|Women Legislator's Retreat
Thursday, November 1, 12:30 p.m. through Friday, November 2, 1 p.m.
Oak Ridge Conference Center, Chaska, Minnesota
This overnight bi-partisan retreat sponsored by the Humphrey School’s Center on Women and Public Policy and women legislative leaders will focus on
- building relationships across bodies and across the aisle
- being an authentic and credible woman leader in a climate that is always competitive and sometimes gender-biased
- getting your message across on camera
Sessions will feature dynamic, nationally recognized speakers and coaches with extensive experience working with women in political settings. The lively, interactive retreat format will be short on lectures and rich in case material, small group exercises, individual taping, role playing practice, and dialogue – all designed to simultaneously build relationships and skills.
The Center on Women and Public Policy, with leadership from Speaker Margaret Kelliher and Senator Tarryl Clark, designed this program based on the advice of a bi-partisan planning group. Planning group participants included: Representative Tina Liebling, Representative Kathy Tinglestad, Senator Sandy Pappas, Representative Erin Murphy and Representative Carol McFarlane.
Day One: Being an authentic and credible woman leader in a climate that is always competitive and sometimes gender-biased.
In a lively, interactive format using lectures, case material, group exercises, and dialogue dynamic and award winning speaker and educator Delorese Ambrose will facilitate a session that allows participants to deepen their relationships with each other as they strengthen their leadership skills. Together, we will explore participants’ experiences as women legislators and the latest thinking on leadership development and personal mastery in our increasingly complex communities of service. As part of this session, participants will:
- Gain tools, strategies and techniques for modeling the way and engaging others in promoting positive culture change in your legislative community.
- Learn the key factors for building trust and team effectiveness across today’s generational divide as Boomers, Generation Xers, and Nexters work side by side in different roles, bringing differing values, styles, and expectations.
Day Two: Getting your message across on camera.
This session will give legislators an opportunity to be in front of a camera while practicing pivoting. Pivoting is a communication technique designed to steer the conversation in a new direction. We will focus on using stories and values to get your key message heard. Four experienced coaches from the non-partisan White House Project will lead critique/feedback discussions, offering individual support to each participant. Participants will learn from each other, the coach’s feedback, and observing their own videotaped performance. Since time on camera will be limited in the morning session, coaches will stay after lunch and work with any participants who want more practice.
An award-winning educator, Dr. Delorese Ambrose lectures worldwide on contemporary workplace issues and on the “use of self” as an agent of change. She earned a doctorate from Columbia University and served on the graduate faculty of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management for 18 years. In 1987 Delorese founded Ambrose Consulting & Training, LLC a firm dedicated to personal and organizational effectiveness. Her clients include the Council of State Governments. Delorese has served on the State of Pennsylvania Commission on Women, on former PA Governor Carey’s PRIME Council for the Reinvention of Government, and was named one of the City’s 25 Most Powerful Women by Pittsburgh Magazine in 1995. She is also a recipient of the national Athena Award for “women who attain and personify the highest level of professional excellence.”
The White House Project Communication Team includes Catherine Gray, Midwest Associate Director and sought-after communication coach; Barbara Wiener, Founder and Executive Director, TVbyGirls; Amy Cram Helwich, Development Director, Women's Foundation of Minnesota and Dave Cram Helwich, Director of Debate, University of Minnesota. The team conducts a highly rated Debate Boot Camp: intensive communication training for women candidates, elected officials, and organizational leaders. Together, the coaches work on honing communications skills that help with public speaking engagements, stump speeches, debates, and responding to the media. The White House Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors—up to the U.S. presidency—by filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women.