Penn State women students learn about leadership from state legislators

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Thirty student members of the 2012-13 class of the Women’s Leadership Initiative in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State are visiting legislative leaders in Harrisburg today (March 15).

"The purpose of the visit is to help shape the futures of these emerging women leaders by educating, inspiring and empowering them through meaningful interactions with influential women in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government," said Careen Yarnal, associate professor of recreation, park and tourism management and curriculum adviser of the Women's Leadership Initiative at Penn State.

"The visit also provides the students with an unparalleled opportunity to examine unique leadership challenges involving the public sector, to contrast leadership issues in the judiciary with legislative and community leadership and to think deeply about women's contributions to ethical leadership," she said.

The visit -- which is jointly sponsored by the Penn State College of Health and Human Development, and Office of Government Affairs -- includes a presentation by keynote speaker Pennsylvania State Sen. Pat Vance as well as panel discussions on topics such as unique leadership challenges in the public sector and ethics in leadership, presented by various state secretaries, commissioners and judges, among others.

Now in its 10th year, the Women’s Leadership Initiative has 275 alumnae. It was conceptualized by women leaders and alumnae in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development to provide opportunities for emerging undergraduate women leaders to develop the core values, attitudes and competencies that are foundations of quality leadership. The initiative also enables participants to observe, interact with and learn from outstanding established leaders and to develop philosophies and individualized plans for becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

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Last Updated March 19, 2013