PLEN Celebrates 40 Years

For four decades, PLEN has been preparing women for public policy leadership. Whether this means opening up their eyes to possible careers, training them to negotiate their first salary, or helping them build the networks and confidence to get ahead, PLEN has been there to help young women forge their own path as leaders. Our year-long celebration will highlight PLEN’s rich history within the women’s movements for equality, showcase prominent alumnae, and look back at the impact we’ve made while continuing to break down barriers for future women leaders.





Join us at our Signature Event!
May 21, 2019, 6-8pm
DAR O’Byrne Gallery and Portico
1776 D St NW
Washington, DC



Nancy Dietz, co-chair • Lynn Smith Fox, co-chair • Carmen Twillie Ambar, Oberlin College, co-chair
Allison Aubrey, NPR* • Esther Barazzone, University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees • Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky • 
Lara Brown, George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley Julie Conway, VIEWPAC •
Kathee Facchiano, Office of Congressman Clay Higgins* • Laurie Halverson, Minnesota House of Representatives* • 
Cherylyn Harley LeBon, Seraphim Global • Allison Herwitt, Office of Senator Chris Murphy* • Mary Hinton, College of St. Benedict • 
Valerie Jackson, K&L Gates • Celinda Lake, Lake Research Partners • Ruth Mandel, Eagleton Institute of Politics • Ambassador Constance A. Morella • 
Kristy Pagan, Michigan House of Representatives* • Anna Palmer, POLITICO • Luiza Savage, POLITICO


We’re celebrating PLEN’s anniversary all year long!

Join us at a seminar reception to reconnect with PLEN and meet students who are attending the same seminar you attended.




Platinum Sponsor ($25,000+)

Silver Sponsor ($5,000-$9,999)

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Bronze Sponsor ($2,500-$4,999)



Role Model ($1,000-$2,499)

Lisa Kaenzig* • Sheree Anne Kelly




Leadership Circle ($500-$999)

Carol T. Christ • Sally McDaniel • Heidi Schoenberger-Cobert • Barbara A. Shailor • Ellie Shaw† • Lynn Smith Fox 



*denotes PLEN alumna
†denotes PLEN Board Member