5 of the Most Powerful Women in Washington

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Washington's Movers, Shakers, and Changemakers

Washingtonian Magazine’s annual list of the “Most Powerful Women in Washington” recognizes the extraordinary leadership and influence of women in politics and policy. As a Washington, D.C.-based speakers bureau, Leading Authorities is proud to work alongside a number of the exceptional individuals recognized in the 2023 edition of the list. These women have their fingers firmly on the pulse of the hottest topics shaping our nation’s future and exemplify the intellect and passion that continue to redefine the narrative of power in our nation’s capital.

Learn more about these highly sought-after women in politics whose incredible accomplishments have been recognized by Washingtonian, and who are available to share their insights and expertise as keynote speakers. 



Amy Walter Smiling at the camera in a dark grey suit jacket and black collared shirt

Amy Walter, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter and Popular On-Air Political Analyst


Amy Walter is a regular in exclusive lists by Washingtonian. She was named one of the publication’s “Top 50 Journalists” in 2009 and one of its Top 50 Most Powerful Women in 2021. Widely recognized as one of the leading voices in politics for more than two decades, Walter is a popular nonpartisan analyst who provides groups of all backgrounds and across industries with a realistic outlook on the upcoming election cycles. Check Amy’s fees and availability here.


Anna Palmer smiling at the camera in a red dress

Anna PalmerFounder & CEO of Punchbowl News, Former Co-Author of POLITICO Playbook


As the co-founder & CEO of fast-rising political news community Punchbowl News and a former co-author of POLITICO Playbook, Anna Palmer has had her pen across every part of Washington, D.C. She is a trusted voice who delivers the latest, most accurate updates on congressional leadership, the lobbying industry, presidential campaigns, and the intricacies of governance. Check Anna’s fees and availability here.


Kelly O'Donnell in a bright blue blouse and dark blue suit jacket smiling at the camera while in front of a white house


Kelly O'DonnellNBC News White House Correspondent


A veteran correspondent and regular at the White House, Kelly O’Donnell has covered the past four Presidential administrations and provides a gripping analysis of political culture with insider stories you’ve never heard before. Check Kelly’s fees and availability here.


Norah O'Donnell in a dark blue blouse

Norah O'DonnellAnchor of CBS Evening News


With 9 nominations and 1 Emmy Award win dating back to 2010, Norah O’Donnell has been a prominent news correspondent and household name for close to three decades. On screen and in her keynotes, she covers recent events, the future of United States politics, and important discussions related to balancing work and family while working a demanding job. Check Norah's fees and availability here.


Lobbying, Advocacy, and Think Tanks


Stephanie Cutter smiling in a blue blouse in front of a white background


Stephanie Cutter, Legendary Political Strategist, Founder of Precision Strategies, and Former Deputy Campaign Manager & Senior Advisor to President Obama


Recognized as “one of the most prominent voices in the Democratic party” Stephanie Cutter taps into her insider experience to break down political strategies employed by both major parties and the impact on the most-talked about issues and contests. As a founding partner of Precision, an award-winning integrated strategy and marketing agency, she helps groups advocate for the causes that matter most to them and drive people to action. Check Stephanie's fees and availability here.




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