PLEN Launches New Series to Celebrate 40 Years of Connecting Women Leaders

The Leadership Connection Series will bring together college women from across the country and women leaders in Washington, D.C. for critical policy discussions

WASHINGTON, DC, October 10, 2018 - In celebration of its 40th anniversary, PLEN is launching the Leadership Connection Series, which will feature women leaders who have led policy change in some of our country’s most critical policy debates. Featuring panels on policy issues such as voting rights, HIV/AIDS, and women’s representation on Capitol Hill, this series will highlight the progress that has been made while empowering the audience to get involved in the work that still needs to be done.

“As we celebrate the last 40 years of preparing women to lead,” says PLEN Executive Director, Sarah Bruno, “This series will highlight the incredible strides women leaders have made and connect them with the next generation of women ready to take the reins and enact change in their country, communities, and on campus.”

This Series, which launches October 18, is an opportunity for women leaders in Washington, D.C. to connect with the motivated young women who attend PLEN’s programs throughout the school year. Each year, for the past forty years, hundreds of college women visit D.C. from schools across the country. PLEN women are leaders on their campuses and have gone on to become top policy leaders in government, nonprofits and private companies. Through content rich seminars, networking receptions and policy discussions, PLEN women return to campus with the confidence, leadership skills and connections they need to succeed.

The first panel of the Series will focus on voting rights in the United States, which will begin with a history of the Voting Rights Act and end with actionable ways members of the audience can get involved in the protection of voting rights for Americans. As part of PLEN’s annual Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy seminar, the panel will be moderated by Valerie Jackson, Senior Advisor to the Management Committee and Firmwide Director of Diversity and Inclusion at K&L Gates. Other speakers will be Amy Bos, Legislative Director, Office of Rep. Sensenbrenner (WI-5); Liz Howard, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice; Marina Jenkins, Litigation Director, National Democratic Redistricting Coalition; and Sabrina Khan, Senior Staff Attorney, Advancement Project.

The second panel of the Series will take place on Thursday November 1, and feature a discussion on the international response to HIV/AIDS with Kacy Hutchinson of Gilead Life Sciences and Jenny Ottenhoff of ONE Campaign.



About PLEN

The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is the only national organization with the sole focus of preparing college women for leadership in the public policy arena. Each year, PLEN brings hundreds of women students from colleges and universities across the country to Washington, D.C. They experience first-hand how public policy is shaped and implemented at the national level. They are better prepared to become the next generation of public policy decision makers.

Contact: Hayley Humiston
Programs and Communications Manager

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