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2015 | The First Woman President 2.0

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February 12, 2015 @ 12:00 am - March 4, 2015 @ 12:00 am

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

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.


Part II: The New Paradigm for Women’s Political Success with Adrienne Kimmell

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 qualification 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

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. Do you communicate confidence, ambition, and capability? Panelists from Communications 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.


February 12, 2015 @ 12:00 am
March 4, 2015 @ 12:00 am
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