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News from the Center | Women’s Leadership Programs

The Women’s Leadership Program welcomed a new undergraduate student employee, Makayla Williams. She is majoring in political science with a minor in business administration.

During the 2018 midterm election cycle, 10 graduates of the center’s women’s leadership programs ran for office in Oklahoma. Five candidates were NEW Leadership graduates: Devyn Denton, House District 39, Jasha Lyons Echo-Hawk, House District 35, Carri Hicks, Senate District 40, Kassie McCoy, Rog­ers County Associate District Judge, and Cyndi Munson, House District 85. The other candidates participated in Pipeline to Politics: Merleyn Bell, House District 45, Cathy Costello, Oklahoma State Labor Commissioner, Karen Gaddis, House District 75, Julia Kirt, Senate District 30, and Natalie Mai, Oklahoma County District Judge.

The center partnered with the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition to host the 10th “Pipeline to Politics” conference to help increase the number of women in politics and public service. More than 50 Oklahoma women attended the conference at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center in Tulsa.

For the third year, an online fundraising campaign was held through OU’s Thousands Strong platform for the 2019 NEW Leadership program. During the campaign, alumnae were challenged to donate in honor of their class year and to compete for bragging rights to see which class could get the most graduates to donate. The campaign was a success and $9,000 was raised in 30 days. If you missed your chance to donate, please visit

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