By Nancy J. Parisi
The YWCA of Western New York, Inc.’s Institute for Public
Leadership (IPL) is back on the political scene. After a few years’ absence,
WNY-YWCA celebrates the revival of IPL on Thursday, June 18th, with a free
reception/reunion at YWCA headquarters on Grant Street.
Dubbed a revival by event programmers, this is a reintroduction
to the IPL workshop training program which empowers women and potential women
politicians by learning how to run successful political campaigns, manage
campaigns, and engage in lobbying activities. IPL also trains women in three
interrelated initiatives: “I Vote” addresses voter education; “I Speak
Out” trains in advocacy; and “I Lead” focuses on leadership
YWCA-IPL ran the largest IPL program in the country with over
500 women learning to run campaigns, and navigate the political system. A large
number of women in public office, and in judicial positions in WNY, went
through the IPL.
“Bringing back IPL to the community is very exciting. The YWCA
serves women in need and women looking to take that next step in their lives
with regard to leadership. IPL can help them make that jump,” said Deborah Lynn
Williams, CEO of YWCA-WNY.
If you’re a woman planning to run for office or becoming a
campaign manager, or if you’d like to become more engaged in the electoral
process, IPL is a great resource.
YWCA-WNY IPL Revival is hosted by: Ruth D. Bryant, University at
Buffalo; Jane F. Griffin, Hauptman-Woodward; Kathy Hochul, Erie County Clerk;
Hon. Barbara Howe; Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples; Hon. Mary Lou Rath; Hon. Lisa
Bloch Rodwin; Hon. Sharon S. Townsend.
Sponsors for the event are: The Women’s TAP Fund, YWCA of
Western New York, Inc., WNY Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State
of New York.
Light fare and beverages will be served at the event, which runs
from 5:30-8PM at the YWCA of Western New York, Inc., located at School House
Commons at 1005 Grant Street-between Amherst & Military.