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WPI is excited to introduce our WeLead Reader that launched just a few weeks ago.  Named after our nonpartisan WeLead leadership training program for young women, we created this curated weekend reading list for those interested in news and research about women in politics.  The email is delivered to inboxes on Saturday morning, so you can catch up on any news that you may have missed during your busy week.  If you haven't received it yet, please subscribe below.  You can also share it with interested family and friends.  Thanks for all the positive feedback so far!
Recent Highlights

Sept 25: Women as Agents of Change

Betsy Fischer Martin moderated a panel discussion at the new Georgetown location of the "The Wing" co-sponsored by "All In Together."  The panel featured key political operatives from both sides of the aisle discussing how to engage more young women in the political process.  "The Wing" is a network of co-working and community spaces designed for women. Featured speakers included: Rhonda Foxx, María Teresa Kumar, Lauren Leader, and Neri Martinez.

Oct 5: RBG Screening & Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and SCOTUS Reporter for the Washington Post

WPI and the School of Communications co-sponsored a special screening of RBG, the acclaimed 2018 documentary about the life and legendary career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. 

The event included a pre-screening reception and post-screening discussion with RBG co-director Julie Cohen and Robert Barnes, the Supreme Court Reporter for the Washington Post.
Pictured from Left:
Betsy Fischer Martin, Julie Cohen, and Robert Barnes

Oct 6: Women in Government Conference

Betsy Fischer Martin participated in a panel about women and the 2018 midterms at the annual conference of Women in Government, a non-partisan organization of female state legislators from around the country.  The panel was organized by Lucy Gettman, Executive Director of Women in Government and WPI Course Instructor.
Pictured from Left:
Atima Omara (Omara Strategies), Betsy Fischer Martin, Susannah Wellford (Running Start), Cherisse Eatmon (Millennial Action Project), Lucy Gettman

Oct 11: Dynamics of the Midterm Elections

WPI and CCPS co-sponsored a discussion at the Library of Congress with leading political and government experts on the dynamics and repercussions of the 2018 elections. Panelists included David Barker, professor and director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies; electoral politics expert Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow in the governance studies and the founding director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Effective Public Management; and political strategist Sara Fagen, a partner at DDC and former White House Political Director for President George W. Bush. The event was moderated by political scientist, professor, and director of the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress John Haskell.
Pictured from Left:
John Haskell, Sara Fagen, Elaine Kamarck, and David Barker

Oct 13: WeLead Training - Session 2

On Saturday, October 13th, the WeLead Class of 2018-2019 worked with professional executive coach Lisa Montenegro to learn about creating their personal brand, crafting a biography for every occasion, and polishing resumes. The afternoon panelists included Rhonda Foxx (Office of Representative Alma Adams), Jordan Colvin (Jesse Colvin for Congress), Alexandra Raposo (EMILY’s List), and Betsy Fischer Martin (moderator), who spoke on approaches to fundraising. The day concluded with a presentation on ‘Legal, Reporting, and Compliance Issues of Fundraising for Campaigns’ by the former general counsel of the NRSC and the Jeb Bush 2016 presidential campaign, Megan Sowards Newton, currently an elections law attorney at Jones Day. Our November campaign training session will focus on lobbying and grassroots organizing with a variety of expert practitioners.  We will also welcome back some WeLead alums who have volunteered to serve as mentors to the 2018-2019 class.   

Please visit WeLead  for more information about our leadership training program.
Pictured from Left:
Rhonda Foxx, Jordan Colvin, Alexandra Raposo, and Betsy Fischer Martin

Oct 17: Welcome Reception for Betsy Fischer Martin

School of Public Affairs Dean Vicky Wilkins hosted a welcome reception for WPI's new Executive Director, Betsy Fischer Martin on October 17th.  Many friends and supporters of WPI, including founder and former director Dr. Karen O'Connor, gathered to celebrate Betsy's new position.

See photos from the event below.
Pictured Left:
Betsy Fischer Martin
October 26: International Women’s Forum Conference
WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin participated in a panel discussion at the International Women’s Forum World Leadership Conference in Miami, Florida.  The panel entitled: “March, Run, Lead” – featured a look at the shift in the number of women in politics around the world – where initiatives are driving up numbers, where the numbers are slipping, what’s working and what isn’t. Other panelists included: Hanna Birna Kristjansdottir, Chair of the Executive Board of Women Political Leaders Global Forum; Marta Lago, Founding Director of Latinobarometro; and Kiah Morris, former two term State Rep. from Vermont and the second African-American to be elected to the Vermont State Legislature.  Kiah made national headlines last month when she stepped down from her position after repeated racial threats and harassment.  The panel was moderated by Brig. Gen. Dana Born, USAF, Ret., currently the Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.
Pictured from Left:
Dana Born, Betsy Fischer Martin, Hanna Birna Kristjansdottir, Kiah Morris, Marta Lago


WPPL Certificate courses offered in Spring 2019 are now listed online. 

Learn more about the Women, Policy, and Political Leadership Certificate Program.


Now accepting applications. The Drew Waverly Patterson Scholarship fund provides an award to directly support the cost of graduate and/or law school application fees for American University students. Eligible students must have completed an academic course(s) at American University related to women and politics.

Apply by December 3, 2018.

Leadership Opportunity

Leading Women of Tomorrow, a student run, non-profit, bipartisan organization that seeks to encourage more young women to consider careers in public service, is looking for passionate students to lead their new AU campus chapter!

Leadership team members will have the opportunity to work with local community leaders and public officials to coordinate events for campuses and to facilitate program implementation. Both graduate and undergraduate students from all majors are welcome to join! To apply, please email a statement of interest and a copy of your resume to
Rachel Windsor, President of AU Leading Women of Tomorrow.
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