WyoWLC Set to Host 9th Annual Leap into Leadership Program

Aiming to increase female leadership roles at the local, state and national level, the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus (WyoWLC) is hosting their ninth annual Leap into Leadership program on February 25th & 26th, 2016 in Cheyenne. “From the first woman to cast a vote to the first woman elected Governor, Wyoming has a long and storied history of strong female leaders. We need to continue that rich tradition today by encouraging more women to get involved in all types of leadership positions,” WyoWLC Co-Chair Mary Throne. “Women leadership is essential to any government whether at the local, state, federal, or international level” said WyoWLC Co-Chair Ruth Ann Petroff. “Women are entrepreneurial, passionate, and highly collaborative, allowing them to be great leaders. Leap Into Leadership harnesses the talents of promising women leaders in Wyoming, guiding them in their path to leadership throughout our great state.” Founded in 2008, Leap into Leadership offers workshops, networking opportunities and speakers targeted for Wyoming women seeking to cultivate and expand their leadership skills and opportunities. The program is put on by the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus, which is sponsored by The Equipoise Fund. [image: Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 9.09.28 AM.png] This year’s forum will feature award winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Brigid Schulte as the keynote speaker. Schulte is the founding director of “The Good Life Initiative” at the New America Foundation, a former award-winning journalist for the Washington Post as well as the author of *Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time.* Wyoming Public Radio, in conjunction with Leadership Wyoming, will be leading a joint panel during the program on challenges women face running for office. There will be also be a panel on running for office in Wyoming featuring veteran Cowboy State campaign experts Gale Geringer, Amy Milczewski, Kathryn Bosell, and Aimee Van Cleave. The panel will be moderated by Erin Taylor. They will be answering key questions on campaigning in the Wyoming political landscape.Katie Groke Ellis, a national campaign expert with Vote, Run Lead, will be leading a workshop on launching a campaign and the strategies needed for success. The schedule for the event is as follows: *THURSDAY, February 25, 2016 at Little America Hotel* *12:00 pm -1:00 pm*: Sign in & registration in Grand Ballroom A *1:00 pm - 3:15 pm*: “Launching a Campaign” workshop with Katie Groke Ellis, Vote Run Lead *3:15 pm - 3:30 pm*: Break *3:30 pm - 4:30 pm*: Wyoming Panel on Running for Office in Wyoming featuring Gale Geringer, Amy Milczewski, Kathryn Boswell and Aimee Van Cleave *4:30 pm - 4:45 pm*: Break *4:45 pm - 5:45 pm:* Wyoming Media & Leadership Wyoming Class of 2016 Panel: “Closing the gender gap in Wyoming’s Legislature” *This portion of the event is free and open to the public, however, you must register ahead of time by contacting Diana Dennison at* *6:00 pm - 7:00 pm*: Book Signing & Cocktail Reception, Grand Ballroom C *7:00 pm - 9:00 pm*: Legislative Dinner featuring keynote speaker Brigid Schulte, award winning author of *Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time* To register for the event, please click here . The cost for attending the entire program is $50 if registered before February 5th, or $60 if registered after the 5th. Cost for the dinner and reception is $25 if registered before February 5th, or $30 if registered after the 5th. Scholarship opportunities are available. Please contact Kristin Walker at 307-690-4705 or for details. *About the WYWLC* The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus, sponsored by The Equipoise Fund, is a non-partisan organization that advocates for greater participation of women in leadership roles across the state of Wyoming. The Caucus founded and continues to run ‘Leap into Leadership’ programs in communities across the state to inform, educate and engage Wyoming women in leadership roles in both the public and private sector. The Equipoise Fund is a nonprofit, private operating foundation with a mission to energize, enrich and encourage the vision, voice and visibility of the women and girls of Wyoming. *Feature photo: 2014 Leap into Leadership event / Pitchengine Communities* #shortgo #county10 #reboot #buckrail #dally #county17 #springcity #oilcity #news #sponsored #whatshappening