inWEM and PLEN Partners for the Women & Policy in the Global Community Seminar

May 19 – 23, 2014


The International Network of Women in Emergency Management (inWEM) partnered with The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) during the week of May 19 -23, 2014, for the Women & International Policy Program in Washington, DC.  This was an excellent opportunity to help our NextGen advance to the next level; with a focus on emergency management and homeland security.


The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is “the only national organization whose sole focus is preparing college women for leadership in the public policy arena”. Each year, PLEN brings women students from colleges and universities across the country to Washington, D.C. for a weekend, week, or an entire summer to experience first-hand how public policy is shaped and implemented at the national level.  Students meet with and learn from women leaders making and influencing public policy at the highest levels in the Congress, courts, federal agencies, corporate sector, policy research and advocacy organizations and the news media.”


Major Carol Busroe, National Director for Public Policy, The Salvation Army, National Headquarters participated in a panel discussion on Wednesday, May 21 on Humanitarian and Crisis Intervention.  The discussion focused on crisis and emergency management relief in natural disasters like the hurricanes/earthquakes/tsunamis/flooding or international earthquake/cholera breakouts.  Major Busroe is an inWEM’s Center for Women’s Leadership in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Distinguished Scholar and a 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee in the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame.


inWEM’s Ambassadors and Board of Director members, who also supported this initiative; Ms. Blythe Patenaude, Dr. Natasha Udu-gama, and Ms. Melody Wen  participated in two events: Resume Building Workshop on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 21 and PLENs Networking – Mentoring Reception on evening of Thursday, May 22. These were great opportunities for PLEN students to gain resume writing skills and a valuable networking experience in a safe environment while making real connections. 


inWEM Ambassadors shared:  “…the event was a great opportunity for us to talk with 48 young women in public policy about emergency management. We were able to provide guidance and broaden the view of policy beyond legislation. Many of the young women just wanted some guidance as to which path to take as well as best practices for success.”

To inWEM’s Distinguished Scholar and Ambassadors:   Thanks for your dedication to participate and share your expertise and passion; as well as provide this great opportunity for students, the NextGen, to gain valuable networking experience in a safe environment, while making real connections. inWEM thank for your dedication to  “pass it forward”.