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March 1, 2017 | by: Kalie Kampa

Learning and Growing with Empowered Young Women

While at the Women, Business, and Policy seminar, Kalie Kampa connected with business policy professionals and her peers from around the country.

February 1, 2017 | by: Estefani Alarcon

You are the Leader You Have Been Waiting For

After attending the Women in Public Policy seminar, Estefani Alarcon was empowered to return to her community and advocate for the issues she cares about the most.

November 28, 2016 | by: Gerti Wilson

I Promise to Be Relentless and Bold

Gerti Wilson wasn’t sure of her post-graduate plans until she attended the PLEN Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy seminar and was inspired and motivated by all of the warrior women she met.

November 21, 2016 | by: Dalia Nava

PLEN Demystified Law School and Legal Careers

Previous to attending PLEN, Dalia Nava was intimidated by law school.  After hearing from women at the PLEN Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy Seminar, she feels confident in applying to law school and gaining a career in immigration law.

November 21, 2016 | by: Karina Rodriguez Torres

PLEN Inspires You to Continue Striving

PLEN Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy Alumna Karina Rodriguez Torres bonded with other PLEN students and was inspired and motivated by PLEN Speakers.

November 18, 2016 | by: Erica Cherry

PLEN Speakers Exemplify Female Empowerment

At Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy, PLEN Alumna Erica Cherry found a strong network of inspirational and supportive women.

November 17, 2016 | by: Yaneth Mora Lopez

Can Do This. I Can Be Here. I Can Work Here and Make a Difference.

When PLEN Alumna Yaneth Mora Lopez walked through the halls of Capitol Hill, she saw herself working there and making a difference in the near future.

November 16, 2016 | by: Ana-Katarina Stanic

I am Now More Certain in my Desire to Make a Difference

For PLEN Alumna Ana-Katarina Stanic, the Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy seminar reaffirmed her desire to make a difference in the world.

November 10, 2016 | by: Aleksandra Rajska

PLEN Motivated Me to Take Advantage of Every Opportunity 

Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy alumna Aleksandra Rajska talks about how PLEN opened her eyes to all of the opportunities available to her.

August 2, 2016 | by: Kamalpreet Padda

Why PLEN Plays a Vital Role for Women in DC

Women in Global Policy alumna Kamalpreet Padda discusses how PLEN helped shape her future.

July 19, 2016 | by: Manoa Ralison Rakotoson

PLEN Seminar Introduced Me to My Future

Women in Global Policy alumna Manoa Ralison Rakotoson talks about the impact of her PLEN experience on her career goals.

July 14, 2016 | by: Kate Beamon

PLEN Taught Me Career Paths Don’t Have to Be Linear

Women in Global Policy alumna Kate Beamon discusses how PLEN speakers left her excited for the future.

July 12, 2016 | by: Michella Mousaed

PLEN Inspires Women with Role Models in Global Industry

Women in Global Policy alumna Michella Mousaed describes how PLEN gave her women to look up to.

July 7, 2016 | by: Jade Andrews

Shaping My Future With Help From PLEN

Women in Global Policy alumna Jade Andrews describes how PLEN helped her shape her future.

July 5, 2016 | by: Xaviera Gitau

PLEN Gave Me “Potomac Fever”

Women in Global Policy alumna Xaviera Gitau describes how PLEN inspired her to spend her life in DC working in the global policy field.

June 30, 2016 | by: Nicole Carle

PLEN Taught Me Opportunities are Endless

Women in Global Policy alumna Nicole Carle describes how her seminar showed her the endless opportunities within her field.

June 28, 2016 | by: Devon Scholz

Women in Global Policy Taught Me That It Is Okay Not to Have Everything Figured Out

Women in Global Policy alumna Devon Scholz describes how her seminar inspired her for the future.

June 23, 2016 | by: Caitlyn Flynn

Following the Path Toward My Future Career

Women in Global Policy alumna Caitlin Flynn describes how her seminar taught her irreplaceable career skills.

June 21, 2016 | by: Emilie Litsas

Learning How to Put My Best Self Forward with PLEN

Women in Global Policy alumna Emilie Litsas describes how her seminar helped her put her best self forward.

June 17, 2016 | by: Hannah Kingsley

PLEN Showed Me the World is at My Fingertips 

Women in Global Policy alumna Hannah Kingsley talks about how the seminar opened up the world to her.

