader of the DC chapter of Ladies of Liberty Alliance (LOLA), an organization that advances libertarian ideas through female leadership and networking across the globe. Hilary graduated from Pacific Union College with a bachelor’s degree in history. She earned her LLM from Bournemouth University where she wrote her dissertation on Bitcoin regulation in the USA and UK from a free market perspective. She is based in Alexandria, VA.

Chelsea Follett is the managing editor of Human​Progress​.org, a project of the Cato Institute that seeks to educate the public on the global improvements in well‐​being by providing free empirical data on long‐​term developments. Her writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, Forbes, The Hill, Business Insider, National Review, the Washington Examiner, and Global Policy Journal. She was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for 2018 in the category of Law and Policy. Follett earned a BA in government and English from the College of William & Mary, as well as an MA in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, where she focused on international relations and political theory.