Social Work Major, Alexandra Lohrbach ('15), attended Iowa N.E.W. Leadership Institute, May 19-23, 2015 at the University of Iowa, where she had the opportunity to listen and speak with many female leaders in all areas of the public sector - from legislators to teachers to non-profit directors.
This 5-day residential institute is designed to empower women across the political spectrum to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in all sections of public leadership. The institute experience is built around a challenging curriculum that develops knowledge and skill in strategic communication, policy analysis, philanthropy, negotiation, community development, professional sustainability, relationship-building, productive engagement with difference, conflict and collaboration. She stated:
"The Iowa N.E.W. Leadership residential institute equipped me with a variety of skills that I was not expecting to gain. It provided a safe place to meet intelligent, humorous, and driven women as well as an encouraging environment to practice skills such as networking and wage negotiation. We had the opportunity to listen and speak with many female leaders in all areas of the public sector from legislators to teachers to non-profit directors. We were encouraged to explore opposing political issues and work together to think critically and support other women despite the possibility of having different opinions. It was an amazing learning experience that further motivated me to empower women, explore diversity, take action, and understand current disparities in our public leadership."