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MSMU & The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

About PLEN

PLEN is the only national organization whose sole mission is preparing women for public leadership. PLEN’s mission is to increase the number of women in top leadership positions influencing all aspects of the public policy process. PLEN brings hundreds of women students from colleges and universities across the country to Washington, D.C. to learn from female leaders in all policy making areas.


Mount Saint Mary’s University has been a member of the PLEN consortium for over 20 years. Each year, Women’s Leadership awards scholarships for students to attend PLEN seminars in Washington, D.C. Students leave Washington with increased knowledge of the way that policy is made and increased confidence in their ability to start careers in public policy.

PLEN seminars are open to MSMU Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a strong interest in public policy. All majors are encouraged to apply. Students are selected through an application and interview process conducted by Women’s Leadership staff.

Women’s Leadership currently sends students to the following seminars offered through PLEN:

  • Women, Law & Legal Advocacy (November)
  • Science & Health Policy: Critical Issues (January)
  • Unlocking Nonprofits: Innovations & Careers (March)
  • Women & Policy in the Global Community (May)

Learn more about PLEN and their programs on their website: