Scripps College, Mills College and Mount St. Mary’s College join The Women in Public Service Project at event with Secretary Clinton in Washington D.C.

CLAREMONT, Calif. (December 15, 2011) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today announced at the Women in Public Service Colloquium that Scripps College, Mills College, and Mount St. Mary’s College will join “The Women in Public Service Project,” an innovative initiative that pairs the power of public service with the Seven Sisters Colleges of Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Wellesley College to engage and inspire future generations of women leaders in the United States and around the world. The project will 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.

Secretary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the Inaugural Women In Public Service Colloquium, Washington, DC. Photo: U.S. State Dept.

Today’s forum in Washington D.C. explored issues such as the skills needed for successful public servants in the 21st century and how to achieve the 50 percent mark for women in public service by 2050. The participants are charged with identifying mentoring and training needs, as well as how to establish and sustain an international network of leaders and generate new insights on women’s political leadership roles.

“Women hold the keys to peace and prosperity.  Scripps College is delighted to join this powerful leadership initiative to encourage a new generation of women in public service,” said Lori Bettison-Varga, president, Scripps College. “Experience shows women leaders invest in their families and their communities.”

Bettison-Varga, Alecia DeCoudreaux, president, Mills College; and Ann McElaney-Johnson, president, Mount St. Mary’s College attended the Colloquium with Secretary Clinton.

Watch the Colloquium