Chatham News

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University presents Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
December 12, 2011 

PITTSBURGH (December 12, 2011)… The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University is hosting a new campaign school for women considering entering the political arena. The Jan. 21 one-day bi-partisan conference, Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh, will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus in the Mellon Board Room. The cost to attend is $50. Register online at

“This campaign school is distinctive in that it is bi-partisan and does not cost participants a great deal of time or treasure,” says Dana Brown, executive director of the PCWP.

Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh will feature media and public speaking training with Deb Sofield, a national award-winning speaker and executive speech and presentations coach, and a session titled “Fundraising for Success” by Nancy Bocskor, internationally renowned political speaker and educator.

Other sessions will help participants to navigate Pennsylvania’s political parties and learn how to develop campaign plans.

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

The first center to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the PCWP 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

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