The Policy Circle in the Press

The Policy Circle appears in print, online, broadcast media and in podcasts across the nation.

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    • Bari Weiss Announced as Keynote Speaker for The Policy Circle's Leadership Summit

    • The Policy Circle is pleased to announce that journalist, author, founder, and editor of The Free Press, Bari Weiss, will be headlining the organization’s annual gathering of civic-minded leaders. From 2017 to 2020, Weiss was an opinion writer and editor at The New York Times. Before that, she was an op-ed and book review editor at The Wall Street Journal and a senior editor at Tablet Magazine.

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    • Bowe Stewart Foundation Invests in Women as Civic Leaders

    • The Policy Circle will deploy the gift to expand its reach and build civic leaders amongst the U.S. Military & Veterans Communities

      The Peter Bowe and Barbara Stewart Foundation announced support to fund a multi-year initiative to diversify and expand the reach of The Policy Circle, a nonpartisan organization that informs and equips women to be impactful civic leaders. Specifically, this initiative will support scaling and prioritized outreach to targeted demographics through The Policy Circle’s Civic Leadership Engagement Roadmap (CLER) program.

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    • Leaders and Legends Podcast: An Interview with Angela Braly

    • Angela Braly served as president and chief executive officer of WellPoint (now Anthem). She comes on the ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast to discuss her career, growing up in Texas, and the importance of female executives in the corporate and non-profit world. Braly discussed The Policy Circle and the need for organizations to get women more engaged in public policy with co-host Danielle Shockey, CEO, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

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    • Learning to Debate Again

    • Sylvie Légère is leading a national movement to challenge the way Americans debate ideas. She calls it, The Policy Circle. Sylvie joins Joe Watkins, Host of State of Independence, to explain how it’s actually possible to disagree on the issues without being ugly and disagreeable.

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    • Voting Is Your Superpower... LIVE From SheVotes Event Feat. The Policy Circle

    • During this month’s Sphere focus, we covered so many important topics surrounding Freedom. But what they all came back to USING YOUR VOICE to be the change you want to see in the world. And one of the best examples of that is VOTING.

      Voting is an opportunity to make meaningful change – an opportunity that we’re so lucky to have here in America. So how are you going to use that opportunity to make an impact?

      Making an impact can come in so many forms… Whether it be voting, lobbying, running for office, volunteering, or just standing up for what you believe in. But what all those things have in common is key: Policy.

      The Policy Circle is a nonprofit organization that helps you take ownership of what you want to change so that you can make a real impact. And during our freedom event SheVotes, we hosted a Policy Circle of our own… So follow along with us as we dive into the topic of VOTING.

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    • The Policy Circle Releases Financial Literacy Brief

    • The Policy Circle, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women to take action on policy issues, recently released its Financial Literacy Brief. The brief includes relevant statistics and resources about the state of financial literacy in the United States among groups such as women, minorities, veterans and students. Its purpose is to inspire and equip women who gather in “circles” across the United States to become catalysts for positive change in the policy world.

      “We want to ignite civic engagement,” said Sylvie Légère, co-founder of The Policy Circle. “Our mission is to provide women these briefs and this forum to discuss.”

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    • You Said It: ‘Governor Pritzker: Hear Our Stories, Save Our Communities’

    • A study published this past April by the National Bureau of Economic Research on the Impact of COVID-19 on Gender Equality shows that only 22 percent of female workers are employed in highly telecommutable occupations. In this crisis, women lost 11.3 million jobs of the 20.5 million US jobs lost in April, announced by BLS. According to the Illinois Department of Labor, women hold 52% of leisure, food preparation and service occupations, and over 75% of the personal care jobs, the office support, and the healthcare practitioners and 73% of retail jobs. For the first time in a recession, women’s employment and lives are the ones most impacted. Who is speaking for us? No one.

      Our governor, JB Pritzker, can save the fabric of our neighborhoods and our livelihoods.

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    • Full Circle - Sheridan Road Magazine

    • Self-described entrepreneur and advocate for policy dialogue Sylvie Légère Ricketts launched The Policy Circle in 2015 following casual, dynamic, intellectually-charged discussions with her Wilmette neighbors. Women met regularly in Ricketts’ living room, the small group’s far-reaching conversations spanned from global issues to current events.

      To elevate and expand these conversations, Légère, along with co-founders Angela Braly and Kathryn Hubbard, established The Policy Circle.

      The organization’s vision is that “women across the nation are connected and engaged in their communities, openly sharing their views, and taking a leadership role in public policy dialogue on what human creativity can accomplish in a free market economy.” Its mission is to inform, inspire, and develop community leaders.

