Chatham News

Chatham University hosts women’s leadership institute

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
June 3, 2011

PITTSBURGH (June 3, 2011) …Chatham University’s Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) will host the National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership™ Pennsylvania program, a week-long intensive institute for female students from colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania. The program cultivates the next generation of young women leaders by addressing the under-representation of women in the political arena in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The institute will take place June 5-10 at Chatham’s Shadyside Campus and will include an overnight visit to Harrisburg, where the group will tour the Capitol and attend panel discussions on how women make a difference in government, with Rep. Dan Frankel (D-23); Sen. Jay Costa (D-43); Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-4); Sen. Jane Earll (R-49); Rep. Louise Williams Bishop (D-192); Rep. Cherelle Parker (D-200); Sen. Judy Schwank (D-11); Alexis Barbieri, executive deputy attorney general; Kelly Powell Logan, secretary of administration; Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt (Commonwealth Court) and Judge Rochelle S. Friedman (Commonwealth Court) in attendance.

This year’s program features practitioners-in-residence former congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper and La’Tasha Mayes, founder and executive director of New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice. As practitioners-in-residence Ms. Dahlkemper and Ms. Mayes will live with the students for the entire week to mentor and facilitate leadership development.

Modeled after a program established by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, the institute features such topics as leadership in a diverse society, current and historical approaches to women’s participation in politics, networking with Pennsylvania women leaders and action skills in advocacy and leadership.


About the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non–partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment and action.

The first to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the center integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education and coalition building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics and provides timely analysis on women’s issues. The center is also home to the University’s membership in Project Pericles—a select group of liberal arts colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to promoting participatory citizenship and social responsibility.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy was established in 1998 through the generosity of the Hillman Foundation, Inc. and the Maurice Falk Medical Foundation. It was then reconceived and endowed in 2003, by the Hillman Foundation.

About Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit