News from the Center | Women’s Leadership Programs

2019 N.E.W. Leadership

In May, the N.E.W. Leadership program converged on the Norman campus for the 18th year. The program’s mission to educate, inspire and empower women to become leaders in public service and elective office. The intensive five-day program brought together 35 undergraduate women from 17 higher education institutions to learn from Oklahoma’s top women leaders in business, the nonprofit sector and politics. Lauren Schueler, director of N.E.W. Leadership and civic engagement, oversaw the program.

The 2019 faculty-in-residence were former State Senator AJ Griffin, director of government affairs for Paycom; Oklahoma City Councilwoman Nikki Nice, ward 7; and Jacintha Webster, staff attorney for the Oklahoma Indian Legal Services. Students learned from more than 50 speakers about various topics and completed a campaign simulation and action project focused on pay transparency. The program closed with the fifth annual EmPower Lunch where sponsors and donors of the program were recognized for their generosity and attendees heard directly from representatives from the 2019 N.E.W. Leadership class about their experience with the program.

Pipeline to Politics

The Carl Albert Center is proud to again partner with Oklahoma Women’s Coalition to present the 2020 Pipeline to Politics conference on January 24-25 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The conference will be held at the Oklahoma City University Sarkey’s Science and Math Center.

Pipeline to Politics is a one-day, non-partisan educational program designed for women interested in increasing their involvement in politics and public service. The program’s goal is to address the historic under-representation of women in politics and public life by providing participants with necessary tools to enter, stay in and emerge from the political pipeline.

In this intensive program, women learn about political and leadership opportunities such as running for elected office, working on a campaign or being involved in other important civic affairs. Noted professional consultants and elected officials from both sides of the political aisle lead interactive discussions to help attendees craft successful campaigns. Topics include effective organization, communications, fundraising and campaigning strategies.

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