Baesler Chosen For National Leadership Program

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Baesler Chosen For National Leadership Program

BISMARCK, N.D., June 19, 2018 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has been chosen for a national leadership program for women, which will provide training for Baesler to serve as an adviser and mentor for prospective female leaders across the country.

Baesler is one of 25 elected women leaders chosen from across the country for the Governing Institute’s 2019 Women in Government Leadership Program. They were nominated by other elected officials, government agency staffers, and former participants in the program, which has 100 alumnae.

The Institute publishes Governing magazine, a monthly publication that covers politics, policy, government trends and public agency management, as well as a series of specialty newsletters on public finance, government innovation, health, infrastructure and other topics.

The 2019 Women in Government Leadership group includes state legislators, mayors, county officials and other women leaders from 22 states. Baesler and New Jersey Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver are the only two statewide elected officials in the group.

“I think women bring a strong perspective to any level of leadership – city commission, county commission, school boards, park boards, library boards – and I think if we are not having a balanced perspective for our decision-making and leadership skills, then we are missing an important piece,” Baesler said. “When you have different ideas and different experiences making decisions together, the result is often more balanced and probably a better product than if you only consider one vantage point.”

The Women in Government Leadership Program’s participants will attend seminars intended to help them sharpen their leadership skills, craft policy initiatives, mentor other women leaders and play a role in recruiting women candidates for office.

“This national women’s political network becomes more powerful with each new member,” said Julia Burrows, director of the Governing Institute. “Together, the women provide advice and campaign support, recruit and fundraise for future female candidates, and are accelerating the advancement of good governance.”