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Cindy Rostenthal

Cindy Simon Rosenthal is director and curator of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma and professor of political science with a joint appointment to the women’s studies faculty. Professor Rosenthal has been a member of the Center faculty since 1998 and initially served as associate director, overseeing the Center’s undergraduate programs. Under her leadership, the Center developed its highly successful N.E.W. (National Education for Women’s) Leadership, a program to educate, inspire, and empower undergraduate women to enter public service and politics. N.E.W. Leadership and the Center's companion programs under the umbrella of the Women's Leadership Initiative have been honored each year by Oklahoma’s Journal-Record “Woman of the Year” celebration as a program “making a difference.”

Professor Rosenthal’s research and teaching interests focus on women in politics, public sector and legislative leadership, state-local government and intergovernmental relations, and public policy issues involving gender inequality. She is co-author (with Ronald M. Peters, Jr.) of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2010). She edited Women Transforming Congress (University of Oklahoma Press, 2002) and is the author of When Women Lead(Oxford University Press, 1998). In 1996, the Women and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association recognized her dissertation on institutional constraints and leadership styles of men and women in state legislatures as the best in the field of women in politics. Her work has also been recognized with the Sophonisba Breckinridge Award given for the best paper on women and politics at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting. She contributed chapters to The Oklahoma Almanac of Politics (1998, 1999), Women and Elective Office (1998, 2005), Women in Higher Education: Empowering Change (2002), Women and Elective Office (2005), Voices from the Heartland (2007), Legislative Women: Getting Elected, Getting Ahead (2008), and The Handbook on Gender and Women’s Leadership (2009). Her work also has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Politics and Gender, PS: Political Science and Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Legislative Studies Quarterly, State & Local Government Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Women & Politics.

Among her awards and honors, Professor Rosenthal was named the Carlisle Mabrey and Lurleen Mabrey Presidential Professor, 2002 – 2007, and was named Outstanding Oklahoma Political Scientist of the Year in 2000 by the Oklahoma Political Science Association. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Oklahoma Chapter, American Society of Public Administration. In 2010 she was named “Woman of the Year” by Oklahoma’s Journal Record.  She also received the Ursa Major Distinguished Alumnae Award from the Alpha Phi International Fraternity in 2010.

Professor Rosenthal holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master’s in urban studies from Occidental College, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oklahoma. From 1975 until 1991, she worked extensively with state legislatures – first with Legis 50/ The Center for Legislative Improvement, later at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and then finally as a consultant with several states on various management, personnel, and training projects. She was on the NCSL senior management team and oversaw legislative management programs, state information services, and publications.

After serving three years on the city council of Norman, Oklahoma, she was elected mayor of Norman in 2007 and again in 2010.

Contact Cindy Simon Rosenthal at Click here to visit Professor Rosenthal’s Web Site.

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Lauren Schueler

Lauren Schueler is the Assistant Director for N.E.W Leadership for the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. She coordinates the social media for the center as well as the N.E.W. (National Education for Women’s) Leadership program that seeks to address the historical under-representation of women in politics and public service. In addition, she helps organize several other programs housed at the Women’s Leadership Initiative: Pipeline to Politics, The Appointments Project (TAP), and Oklahoma Firsts.

Lauren served as the graduate assistant for the Women’s Leadership Initiative for two years before taking her current position. She is in her final semester of the master’s program in Adult and Higher Education with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of Central Florida where she was a member of the women’s rowing team. While at UCF Lauren made the dean’s list and achieved academic recognition from the NCAA. In summer 2009, Lauren interned at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania gaining considerable insight into the areas of public policy and services.

Lauren offers her unique understanding of society and culture in the effort to help break down the social stereotypes attached to women. “Since beginning my work with WLI two years ago, it has become apparent to me that women are a crucial part of the decision-making process that is currently under-represented. It is imperative that women work together to inspire one another for public service and leadership roles,” she said. Being involved with the WLI is an essential life-enriching experience for Lauren and all those she hopes to meet through the program.

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Bailey M. Perkins serves as the graduate assistant for the Women’s Leadership Initiative. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to academic endeavors, Bailey serves her community through a variety of organizations, honor societies, and advisory committees. Currently, she mentors intercity high school students through the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City’s Y Achievers Program and serves the community as a member of the Sigma Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Bailey graduated Magna Cum Laude and Cum Honore from Oklahoma City University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History. She proudly completed her studies at OCU as a Clara Luper Full Tuition Scholar.  At OCU, she was recognized as the 2012 Petree College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior of the Year, 2012 Robert S. Kerr Outstanding Student in Political Science, and the 2012 Outstanding Leadership Award for Clara Luper Scholars.

Bailey’s passion for civic engagement began in grade school, especially through her participation in student government, Oklahoma Girls State (2007) and Youth Leadership Oklahoma (class VII). Since then, her political involvements include: volunteering for several local campaigns and fundraising events, participating in the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce InternOKC program and the Carl Albert Public Internship program, and interning for the Oklahoma State Legislature, Oklahoma Military Department’s Real Property Attorney, and Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb.  Bailey is a 2011 graduate of N.E.W. Leadership (Class X) and previously served as the chief of staff for the College Democrats of Oklahoma and state president of the Oklahoma State Conference Youth and College Division of NAACP. 

“I feel honored and I’m enthusiastic about working with WLI in encouraging current and future women leaders to get involved and to make their presence greater in political and civic endeavors,” Bailey said.

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Joanna Yozzo

Joanna Yozzo is presently serving as a project research assistant for the Women’s Leadership Initiative.  She is in her final year of the Social Work master’s degree with a concentration in Administrative and Community Practice.  Joanna earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Oklahoma with a minor in dance history and made the Dean’s Honor Role.  She interned at Norman North High School during the 2010 school year working to instill teamwork and leadership in teenage girls.  Joanna interned at Hope Community Services during the 2011 school year where she pursued her interest in providing opportunity to the disadvantaged.

Joanna’s experiences working with young girls in Girl Scouts have increased her interests in expanding opportunities for girls.  She plans to complete a research project on the socialization and challenges girls face in our society, and the organizations which serve girls.

With her understanding of social inequity, Joanna offers a unique perspective.  As WLI gives women a foundation for leadership, Joanna hopes to continue learning how to better serve women in her community. “I understand that women play an important role in public service, and WLI provides an environment for women to lead and thrive,” she said.  This experience at WLI will enlighten Joanna’s knowledge of women in public service and inform her practice to better serve.   

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Our Mission
The Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Carl Albert Center seeks to address the historic under-representation of women in politics, public service, and other leadership roles. Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower women to become political leaders. We accomplish this mission through a series of educational initiatives designed specifically for women in Oklahoma.
About Us
The Women’s Leadership Initiative  includes several programs designed to increase women’s participation in politics and public service.  Now in our tenth year, the N.E.W. (National Education for Women’s) Leadership program is an intensive, five-day institute that includes the top undergraduate women from colleges across Oklahoma. 

Pipeline to Politics serves women who are beyond college and/or in the workforce and interested in stepping up their political and civic engagement…whether that means running for office, working on a campaign, or becoming more involved in community-based issues and organizations.

In partnership with the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Inc., the Women’s Leadership Initiative hosts an annual leadership conference for “Tweens”. The conference strives to encourage, educate, and empower girls to discover and use their voices to positively impact their lives, their schools, and their communities.

Through The Appointments Project (TAP),the Women’s Leadership Initiative is working with Oklahoma’s new governor to ensure more women are appointed to high-level and powerful posts.  TAP is a non-partisan effort to bring parity to decision-making bodies by identifying qualified women to serve.