National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership New England traditionally hosts its annual five-day residential program for undergraduate women at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, on the campus of Saint Anselm College. NEW Leadership New England is a leadership training program designed to educate and empower young women to give them the skills to be part of the next generation of women leaders.

The summer program includes workshops for students to actively develop leadership skills such as public speaking and networking, as well as presentations from politically active women throughout New England. Participants will also benefit from the Faculty-in-Residence, a group of women public leaders who serve as mentors for students throughout their stay.

NEW Leadership New England 2009

Made possible by E. Carol Polifroni, RN, EdD, and Susan Furlong, RN, JD, in honor of their mothers, and mothers everywhere, who have encouraged their daughters to be leaders.

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New Leadership New England is a partner of the New Leadership Development Network at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University, and is modeled after CAWP’s New Leadership New Jersey program. It is housed at the Jeanne D. Smith Center for the Study of American Democracy and Citizenship at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College. New Hampshire is home to the nation’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Ossoff, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
Co-Director, NEW Leadership New England
(603) 641-7133
Fax: (603) 222-4112

Jennifer C. Lucas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Politics
Co-Director, NEW Leadership New England
(603) 222-4151
Fax: (603) 222-4112
Faculty page

Seeking Dedicated Women

NEW Leadership accepts undergraduate female students from public and private colleges throughout New England.

The program is open to students from any college major.

  • Applications & Program Dates

    Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. Students who live in New England or attend colleges or universities in New England may apply.

    We are looking for a diverse group of young women who are motivated to learn about women's participation in public life and develop their own leadership skills. Having already demonstrated leadership skills is not a necessary requirement for acceptance; those who show they have the potential for leadership are encouraged to apply.

    Download Application
    Applications must be received in our office no later than March 10, 2018. You will be notified in early April 2018.

    2018 Program Dates

    Our 2018 program will run from June 3rd through June 8th.

  • Tuition

    Many colleges and universities provide co-curricular support for students pursuing academic enrichment programs outside their campuses. In some institutions this support is provided through leadership funding in the offices of the academic deans, with support sometimes coming from department and academic majors. The NEW Leadership program is predicated on students receiving support from their colleges or universities, and students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisors and/or faculty members in their department to determine whether support is available at their institution.

    The program fee is $650 per student. Scholarships are provided on a limited basis.

  • Questions

    If you have any questions, would like to support the program, or would like to participate in NEW Leadership, please contact Elizabeth Ossoff, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, via e-mail at or by phone at (603) 641-7133.

  • Workshop and Panels

    Past conference participants have had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of leadership activities. These have included:

    • Introduction to Women and Politics
    • Public Speaking
    • Projecting a Positive Image
    • Networking
    • Running for Office
    • Trip to the State House
    • Diversity Workshop

    Hands-On Learning

    NEW Leadership students practiced their skills through activities, including:

    • Participation in a political action project
    • Networking
    • Field trips
    • Team building

    Our faculty-in-residence, women involved in New England politics who volunteered their time to mentor students throughout the week, served as a network for participants. Women leaders who are already shaping important decisions in their communities led discussions regularly during the program.

    Past Programs

  • Past Participating Institutions
    • American International College
    • Astnuntuck Community College
    • Bard College at Simon's Rock
    • Bryant University
    • Castleton College
    • Champlain University
    • Colby-Sawyer College
    • Curry College
    • Dartmouth College
    • Fitchburg State College
    • Great Bay Community College
    • Quinnipiac University
    • Mass College of Liberal Arts
    • Middlebury College
    • Mount Holyoke College
    • Norwich University
    • Quinebaug Valley Community College
    • Rivier College
    • Roger Williams University
    • Saint Anselm College
    • Salve Regina University
    • Sacred Heart University
    • St. Joseph's College
    • St. Michael's College
    • Stonehill College
    • University of Connecticut
    • University of Rhode Island
    • UMASS Amherst
    • UMASS Lowell
    • University of New Hampshire
    • University of Vermont
    • Wheaton College
  • Speakers & Presenters (2014)

    We would thank each of our NEW LeadershipTM New England speakers and workshop presenters for the time, passion and knowledge they committed to making the 2015 program a resounding success.

    • Carole Alfano, Public Information Officer, NH Judicial Branch
    • Jana Barresi, Faculty in Residence, Director, Federal Government Relations for Walmart 
    • Loretta Brady, Saint Anselm College, Psychology Department
    • Mary Johanna Brown, Founder and President of Brown & Company Design
    • Patrick Cheetham, Sgt. Londonderry Police Department
    • Jackie Cilley, Faculty in Residence, former NH State Senator
    • Lauren Collins, Broadcast Journalist
    • The Honorable Carol Ann Conboy, Associate Justice, NH Supreme Court
    • Kathleen Davidson, Hage, Hoges, PA
    • Jeanette Davila, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services, Fedcap
    • Gemma Waite French, VP Marketing, Optima Bank
    • Melanie Gosselin, Executive Director, NH Food Bank
    • Jodi Grimbilas, Bianco Professional Association
    • Elizabeth Guyton, Press Secretary for Governor Charlie Baker
    • Kate Hanna, Sheehan, Phiney, Bass & Green
    • Grace Harrington, Chief of Staff & Legal Counsel, Massachusetts State Senate
    • Gail Huff, former TV Anchor and Reporter
    • Wendy Lavallee, First VP, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
    • Neil Levesque, Executive Director, New Hampshire Institute of Politics
    • Chani Marchiselli, Saint Anselm College, English Department
    • Susan McKeown, ARPN, co-founder FASTER
    • Ricia McMahon, Faculty in Residence, former NH State Representative
    • Beth Myers, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Mitt Romney
    • Terie Norelli, President and CEO, New Hampshire Women's Foundation
    • Michele Pesula Kuegler, CEO Peku Publications
    • Gina Powers, Senior Government Relations Advisor, Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C.
    • Alicia Preston, National Press Secretary, Governor George Pataki
    • Alex Puglisi, Owner, Café La Reine
    • Jaye Rancourt, Brennan, Caron, Lenehan and Iacopino
    • Dominique Rust, VP and Chief of Operations, NH Catholic Charities
    • Matt Simon, Marijuana Policy Project
    • Marty Sink, President and CEO of CASA New Hampshire
    • Sarah Stewart, President, b-fresh Consulting, LLC
    • Jennifer Vaughn, News Anchor, WMUR
    • Francine Wendelboe, Former NH State Representative, District 1
    • Danette Wineberg, UNH School of Law
    • Ted Wright, NH Representative, District 8
    • Lisa Wong, Mayor of Fitchburg, MA