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Women's Leadership Academy Hosts Program for Next Generation of Women Political Leaders

More than a dozen outstanding female students from SUNY institutions are on the University at Albany campus this week, engaged in a week-long, residential program that empowers undergraduate women to become involved in the political process.

NEW Leadership™ New York (NLNY), part of NEW Leadership's nationwide network for women that instills knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for effective political engagement and community organizing, is the first-ever program of its kind in New York State.

NLNY is one of two major leadership development programs that form the Women's Leadership Academy at UAlbany's Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS), the other being CWGCS's Fellowship on Women & Public Policy, a six-month leadership-development program. Together, the two programs serve as a catalyst to train, prepare and promote women in public leadership.

The line-up of full-day programs for NLNY includes workshops, team-building exercises, and a Wednesday trip to Seneca Falls, home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to visit the Women's Rights National Historical Park, Stanton House and Women's Hall of Fame. The women will also conduct a community service project.

NLNY has the following goals:

  • Deepen participants’ understanding of the theory and practice of public service leadership;
  • Strengthen skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to pursue public service leadership; and
  • Encourage and inspire participants to pursue leadership.

At the inauguration of the Women's Leadership Academy in November, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher called the initiative "an incredible asset as we seek to bring more young women into the leadership pipelines for government and public policy."

UAlbany President George M. Philip added that the Academy "will expand educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and advance the pace of progress in women's leadership."

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