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Jan 17: She Votes. She Leads - Women & the 2018 Midterm Elections

11:30 AM Lunch; 12:00 PM Presentation and discussion of poll findings
Founders Room, School of International Service, American University

An on-campus debrief on the key findings from our new poll on Women and the Midterm elections from Katie Connelly, Benenson Strategy Group Senior Vice President, Betsy Fischer Martin, WPI Executive Director, and Dr. Karen O'Connor, Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science and WPI Founder.  Students, faculty, AU Alums, WPI friends and the general public are welcome!

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Dec 4: She Votes. She Leads - Women & the 2018 Midterm Elections Press Conference

On Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, Betsy Fischer MartinExecutive Director of WPI and Katie Connolly, Senior Vice President of Benenson Strategy Group released the findings of the survey results at a press conference at the National Press Club. Read more about the poll results in Saturday's edition of our WeLead Reader. 
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Recent Highlights

Nov 27: Elevate Solutions Summit

On November 27, Betsy Fischer Martin moderated a panel at the Elevate Solutions Summit titled Elevate: Bringing Women Together to Find Solutions. Panelists included Congresswoman-elect Angie Craig (D-MN-2), Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3), and Congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14). They discussed the campaign trail, their goals for Congress, and how they can work across the aisle on issues like healthcare, paid maternity leave, and job training.

The day-long Elevate Solutions Summit took place at the Newseum and included various panels covering women’s issues in politics and the workplace. Two Democratic women and two Republican women worked together to create this bipartisan event, which aimed to find common ground for women to work together across the aisle. In addition to healthcare and women in the workplace, panels also covered retirement security and pharmaceutical drug pricing. You can read more about the summit in Kathleen Parker's Washington Post column

Nov 12-13: Inside American Politics

At the two-day NYU La Pietra Dialogues "Inside American Politics" Conference in Florence, Italy, Betsy Fischer Martin moderated a panel titled "2018, The Year of the Women?'  The panelists included Karen Finney, Political Strategist, Maria Cino, Vice President for Americas, Corporate Affairs at Hewlett-Packard Enterprises, Stephanie Cutter, founding partner of Precision Strategies; Steve McMahon, co-founder of Purple Strategies LLC.; and Kevin Madden, partner at Hamilton Place Strategies. The panel discussed how more women in office might impact governing in the country, and if there would be a reduction of hyper-partisanship with a more gender-balanced Congress.

Nov 10: WeLead Training Session

The WeLead Class of 2018-2019 continued their work with professional coach Lisa Montenegro, learning about successful mentorship. Lisa led a group discussion on what mentors and mentees should expect, and how to establish objectives for a mentor/mentee relationship. There were also two panel discussions. Morning panelists included Atima Omara of Omara Strategies Group, LLC and Cherisse Eatmon of Millenial Action Project (MAP), who spoke about the importance of grassroots organizing.

In the afternoon, Amanda Fuchs Miller of Seventh Street Strategies and Jennifer Bell of Chamber Hill Strategies discussed the role of lobbying in politics. Both panels were moderated by Julia Salvatore of WPI
Our February session will focus on campaigns, networking and social media use with a variety of expert practitioners. 

Please visit WeLead for more information about our leadership training program.

Nov 8: "What Just Happened?" 

Two days after the historic midterm elections, students and faculty gathered to enjoy lunch and listen to a panel discussion about all the results. Panelists included Dr. David Barker Director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, Amna Nawaz  National Correspondent and chief substitute Anchor of PBS Newshour, Dr. Jan Leighley of the School of Public Affairs, and Jonathan Martin National Political Correspondent of The New York Times. The discussion was moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director of WPI.
Click above to watch full C-SPAN coverage of the event.
WeLead Reader
This weekend's WeLead Reader will be our last for the year and we will resume our publication on Saturday, January 5th.  In the meantime, catch up on past Readers through our online archive.  

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.

Happy Holidays to all !



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 March 3, 2018.
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