Posted: July 15, 2015 | Senator Breen

National program prepares legislators to work across the aisle on important issues

Senator Cathy Breen of Falmouth

Senator Cathy Breen of Falmouth

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – Democratic Senator Cathy Breen of Falmouth was selected for and completed the Emerging Leaders program sponsored by the State Legislative Leadership Foundation (SLLF), July 6-9, 2015.  The mission of SLLF is “to educate and inspire our nation’s current and future state legislative leaders to excellence, without regard for party, politics, or ideology.”  SLLF chooses one legislator from each state to participate in the Emerging Leaders program taught by the faculty of The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.  SLLF requires that legislators leave their party affiliation “at the door” so they can speak freely and build bridges with colleagues of all political stripes from across the entire country.

“The SLLF Emerging Leaders program was an amazing experience.  I feel fortunate that SLLF chose me as their legislator from Maine.  The faculty was world class.  Working and learning with legislators from all over the United States – from Kodiak Island, Alaska, Lincoln, Nebraska, Douglass County, Mississippi, and more – was an extraordinary privilege.  I took away so much new information and learning that I’m eager to bring home to Maine,” Breen said.

In addition to discussions on Plato’s Republic and Marshall Goldsmith’s writing on leadership, Breen and her classmates delved deeply into readings and group work on Ethics with Darden Professor Ed Freeman, Ph.D., an international expert on Business Ethics.  Assistant Professor Mary Margaret Frank, Ph.D., led a half-day session on public-private partnerships and recent innovations in financing of long-term public challenges like improving health care and reducing poverty.

Breen Emerging Leaders