The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is the only national organization [nonpartisan 501(c)(3)] with the sole focus of preparing college women and marginalized gender groups for leadership in the public policy arena.

PLEN’s mission is to empower, educate, and engage women and marginalized gender groups in public policy to promote diverse, inclusive leadership in policy making.

PLEN was created to educate women for public leadership because they were, and are still, disadvantaged as a result of their gender. By expanding our mission to include people of all marginalized genders, we continue our work to break down gender-based barriers and diversify the field of public policy, which is traditionally dominated by cis-men.

Interested in PLEN?

  • Schedule an appointment with Jessica Estes who coordinates Augustana College’s relationship with PLEN
  • Funding for PLEN is available through Career Development & Vocation through Augie Choice and alumni support
  • Learn more form PLEN website
  • View the PLEN blog


PLEN-tiful opportunities thanks to ’79 grad

Thanks to Shelby Olson ’79, five students got the chance to be Augustana’s first attendees at a national three-day seminar, “Preparing Women to Lead.” It was an eye-opener for all, and for one student, at least, a career-changer.

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Life of a Current Law Student

Tammy Zapata, Class of 2018.
“During my time at Augustana College, I majored in Political Science (Comparative Politics) and International Business and minored in French. I also studied abroad during my junior year in Australia! Currently, I am a second-year …
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Augustana women connect with national leaders in policy

During her junior year, Krishna Marmé ’20 attended a seminar in Washington, D.C., that led her to where she is today — pursuing a master’s in public health policy at the University of Iowa.

“I met with powerful, …

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Women in STEM Career Fair: Fireside Chat with Society for Science CEO Maya Ajmera

Maya Ajmera is president and CEO of Society for Science and publisher of its award-winning magazine, Science News. She’s also the recipient of the 2020 National Science Board Public Service Award, recognized for her tremendous contribution to increasing the public’s …

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Career Service Hours

Day of the week
Office is Open Drop-Ins
Monday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Drop-in topics include:

  • Resume & Cover Letter Review
  • Resume & Cover Letter Writing
  • Viking Score Overview
  • LinkedIn Headshot Photo
  • Career Resources Overview