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Emerging Women Leaders to Attend Women in Public Service Institute at Mills College

Oakland, CA–March 23, 2014 Mills College proudly announces its Women in Public Service Institute: “Women, Water, and the World: How Women Can Solve the Earth’s Water Crisis,” April 11–20, 2015, in partnership with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the US State Department.

The Institute, which is part of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), will provide a forum for shared learning, dialog, and networking among emerging women leaders from countries working to rebuild their communities, expand their public service orientation, and promote sustainable economic livelihoods.

The participating delegates are from North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia. The public can follow the Institute on Twitter at #WPSP.

Kristin Hetle, director of strategic partnerships for UN Women, will deliver the keynote address. Hetle’s extensive experience combines service for the United Nations system, the Norwegian government, and the private sector. She is the former director of communications for the Ministry of Labor in Norway. Until 2008, she held the position of chief of the United Nations Population Fund Media Services Branch. Prior to that, she served as director of Media Lion Inc., media advisor for the Norwegian Red Cross, and information officer in Norway's Ministry of Environment. She holds an MA in journalism from Oslo University College.

Other speakers and panelists include Farah Pandith, former special representative to Muslim communities under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and one of the architects of the WPSP; nonprofit social media expert Beth Kanter; and representatives of the Global Women’s Water Initiative, Stanford University Law School, San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, Global Women’s Leadership Network, Fenton Communications, and the Center for Socially Responsible Business at Mills College.

The Institute will provide the emerging women leaders selected for participation with the concrete tools and training necessary to increase the scope, efficacy, and visibility of their work. Invited scholars, policy makers, and government and nongovernment representatives—including several Mills faculty, students, and alumnae—will aid delegates in expanding their leadership and communication skills, developing effective use of traditional and social media, and improving their ability to build national, regional, and international networks.

The Institute is part of the Women in Public Service Project, founded in 2011 by former Secretary of State Clinton, which seeks to develop emerging women leaders from around the world and is committed to training early- to mid-career women to advance their careers in government and public service as they move their nations forward politically, economically, and socially. The central mission of WPSP is to foster a world in which leadership in political and public office is 50 percent female by 2050.

The public is invited to attend the April 13 opening ceremonies.
9:30 am–12:00 pm
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall
Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613
Questions: or 510.430.2094

About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 379 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit


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