Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) has been officially inducted into the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Class of 2017. Senator Allen is among just 25 elected women leaders selected from a national pool of candidates. Class members are honored for demonstrating continued leadership, personal integrity and outstanding performance as an elected official.
“I have been honored to serve in the legislature for nearly two decades and in that time, I have seen the tremendous impact women leaders can have on improving the lives of the people they serve,” Senator Allen said. “Women make up the majority of this nation, but barely a quarter of state legislatures. It is in the best interest of our country to empower a greater number of women to pursue elected office, and there is no shortage of qualified female candidates to lead in our communities. Now is the time to come together as mentors and create opportunities to accomplish that goal.”
— Senator Diane Allen (@dianeallennj) November 15, 2016
The elected women officials who participate in the yearlong leadership program serve as mentors for the next generation of women leaders to run for office in communities across the country. Senator Allen, a former chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators, was inducted into the 2017 leadership class on Nov. 12 at the Governing Institute’s national conference in Arizona.
“The Governing Institute congratulates Senator Allen for being selected to join the Women in Government Leadership Program Class of 2017,” Julia Burrows, Director of the Governing Institute said. “Her extensive national leadership roles, her bipartisan efforts in the New Jersey statehouse, and her focus on issues that affect women, families and the quality of life in her district make her an ideal participant. As a professional communicator, we will rely on her unique contributions to achieve our program goal of inspiring and mentoring the next generation of women leaders to run for office. Welcome, Senator Allen!”