PLEN brings together a diverse group of students from around the country for a three-day educational seminar to discuss current issues in the field, build professional skills, and hear from women leaders on the front lines of policy-making. This program will give all students access to a powerful network of women of color who make and influence public policy every day, from lobbying to working on a committee to heading government relations for a business.
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.
Our 2021 Women of Color Influencing Washington seminar will be a virtual program due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19.
Seminar: November 12-14, 2021
Scholarship: October 22, 2021
Registration: October 29, 2021
Build your professional network by learning how to effectively maintain professional relationships while connecting with women leaders in Washington, DC and in your seminar cohort.
Learn directly from women leaders about their recipes for success and return to campus with a better knowledge of available career paths to empower other women on your campus.
Contextualize the knowledge you're gaining in the university classroom, and learn how you can use it in a wide variety of meaningful policy careers after you graduate.
Establish your professional network in DC by attending our interactive Networking 101 workshop and practicing your new skills with PLEN mentors at the seminar networking reception.
Learn why it's imperative for you to negotiate your first (and every) salary, and receive tactical skills in order walking into a salary negotiation feeling prepared and empowered.
Work one-on-one with PLEN mentors to learn how to perfect your resume and make sure it always makes it to the top of the pile. You will also receive advice on creating an effective LinkedIn profile.
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2019 Featured Speaker
Neri Martinez | Executive Director, Future Majority Project, Republican State Leadership Committee
Students spent a half day during the seminar visiting Capitol Hill and advocating for issues they care about.
During the seminar, students learned how to run for office through workshops by Running Start and She Should Run.
|PLEN Member Institutions (Full)
|PLEN Member Institutions (Associate)
|Non-PLEN Member Institutions
The seminar fee includes a $125.00 non-refundable registration fee
Ready to attend the seminar? Check out the student portal for important resources and necessary documents to fill out and submit before you arrive in D.C. If you attend a member institution, please contact your member representative for registration instructions and promotion codes.
Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!