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Mount Joins Women in Public Service Project at Event With Secretary Clinton

Dec. 16, 2011 -- U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Dec. 15 at the Women in Public Service Colloquium that Mount Saint Mary’s University, Scripps College and Mills College will join The Women in Public Service Project, an innovative initiative that pairs the power of public service with the Seven Sisters Colleges of Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Wellesley College to engage and inspire future generations of women leaders in the United States and around the world. The project will identify and educate a new generation of women committed to public service, create an infrastructure of support and mentoring, and help enable more women to enter public service and political leadership.

The forum in Washington, D.C., explored issues such as the skills needed for successful public servants in the 21st century and how to achieve the 50 percent mark for women in public service by 2050. Participants were charged with identifying mentoring and training needs, as well as how to establish and sustain an international network of leaders and generate new insights on women's political leadership roles.

"This initiative fits in perfectly with the Mount's commitment to education, leadership and service in a women-centered environment," said Mount President Ann McElaney-Johnson added. "Public service is a powerful way for women to transform their communities and the world."

"Women hold the keys to peace and prosperity. Scripps College is delighted to join this powerful leadership initiative to encourage a new generation of women in public service," said Scripps College President Lori Bettison-Varga. "Experience shows women leaders invest in their families and their communities."

McElaney-Johnson, Bettison-Varga and Alecia DeCoudreaux, president of Mills College attended the colloquium with Secretary Clinton.

"Since its founding, Mills College has remained committed to empowering women," said DeCoudreaux. "We are honored to be part of this project to encourage and prepare women from around the world to take on leadership roles in politics and public service."

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