About the Institute


The WPSP Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America will take place on the campuses of Scripps College and Mount St. Mary’s College in March 2013. The Institute is bringing together 30 emerging women leaders from sixteen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to share ideas and experiences and cross-fertilize transnational strategies to advance women’s leadership in critical areas of public service. Our hope is that the Institute will serve as an incubator for transformative and inclusive global leadership for women in public service and will inspire future generations of women leaders around the world.

The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) was developed as a joint project between the Department of State and the Sister Colleges – Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley. The project was joined soon after by the California Women’s Colleges – Mills, Mount St. Mary’s and Scripps. Never before has a single entity made moving women into careers in public service a priority. The Project is building a unique platform with a world class reputation to be the leading global entity working to achieve equality in women’s participation in the public sector.

WPSP seeks to advance a generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership in their governments, and change the way global solutions are forged. The Project envisions a world in which political and civic leadership is at least 50 percent female by 2050. This will be accomplished through training, research, mentorship, and network-building for women in every region of the world.

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