The Women in Government Leadership Program, launched in 2014, is a deliberate and strategic effort to increase the number of women elected to state and local office. The Governing Institute program has three primary goals: acknowledge extraordinary elected women by featuring them in Governing magazine, provide leadership development through in-person retreats and pay it forward by mentoring women to run. Each summer, 24 women serving in state and local office and one rising star are selected to participate in the bipartisan national program. Over 100 women are now members of the powerful alumnae network. The Class of 2019 begins their year together in November 2018.