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Women invited to apply for leadership seminar

Women interested in advancing their skills in management, networking and leadership are encouraged to apply for Wisconsin’s premier women’s leadership seminar.

The program begins January 19 and includes two full Saturdays and four evening sessions. Now in its 13th year, the Wisconsin Women in Government seminar is a project of the nonprofit organization Wisconsin Women in Government and the La Follette School. Scholarships are available and the application deadline is Friday, November 30. Application materials are available online.

The six-week program includes a variety of sessions exploring the decision-making process and the effect of gender, management style, small groups and organizational culture on that process. Other classes examine how policy issues emerge and develop, and how the policy process unfolds. Participants practice their writing and presentation skills and share stories about work life-balance.

The seminar also offers an opportunity for participants to establish mentoring relationships with former members of WWIG’s board of directors, many of whom have worked in Wisconsin government, says Bridget Pirsch, La Follette’s coordinator of the program since its inception. “The speed mentoring session gives participants the chance to speak one on one with former WWIG board members,” Pirsch says. “This networking evening gives participants an informal chance to talk to professional women who have the skills, knowledge and experience seminar participants want to know about.”

“The Wisconsin Women in Government Seminar promotes women’s participation in public affairs and helps them take the next step in their careers,’’ says Dennis Dresang, an emeritus professor with the La Follette School who helped set up the program in 2001. He said the seminar strengthens WWIG’s mission to help women build careers in government-related fields. For the La Follette School, the seminar is a component of its practice of the Wisconsin Idea, of extending the boundaries of the university to the borders of the state.

In addition to Dresang, seminar faculty have included Susan Webb Yackee, an associate professor at La Follette; Georgia Duerst-Lahti, a professor of political science at Beloit College; Kristine Zaballos, an editor with UW Extension; and Terry Shelton, La Follette School outreach director.

Wisconsin Women in Government Encourages Women in Government Service to Apply for Graduate Seminar Program, November 9, 2012, Wisconsin Women in Government

— posted November 20, 2012