For 40 years, PLEN has brought thousands of women from across the country to Washington, D.C. to explore careers in policy and connect with women leaders. PLEN seminars enhance class work and curriculum by giving students valuable access to women 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 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 women working on a variety of policy issues and gain advocacy skills lobbying on Capitol Hill.
Looking to the Future: Women and Work in America (February 10-11, 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 women leaders working in the increasingly significant STEM policy field.
Global Policy (May 16-20, 2022)
Start your international policy career by connecting with women whose work has a global impact.
Explore past seminars:
WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND HEALTH INNOVATION IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 (JULY 22-24, 2020)
Women in Corporate and Nonprofit Leadership (November 2-4, 2017)
Students discovered how businesses, nonprofits, and government leaders interact to influence policy.
Seneca Falls Seminar (June 13-18, 1998)
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, students explored historic sites, leaders, and policies of the early women's movement in Seneca Falls, NY.