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Author Linda Tarr-Whelan, AU's Jennifer Lawless Discuss Women’s Leadership

WHO:    
Linda Tarr-Whelan, author, Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping up to Leadership and Changing the World
Jennifer L. Lawless, director, American University’s Women & Politics Institute; coauthor, It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office
Kyrie Bannar, Truman Scholar, American University graduating class of 2010
Dotty Lynch, executive in residence, American University’s School of Communication (moderator)

WHAT:      
Women’s Leadership panel discussion and book signing

WHEN:
     
3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 7

WHERE:     
Butler Boardroom, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016

Linda Tarr-Whelan, author of the new book, Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping up to Leadership and Changing the World  will discuss the importance of having women “at the table” when decisions are made during an interactive discussion from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, in American University’s Butler Boardroom, located on the 6th floor of AU’s Butler Pavillion.

Tarr-Whelan will discuss the advancement of women as a means of creating a more peaceful and just world with Jennifer L. Lawless, coauthor of It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office. Lawless, the new director of American University’s Women & Politics Institute, will also address the advancement—and obstacles—facing women in politics.

Kyrie Bannar, a Truman Scholar at American University’s School of Public Affairs, will join the discussion to offer her perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing young women today. Dotty Lynch, a public communication executive in residence at American University’s School of Communication, will be moderator.

Extremely influential in women’s leadership advocacy, Tarr-Whelan uses her compelling research and experiences to explore ways for women to move up in the world. During the Clinton administration, she was ambassador to the United Nation’s Commission of the Status of Women and during the Carter administration, she was deputy assistant for women’s concerns. Tarr-Whelan will sign copies of her book following the discussion.

The event is cohosted by the Women & Politics Institute of American University’s School of Public Affairs and American University’s School of Communication.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

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