Day 10: Responding to the Gender Gap in Public Service

Day 10: Responding to the Gender Gap in Public Service

This workshop will examine the gender gap in the public sector and discuss collective and individual strategies to address that gap.

THURSDAY, JULY 18

Responding to the Gender Gap in Public Service

7:45 am…………………. Breakfast with Home Groups

9–9:05 am……………… Welcome and Overview: Ruth Lindeborg

9:05–9:35 am…………. Address: What is the Gender Gap? Victoria Budson (Executive Director, Women and Public Policy Program, Kennedy School, Harvard University).

9:35–10:30 am……….. Panel Discussion: How can the gender gap in public service be overcome? Marjorie Margolies (President, Women’s Campaign International, former U.S. Congresswoman, and current Congressional candidate), Farahnaz Ispahani (Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center), Victoria Budson, Vjosa Osmani (Member of Parliament, Former Advisor to the President, Kosovo; WPSP Delegate), and Lydiene Nkongho (U.N. Mission in Congo DRC, Human Rights Officer; WPSP Delegate). Moderated by Deborah Harrold

10:30–10:50 am……… Discussion

10:50–11:05 am……… Break

11:10–12 pm………….. Regional Issues: Successes and Challenges (small groups). Moderators: Deborah Harrold, Farahnaz Ispahani, Victoria Budson, Marjorie Margolies, Ruth Lindeborg, Jessica Berns

12:15–1:40 pm……….. Lunchtime Presentation and Dialogue: Mentoring and Networking as a Way Forward. Barbara Broomell (Executive Director, Arab Women’s Leadership Institute, International Republican Institute) and Justice Mary Ang’awa

1:45–1:55………………. Reconvene to introduce working groups

2–3 pm………………….. Mentoring and Networking: Developing Models. Facilitators: Barbara Broomell, Victoria Budson, Deborah Harrold, Justice Mary Ang’awa, and Marjorie Margolies. Role play: Participants will break into groups and develop a local, national, or transnational mentoring program. Each group will role play or outline an innovative mentoring or networking program.

  • Group One: Young Women and Public Service
  • Group Two: Transitioning from NGOs to Public Service
  • Group Three: Mentoring Women in Your Own Organization
  • Group Four: Changing the Old Boys’ Network
  • Group Five: Political Hurdles

3–3:15 pm……………… Break

3:15–4:15 pm…………. Mentoring/ Networking Models Presentation. Facilitator: Ruth Lindeborg

4:15–5:40 pm…………. Plotting Your Course: A Personal Leadership Path. Facilitators: Ruth Lindeborg and Vanessa Christman

6:30 pm ………………… Festive Farewell Dinner

7:45 pm ………………… Dessert, Coffee, and Conversation with Laura Chasin ’58 (Founder, Public Conversations Project)