July 27, 2011
7/27/2011

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and Early Learning Ventures congratulate Lindsay Dolce on her acceptance to the NWLC Progressive Leadership and Advocacy Network!  The NWLC is committed to improving the lives of low income women and their families. The NWLC Progressive Leadership and Advocacy Network (PLAN) program supports a diverse group of emerging advocacy leaders working to make positive change for low-income women and their families.

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and Early Learning Ventures congratulate Lindsay Dolce on her acceptance to the NWLC Progressive Leadership and Advocacy Network!

The NWLC is committed to improving the lives of low income women and their families. The NWLC Progressive Leadership and Advocacy Network (PLAN) program supports a diverse group of emerging advocacy leaders working to make positive change for low-income women and their families.

Each year, 20 emerging policy and advocacy leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to working in a professional capacity to improve the lives of low-income women are selected, on a competitive basis, to attend the PLAN Fall Institute. The PLAN program experience helps participants become more effective advocates by strengthening their leadership and advocacy skills and in-depth policy knowledge.

NWLC has a particular interest in applicants working on women’s access to comprehensive, affordable, high-quality health care; reproductive rights; child care and early education; gender equity in education, dropout prevention, and career and technical education; as well as economic issues affecting women and their families.

Dolce brings her early care and education expertise to the child care and early learning issues addressed by NWLC.  The child care needs of American families have increased sharply as women with children enter the paid workforce in growing numbers and as recognition grows about the importance of high-quality early learning experiences to help children get a strong start. NWLC is working to create and strengthen policies to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of child care and early education.

Intensive Leadership and Policy Development

At the heart of the PLAN program is the Fall Institute, an intensive three-day leadership and policy institute for new participants. The Fall Institute features creative leadership, policy, and advocacy training facilitated by successful leaders and skilled trainers.

After the Fall Institute, NWLC is available to provide individualized technical assistance to PLAN members and collaborate on relevant policy and advocacy initiatives.

The 2011 PLAN class will gather at the Fall Institute, October 12th-October 15th at the Mt. Washington Conference Center near Baltimore, MD. The Spring Institute is an intensive four-day leadership and policy institute for new PLAN participants, featuring creative leadership, policy, and advocacy training facilitated by successful leaders and skilled trainers.

As Senior Program Manager for Early Learning Ventures, Dolce is responsible for three areas: advocacy for education policy change on both a national and state level, developing a national community of leaders in the shared services movement, and working with significant sponsor organizations on effective change. Prior to joining the David and Laura Merage Foundation in 2007, Dolce was a domestic relations attorney for a private practice in Leawood, Kansas. She also worked as a staff assistant to United States Senator J. Robert Kerrey, D-NE, in his Washington D.C. office and was responsible for coordinating VIP relations for the 1998 Omaha Economic Conference on behalf of Senator Kerrey. Lindsay received a B.A. in English, Political Science and International Relations from William Jewell College, studied at St. Peter’s College at Oxford University and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.