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2024 Leap Into Leadership Conference registration now open

Cheyenne, Wyoming –  Expanding opportunities for women to be more involved in community and government is the mission of the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus (WyWLC), which will host the 17th annual leadership conference, February 21-22, 2024.

The Leap into Leadership Conference offers leadership development training and discussions targeted for women, provides an opportunity to meet with statewide leaders and policymakers, and encourages women to create the change they want to see on the local and statewide levels.

“It is our hope that we can continue to offer opportunities for Wyoming women to be part of the leadership conversation and increase the number of leadership roles women hold in future years,” states WyWLC Board Member, Representative Sandy Newsome.

The event will open on Wednesday afternoon at the Wyoming Capitol Complex with Deb Sofield joining the conference. Ms. Sofield is a dynamic speaker, speech coach, and President of Executive Speech Coaching Co., which trains women and men for success in different areas of communication in the United States and abroad.

“While joining us in Wyoming, Deb will be conducting an incredible 4-hour workshop for conference attendees focusing on public speaking presentation skills, crafting meaningful messages, how to be prepared with public challenges using crisis communication as well as offering tried and true techniques to develop confidence for all areas of life,” states former Wyoming Representative and WyWLC board member, Shelly Duncan.  “I have participated in workshops with Ms. Sofield in past years and she is absolutely amazing at what she does. I am a super fan.  What an incredible experience conference attendees will have the opportunity to take part in.”

WyoWLC is excited to have Ms. Deb Sofield also join us as our keynote speaker during the Legislative Banquet on February 21, 2024. Deb will enlighten us with her discussion on exciting lessons on the qualities of lasting leadership with history’s misfits, mavericks, renegades, and rascals. More information can be found by visiting www.wyowlc.org

“This will be the seventeenth year the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus has organized the Leap into Leadership Conference.  Each year we build a stronger event to support our mission of fostering female leadership in our great state,” said WyoWLC Board Member, Senator Affie Ellis.

The conference will resume on Thursday, Feb. 22 with “Coffee with Wyoming Legislators” at the Wyoming Capitol. Following this will include workshops where topics will cover the importance of serving on boards and commissions, the “now what’s” of the campaign process and key issues on the minds of women in Wyoming.

The conference will conclude with attendees having the opportunity to tour the Capitol along with visiting the Wyoming House and Senate to observe Wyoming legislators at work.

Registration information can be found at https://wyowlc.org/leap-into-leadership/.  Early Bird registration, ending January 19, 2024, for attending the entire program is $95.  Cost for just the Leap Legislative Reception and Dinner is $65. For more information, contact Annie Wood at 307-630-8940 or info@wyowlc.org.

The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus is a non-partisan organization that advocates for greater participation of women in leadership roles across the state of Wyoming. The Caucus founded the Leap into Leadership Conference to inform, educate and engage Wyoming women in leadership roles in both the public and private sector.

 

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2023 Leap Into Leadership Conference registration now open

Cheyenne, Wyoming –  As 93 legislators begin work in January, Wyoming welcomes 44 incumbents and 34 new legislators to the Capitol, of which 21.5% percent are women, compared to 17 percent in 2022.  Although we are seeing a slight increase in women’s representation, this number is still quite low, especially considering that Wyoming is the “Equality State.”

Expanding opportunities for women to be more involved in local government is the mission of the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus, which will host the 16th annual leadership conference, February 22-23, 2023.

The Leap into Leadership Conference offers leadership development training and discussions targeted for women, provides an opportunity to meet with statewide leaders and policymakers, and encourages women to create the change they want to see on the local and statewide levels.  

According to the Center for American Women and Politics, Wyoming is among the 10 states in the nation with the lowest percentage of female legislators, despite the fact that it will be 21.5% this year.  “It is our hope that we can continue to change this statistic through offering opportunities for Wyoming women to be part of the leadership conversation and increase the number of leadership roles women hold in future years, states WyWLC Board Member, Representative Sandy Newsome.

“This will be the sixteenth year the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus has organized the Leap into Leadership Conference.  Each year we build a stronger event to support our mission of fostering female leadership in our great state,” said WyoWLC Board Member, Senator Affie Ellis.

