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Olympia Snowe to Headline 10th Annual Leap into Leadership

Olympia Snowe to Headline 10th Annual Leap into Leadership
Former Maine Senator to Deliver Keynote Address at Event Hosted by WyoWLC

Cheyenne, Wyoming – The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus (WyoWLC) announced that former Maine Senator Olympia Snowe will deliver the keynote address at the 10th Annual Leap into Leadership (L2L) February 27th & 28th, 2017 in Cheyenne.

“Senator Olympia Snowe epitomizes what it means to be an effective, collaborative leader. Her ability to work with others, find common ground and achieve thoughtful solutions through compromise is something we can all learn from,” said WyoWLC Co-Chair Ruth Ann Petroff. “We are thrilled to have her as our keynote speaker for Leap Into Leadership and hope she will inspire others to continue to work together on a local, state and national level.”

“We are immensely proud that Leap Into Leadership is celebrating its 10th year –  continuing its mission of supporting female leadership in our great state,” said WyoWLC Co-Chair Mary Throne. “Diverse voices are essential to achieving balanced solutions that serve everyone in our state. It’s our hope that Leap Into Leadership will continue to encourage Wyoming women to be part of the conversation and take on leadership roles.”

L2L will be held February 27th & 28th at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne. The program will feature workshops, seminars and panel discussions on bolstering female leadership across Wyoming. Senator Snowe will deliver the keynote speech at the Legislative Dinner on February 27th. The full L2L agenda will be released in early January and made available at www.wyowlc.org.

Senator Snowe is the first woman in U.S. history to serve in both chambers of a state legislature and both chambers of Congress. She was the first Greek American woman to serve in Congress and the youngest Republican woman elected to the U.S. House.

Senator Snowe made the decision not to seek a fourth term in the U.S. Senate in order to take her fight for bipartisanship in a different direction. She authored the book Fighting For Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate In Congress and now serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center where she harnesses her insider’s knowledge to promote civility and change from outside of Congress.

To register for the dinner or the full L2L program, please visit http://wyowlc.org/leap-into-leadership/register/. The cost for attending the entire program is $60 if registered before January 31st, or $75 if registered after the 31st.  Cost for the dinner and reception is only $40. Scholarship opportunities are available. Please contact Jessica Jaubert at 307-203-6288 orinfo@wyowlc.org 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.


Register for Leap into Leadership 2016

Join us February 25 and 26th in Cheyenne for the ninth annual Leap into Leadership.

Click here to register today!

Entire Leap Into Leadership event = $60 / $50 early bird*

February 25 Reception & Dinner = $30 / $25 early bird*
*Register and pay by February 5, 2016 for Early Bird Pricing

*Registration closes February 21, 2016

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Brigid Schulte

Award winning journalist and author of “Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time.”

Leap Into Leadership 2016 Event Agenda
THURSDAY, February 25, 2016
Little America, Cheyenne
2800 W Lincolnway
Cheyenne, WY 82009
307-775-8400

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 – 5:45 pm: Wyoming Public Media & Leadership Wyoming Class of 2016

Closing the gender gap in Wyoming’s Legislature. Finding ways to encourage women to run for the Legislature.

Currently Wyoming ranks 46th in percentage of women in its Legislature.  What can we do in both the short and long term to increase the number of women in the Wyoming Legislature?  This question was posed by Leadership Wyoming Class of 2016, as part of their Class Project.

This portion of the event is free and open to the public, however, if you are not registered for Leap into Leadership, you must register ahead of time by contacting Diana Dennison at ddenison@uwyo.edu.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Book Signing & Cocktail Reception in 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

FRIDAY, February 26, 2016
Jonah Financial Center
3001 Pershing Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82001
307-777-7881

8:00 am – 9:30 am: Breakfast hosted by Auditor Cynthia Cloud (Location TBD)

10:00am – 11:00 am: Introduction to Wyoming State Legislature, House & Senate

11:00 am: Program close

An annual event since 2008, Leap into Leadership offers workshops, networking opportunities and speakers targeted for Wyoming women seeking to cultivate and expand their leadership skills and opportunities. For more information, contact info@wyowlc.org or 307-690-4705.

