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Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus Announces Transition in Leadership

October 17, 2019

CONTACT: Jessica Jaubert

Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus Announces Transition in Leadership

Kate Debow Hayes, from High Ground Coaching and Development, will lead WyoWLC as Coordinator

 Cheyenne, Wyoming – The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus (WyoWLC) announced today Kate Debow Hayes of High Ground Coaching and Development will be their new Coordinator.

Kate has dedicated the past several years to providing leadership training, professional and personal development, as well as candidate development to women in Wyoming. She will be attending the Campaign Management College in December in Washington, DC, which will serve to strengthen the programs and discussions around women running for office in Wyoming.

She has attended several past Leap into Leadership programs and is thrilled to bring her passion and knowledge to the WyoWLC and its Leap into Leadership programs.

Past Coordinators Kristin Walker and Jessica Jaubert will collaborate with Kate through Leap into Leadership 2020 to ensure a seamless transition of leadership.

“We are excited to bring Kate onboard and look forward to the ideas and passion she will bring to WyoWLC,” says WyoWLC Co-Chair Representative Sue Wilson. “Kate frequently travels across the state, and we hope to bring some of these programs to women in their communities.”

“The number of Leap into Leadership participants grows each year as we’ve strengthened the content of our programs,” says WyoWLC Co-Chair Senator Affie Ellis. “Kate’s knowledge and ideas will ensure the program continues to flourish for the benefit of Wyoming women.”

“Leap into Leadership has been a cornerstone of encouraging women to run for office for 13 years, and we are confident Kate will continue to build upon our programming and bring new ideas to the organization,” says WyoWLC Co-Chair Representative Cathy Connolly. “Her experience with leadership programs and passion for our mission will serve us well as we continue our outreach to women.”

With this change in leadership, the WyoWLC will be based in Riverton, Wyoming. WyoWLC’s new mailing address is Post Office Box 882, Riverton, Wyoming, 82501. Their website and email address will remain the same.


 About the WYWLC
The Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus, a Wyoming nonprofit, 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.

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.