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Assemblywomen Annette Quijano and L. Grace Spencer have been selected as two of only 50 legislators from across the nation to participate in the State Legislative Leaders Foundation’s 2011 Emerging Leaders Program to be held in July at The University of Virginia’s renowned Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

The Emerging Leaders Program is designed for those men and women who are judged by their peers to be likely future leaders in their state. Quijano and Spencer were nominated for the program by Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.

“This is a tremendous honor, one I am wholeheartedly looking forward to,” said Quijano (D-Union). “I am extremely honored that Speaker Oliver felt compelled to nominate me for this prestigious program. I look forward to taking the skills and knowledge gained through this experience back to Trenton to continue working to create a better New Jersey for all our residents.”

“I am humbled by Speaker Oliver’s confidence in my leadership potential,” said Spencer (D-Essex/Union). “This will be a tremendous opportunity to explore new pathways into effective public service. I welcome any opportunity that will create a stronger foundation for me to represent my constituents.”

The goal of the Emerging Leaders Program is to inspire men and women to continue their careers in public service.

For three days, participants will convene for a series of intense interactive and often provocative discussions led by distinguished faculty from the University of Virginia’s Darden School. During the program, Quijano, Spencer and others will have numerous opportunities to measure their expertise and knowledge against some of the most successful political and business leaders in the nation.

The State Legislative Leaders Foundation, a national, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit will provide a full scholarship to the program for each participating legislator.