Lindsey Mask is the Founder and Executive Director of Ladies America, a national network of professional women connecting to advance one another personally and professionally, following the motto “Women Helping Women”. The group focuses on connections, an annual “Women Leading the Future” conference, national mentorship program and education in technology, advocacy & business. The original group formed in 2006 in Washington, D.C. and has expanded to a network of around 3,000 top-tier professional women in D.C., NYC, North Carolina, Texas, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Virginia Beach and San Francisco. The work of Ladies America is leading to international outreach through Ladies International Foundation, an effort set to launch in 2013. In 2011, the group collaborated with the United Nations Foundation to host its inaugural “Women Leading the Future” women’s conference, drawing in hundreds of attendees and speakers from across the country. Then in 2012, Ladies America partnered with the Center for Women in Business of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Microsoft hosted the event.
Lindsey was most recently the CEO of Mask Media Co., a public relations, marketing, branding & social media consultancy business for individuals, non-profits, businesses & women’s initiatives with services available in DC, NYC & Los Angeles. Mask Media Co. was acquired by a larger firm in early 2013 before Lindsey decided to pursue her dream of running the women’s organization fulltime.
Before launching her own businesses, Lindsey served as Communications Director & Spokesperson for U.S. Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon of California, where she handled national and local median. She spent 10 years working in political communications and served as the network and cable liaison for the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In 2013, she was featured on the cover of Washington Life Magazine for being selected as a top thought leader under 40 and was highlighted in Worn Magazine as an aspiring woman in Washington, D.C. In 2012, she was honored as a finalist by Women in Technology as top female entrepreneur and was nominated for the Lady Godiva Program, celebrating inspirational women around the world. She serves on the founding Board of the 2012 G8 Young Leaders; is a co-founder of DC Entrepreneurship Week; an Ambassador for Availor Investments, a social impact investment fund in NYC and is on the Board of the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), aimed at helping women under 40 secure seats in federal office. She lectures regularly on media, public relations, branding, networking & communications for the Leadership Institute, Women in Public Policy’s WeLEAD program at American University, the Public Leadership Education Network and the Women’s Congressional Staff Association. Believing in global business, innovation, the positive impact of women, and social change, Lindsey has spent a great deal of time overseas, most recently in 2011 on a mission trip to Haiti.
Lindsey has been featured by National Journal, Power Women Magazine, ABC7′s “Let’s Talk Live” & Washington Business Journal Sunday program on Women CEOs, local ABC Ch. 8′s “Capital Insider”, The Hill Newspaper’s The Washington Scene, Broadminded (Sirius-XM radio), ION’s Metro Magazine (a national television network), WUSA9, NBC Nightside, The Broad Perspective (radio), Capitol File Magazine, Networking News and HerExchange online magazine. She was a select speaker in 2012 for the inaugural Heels & Helmets Career Training Day at USA Today and helped run “women’s media” at the national political convention in Tampa, Florida. Ladies America has partnered with such organizations as Womensphere’s Global Summit in NYC, Global Woman Summit of DC, the United Nation’s Foundation, Fair Fund against human trafficking, Becky’s Fund combating domestic abuse, Newsbabes for Cure, DC Entrepreneurship Week, Do It in Person, StreetWise Partners, Women’s Congressional Staff Association, Luke’s Wings, and Bisnow’s programs for Women in Business, Technology and Journalism.