Exploring Politics and Policy in the 21st Century

Exploring Politics and Policy in the 21st Century
at the 18th Annual Women's Leadership Conference

Friday, March 31, 2017
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM


The Mount Vernon Campus at the George Washington University
Washington, DC

Join a diverse and engaging mix of speakers, faculty, students, alumni, and guests for a day of dialogue and exchange focused on exploring issues facing our communities and women of all ages in today's professional world.

Sessions and speakers will create opportunities for attendees to interact with and be inspired by women from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, while sharing ideas about the changing landscape of politics, policy, and the role of the media.



The annual Women’s Leadership Conference is an opportunity to bring together the George Washington University (GW) faculty, staff, students, and alumnae of both GW and Mount Vernon College to discuss current topics in women’s leadership. From examining leadership style to considering cutting-edge leadership issues, the conference tackles many questions related to women’s leadership. Additionally, the strong community of women at the conference provides unique opportunities for networking, interaction with women leaders, and opportunities for self-development.

The Women’s Leadership Conference grew out of the legacy of Elizabeth J. Somers, who played an important role in promoting women’s education, civic activism, and community engagement. Mrs. Somers established the Mount Vernon Seminary and College in the mid 1800’s, which at the time was the only secondary education institution for women in Washington, D.C. and was instrumental in encouraging the academic and social education of young women. In 1997, when the 121-year-old Mount Vernon College was affiliated with GW, the university agreed to carry on Mrs. Somers' vision of academic education and social action for women. The Women’s Leadership Conference is part of that legacy, as it champions the active engagement of women in the discussion, growth, and practice of leadership.

Please continue to visit this site for the most up-to-date information regarding speakers and sessions. Many arrangements continued to be finalized and will be announced here once confirmed. 

Sponsored by the GW Graduate School of Political Management