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


Carmen Twillie Ambar, President, Oberlin College, co-chair • Nancy Dietz, Former Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates, co-chair • 
Lynn Smith Fox, Former Senior Adviser, Federal Reserve Board, co-chair
Marianne Alexander, Founding Executive Director • Allison Aubrey, Correspondent, NPR* • Esther Barazzone, President Emerita, Chatham University • 
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, Senior International Partner, WilmerHale • 
Lara Brown, Director, George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management • Susan Carroll, Professor, Rutgers University • 
Carol T. Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley• Julie Conway, Executive Director, VIEWPAC • Kathee Facchiano, Chief of Staff, Office of Congressman Clay Higgins* • 
Laurie Halverson, Assistant Minority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives* • Allison Herwitt, Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Chris Murphy* • 
Mary Hinton, President, College of St. Benedict • 
Valerie Jackson, Senior Advisor to the Management Committee and Firmwide Director of Diversity and Inclusion, K&L Gates • 
Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners • Cherylyn Harley LeBon, Senior Adviser, Expecting Health •
Meaghan Lynch, Communications Director, Representative G. K. Butterfield • Ruth Mandel, Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics• 
Diana Marrero, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Foreign Policy • 
Veryl Miles, Professor of Law, Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America • 
Ambassador Constance A. Morella, Ambassador in Residence, American University School of Public Affairs • 
Georgia Nugent, President Emerita, Kenyon College • Kristy Pagan, Member, Michigan House of Representatives* • 
Anna Palmer, Senior Washington Correspondent, POLITICO • Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation • 
Luiza Savage, Editorial Director of Events, POLITICO • Linda Soto-Harmon, CEO, Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital • 
Caryl Stern, CEO, UNICEF USA • 
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Distinguished Resident Fellow in African Studies, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University



Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03) • Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) • Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) • Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) • Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) • Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN-04) • Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) • Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) •
Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA-14) • Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

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

Join us at a Leadership Connection Series panel and 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)

Marianne Alexander • Caitlin Donahue† • Lisa Kaenzig* • Sheree Anne Kelly • Vanessa Kermick† • Shelby Olson† • Lynn Smith Fox • Lisa D. T. Rice†


Leadership Circle ($500-$999)

Esther Barrazzone • Lara Brown • Carol T. Christ • Anne DarConte • Margaret Darling*† • Nancy Dietz • Sally McDaniel • Heidi Schoenberger-Cobert • Barbara A. Shailor • Ellie Shaw† • Jona Ven Deun*†


*denotes PLEN alumna
†denotes PLEN Board Member