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During the week of Oct 26-31, 2018, the US-Asia Institute had the pleasure of hosting IMPACT #1, a delegation of 17 emerging female leaders from Mongolia, as part of its new, five-year leadership and democracy training program for Mongolia’s emerging leaders and elected officials. The purpose of the USAI’s IMPACT Leadership Exchange & Training program is to empower Mongolia’s emerging young leaders with the skills and knowledge to participate in and take on leadership roles in democratic and electoral processes as well as civil society through a series of hands-on training workshops and exchanges in Washington, D.C. and in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

During their time in Washington DC, the IMPACT#1 delegation engaged in comprehensive leadership, media, campaign and democracy training. Whether they were out in the field observing get-out-the-vote efforts at local campaigns, attending briefings by experts at the Congressional Research Center, or practicing public speaking on camera with communications consultants Matt Renninger and Antonio Peronace, these 17 women learned about how to lead in public office and gained the skills needed to run for office.

Interactive roundtable sessions provided delegates an opportunity to discuss important concepts and issues like the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy, the roles of the three branches of the U.S. government and the election process in the United States. Delegates also had the chance to explore some of Washington’s landmarks as they toured the Supreme Court, the Capitol, and the Library of Congress.

The week ended with a graduation ceremony where each delegate was honored with a certificate for their hard work. All of us at the US-Asia Institute would like to thank the delegation of inspiring women for letting USAI be a part of their journey and wish them the best in their future endeavors.