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Empowering Women in Politics

Join us to hear from three Iowa alumnae who have embraced their journey in the world of politics and are ready to empower you to find your voice. Our discussion will evolve from three areas of focus: the journeys of women who have been empowered in the world of politics, how to navigate a male-dominated industry, and ways to support each other.

Megan Lehman (16BA) received a fellowship in Washington, D.C., in 2015 with Running Start—an organization that trains and encourages women to run for office. She served a joint internship in the office of Joni Ernst and represented the U.S. at the Global Women’s Leadership Forum in Iceland.

Mary Kramer (57BA, 72MA) served as president of the Iowa Senate (1996–2003) and was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (2003–2007). She also served on the board of directors for the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and was the chairman of the board for the Senate President’s Forum.  

Carolyn Green (73BM) has built a career in the energy and environmental industries, traversing the public and private sectors and working with policymakers across the political spectrum. In 2019, she co-authored The Energy Within Us, which describes the experiences of Black women executives in the energy industry.

The virtual event will begin with a brief panel discussion and provide time for a Q&A session with our panelists.

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