Women in Public Service Project to Launch at State Department Colloquium

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 4:57 pm.

The Women in Public Service Project, a partnership to advance women’s leadership in politics and governance worldwide, will host its inaugural colloquium next month at the U.S. Department of State.

Since the initiative was announced last spring, representatives from Bryn Mawr and sister institutions—Barnard, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley—have worked with the State Department to plan the initiative’s  first global conversation on increasing women’s participation in public service and creating a global network of women equipped to tackle today’s challenges.

The event on Dec. 15 will address an invited audience convening public officials and policy makers as well as alumnae and student and faculty representatives from each of the founding colleges. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the keynote address. Invited speakers include IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde; UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova; and Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and New Zealand’s former prime minister.

Speeches from the colloquium will be webcast on the project’s website, which will launch in early December. Details of the webcast and colloquium will be available via Bryn Mawr’s website, weekly e-newsletters, Facebook page, and Twitter.

The colloquium will be the springboard for training institutes that will inspire and equip women to improve governance, expand civil rights, and achieve positions of influence in governing bodies. The pilot summer institute will be held at Wellesley College in 2012.

“Bryn Mawr alumnae and those of our sister colleges are leaders at every level of public service throughout the world,” notes President Jane McAuliffe. “As partners with the State Department, we are ideally positioned to identify, mentor, and support a rising generation of women as leaders.”

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