This summer, 21 women from around the state of participated in the 16th leadership training seminar sponsored by Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) and the La Follette School of Public Affairs. The program was held in Madison.
Participants work in two legislative offices; two local communities; the Wisconsin Departments of Children and Families, Corrections, Health Services, Justice, and Natural Resources; the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau; the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.; University of Wisconsin System Administration; and the Central Wisconsin Center.
"Once again, we had an outstanding class," says Bridget Pirsch, who coordinates the program for the La Follette School. "Each year, the reputation of the class grows and more women attend the seminar as a vital step in their professional and personal growth."
The seminar was led by La Follette School Professor Susan Yackee and Professor Emeritus Dennis Dresang. They were joined by La Follette School Associate Director Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12); Keisha Lindsay, UW–Madison assistant professor of political science, and gender and women’s studies; Alice Honeywell, former La Follette School publications director; Jessica Tormey, UW System chief of staff and vice president for university relations; and Darcy Luoma, professional coach and consultant.
During the five sessions, participants explored topics such as organizational culture, decision-making, leadership styles, gender and the workforce, and effective writing and presentation skills. The instruction included case studies, readings, writing, and a mock presentation. In addition, participants received advice from current political leaders and professionals, and participated in a speed-mentoring session featuring seminar graduates and WWIG officers and members.
This year's class began June 3 and concluded June 17 with a graduation ceremony and an address by State Representative Joan Ballweg.
The seminar is supported by proceeds from the annual WWIG Scholarship and Recognition Gala traditionally held each spring.