Strategic Roundtables: Educating for Public Leadership in South Asia
Time and Place
On March 31st, the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center, in partnership with Lady Shri Ram College for Women, launched a three day series of strategic roundtables focused on emerging women’s leadership in South Asia. The roundtable discussions were held at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India, and brought together 28 regional experts with 100 emerging women leaders from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to discuss and engage with the topic of “Women as Change Agents/Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Perceptions, Perspectives, Experiences.”
The roundtables provided participants with the tools and substantive information they need to advance their careers in public service and also served as a platform for establishing best practices that participants could then use to implement positive change in their communities and countries. Discussions provided a forum for participants to interact and engage with senior experts on a wide range of topics, such as the role of women in constitution making, women and corporate social responsibility, and the role of women in policy making. You can read more on LSR alumna and Consul General of Canada in Chandigarh, Rajani Alexander’s panel presentation here. Throughout the series, participants and experts undertook the process of drafting and refining a Regional Declaration that would serve as a roadmap going forward for educating women for public leadership.
WPSP experts attending the series included Jane McAuliffe, Former President at Bryn Mawr College; Shelly Kapoor Collins, Founder of Enscient Corporation and 50x50 leader; Raj Sharma, Founder of Censeo Consulting Group and 50x50 leader; and Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Women in Public Service Project, who provided remarks at the event. The series was an intensive learning experience that served as a unique and exciting opportunity to bring together emerging women leaders with some of the most experienced and knowledgeable regional and thematic experts on women’s leadership.
The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project
The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative’s (GWLI) global network is the platform for the Women in Public Service Project, which was launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton in partnership with the historic Seven Sisters women’s colleges and moved to the Wilson Center in June 2012. The GWLI is a unique platform for change—connecting current and emerging women leaders, promoting the goal of 50 percent women in public service jobs worldwide, advancing inclusive policies, and bringing new research to the forefront.
Lady Shri Ram College for Women
Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) has long been recognized as a premier institution of higher learning for women in India. A center for academic excellence and achievement, LSR is committed to nurturing and creating women who are equipped to be world citizens: women not only who take pride in their culture and heritage but who also have a cosmopolitan understanding of the world today and a sensibility that celebrates diversity in all its joyous vibrancy.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.