White House Project to ignite leadership in women

The White House Project, a bipartisan non-profit organization that works to empower women and provide them with the necessary tools for leadership, will be hosting an event in the SUB Ballrooms on Oct. 20.

“[The organization wants] to encourage more women to get into leadership positions,” ASMSU Vice-President Lindsay Murdock said. She explained that she has wanted to bring the White House Project to MSU since her election.

The organization offers leadership development and training through three different programs: Go Vote, Go Lead and Go Run. These programs encourage women to vote, become leaders and run for political office.

The event is not only geared toward political science or business students, but for women and men of any major. Murdock, who petitioned for the project to come to MSU, wants to see at least 200 students from a variety of colleges attend. The day-long workshop will feature Katie Groke Ellis, the National Program Director of The White House Project, along with local leaders in business, politics and academia.

“This is an incredible opportunity for students…to broaden our definition of leadership,” Murdock explained. “It’s for anyone that wants to be a leader, not necessarily for someone wanting to be president.”

In response to the strong presence of voter registration volunteers on campus this semester, Murdock explained that voter registration is “always a goal,” adding, “There is a generational disconnect with politics and our generation. I want students to get involved and realize that you can make a difference.”

The White House Project event is from 11:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 20 and costs $5. To register, visit the ASMSU office, AskUs Desk or the MSU Leadership Institute, which are located in the SUB. Registration forms are due by Oct. 15.