"NEW Leadership® is a tremendous program, with a
proven track record of building women leaders."
Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts
Chair, NEW Leadership™ Oregon Advisory Board
About NEW Leadership®
Mission and Rationale
Since 1999, the Center for American Women and Politics has expanded the NEW Leadership® National Network across the country by selecting up to three educational institutions each year to join the National Network as partners. The NEW Leadership® Network offers partner institutions a unique opportunity for building and strengthening connections to political women in the region. Without exception, the NEW Leadership® programs in each successful partner school have garnered strong commitments from women leaders in the area.
Participation in the NEW Leadership® Network creates an opportunity for partner schools to expand their institutions’ leadership education programming and outreach to women. NEW Leadership® can help develop the institutional capacities of partner schools; some partners have established centers and institutes for women and politics with NEW Leadership® as their keystone program.
The six-point NEW Leadership® curriculum:
- Teach about women's historical and contemporary contribution to American politics and policymaking.
- Connect students with women leaders who make a difference in the public sphere.
- Help participants explore concepts of leadership in a diverse society.
- Cultivate participants’ leadership skills.
- Encourage students to practice leadership through action.
- Engage students in activities that will enhance their career development and expand their career opportunities.
Key Components of NEW Leadership®
“There has never been a more important time for women to step up and lead…Preparing women for leadership positions is an important and essential task, and the NEW Leadership® Network is making that happen."
Hannah Pingree, Former Speaker, Maine House of Representatives
Each year CAWP selects up to three institutions to join the NEW Leadership® National Network. Selected schools agree to send two representatives to observe and participate in NEW Leadership™ New Jersey in June and the partner training institute.
Any unit within a non-profit institution of higher education is eligible to become a partner, including, but not limited to, academic departments, student life offices, research organizations, and public service/leadership centers. In selecting partners, preference will be given to institutions in regions not currently represented in the National Network. Institutions with a history of serving women of color are particularly encouraged to apply.
CAWP is seeking NEW Leadership® National Network Partners who:
- Experience developing programs that meet the distinctive needs of women students;
- A commitment to multi-partisan women’s political education programming;
- A commitment to recruiting participants and speakers who are diverse in race, ethnicity, political ideology, and sexual orientation;
- The potential for working with other educational institutions in the state;
- Access to women in public leadership, including elected officials, political activists, community leaders and women and politics scholars;
- Home institution support for establishing and continuing the NEW Leadership® program, including assigning a key staff member to take the lead in organizing and overseeing the project;
- A proven track record for raising funds to support similar projects, or the support of the institution to undertake such fundraising.
Interested in bringing NEW Leadership® to your state? Find out more here.
Director, NEW Leadership®
National Network Partner Programs
School of Public Service
Boise State University
Cathe Scott, Program Manager
Lori Hausegger, Program Director
Jaclyn J. Kettler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Political Science
NEW Leadership® Illinois
Institute of Government & Public Affairs
University of Illinois
Kathy Harrington Sullivan, Program Planning Coordinator
Jessica Becker, Executive Director of Conference of Women Legislators
NEW Leadership® Iowa
Women's Resource & Action Center
University of Iowa
Linda Stewart Kroon, Director
Jessica Padilla, Program Coordinator
Newcomb College Institute
Director of Research
NEW Leadership® Maine
Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
University of Maine
Susan D'Angelo, Program Coordinator
Amy Blackstone, Professor
UMASS Boston, Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy
Laurie Nsiah Jefferson, PhD, Director
Muna Killingback, Assistant Program Director of the Graduate Certificate Program
NEW Leadership® Mississippi
Mississippi University for Women
Chanley Rainey, PhD, Director of the Center for Women's Research and Public Policy
21st Century Leadership Academy, Missouri
Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Melinda (Mindy) C. Bier, PhD,
Co-Director, Center for Character and Citizenship,
Senior Research Scientist, Division of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation
NEW Leadership® Montana
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
University of Montana
Sara Rinfret, Assistant Professor
Deena Mansour, Associate Director
Caitlin Sager, Program Manager
NEW Leadership® Nevada
Women's Research Institute of Nevada
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jean Marie Munson, Program Manager
NEW Leadership® New Jersey
Center for American Women and Politics
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Christabel Cruz, Director of NEW Leadership®
NEW Leadership® New York
Center for Women in Government & Civil Society
University at Albany, SUNY
Dina Refki, Executive Director
Bilge Avci, Research Associate and Program Coordinator
Sue Faerman, Chair of the Women's Leadership Academy
NEW Leadership® Ohio
John Glenn College of Public Affairs
The Ohio State University
Tina Pierce, PhD, Manager, Programs for Ohio Women Empowered to Represent and Program Manager of NEW Leadership®
NEW Leadership® Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center
University of Oklahoma
Lauren Schueler, Director of NEW Leadership ™ & Civic Engagement
Rachel Blum, PhD, Assistant Professor of Political Science
NEW Leadership® Oregon
Center for Women’s Leadership, Hatfield School of Government
Portland State University
NEW Leadership® Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics
Dana Brown, PhD, Executive Director
John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy
Katarina D Moyon, Co-Director of John C West Forum on Politics and Policy
College of Charleston
Lynne E. Ford PhD, Professor
NEW Leadership® Texas
Center for Women's and Gender Studies
University of Texas at Austin
Nancy Ewert, Senior Program Coordinator for Programs & Events
Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership- Western Washington
UW Women’s Center
University of Washington
Heather Hudson, Advancements and Event Coordinator
Dr. Sutapa Basu, Executive Director