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MMR Supports Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life Sponsorship

Saint Louis, MO – May 26, 2016 – Attorneys from the law firm of Mathis, Marifian and Richter, Ltd. attended the annual 21st Century Leadership Academy Dinner and Keynote Address to reaffirm their sponsorship of the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life. For several years, MMR has supported this non-partisan, non-issue institute focused on making government accessible to all Missouri citizens by encouraging women's full participation in the policy process.

Article for news page on website Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life M0415149 html 4a141798The event was the capstone of the Institute’s 21st Century Leadership Academy, an intensive week-long residential leadership development program designed to inspire civic engagement and encourage women’s public sector leadership. This program assembles college women from across the state to learn about the roles of women in politics. Participants learn leadership skills as they discover new ideas and opportunities, evaluate their future careers and consider how they can incorporate public leadership into their future plans.

“Although women are a majority of the population, they make up less than 25 percent of the Missouri Legislature and are minority participants at all levels of public policy leadership,” said Pat Mathis, a shareholder at MMR. “We’re proud to support the Sue Shear Institute and help engage bright, young women to cultivate an interest in public policy and develop the skills needed to participate in all levels of government.”

The Leadership Academy curriculum includes interactive panel discussions, small group exercises, skill-building workshops, and opportunities to network with women leaders who shape public policy in their capacities as elected officials, government leaders and policy advocates. These role models make policy relatable and donate their time to give participants a glimpse of what it means to be a woman in public life. They also help participants develop leadership skills that will increase their effectiveness as policy makers.

Article for news page on website Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life M0415149 html m336f10a2“The 21st Century Leadership Academy program was instrumental in my decision to pursue a career in law,” said Natalie Lorenz, an attorney at MMR, and alumna of the program. “It was a formative experience for me and I’m pleased to be in a position now to help offer this opportunity to other young women.”
To date, more than 500 college women have graduated from the Leadership Academy and now make a difference as leaders in their communities. Fellows of the program build lasting relationships with other Academy alumnae and women leaders who serve as mentors and role models.

About The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life:
The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life is a non-partisan, non-issue institute focused on making government accessible to all Missouri citizens by encouraging women's full participation in the policy process. The Institute for Women in Public Life was founded in the fall of 1996 on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis to assist women in developing the interest and skills necessary to succeed as full participants within government.

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