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2017 FALL | The Elusive Quest for the Lacrosse Mom: How do Politicians, Corporations, Organizations and the Community Engage Women?

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September 12, 2017 @ 12:00 am - November 28, 2017 @ 12:00 am

Dole Fellow Cherylyn Harley LeBon

An experienced campaign advisor, D.C. insider and media contributor, fall fellow Cherylyn Harley LeBon will lead a discussion group series examining how various organizations, corporations and political entities attempt to engage with women, and why they can be a difficult constituency to reach.



Sarah Bruno

“Guest: Sarah Bruno, Executive Director of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)
This discussion will focus on how to engage young women and provide them with the tools they need to become future leaders.”


Katie Pinke

“Guest: Katie Pinke, publisher and general manager, Agweek
This discussion will focus on women from the heartland engaging with their communities. Katie Pinke is a columnist, small business owner and mother from North Dakota.”


Patrick Jephson and Mary Jo Jacobi

This discussion will examine corporate engagement and reputation management from the pros. Jephson is the former Social Secretary and Spokesman for Princess Diana, while Jacobi boasts a long career in energy, finance and government, including time in President George H.W. Bush’s administration.


Andrea Bottner

Andrea Bottner is founder of Bottner Strategies, LLC, is an expert in women’s issues and has earned the respect and admiration of some of Washington’s most influential policy makers. Prior to creating Bottner Strategies, Bottner served at the U.S. Department of State as Director for the Office of International Women’s Issues. Prior to her work at the State Department, Bottner served at the U.S. Department of Justice as Principal Deputy Director and later, as Acting Director of the Office on Violence Against Women. Additionally, Bottner served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Republican National Committee Co-Chairman Ann Wagner, specializing in the Committee’s national women’s outreach expansion strategy.


Ashley Davis

This conversation will examine ways to engage more women at the national, state and local level of politics. Ashley Davis is a former member of the President George W. Bush administration and a noted political strategist and lobbyist.


Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

Sandra Sobieraj Westfall is the national political correspondent and Washington bureau chief for PEOPLE Magazine. She joins the Dole Institute for a discussion on her career as a journalist for PEOPLE and the Associated Press, covering national politics and engaging with women voters.


Alan West

Allen West, political commentator, retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel and former U.S. Congressman (R) representing Florida’s 22nd District
This conversation will focus on the future of constitutional conservatism in the U.S.


September 12, 2017 @ 12:00 am
November 28, 2017 @ 12:00 am
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