The event will open on Wednesday afternoon at the Wyoming Capitol Complex with wellness and leadership workshops followed by the Leap into Leadership Legislative Reception and Banquet where guests will hear from former Wyoming Legislators, Bernadine Craft, Elaine Harvey, Jayne Mockler and Barabara Cubin.

Workshops will resume on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Capitol Complex where topics will cover campaign planning, finance, and strategies for communicating with the press.

The conference will conclude with attendees having the opportunity to visit the Wyoming House and Senate to observe Wyoming legislators at work. 

Registration information can be found at https://wyowlc.org/leap-into-leadership/.  The cost for attending the entire program is $95.  Cost for just the banquet and reception is $50. For more information, contact Annie Wood at 307-630-8940 or info@wyowlc.org.

The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus is a non-partisan organization that advocates for greater participation of women in leadership roles across the state of Wyoming. The Caucus founded the Leap into Leadership Conference to inform, educate and engage Wyoming women in leadership roles in both the public and private sector.

 

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2022 LEAP INTO LEADERSHIP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Cheyenne, Wyoming –  Even though Wyoming was the first place in the nation to recognize women’s right to vote, the Equality State falls short when it comes to the number of women serving in public office.

The Equality state ranks 28th among all states for the number of women serving in elected office at the state and local levels, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

To encourage greater participation of women in leadership roles, the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus (WyoWLC), is hosting the annual  Leap into Leadership Conference, Feb. 27-28 in Cheyenne. Registration is now open.

“We are truly proud that Leap Into Leadership will be celebrating its 15th year, continuing its mission of supporting female leadership in our great state,” said WyoWLC Co-Chair, Senator Affie Ellis.

The event will open on Sunday afternoon at the Blue Federal Credit Union Headquarters with a leadership workshop and networking reception. Workshop topics on Monday at the Capitol will cover campaign planning, finance, and strategies for communicating with constituents.

“We know that diverse voices are essential to achieving balanced solutions that serve everyone in our state,” said Representative Cathy Connolly, WyWLC Vice-Chair. “It is our hope that Leap Into Leadership will continue to encourage Wyoming women to be part of the conversation and take on leadership roles for many years to come.”

The conference will conclude with a legislative dinner featuring keynote speakers, Wyoming Supreme Court Justices, Chief Justice Kate M. Fox, Justice Lynne Boomgaarden and Justice Kari Gray. The Justices will inspire participants with their perspectives on leadership and what inspired them to pursue the path to the highest level of law in the state.

Registration information can be found at https://wyowlc.org/leap-into-leadership/.  The cost for attending the entire program is $70 if registered before January 31st, or $80 if registered after the 31st.  Cost for the dinner and reception is only $35. For more information, contact Annie Wood at 307-630-8940 or info@wyowlc.org.

The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus is a non-partisan organization that advocates for greater participation of women in leadership roles across the state of Wyoming. The Caucus founded the Leap into Leadership Conference to inform, educate and engage Wyoming women in leadership roles in both the public and private sector.


WyWLC to host “Lunch with Legislators” Webinar October 12th

The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus is hosting a free webinar, “Lunch with Legislators” on October , from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus Board Member, Representative Cathy Connolly will moderate while we hear from three of our Freshman Wyoming Women Legislators. Representative Trey Sherwood, Representative Rodriguez-Williams and Representative Ottman will talk about their journey running for office and their first year of Session.  There will be time for questions from the audience. 
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to info@wyowlc.org.  You will then receive the Zoom information.

SAVE THE DATE: Sept. 15 Leadership Reception

Network with current and future elected officials at a Leap Into Leadership reception on Sept. 15 in Casper, Wyo.

The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus is hosting a networking reception from 5-7:30 pm at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, 1501 N. Popular Street, in Casper.

This event is being held on the evening prior to the meeting of the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Legislative Committee. It should be a great opportunity for anyone thinking of running for office to visit with legislators about their experience campaigning and serving as an elected official.

The mission of the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus is to increase the leadership skills and potential of Wyoming women through events, trainings, networking, and resources.

Please RSVP to Annie Wood at info@wyowlc.org by Sept. 10.

This event is sponsored by the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus, with support from The Equipoise Fund and the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce.


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