For 40 years, PLEN has brought thousands of women and marginalized gender groups from across the country to Washington, D.C. to explore careers in policy and connect with public policy leaders. PLEN seminars enhance class work and curriculum by giving students valuable access to public policy leaders in Washington, D.C. from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; agencies; nonprofit organizations; and the private sector.
Law and Legal Advocacy (October 14-16, 2021)
Explore a range of legal professions, from issue-based advocacy to government services.
Women of color Influencing Washington (November 12-14, 2021)
Formerly Women and Congress, gain insight on Capitol Hill by learning from women of color directly influencing the legislative process. We invite all students to attend as we lift up and learn about the important influence women of color have on all levels of policy making.
Public Policy (January 10-14, 2022)
Hear from leaders working on a variety of policy issues and gain advocacy skills lobbying on Capitol Hill.
Looking to the Future: Women and Work in America (Postponed to fall 2022)
The nature of work—from where we work, the hours we work, and how we balance work-and-family responsibilities—is swiftly changing. Yet working women continue to struggle for workplace rights and policies that meet their unique needs.
This seminar will discuss the policy implications of these seismic shifts, and how women are fighting discrimination and bias, pushing for national- and state-level policy changes and gaining a stronger voice in the workplace.
STEM Policy (March 15-17, 2022)
Discuss key issues with public policy leaders working in the increasingly significant STEM policy field.
Global Policy (May 16-20, 2022)
Start your international policy career by connecting with leaders whose work has a global impact.