Connections from the West Coast to the East Coast

I attended the PLEN Women in Public Policy seminar after a friend of mine suggested that I look into it. The fellow students and professionals who I met, the presenters who spoke, and the panelists that discussed their paths, all made the experience worthwhile and impactful.   In the past I had spent a summer … Continue reading Connections from the West Coast to the East Coast

4 Important Life Lessons from PLEN

When I made the decision to attend a PLEN seminar, I previously had little interest in engaging with the world of policy or government. I decided to attend so that I could learn about a new topic of interest—public policy. I had no idea how PLEN would further contribute to my academic experience since I … Continue reading 4 Important Life Lessons from PLEN

The Places I saw, the People I met, and the PLEN Women That Inspired Me

I had the privilege of attending PLEN’s Women in Public Policy seminar in Washington, D.C in January 2017. I learned about PLEN through the Women’s Center on my campus. I felt as though I needed to attend due to the lack of women, and especially women of color, involved in politics. I needed to attend … Continue reading The Places I saw, the People I met, and the PLEN Women That Inspired Me

You are the Leader You Have Been Waiting For

I first learned about PLEN when my friend shared her experience with me after attending a Global Policy seminar a few years ago. She encouraged me to attend, but I didn’t have the confidence at that moment because I assumed you had to be a Political Science major or something similar. When I learned about … Continue reading You are the Leader You Have Been Waiting For

Women in Public Policy Empowered Me

If you are interested in women’s empowerment, PLEN is the definition of empowering women. This organization grants women access to other women who have found a place within the policy making process. Surprisingly, there is more than one way to influence policy, and these policy making women are more than willing to share qualities that … Continue reading Women in Public Policy Empowered Me

PLEN Showed Me Women Can Do Anything

I found out about PLEN and the Women in Public Policy seminar during the last semester of my graduate program in Public Affairs. Although I had the fortune of working with wonderful female professors during my academic career, I was excited to have found an organization dedicated to empowering women in such a practical way: … Continue reading PLEN Showed Me Women Can Do Anything

PLEN Taught Me My Dreams are Achievable 

I had always thought of DC as my unachievable dream. It was hard for me to be convinced that someone like me would be able to effectively make change on Capitol Hill. I had imagined that the ones who were able to do that had a secret source or even a code that would allow … Continue reading PLEN Taught Me My Dreams are Achievable 

The Valuable Lesson I Learned from PLEN

As someone interested in international studies, I was a bit wary about attending a seminar labeled Women and Public Policy. I was unsure of what I would get out of it. However, I was available for the dates of the seminar and through the generosity of PLEN obtained a scholarship. I decided it couldn’t hurt … Continue reading The Valuable Lesson I Learned from PLEN

PLEN Inspired Me and Taught Me to Know My Worth

Attending the PLEN Women in Public Policy seminar made it to my list of amazing and unforgettable experiences in college and I’m positive that the skills I acquired from the seminar will be helpful throughout my career and life. I first learnt about PLEN from one of my professors during my Sophomore year, but I … Continue reading PLEN Inspired Me and Taught Me to Know My Worth