In-Person, Virtual

Clinton Presidential Center Presents “The History and Research of Vital Voices Global Partnership”

Join us on Wednesday, April 3 at noon for a program that highlights the history and research behind the work between Vital Voices Global Partnership and the Clinton School of Public Service.

Register here to attend the program in person at the Clinton Presidential Center or to tune in live online.

Dean Victoria DeFrancesco Soto will moderate a discussion with panelists:

  • Alyse Nelson | Vital Voices President & CEO
  • Ophelia Akoto (’22) | Clinton School Graduate and McLarty Scholar
  • Rodrigo Santos Legaspi (’22) | Clinton School Graduate and McLarty Scholar

In 2012, the McLarty Scholars program was established by Donna and Mack McLarty through Vital Voices Global Partnership to provide students with substantive opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, research, international experience, and cross-cultural understanding.

In more than a decade since, the program has allowed Clinton School students to work directly with global women’s issues and international women’s advocacy while gaining first-hand experience in monitoring, evaluation, and applied research.

In February 2023, the culmination of years of McLarty Scholars’ work resulted in the development of a new research tool that entities can use to better evaluate how local governance and programming has enhanced or impeded the development of women leaders.

Ophelia Akoto and Rodrigo Santos Legaspi contributed to this research during their time as McLarty Scholars. The two also served as co-authors of “Evaluating a woman’s leadership journey and impact by adapting contribution mapping and analysis tools,” published in New Directions for Evaluation, which tackles the challenges of measuring program impact in advancing women’s leadership.

This groundbreaking research, along with stories behind the formation, launch, and continued work of the program, will be discussed by the panelists.

Clinton Presidential Center Presents is a partnership between the Clinton Foundation, Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, and Clinton Presidential Library.