USAO students Amanda Robinson (left) and Robin Francais joined 34 other undergraduate women from across the state for the National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute, a selective program designed to educate, inspire and empower women to become political leaders, in May.

Robinson, Francais join state elite for Women’s Leadership Initiative

Friday, June 14, 2013

Two students at the University of Science and Arts joined a select group of women from Oklahoma’s undergraduate institutions in participating in a National Education for Women’s Leadership Initiative in May.


Robin Francais, a business senior from Oklahoma City, and Amanda Robinson, a political science junior from Moore, met with political, business and non-profit leaders for a series of panel discussions and projects designed to educate, inspire and empower women to become political leaders.


The five-day residential initiative, held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, included skill building workshops, a campaign simulation and a networking day at the State Capitol.


Robinson, who is considering a career in politics after obtaining her law degree, said interacting with women already engaged in the political process helped to clarify her goals.


“I think the thing that sticks out most in my mind was something Rep. Anastasia Pittman told us. ‘Success is what you do for yourself. It’s when you do something for others that you become significant,’” Robinson said.


Francais, who is interested in service through non-profit organizations, thought the experience was valuable.

“I’m not sure that politics are my aspiration,” Francais said, “but it was inspirational to interact with so many like-minded women committed to improving Oklahoma’s future.”


All participants were chosen through a competitive selection process that included submission of a résumé, letters of recommendation and responding to a series of short essay questions.


More information about the program can be obtained by visiting online.