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St. Cloud, M.N. – Yesterday, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) hosted the first session of the 2023 Young Women’s Leadership Program (YWLP) at the St. Cloud Police Department. Since 2016, Congressman Emmer’s office has hosted the YWLP with the goal of connecting high-school-aged female students in the Sixth Congressional District with local women leaders for guidance and mentorship.

The first session was focused on leading and operating as a team under pressure and featured remarks from:
  • Commander Lori Ellering, St. Cloud Police Department
  • Officer Debora Ocloo, St. Cloud Police Department
  • Officer Lauren Weisser, St. Cloud Police Department
  • Fire Chief Judy Thill, Inver Grove Heights Fire Department
  • Assistant Fire Chief Jenell Wood, Richfield Fire Department
  • Marcia Anderson, EMT at M Health Fairview and Minnesota Ambulance Association Star of Life Recipient (Retired)
  • Rose Pelzel, America’s first female EMT and American Ambulance Association Star of Life Recipient (Retired)
“We are excited to kick off this year’s Young Women’s Leadership Program in St. Cloud. The program focused on helping students lead in crises and work with a team, all useful skills for the classroom, extracurriculars, and future careers,” Emmer said.  

“Thanks to our guests for their involvement in this outstanding program and to the St. Cloud Police Department for hosting,” Emmer concluded.

This was the first of three sessions that will take place during the 2023 Young Women’s Leadership Program. Future topics include financial literacy and mental health management.

You can read more about the Young Women’s Leadership Program here.