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College Hosts Annual Leadership Program for Women

June 05, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Terie Norelli speaks at Saint Anselm CollegeSaint Anselm College is hosting the annual NEW Leadership™ New England program, June 4-9. This residential institute, held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, is designed to educate and empower young women to be the next generation of female leaders.

This year, four students from Saint Anselm College join the group of 25 women from colleges across the northeast. History major Dena Miller '20 from Norfolk, Mass., applied because she thought it would be a worthwhile experience.

"Over the course of the program, I want to learn from women who are in leadership positions that I someday hope to be in, how they got there, and how I can get there as well," says Miller.

Saint Anselm College students Jenna Bisbee '19, Christina Damian '20, and Alisha del Llano '18 are also attending.

Damian, a politics major, from North Reading, Mass., sees the program as an opportunity for growth. She says, "Two of my biggest goals for the conference is to learn how to improve my networking skills and how to become a balanced leader."

Bisbee and del Llano are international relations and communication majors, respectively.

Keynote speaker Terie Norelli, former New Hampshire Speaker of the House, will address participants on Monday, June 5. Throughout the week, the women will attend workshops and seminars on topics including networking, public policy, and legislative processes.

Psychology professor and department chair Elizabeth Ossoff, and politics professor Jennifer Lucas co-direct the program. It is made possible by the generosity of E. Carol Polifroni, RN, EdD, and Susan Furlong, RN, JD, in honor of their mothers, and mothers everywhere, who have encouraged their daughters to be leaders.

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