University women learning how to persuade lawmakers in Murfreesboro and beyond

As the Tennessee General Assembly continues its 109th session, local university women will be learning how to persuade their lawmakers.

"Tips of the Trade: Lobbying the Hill and the Congressional Delegation" is the theme of the next meeting of the Murfreesboro Branch of the American Association of University Women from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Room 101 of MTSU's Sam Ingram Building.

Joyce McDaniel and Jane Grigor Ferrell, founding partners of The Ferrell-McDaniel Company in Nashville, will deliver the presentation.

The company is "an association management and political action committee development firm," according to

Ferrell, a former president of the Nashville Women's Political Caucus and former member of the Davidson County Election Commission, has consulted on strategy, fundraising and organization for political campaigns in eight Southern states.

In addition, she was one of the key players in the formation of the Campaign for a Healthy and Responsible Tennessee and served as its executive director.

McDaniel was administrative assistant to the late state Sen. Anna Belle Clement O'Brien for 11 years. She is also a former press secretary for the Senate Democratic Caucus.

In 1997, McDaniel started two businesses. Perennial Services Management offers consulting, event planning and management. Perennial Services Network provides nonmedical personal services to the elderly.

What the attendees learn will come in handy Tuesday, Feb. 24, which is Lobby Day on the Hill for Tennessee Academic Standards, and Wednesday, March 4, which is Lobby Day on the Hill for Women's Issues.

The public is invited. Dinner will be served at the meeting for a fee of $5. Reservations may be made by Thursday, Feb. 5, by calling 615-893-1786. Donations of feminine products for Murfreesboro's Domestic Violence Center are requested.