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 firstname.lastname@example.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.