State Rep. Barbara Massey Reece (D-Menlo) was selected to participate in the “Southern Women in Public Service Leadership: Bridging the Partisan Divide” summit meeting, sponsored by the Stennis Center for Public Service and held May 2-3 in Atlanta.

Rep. Reece was among 125 women holding elected positions from throughout the South who were invited, including state legislators, county commissioners, mayors, city council members and other elected officials. The goal of the conference is to encourage, promote and strengthen women’s leadership in the South and seek ways for women leaders to bridge the partisan divide to strengthen public service leadership.

“One of the strengths of the Stennis Center’s efforts to promote women’s leadership is bipartisanship,” said William “Brother” Rogers of the Stennis Center, based in Starkville, Miss. “With so many outstanding women in both major political parties, this venue is an excellent opportunity to find common ground on a common purpose. Our goal is not to reach agreement, but to learn from dialogue how we can each strengthen our own capacity to lead more efficiently.”

Featured speakers included Marjorie Margolies, founder and president of Women’s Campaign International; Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University; and Deb Sofield, president of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.

Rep. Reece just completed her 12th legislative session in the Georgia House of Representatives and is running unopposed for re-election to a seventh two-year term. She serves on the House Education Committee, the Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment Committee, the Science & Technology Committee and the State Institutions & Property Committee. She has served as Secretary of the House Rural Caucus since its inception eight years ago.