      “We hope to see continued growth as The Policy Circle encourages women to step out of their comfort zones to achieve their own goals as community leaders in the U.S. and beyond. We also plan to incorporate Millennial women, to help mentor them and build their networks,” says Légère. “At the end of the day, we want to ignite those fires within women, to ensure that everyone has a voice.”

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    • Teneo Network SitRoom Podcast with Evan Baehr

    • The Policy Circle co-founder Sylvie Legere Ricketts joined Evan Baehr on Teneo Network’s The SitRoom podcast to discuss The Policy Circle’s innovative round-table discussion model which give women confidence to share free-market beliefs. Also in this episode: U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado on China’s role in the coronavirus pandemic, and how to protect America’s energy future; Project Veritas‘ James O’Keefe; Babylon Bee editor Seth Dillon on the importance of laughter in serious times.

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    • The Policy Circle’s Indiana State Leadership Council Honors Women’s Suffrage

    • “Women’s Suffrage in Indiana” Policy Brief Released & Suffrage Artwork Unveiled at Centennial Event

      INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 24, 2020)— The Policy Circle launched a new policy brief Women’s Suffrage in Indiana​ at an event hosted by the group’s Indiana State Leadership Council (SLC) on January 22. More th​an 100 ​women and men gathered at the Indiana Historical Society to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment in Indiana on January 16. The brief was written in collaboration with Indiana Humanities. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch attended and delivered remarks about the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.

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    • Katie Glick, Statewide Co-Chair for the Indiana State Leadership Council, Appointed by Indiana Governor to Judicial Nominating Commission

    • Ice Miller LLP is proud to congratulate Katie Glick, agribusiness strategy manager in the Food and Agribusiness Group, on her recent appointment to the Judicial Nominating Commission by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. She will serve until December 31, 2022.

      “I am honored by Governor Holcomb’s appointment and trust in my ability to serve our state. Our judicial system is a critical branch of our government and impacts every citizen,” said Katie. “From selecting candidates for vacancies on Indiana’s appellate courts to selecting the Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, I look forward to serving the commission and my fellow Hoosiers.”

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    • LETTER: A policy what? Talking in circles

    • EDITOR: My name is Erica Shields and I am a Littleton, Colorado resident, Mom to four, wife to Ron, and Policy Circle Leader.

      A Policy what?

      Let’s start with the organization, The Policy Circle, fact-based, nonpartisan framework that inspires women living in the same community to connect, learn about and discuss public policies that impact creativity. The Policy Circle is an organization that is dedicated to advancing women’s leadership through expanding awareness for the impact of public policy in our society. Think: book club, but in lieu of a single author, series, or set, we read The Policy Circle-prepared briefs on topics like immigration, cybersecurity, and Venezuela. Each brief holds true to it’s non-partisan promise, having been vetted by researchers with industry and topical expertise!

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    • Three questions every woman should be asking themselves ahead of the 2020 election

    • President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”

      Both in the Presidential election of 2020 and in every election, we as voters have the power to change our communities and our country. While I have been involved in politics for years as an author, talk show host, and political consultant, I only recently became a Policy Circle leader, a relatively new ‘role’ which has inspired me to think in a more focused way about the idea that if more women understand and shape how policies shape our country, the more prepared we will all be for the 2020 election.

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    • Admiral Mike Rogers joins The Roe Conn Show with Anna Davlantes!

    • Admiral Mike Rogers, former Director of the NSA & Central Security Service Chief joins The Roe Conn Show with Anna to discuss the roles of government, business, and legislators in protecting citizen’s privacy and connectivity, also highlighting his experience at the 2019 Policy Circle Leadership Summit.

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    • The Policy Circle: Whitney's Women

    • Co-Founder, Sylvie Légère was interviewed as past of The Whitney Reynolds Show, November 23, 2019.

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    • "Using Your Voice to Ignite Creativity and Change" featuring Co-Founder and Philanthropist, Sylvie Légère

    • This is 30 minutes of pure next level gems! After listening to co-fonder of the Policy Circle and philanthropist, Sylvie Légère, you can probably start a business or do some serious creative problem solving at your place of employment. We discuss using civil discourse to get your voice heard, personal missions, brand associations and the importance of implementing growth goals! Listen, be inspired and tell us what you think!