June 13, 2016 | by: Chasity Sariol

PLEN Gave Me a Taste of My Future 

Women and Congress alumna Chasity Sariol discusses how the seminar empowered her.

June 10, 2016 | by: tazmin kaldhusdal, PLEN alumna

Women and Congress Taught Me to Be Confident

Tazmin Kaldhusdal, who attended Women and Congress, talks about the impact the seminar had on her.

June 6, 2016 | by: betsy fawcett, PLEN alumna

Why Women and Congress Was So Worthwhile 

Betsy Fawcett, alumna of Women and Congress, discusses all she gained from the seminar.

June 3, 2016 | by: katie allen, PLEN alumna

I Learned to Embrace the Unexpected at Women and Congress 

Women and Congress alumna Katie Allen talks about how the seminar made her feel more comfortable with uncertainty.

June 3, 2016 | by: justine billups, PLEN alumna

Women and Congress Taught Me Not to Settle 

Women and Congress alumna Justine Billups describes how the program taught her to “reach for the stars” and not settle

May 2, 2016 | by: christy smith, PLEN alumna

Women and Congress Gave Me Confidence  

Women and Congress alumna Christy Smith discusses how the seminar made her feel more sure of herself.

April 28, 2016 | by: erin platt, PLEN alumna

Women Unlocking Nonprofits Taught Me to Seize Opportunities 

Women Unlocking Nonprofits alumna Erin Platt talks about the important life lessons she learned from the seminar.

April 26, 2016 | by: emily evangelista, PLEN alumna

Why Women Unlocking Nonprofits is Invaluable 

Women Unlocking Nonprofits alumna Emily Evangelista discusses her indispensable experience at the seminar.

April 21, 2016 | by: khulood fahim, PLEN alumna

PLEN Helped Me as an International Student  

Women Unlocking Nonprofits alumna Khulood Fahim shares her experiences as an international student at the seminar.

April 18, 2016 | by: Brooke Bray

PLEN Taught Me that Not Having a Plan is Okay 

Women Unlocking Nonprofits alumna Brooke Bray discusses the positive impacts the seminar had on her.

April 14, 2016 | by: Taylor Jones

Women in Public Policy Empowered Me

Women in Public Policy alumna Taylor Jones talks about all she gained from the seminar.

April 11, 2016 | by: Martha Bohrt

PLEN Showed Me Women Can Do Anything

Women in Public Policy alumna Martha Bohrt discusses how the seminar opened numerous doors for her.

April 7, 2016 | by: Lauren Ewing

PLEN Taught Me My Dreams are Achievable 

Women in Public Policy alumna Lauren Ewing discusses how PLEN made her realize her dreams can become reality.

April 4, 2016 | by: Hayley Schulz

The Valuable Lesson I Learned from PLEN

Hayley Schulz, alumna of PLEN’s Women in Public Policy seminar, reflects on what she learned from the program.

March 31, 2016 | by: Sukeji Mikaya

PLEN Inspired Me and Taught Me to Know My Worth

PLEN Alumna Sukeji Mikaya talks about the life-changing impact the Women in Public Policy seminar had on her.

March 28, 2016 | by: Camille Smith

PLEN Prepared Me to Take On the Policy World

PLEN Alumna Camille Smith discusses how Women in Public Policy made her feel ready to start a career in the public policy field.

March 24, 2016 | by: Anna Bauman

PLEN Taught Me that Careers Don’t Need to be Linear 

PLEN Alumna Anna Bauman talks about all the valuable career advice she received at the Women in Public Policy seminar.

March 21, 2016 | by: Renna Yi

PLEN Showed Me it’s Okay to Not Have a Plan 

PLEN Alumna Renna Yi discusses how PLEN made her realize it’s okay to be interested in everything and not have a set plan.

March 17, 2016 | by: Elisa Marie Oronico

PLEN Taught Me I Can Be Myself and Still Be Successful 

PLEN Alumna Elisa Marie Oronico talks about how Women in STEM Policy encouraged her to be herself and reach for the stars.

March 11, 2016 | by: Emory Werner

Women in STEM Policy Renewed My Interest in Health Policy 

PLEN Alumna Emory Werner discusses how Women in STEM Policy Exposed Her to Various Opportunities.

March 7, 2016 | by: Grace Bae

PLEN Showed Me that the Possibilities for Me are Endless

PLEN Alumna Grace Bae discusses how Women in STEM Policy opened numerous doors for her.