WyoWLC Rallies Behind Esther Hobart Morris for New $10 Bill

The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus (WyoWLC) is encouraging Wyoming citizens to rally behind Esther Hobart Morris, the first woman to serve as justice of the peace and a pioneer for women’s suffrage, for placement on the new $10 bill.
“Wyoming has a long and storied history of female firsts,” said WyoWLC Co-Chair Mary Throne. “From the first woman to cast a vote to the first woman elected Governor, Wyoming has been home to some of the biggest milestones in women’s history. Esther Hobart Morris’s appointment as justice of the peace was among the very first of these landmark achievements and helped to trigger additional momentum in the women’s suffrage movement.”
“Esther Hobart Morris’s importance as a symbol for women’s suffrage and women serving in public office makes her worthy of this honor,” said WyoWLC Co-Chair Ruth Ann Petroff. “As justice of the peace, she not only proved that women could serve in such capacities, but that they could competently and successfully manage public office.”
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew recently announced that a woman will be represented on the new $10 bill and is asking for public input into what female should be on the currency. The WyoWLC is asking Wyoming citizens to show their support for Esther Hobart Morris by signing an online petition at www.estherhobartmorrris.com, and posting on social media with the hashtag #TheNew10.
In 1870, Esther Hobart Morris was appointed the nation’s first female justice of the peace in South Pass City, Wyoming. During her tenure, she competently ruled on 26 cases, none of which were ever reversed on appeal. In a time when women across the nation were still denied many rights, Morris broke down barriers proving that a woman could capably hold office.
The U.S. Department of Treasury is asking for public input into which woman should be on the $10 bill.  They are asking citizens to use the hashtag #TheNew10 on social media to share their ideas, symbols, designs or any other feedback that can inform the Secretary as he considers options for the $10 redesign. For more information the #TheNew10 campaign, visit https://thenew10.treasury.gov.
To get involved and show their support for Wyoming suffrage icon Esther Hobart Morris, Wyoming citizens can:
• Visit www.estherhobartmorris.com to sign the WyoWLC’s petition asking Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to place Esther Hobart Morris on the new $10 note
• Post and share posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #TheNew10
• ‘Like’ the WYOWLC’s Facebook page for the latest news on #TheNew10 & information regarding WY’s many female firsts (www.facebook.com/WyoWLC)

Turley to step down

Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus Coordinator Melissa Turley will step down on June 30, 2015. Turley has worked with the leaders of the caucus since 2007 to provide support and leadership for women in the Wyoming Legislature as well as aspiring female leaders across the state. Turley’s primary focus has been the planning and production of statewide Leap into Leadership events. Now in its eighth year, Leap into Leadership strengthens civic engagement and leadership in the equality state. Among the more than 1,000 alumnae of local and statewide Leap into Leadership events are the Wyoming State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, Wyoming Superintendent of Education Jillian Balow, a number of legislators, and leaders and elected officials in cities and towns across the state.

Rep. Mary Throne, Chair of the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus, said “Melissa has dedicated herself to empowering women in this position and others, and today there are dozens of Wyoming women who have run for office, joined boards and increased their leadership capacity thanks in some part to her hard work.”

Turley will begin as the Executive Director of the Teton Village Association in July. Her work will focus on strong administration as well as working to help complete Teton Village as a pedestrian friendly, world-class resort community that retains the character of Wyoming and is the best fit for Teton County. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to advance women’s leadership in Wyoming,” says Turley, who is committed to ensuring a seamless transition. The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus leadership has already retained an interim coordinator on a consulting basis.

The nonpartisan Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus promotes women in the Wyoming legislature through support and leadership development. The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus is sponsored by The Equipoise Fund.


Bolstering Women’s Leadership

Casper Star Tribune


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