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2015 Presidential Lecture Series – The First Woman President 2.0

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With attention turning toward the next presidential race, we look at a question we first addressed nine years ago: will the U.S. elect its first woman president? What unique challenges must women overcome to rise through the ranks to some of the highest positions in public service, politics and business or to be President of the United States? Following the historic election of our first African-American President in 2008, we update the Dole Institute’s 2006 series on women in leadership and look at this possibility for 2016.

Part I: An Evening with Kathleen Sebelius
Thursday, Feb. 12 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Former Governor of Kansas and former Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, will be interviewed about her journey in public service from her days in Kansas politics to her presidential appointment in Washington, and the challenges she faced in her two pivotal executive roles. Read the news release here.


Part II: The New Paradigm for Women’s Political Success with Adrienne Kimmell
Tuesday, Feb. 17 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Executive director of the nonpartisan Barbara Lee Family Foundation, Adrienne Kimmell, joins us to look at how research is helping women candidates utilize advantages unique to their gender to tailor ads, speeches, and messaging into successful campaigns. From personal traits, to actions that convey qualifications and likeability, to recovery from mistakes, this program will look at what it takes for women to seek and win elective office.


Part III: Women Legislative Leadership
with panelists Rep. Gilda Cobb Hunter, Beka Romm & Joan Wagnon
Tuesday, Feb. 24 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Dole Institute associate director and State Representative, Barbara Ballard, will moderate this discussion on leadership, time pressures, and what it takes to successfully lead on the local, state, and federal levels. Come hear more about confronting and overcoming hurdles – be they political, personal, or social – from those working in the legislative arena.


Part IV: Women’s Leadership on Campus: Discovering the Leader in You
with KU faculty panelists Mary Banwart, Ann Cudd & Alice Lieberman
Wednesday, March 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Do you communicate confidence, ambition and capability? Panelists from Communication Studies, Philosophy and Social Welfare, along with moderator, Dole Institute associate director Barbara Ballard, will be on hand to discuss your leadership potential. Topics will explore values, tactics and beliefs – all factors that contribute to becoming the leader you would like to be.

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