1990 - Establishment of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series
A volunteer board of women in Indiana organized for the purpose of recruiting, training and electing Republican women. As a result of the success of the Lugar Series, women from several other states who shared the vision of recruiting more Republican women to positions in the public arena have worked to implement similar programs.
1993 – Presentation to the Republican National Committee
A presentation about the Lugar Series made to the Republican National Committee (RNC) triggered action in several states and ultimately resulted in a nationwide expansion effort initiated by the RNC. The group of series created was organized under the National Excellence in Public Service Series, and is also referred to as The Winning Women Series.
1995 - Illinois Becomes First Expansion State with the Lincoln Series
Quickly to follow in 1998, New Jersey began the Whitman Series in honor of Governor Christy Todd Whitman. Ohio began its JoAnn Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute in 2000.
2001 – The RNC Invests in The Winning Women’s Series
Following the election of George W. Bush as president, the RNC invested $250,000 to make sure every state in the country could have a women’s leadership development program if they wanted one. Pennsylvania kicked off the Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series. New Hampshire has the Vesta Roy Series, Minnesota has the North Star Series, Connecticut has the Nutmeg Series, and California has the Marian Bergeson Series. There are two mini-versions: New York Empire Women and Kentucky Women's Roundtable. Other organizations are established or underway in Alaska, Florida, Delaware, Nevada, West Virginia, Arizona, Hawaii, South Carolina, Massachusetts and North Dakota.
2006 - The Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series Begins
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series was established through the generosity and encouragement of the late Mr. John Uhlman, a resident of Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
Many women were instrumental in founding the Eisenhower Series. Click here for a list of Founding Board Members.