Women in Public Service

Program Description

Since the first Southern Women in Public Service conference in 1991, the Stennis Center for Public Service has developed a reputation for supporting the advancement of women in public service. This annual training and development program is one of the most significant bipartisan gatherings of women public service leaders from across the South and beyond. The program aims to build a stronger America by tapping more extensively into the reservoir of talent, energy, intellect, and courage that women bring to public service.

Participants say this program reinvigorates them to pursue their goals in public service. The program is also characterized by a bipartisan unity centered in the shared belief that bringing more women into public service is a way to improve the quality and character of government at all levels.

Additionally, this program enables women to build relationships with other women from the local, state, and federal levels who serve in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Featuring many of America’s most prominent women political leaders, the program has established a reputation for high-quality speakers and participants.

Speakers have included U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Dole, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mary Landrieu and Blanche Lincoln, former governors Kathleen Blanco, Martha Layne Collins and Ann Richards, former Attorney General Janet Reno, former Secretaries of Labor Elaine Chao, Alexis Herman and Lynn Martin, civil rights pioneers Unita Blackwell and Myrlie Evers-Williams, and ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts. Many of the women Members of Congress from the South have participated over the years, including Marsha Blackburn, Corinne Brown, Eva Clayton, Tillie Fowler, Kay Granger, Sheila Jackson Lee, Denise Majette, Carrie Meek, Sue Myrick, Anne Northup, and Debbie Wasserman Shult

Additionally, this program enables women to build relationships with other women from the local, state, and federal levels who serve in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Featuring many of America’s most prominent women political leaders, the program has established a reputation for high-quality speakers and participants.

Speakers have included U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Dole, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mary Landrieu and Blanche Lincoln, former governors Kathleen Blanco, Martha Layne Collins and Ann Richards, former Attorney General Janet Reno, former Secretaries of Labor Elaine Chao, Alexis Herman and Lynn Martin, civil rights pioneers Unita Blackwell and Myrlie Evers-Williams, and ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts. Many of the women Members of Congress from the South have participated over the years, including Marsha Blackburn, Corinne Brown, Eva Clayton, Tillie Fowler, Kay Granger, Sheila Jackson Lee, Denise Majette, Carrie Meek, Sue Myrick, Anne Northup, and Debbie Wasserman Shult

One Research Boulevard, Suite 104, Starkville, MS 39759

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201 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Suite C-7, Washington, DC 20002 

(202) 546-1837 • Fax (202) 546-3841

One Research Boulevard, Suite 104, Starkville, MS 39759

(662) 325-8409 • Fax (662) 325-8623

201 Mass. Avenue, NE, Suite C-7, Washington, DC 20002 

(202) 546-1837 • Fax (202) 546-3841