Igniting Future women Leaders

A Conversation: Women in Politics Leading the Nation

Tuesday, May 14


(Reception starts at 10:30am)

Philadelphia City Hall

Kicking off our new Igniting Future Women Leaders initiative, Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) will present a special conversation on women’s leadership in politics with Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker, an Eisenhower USA Fellow in 2010, EF Vice Chair Governor Christine Todd Whitman and nine-term former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman at Philadelphia City Hall at 11:30 am on Tuesday May 14.

Mayor Parker, Governor Whitman and Congresswoman Harman will draw from their deep collective experience at the local, state and national levels of American politics to discuss unique challenges and opportunities facing elected women leaders in our polarized society in a conversation with Eisenhower Fellow Alison Young (USA 2017), Managing Partner at RWB Strategies and a former senior White House official.

This dynamic discussion will be shared with our Fellows worldwide and officially will launch the EF Women’s Webinar Series, a series of large-scale Zoom gatherings featuring women Eisenhower Fellows who are subject matter experts that aims to reach hundreds of young women and girls in 2024.

Leveraging EF’s global network of Fellows to help provide broader, more equitable access to leadership development opportunities, women Fellows are encouraged to identify and convene local groups of young women in virtual watch parties to build global awareness, foster a sense of community and learn leadership skills.

Diane Melley, EF’s Senior Advisor for Fellows Engagement, and herself an Eisenhower USA Fellow in 2001, will spearhead these virtual gatherings and preview future webinars at this City Hall event.

The webinar series is one of two related twin projects under the Igniting Future Women Leaders Initiative, alongside Face to Face: EF Women Convening in Conversation, a project led by EF Vice President Erin Hillman.

Face to Face aims to empower and connect innovative leaders across sectors and generations in open, constructive, facilitated dialogues on topics relevant to female empowerment, skill development, education, career planning and personal growth.

This initiative will provide young women and girls with greater global exposure, expanded networks and lifelong leadership lessons. A private LinkedIn platform will allow participants to share accomplishments and seek professional partners and advice. Fellows around the world will be encouraged to organize their own gatherings in their countries or regions to bolster this effort. Click here for more information on this exciting initiative.

The Eisenhower Fellowships’ Women’s Leadership Network is a highly accomplished group of nearly 700 Fellows, supporters and friends of the organization from myriad professional fields who have demonstrated the talent, commitment and skills to inspire and mentor the next generation of girls and young women.

Since 2010, Eisenhower Fellowships has hosted three women’s leadership fellowship programs. A fourth Women’s Leadership Program is scheduled for Fall 2024, focusing on women leaders from all fields advancing civil discourse and good governance in their societies. More than 1,100 women from around the world have applied.

Please plan on joining us at Philadelphia City Hall on Tuesday, May 14, for this exciting event. Capacity is limited and seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can register here.


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