In 2007, a small group of dynamic women formed the Women’s Leadership Committee (WLC) of the Trust for the National Mall. Since the Committee’s first benefit luncheon in a small tent on the National Mall, this exceptional group has actively advocated to restore the prestige and attention our National Mall deserves.

The WLC enables progress by investing in the Trust’s ongoing work to provide heightened visibility and awareness for the significant needs on the National Mall; steward private support and advocate for Federal Funds for critical capital improvements; and deliver active project management that designs modern solutions to improve the visitor experience.

Join a prominent group of women who have been a driving force in the efforts to bring notable improvements to the National Mall.

Upcoming WLC Events

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Women’s Leadership Committee Spring Meeting

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
10:30 AM
Trust for the National Mall

We will be discussing the Spring Hats Tea as well other 2019 Trust events. Additionally, we will be hearing from Nate Heavers, an associate professor of landscape architecture from Virginia Tech, about the history and care of the beloved cherry trees, and receive an update from our philanthropy chairs, Louise Williams and Paula Heichel regarding the new Endow a Cherry Tree campaign. If you have a friend or colleague you think may be interested in joining the WLC, please feel free to invite her to the spring meeting.

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Save the Date:
Spring Hats Tea

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Constitution Gardens

Join us for tea and refreshments and hear from Be Fearless author Jean Case. Tickets are included with your 2019 WLC membership.

More details to follow.


WLC Leadership

The Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Committee, recognized below, are WLC members who take an active role in the leadership and strategic direction of the WLC, their activities, and the group’s involvement with wider Trust for the National Mall events and efforts.

2019 Co Chairs

Sally Akridge

Gigi Webb Murphy

2019 Philanthropy Chairs

Paula Heichel, CFP®, ADPA®

Louise B. Williams

2019 Executive Committee

Sally Akridge
Caroline Boutté
Paula A. Heichel, CFP®, ADPA®
Suzi Keehn
Debby McGinn
Suzanne S. Minshall
Liz Underhill
Gigi Webb Murphy
Louise B. Williams

The current Women’s Leadership Committee members dedicate their time and resources to advancing the Trust for the National Mall’s mission. For a full list of members, click here.


Become a Member

You are invited to join the Women’s Leadership Committee (WLC) with a minimum donation of $1000.

12-month membership in the WLC includes:

  • Invitation to exclusive Trust events and private tours of the National Mall

  • One ticket to the annual “Spring Hats Tea” event

  • Exclusive updates on Trust for the National Mall projects

  • Recognition as a WLC member on the Trust website

To further support the Trust, members can also inquire about opportunities to:

  • Co-chair committees for fundraising events

  • Champion critical projects

  • Host gatherings for potential new members within or outside the DC metro area

Other leadership and event sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Contact Maryann Grunseth, Director of Memberships, at mgrunseth@nationalmall.org or 202.552.4407 for more information.