The 22nd Annual Western Regional Conference, attended by 44 legislators from across the region, featured expert speakers from a variety of industries. The conference kicked off with a talk about healthcare plans in Kansas, presented by Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, MD. Higher education in the Midwest was also discussed. Another presentation featured an analysis on prescription drug abuse, and the different approaches prescription drug monitoring programs are using to mitigate abuse. In addition, the conference had programming on domestic violence, mental health, and water quality and quantity in the Midwest.
Programming also featured a documentary Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, a film narrated by Vanessa Williams that deconstructs The Human Papilloma Virus. The film also highlighted the issue of cervical cancer, which is almost exclusively caused by HPV and is the 2nd leading cancer in women.
During the course of the meetings, legislators were offered tours of a nuclear power facility. They also had the privilege of attending a behind-the-scenes look at engineer training at a railway company. These off-site events gave legislators a hands-on experience that provided a deeper understanding of critical policy issues presented at the conference.
The Future Women In Government (FWIG) leadership program, which invites exemplary young women from area universities to participate in a two-day leadership development program, was held in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Midwestern Regional Conference. Students were given the opportunity to network and participate in a leadership roundtable discussion, which brought together legislative and industry professionals in an engaging conversation on leadership and career paths.
Women In Government is proud of the policy conferences it hosted in Kansas City, and the participation of the amazing attendees throughout the weekend. Women In Government will be hosting its upcoming 16th Annual Southern Regional & 17th Annual Eastern Regional Conferences, taking place together, on Thursday, October 8 - Saturday, October 10, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.