The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series recently selected its 29th class of Republican women for leadership training in government, politics and public service. Noblesville’s Megan Wiles is one of five representing Hamilton County.
Wiles is a Noblesville Common Council member and is the executive director of the Riverview Health Foundation.
The 20 women in the 2018-19 class are from 11 counties throughout Indiana. They will be formally introduced at the Lugar Series 2018 Opening Reception Oct. 23 at the Ivy Tech Culinary Center Ballroom in Indianapolis. Lugar Series alumna and Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell will serve as the keynote speaker. Wiles is joined by Elizabeth Brier, Teresa Griffin, Kate Snedeker and Angela Morris in representing Hamilton County.
The Lugar Series is a political training program for women with a mission to increase the number and influence of Republican women in elected and appointed governmental positions at the local, state and federal levels. To date, 509 Hoosier women have completed the program.
“This year’s class is comprised of 20 outstanding Hoosier women from multiple industries across the state who bring with them a diverse skill set and background,” Lugar Series Executive Director Anne Hathaway said. “These women are strong leaders who seek to engage in our state and communities. I look forward to seeing how they will utilize their talents and training after they complete the Lugar Series.”
The Lugar Series class meets once a month from October through May for training on public service and running a campaign, networking with state and local leaders and listening to business professionals on societal issues. In the spring, the class takes a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Indiana’s congressional delegation and other national-level officials.