ROBERTA GASSMAN ON WOMEN TAKING THE LEAD IN GOVERNMENT

Guest: Roberta Gassman….

Roberta Gassman was the recipient of this year’s Legacy Award from the Wisconsin Women in Government, an award which honors a woman who has made significant professional contributions throughout her career to local, state, and/or national government.

Roberta Gassman’s career has spanned over 46 years and has taken her from working with teens and elderly as a social worker to key roles in the public arena – most notably serving as Secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development in the Doyle Administration and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Obama Administration.

Today, Roberta Gassman has taken her experience into the academic setting where she is a Senior Fellow with the UW-Madison School of Social Work teaching an advanced graduate course on Influencing Political Systems for Social Change. She is also is on the faculty of the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program.

On this program, Roberta Gassman reflects on her own career path, what it is like to work in the public arena in high-profile positions, and she shares her perspective on the wave of women moving from supporting issues and policies to running for elected office and winning. Are we entering a new era? The answer is in the voting.