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April 26, 2018

Historic Number of Women Running for Office to be Discussed at April 30 Edward M. Kennedy Institute Women in Leadership Conference

U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan and Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito to headline event.

BOSTON – On Monday, April 30th at 9:00 a.m., the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will convene women leaders for the Institute’s second Women in Leadership Conference. The conference will highlight public servants at the local, state, and federal level, as well as experts tracking the trends surrounding women running for and serving in office.

Women in Leadership Conference

9:30 a.m. – Morning Keynote Address
U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

10:00 a.m. – Congresswomen of New England
U.S. Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA-5)
U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3)
*Discussion moderated by Alison King of NBC Boston

11:00 a.m. – By the Numbers: Tracking Women’s Political Participation
Ann Bookman, Director, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston
Amanda Hunter, Communications Director, The Barbara Lee Family Foundation
*Discussion moderated by Danielle Kurtzleben of National Public Radio

1:00 p.m. – Afternoon Keynote Address
Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

1:30 p.m. – The Commonwealth’s Leadership Pipeline
Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer
Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller
*Discussion moderated by Lauren Dezenski of POLITICO

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate Columbia Point – Boston, MA

The discussion will be live streamed at

This event is OPEN PRESS

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