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    • Kristin Fair Combs of Michigan Earns National Award from Women’s Policy Organization

    • CHICAGO — On November 15th, 2019, The Policy Circle, a national nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)3 organization committed to advancing women’s leadership through expanding knowledge of the impact of public policy on our society hosted its Fourth Annual Policy Circle Leadership Summit in Chicago.   The Summit featured national thought leaders such as former NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers and Ambassador Nancy Brinker and CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

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    • Lake Forest Woman Earns National Award From Women's Policy Organization

    • Janet Burt of Illinois Earns National Award from Women’s Policy Organization

      On November 15th, 2019, The Policy Circle, a national nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)3 organization committed to advancing women’s leadership through expanding knowledge of the impact of public policy on our society hosted its Fourth Annual Policy Circle Leadership Summit in Chicago.

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    • St. Louis women make their voices heard across policy, not politics

    • For any professional — young or old, executive or entry level — diversification of experience is the key to performance and something we should always strive towards. The search for diversification around women who are pushing the envelope is what brought us to The Policy Circle, a national 501(c)(3) that brings together women in the same community to learn from fact-based research and strengthen their voices in public policy dialogue, made possible only by the commitment of local women to come together to further their intellectual capacity around policy.

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    • A Neighbor’s Perspective on LA’s Homeless Crisis

    • THE CITY–Homelessness in LA has run rampant. The blight has moved way beyond Skid Row to neighborhoods in every council district, affecting the quality of life for hard-working, tax-paying Angelenos in a sad and profound way.

      I moved to LA from Chicago in 2013 for the amazing SoCal lifestyle, and the decline I have witnessed here in such a short period of time is mind boggling. There’s widespread discontent with the way state and local governments are dealing with the homeless crisis, yet no one holds our elected officials accountable.

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    • “I think it’s fair to say that the international system feels, at this point, a bit chaotic,” the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, Condoleezza Rice, told an audience at DePauw University tonight.  “It feels even dangerous.  And I want to suggest to you that the reason that that’s the case is that we’re not actually experiencing a crisis here or there … but rather what we’re seeing is the kind of breakdown of the order as we’ve known it and come to take it for granted for the last 70-plus years,” she told a crowd of 1,260 in Kresge Auditorium.

      Presenting a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture, Rice, whose latest book is To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth (co-authored by by Philip Zelikow), presented opening remarks and then engaged in a conversation with her friend, 1974 DePauw graduate Kathy Fortune Hubbard, a businesswoman, public policy activist and philanthropist who is a founder of two nonprofits: The Policy Circle and Bridges of Understanding. She serves on the board of the American Federation for Children and DePauw’s Board of Trustees.

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    • The Policy Circle Bringing Women Into the National Conversation

    • October 2019

      The Policy Circle is more than a book group for future public leaders; it celebrates discussion, debate, and self-education in important topics for its own sake.  Journalist Alexandra Hudson shares on Catalyst her experience participating in a policy circle in Indiana.

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    • Policy Circles: Their Influence and Possibilities

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    • St. Louis Policy Circle Members Host Community Forum about County Merger

    • Policy Circle women asked questions about the implications of merging St. Louis City into the county and the impact on the school systems.

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    • Sylvie Légère Ricketts honored at Women's Empowerment Summit

    • March 2019

      Quad County Urban League hosted the fifth annual Women’s Empowerment Summit, where Sylvie was one of the honorees.

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    • Angela Braly featured in The Trident magazine

    • Spring 2019

      Co-Founder, Angela Braly, and The Policy Circle featured in this publication for Delta Delta Delta alumnae.

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    • Laura Cox Kaplan interviews founder, Sylvie Legere

    • February 16, 2018

      Laura Cox Kaplan and Sylvie Legere discuss the importance of civic engagement.

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    • Sylvie Légère, Nicole Fox and Kimberly Chalek: Promoting women in leadership

    • April 4, 2017

      Regardless of which side of the aisle you’re on, our country is entering a time of change, in which women need to take positions of leadership. That’s easier said than done. In the 115th Congress, there are 104 women (78 Democrats and 26 Republicans). That’s 19 percent of Congress….

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    • Government Inadequate Without Women's Voices

    • February 18, 2017

      If you caught news coverage of the women’s marches held across the nation Jan. 21, you would believe females are integral to the nation’s political conversation. While the marches might be a launching pad for elected office, females have a long way to go to have real political clout – particularly in Indiana…

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    • Sylvie Legérè on Chicago's Morning Answer

    • September 21, 2016

      What is the policy circle and why are so many women getting involved? Sylvie Legérè Ricketts explains.

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    • Braly’s new nonprofit, the Policy Circle, aims to put more women in power.

    • April 25, 2016

      The former CEO of WellPoint and regular on Forbes’s annual lists of the most powerful women and people in the country, Braly has lain low since resigning in 2012. Now, through the lawyer’s new Indiana-based nonprofit—The Policy Circle, a network of living-room, book club–type forums for matters of public interest—Braly wants to put more women in power….

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