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Women’s leadership conference features senate majority leader

Do women govern differently than men? Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown will give her perspective on that question when she addresses aspiring women leaders during the NEW Leadership Inland Northwest Summer Institute, June 16, at Spokane’s Doubletree Hotel City Center.

Brown’s speech, titled “Washington Women as Political Leaders: Where Do We Go From Here?” is open to the public and will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the hotel’s ballroom.

“I think people will find Lisa Brown’s topic very interesting because there is a lot of discussion nationally about the representation of women in public office,” said event coordinator Alice Coil from Washington State University. “The issue is equally relevant right here in our hometowns.”

From Spokane’s Third Legislative District, Brown was elected as the first female Democratic majority leader in 2004. She is now serving her third term and participates in the Labor, Commerce, Research and Development, and Rules Committees. She is an associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University.

She intends to provide the audience with a glimpse of our state’s past, present and future female political leaders while expounding upon the challenges and opportunities that they face as elected officials.

Her talk will be a highlight for women who have been selected to participate in this year’s National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership Inland Northwest Summer Institute — a four-day residential program.

Washington State University is one of just 12 locations across the country to run a summer institute. This will be the first year WSU is hosting the institute in Spokane.

The summer institutes were created in 1991 by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. More information about NEW Leadership can be found by visiting Persons interested in attending Brown’s free lecture are asked to RSVP by contacting Coil at

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