December 15, 2011
Photo caption: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (5th from left) and Simmons College President Helen Drinan and presidents of women's colleges around the country.
Simmons College President Helen Drinan joined U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top U.S. women's colleges and leaders from around the world for the inaugural colloquium of the Women in the Public Service Project (TWPSP). The Project seeks to identify and educate a new generation of women committed to public service, create an infrastructure of support and mentoring, and help enable more women to enter public service and political leadership.
Clinton delivered the keynote address at the colloquium. Other speakers include Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund; Dr. Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture for the Republic of Liberia; Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services; Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues; Gloria Steinem, author and activist, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
The colloquium aims to draw public attention to the importance of increasing participation and leadership roles for women in public service; explore creative solutions to increasing the number of young women who aspire to and are empowered to pursue a career in public service; and build a network of advocates and expertise that will help advance this effort.