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
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!