March 3, 2016 | by: Jenny Fang

PLEN Taught Me to Live Life as I Pursue My Dreams

PLEN Alumna Jenny Fang discusses the impact Women in STEM Policy had on her enjoyment of life.

February 29, 2016 | by: Oluwaseyi Olojo

Women in STEM Policy Changed How I View Science

PLEN Alumna Oluwaseyi Olojo talks about how Women in STEM Policy changed the way she thinks about science.

February 24, 2016 | by: Nicole Douglas

PLEN Gave Me New Avenues to Explore

PLEN Alumna Nicole Douglas discusses how Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy opened her eyes to new career possibilities.

February 22, 2016 | by: Charlene Valdez

PLEN Showed Me I Can Make a Difference

PLEN Alumna Charlene Valdez talks about how Women in STEM Policy showed her she can use her scientific skills to impact public policy.

February 18, 2016 | by: Jolina Harris

PLEN Taught Me What it Means to Be a Leader

PLEN Alumna Jolina Harris describes the impact Women, Business, and Policy had on her understanding of the word “leader.”

February 15, 2016 | by: Paula Suciu

Why I am so grateful for Women in STEM Policy 

PLEN Alumna Paula Suciu talks about how Women in STEM Policy motivated her to pursue her passions.

February 11, 2016 | by: Margaret Martin

How PLEN Helped Me Believe in Myself

PLEN Alumna Margaret Martin discusses how Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy helped increase her self-confidence and faith in herself.

February 8, 2016 | by: Mary Dubard

Why I Think Any Woman Should Attend a PLEN Conference 

PLEN Alumna Mary DuBard explains why she thinks any woman even slightly interested in public policy should attend a PLEN conference.

February 4, 2016 | by: Nathaly Contreras

How Women and Law Made Me More Self-Aware

PLEN Alumna Nathaly Contreras discusses the seminar’s impact on her life and career aspirations.

February 1, 2016 | by: Alisha Lewis

How Women in STEM Policy Opened Up New Possibilities For Me

PLEN Alumna Alisha Lewis discusses how the seminar opened her up to new career possibilities.

January 28, 2016 | by: Ashley Johnson

How PLEN Women, Business, and Policy Helped My Career

PLEN Alumna Ashley Johnson talks about how the seminar helped her solidify her career plans.

January 25, 2016 | by: Erin Dowd

How Women in STEM Policy Changed Me

PLEN Alumna Erin Dowd discusses the impact of the seminar on her next steps.

December 1, 2015 | by: Annabel Utz

What I Gained from PLEN Women, Business, and Policy Seminar

PLEN Alumna Annabel Utz reflects on what brought her to PLEN and the advice she received.

November 12, 2015 | by: Courtney Liss


Hear from Courtney Liss, Tulane University senior and two time PLEN seminar attendee about the amazing women you will meet at PLEN.

September 18, 2015 | by: Emily Sena, PLEN operations intern

PLEN Board Member Recognized for Volunteer Service

Ellie Shaw, former Chair of PLEN’s Board of Directors, was recognized by American Express Company for her volunteer service with PLEN.  Here’s what she has to say!

July 17, 2015 | by: Fahim Gulamali

Paving the way for career success

The third annual PLEN360⁰ Summit focused on preparing our participants with the skills needed for successful careers in whichever field their passions lie.

June 26, 2015| by: Fahim Gulamali

Making a Global Impact

Our final seminar of the academic year explored careers and opportunities in international affairs, relations and policy.

June 20, 2015 | by: Fahim Gulamali

A Snowy Nonprofits Seminar

Students and speakers braved a snowstorm to talk about the role of nonprofits in policy and advocacy during our Unlocking Nonprofits.

February 1, 2015 | by: Fahim Gulamali

Achieving goals, dreaming big

Students participating in our Women’s Leadership in Public Policy Seminar gained a real-world perspective on policy and politics.

January 31, 2015 | by: Fahim Gulamali

The world of politics and policymakers

Our Science and Health Policy: Critical Issues Seminar brought women from across the country to learn about the policy process.

April 14, 2014 | by: Ahuva Sunshine

Deciphering the Washington, D.C. landscape

PLEN’s spring 2014 Marketing and Development Intern shares her reflections on the five months she spent at PLEN.