WASHINGTON, DC—The National Democratic Institute (NDI) Madeleine Albright Award recognizes and supports women who have made strides in the political and public policy worlds. As the founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke is one of those voices making a difference, and she is the 2019 recipient of the National Democratic Institute’s Madeline Albright Award for her work.

Womble Bond Dickinson attorney and NDI member Jill Walters was on hand May 13 as Burke received the award from Sec. Albright in person. Walters serves on the NDI Equal Voices Advisory Committee.

The annual Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon has become one of NDI’s most important events of the year. In addition to Burke’s award presentation, the event also included a discussion on women’s participation in politics with US Reps. Deb Haaland (D-NM) and Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.). Journalist Jill Filipovic moderated the discussion. Rep. Spanberger flipped a seat that had not been held by a Democrat in 50 years, while Rep. Haaland is one of the first two Native American women ever elected to Congress.

The luncheon also included remarks by Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and youth leader Tarina Ahuja.

The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.


Jill Walters has more than a decade of experience guiding creditors through the bankruptcy and restructuring process. She regularly represents secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings across the country and also represents financial institutions in general litigation, receiverships, commercial workouts, restructures, and note sales.