Wells Students Attend Public Leadership Education Network Seminars

January 15, 2015
The annual sessions aim to prepare college women for leadership in public policy, the sciences, and other areas.
Plen: 35 Years Logo

Wells College is proud to once again send our students to the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) seminars this month. PLEN was founded in 1978 by Frances Tarlton (Sissy) Farenthold, then president of Wells College, with the support of a consortium of women’s colleges. The goal of the Washington, D.C.-based organization, to prepare college women for leadership in public policy, is carried out through a number of annual seminars related to law, nonprofit work, the sciences, international relations and more. For many years, our students have taken advantage of these informative and empowering seminars, especially the January sessions which count for credit in fulfillment of experiential learning requirements.

“PLEN is an amazing program where Wells Women gain a sense of how their unique talents can make our world a better place,” said Susan Tabrizi, Associate Professor of Political Science and coordinator of Wells’ involvement. “Students always come back from the seminars with positive impressions and a sense of energy and possibility. No matter the major, it’s a good opportunity to expand experiences and make connections with other student leaders from across the nation.”

Currently, psychology major Rachel Ristau ’15 and English major Laura Allard ’16 are attending the seminar “Women’s Leadership in Public Policy.” Alicin Welsh, Wells’ director of experiential learning and career services, connected the students with alumna Sarah Bryce ’05, who works with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Through introducing college women to role models, career paths, and skills trainings before they enter the workforce,” the organization’s website says, “PLEN’s mission is to increase the number of women in top leadership positions influencing all aspects of the public policy process.” This year, the organization is celebrating 35 years of success in women’s leadership development. For more, visit www.plen.org.

You can also see Emily Middlebrook ’14 talk about her own experiences in the program here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtAMFdtVvXU.


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