PUBLIC LEADERSHIP EDUCATION NETWORK PLEN

Rating: 4.76 stars   67 reviews

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Location: 11 Dupont Circle NW 2nd Floor Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is the only national organization with the sole focus is preparing women for leadership in the public policy arena.
Results: 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.
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.
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 Program Schedule http://plen.org/programs
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Rating: 5 stars  

PLEN gave me a better sense of what it means to be an empowered women in the political and legal fields. I gained insight as to how to go about running for office, campaigning, pursuing graduate degrees, and met influential women on Capitol Hill. PLEN allowed me to network with professional women in Washington, D.C. and I will be able to utilize these connections to help me get ahead in my future career paths.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was a wonderful one week conference that taught me of the many diverse positions I have as a Nursing major to serve my country designing/influencing health policy. I was able to meet women at the Department of Health and Human Services, USAID and the National Institutes of Sciences. It was a delightful process of learning how crucial it is to network and learn as well as be inspired by fellow women doing great work.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was lucky enough to attend PLEN's "Women, Law and Public Policy" seminar. The experience was enlightening, practical, and fun. Now, working as a PLEN Ambassador, I am able to encourage other young women to take part in PLEN programs. PLEN helped me in the difficult process of figuring out what I want to do after college, and I hope that many other young women can have this opportunity as well!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Washington, D.C.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the PLEN Women and Science/Technology Policy seminar in January, and it was great! I got to meet with women leaders all across the fields of science, as well as tour the National Institute or Health and NASA headquarters. The seminar really gave me a complete idea of what it is like to be a woman in public policy, and how to go about achieving my goals. Also, I really enjoyed all the career building tips and workshops they provided for us. PLEN is a great experience for any woman who is considering the field of public policy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My internship searches and in school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was hired at the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) to advance their communication outreach efforts and assist with a national marketing campaign. An internship was part of my American University graduate program requirement and I am so fortunate I was able to fulfill that requirement at PLEN. In my first week at PLEN, I wrote their first-ever media release about a salary-negotiation workshop hosted by PLEN Executive Direct Pamela O'Leary and Career Coach Alyssa Best, which was covered by the Washington Post. Additionally I helped brainstorm, develop and format PLEN's Media Room section of their website, which catalogs PLEN media coverage throughout the past year. PLEN gave me a lot of creative freedom with projects, were receptive and open to ideas and gave great constructive criticism. PLEN is a small non-profit, but is the only organization dedicated solely to forwarding women in public policy, so it is important that its message is heard nationally. I had a wonderful experience helping to promote this message and am excited to see what the future brings for PLEN.

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The PLEN Media Room went live at the end of July, and it was a great opportunity to be there to assist with the process. Additionally, I edited and formatted the Intern Blog page on the PLEN wesbite, so I was personally able to oversee the project where the PLEN summer Women in Public Policy interns wrote about working and living in Washington DC throughout the summer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

PLEN is a great organization with a powerful mission unparalleled by many other non-profits. However, to fully reach the goals of their national marketing campaign, they will need to take on more communications and marketing interns to insure that PLEN has the tools to modernize and increase outreach and membership.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am just wrapping up my summer internship with Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) this week, and I have nothing but positive things to say about the organization. My experience was great mostly because of the staff at PLEN. They care so much about the mission of PLEN and the interns for the organization, and it's truly inspiring. These people are really doing everything they can to make sure that women have every opportunity to participate in policymaking and achieve their dreams, and my work with PLEN has most definitely inspired the feminist in me!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own personal values- through PLEN I found out about multiple events in Washington DC this summer and was able to meet so many different people involved in making equality for women a reality. These people were inspiring and made the feminist in me come out!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of a single thing that I would change. They are doing great things!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Inspired!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

PLEN is an amazing organization that truly embodies the power of networking and support. I was very fortunate to be the recipient of the Sutherland Scholarship that helped me with my expenses to travel to D.C from Los Angeles, Ca. I could have not asked for a better experience and company to be surrounded by for my 1st time in the East Coast. The selections of speakers were truly honest and sincere with their insightful advice and were as enthusiastic to meet us, as we were to meet them. I am so excited for the PLEN new mentor program they have established which I know will be extremely rewarding for my future. After the Women & International Policy seminar I know I will defiantly be trying to continue my education and future in D.C. PLEN indeed was one of the BEST decisions of life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through the Mentor Program I joined and by inspiring me to apply to graduate school in D.C.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They are amazing, I wish there could be more "PLEN's" all over the nation. :)

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through my college institution.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I want to apply to graduate school in D.C and to take advantage of the amazing organizations that are established there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the PLEN conference for women in international policy recently and it was such an incredible experience! The women that I met, both as part of the conference, speakers, and at networking events were truly inspirational! I feel like I have a much better idea what I need to do to prepare myself to be successful and to get started making a difference!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal, academic, and professional growth

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I honestly cannot think of anything...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I participated in PLEN's internship program during my senior year of college, and I was lucky enough to work for PLEN after graduation. PLEN helped demystify what "working in DC" means and connected me with a network of women committed to mentoring young women.

I now serve on PLEN's board as an alumni member, and I'm glad to have the opportunity to give back to an organization that did so much for me.

From my experience with PLEN, I know that the organization and staff are dedicated to providing students with a personal, rewarding seminar experience in DC.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Each job I've had after PLEN has been a direct result of my experience with PLEN, both in terms of the knowledge I gained and the connections I made.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to have past PLEN participants talk about their experience to other students-- that's how I decided to apply for the internship program and I think personal testimony is quite powerful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Earlier this year (January, 2011) I received a Women's Studies as well as a Community Medicine student grant from West Virginia University to attend the PLEN Women and Public Policy Seminar. The experience far exceeded my expectations! It gave me a taste of the fast paced life of a female professional in a leadership role in DC. Having chosen the Healthcare and Sustainabilty tracks, I was able to hear from leading women and pioneers in my fields of interest; not only about their professional trajectories, but also about personal trials and tribulations that they had to overcome to be where they are today. It was incredibly inspirational! Furthermore, I gained access to the US Dept. of State, the Congress, and had the opportunity to mingle and network with influential women in the field. Being able to see such powerful women up-close and personal made it seem like success and power and influence-all required to bring about lasting change in society, are all truly attainable. It was a life changing experience! The PLEN staff are an amazing group of dynamic women, all young upcoming leaders in of themselves. I would recommend this to any woman, young or not-so-young (I'm a mid-career professional), who desires to assume a leadership position in society.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My career

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I've noticed that some of the suggestions that I and others had have already been implemented such as mock debates, hearing sessions, etc.

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