The number of women in the Wyoming legislature took a hit last fall.  In the session that starts Tuesday there will be 13 women in the House of Representatives and one woman serving in the Senate.

Next month  the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus offers, Leap into Leadership,  two days of programs designed to encourage women toward greater participation in their worlds.  It's a training event that increases and strengthens  leadership skills.

Registration has begun for the event that takes place on February 3rd and 4th in Cheyenne.

Melissa Turley, Coordinator for the Women's Legislative Caucus  sees the November election of two recent graduates as the best  feedback on the programs effectiveness.

"Cynthia Cloud  went on to be elected to State Auditor and Ruth Ann Petroff will be serving district 16 in the House of Representative."

Leap into Leadership 2011 begins with dinner on Thursday addressed by three current legislators. Friday is a day of workshops covering various leadership topics.

"And then there will be a session hosted by the Council of National State Legislatures that talks about how female legislators have been successful and talks about how women across the country have been creating change."

Cost for the event is $60 dollars. Contact the Wyoming Women's Legislative Caucus for more information.

Or follow this link to the Caucus website and registration information.