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Phone: 202-872-1585
11 Dupont Circle NW
2nd Floor

District of Columbia 20036
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Target demographics: College Women

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each year, PLEN brings about 250 women students from colleges and universities across the country to Washington, D.C. for a weekend or week to experience first-hand how public policy is shaped and implemented at the national level.

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Geographic areas served: National

Programs: Students meet with and learn from women leaders making and influencing public policy at the highest levels in the Congress, courts, federal agencies, corporate sector, policy research and advocacy organizations and the news media.

PLEN’s 2010-2011 Program Schedule

Three-day Seminars
Women, Law & Public Policy November 12 – 14, 2010

Five-day Seminars
Women & Science/Technology Policy January 3 – 7, 2011
Women & Public Policy January 10 – 14, 2011
Women & Congress
March 14–18, 2011
Women & International Policy May 23 – 27, 2011

Summer Internship
Women & Public Policy Internship May 23 – July 29, 2011


The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is the only national organization whose sole focus is preparing women for leadership in the public policy arena.
Founded in 1978, PLEN has served thousands of women, of which more than one-third are women of color or from other populations historically under-represented in public policy leadership.

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PLEN is an amazing organization. I spent a week in Washington, D.C. and met many women in the field of international policy through their Women & International Policy seminar. They were able to connect young women (like myself) to women in all stages of their career development. It was a great ... more »
PLEN always makes such a difference in the lives of our students! They return to campus filled with excitement about the public policy process and ready to take on the challenges of our world. SO many of our recent graduates have attended PLEN seminars and then moved to Washington to find important ... more »
I spent the week of March 18-22 in Washington, D.C. attending a week long educational program, Women and Congress, consisting of a series of seminars sponsored by the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). It was an enlightening and invigorating experience. PLEN is a national ... more »
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