UNI to host workshop for emerging women leaders

Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016

Rachel Gregory, student liaison, Campus Women Win,

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host “Elect Her – Panther Women Win” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union. Campus Women Win is a national program that encourages and prepares college women to run for student government and political office. This marks the second consecutive year UNI has served as a host for this workshop.

The goal of the workshop is to encourage more women to run for elected office in the future by helping them develop the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in student government and other leadership positions. 

Campaign strategy, diversity in leadership, and communication and public speaking strategies are among the topics that will be covered. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from speakers, participate in breakout discussions regarding the role of women in government and also network with female leaders from around the community.

The list of guest speakers and workshop leaders include: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, State Rep. Timi Brown-Powers, State Rep. Abby Finkenauer, Claire Celsi of The Public Relations Project, Angie Widner, NISG President Katie Evans, UNI Provost Jim Wohlpart and a representative from UNI’s National Coalition Building Institute. Chonya Johnson, a Washington, D.C. consultant and UNI alumna, will serve as the workshop’s facilitator.

The program is sponsored by the UNI Department of Political Science, with additional funding from AAUW – Cedar Falls and the NISG’s Diversity Matters Fund. Training is free for students; breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, visit or contact Rachel Gregory, student liaison for Campus Women Win, at