Four Women from Southeast to Attend Women in Public Life Statewide Conference


The Southeast Chapter of Women In Public Life (WIPL) has announced its selection of four women to represent Southeast at a statewide leadership conference.

The four women from Southeast chosen to attend this year are Kathleen Meere, a zoology and Spanish major from Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; Amanda Trainor, a political science major from Caruthersville, Mo.; Dana Volkman, a journalism and graphic design major from Washington, Mo.; and Lauren Yoggerst, a psychology major from Springfield, Ill.  McKitrick will return to the Academy this year as the 2004 Sue Shear Institute intern.

Each year, the Sue Shear Institute for Women In Public Life, headquartered at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, sponsors the 21st Century Leadership Academy.  Four women from nine universities in Missouri are chosen each year to attend the week-long conference. Any female student enrolled in Southeast is eligible to apply.  Expenses are paid by the University.

As part of the application process, the applicants submitted an application form, resume and a paragraph describing their interest in public policy.  The selection committee is comprised of former Academy Fellows and Sponsors, two of whom were on hand to announce the 2004 Southeast winners at the “Connecting Worlds” event held April 22.

“Going to the Leadership Academy is a huge honor,” said Julie McKitrick of St. Louis, president of the Southeast Chapter of Women In Public Life and a former Academy Fellow. “It is so important to get more young women involved in public policy.”

The women who attend the Academy will be involved in many networking opportunities, including a dinner at the Junior League in St. Louis and a trip to Jefferson City to participate in a mock legislative debate.

For more information about Women in Public Life, contact Dr. Mary Johnson, WIPL faculty sponsor, at or visit  Questions also may be forwarded to McKitrick at (573) 335-9853 or (314) 602-9077 or