Leap Into Leadership


Inspiring Wyoming Women to Lead

February 27 – 28, 2017 ~ Cheyenne, Wyoming


The tenth annual Leap into Leadership will be held on February 27th & 28th, 2017 in Cheyenne!

We are thrilled to announce that former Maine Senator and the Bipartisan Policy Center senior fellow, Senator Olympia Snowe will be the keynote speaker.

Senator Snowe is recognized as a policy thought-leader in Washington. She is also an inspiration for the barriers she overcame to become one of the most powerful women in Washington. The Washington Post summed up Senator Snowe’s powerful legacy as a politician “with several historic distinctions to her name: She 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, the youngest Republican woman elected to the House and the first Republican woman to serve on the Senate Finance Committee.”

Leap Into Leadership is hosted by the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus, a project of The Equipoise Fund. The nonpartisan Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus promotes women in the Wyoming legislature through support and leadership development.


Leap Into Leadership 2017 Event Agenda



Little America, Cheyenne

2800 W Lincolnway

Cheyenne, WY 82009



 11:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Sign in & registration in Grand Ballroom A

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Welcome & program introduction by Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus leadership

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: One Step Ahead: Planning for Public Service A workshop on laying the groundwork today for a campaign tomorrow with Katie Groke Ellis of Vote Run Lead

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  Mentoring 101: How to Get One, How to Be One & Why It’s Important.
A discussion moderated by Sarah McCance Chapman, Executive Director of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, featuring panelists Laurie Heath with Connect to Wyoming and former State Auditor and VP of Rocky Mountain Power Wyoming Rita Meyer

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Break

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm: How Do We Disagree Without Being Disagreeable: A Discussion on Civility & Debate in Modern Politics     A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Cindy Price Schultz, Department Chair of the Communications and Journalism Department at UW, featuring former Representative Mary Throne, former Jackson Mayor Sara Flitner, Republican Campaign Strategist Annaliese Wiederspahn, Wyoming Democratic Party Executive Director Aimee Van Cleave and Casper Star Tribune Political Reporter Laura Hancock

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Break

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Cocktail Reception & Book Signing with Senator Olympia Snowe

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Legislative Dinner featuring keynote speaker Senator Olympia Snowe; former U.S. Senator from Maine, Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and author of Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress



Jonah Financial Center

3001 Pershing Blvd.

Cheyenne, WY 82001



8:30 am – 10:00 am: Breakfast hosted by State Auditor Cynthia Cloud in Room L51

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

11:00 am: Program close