Chatham News

Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz to receive Hollander Award for Women’s Leadership

U.S. Representative Schwartz will give free public lecture on the importance of women in public leadership on March 13

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie,
Senior Public Relations Specialist
March 2, 2012

PITTSBURGH (March 2, 2012)… The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and Chatham University will present the 2012 Hollander Award for Women’s Leadership to Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, according to an announcement by Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D., Chatham president. The Hollander Award biannually recognizes a woman leader who has made significant contributions to her community and who serves as an exemplary role model for other women. Congresswoman Schwartz will give a free public lecture on the importance of women in public leadership at 5:30 p.m. on March 13 in the Campbell Memorial Chapel, on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Prior registration is recommended. Online registration is available on Chatham’s event page.

Limited parking is available in the Library Parking Lot (enter via Murray Hill Avenue); carpooling is encouraged. Visit for directions and parking locations.

Representative Schwartz will be available for a small number of media questions or interviews prior to the lecture at 5 PM. For specific interview requests, please contact Amanda Ritchie at or 412-365-1125.

About Representative Schwartz
U.S. Representative Schwartz is serving her fourth term representing Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. Labeled a “rising star” by POLITICO, Schwartz plays a central role in debates on health care, the federal budget, and tax policy. As the sole female member of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, the Philadelphia Daily News praises her as a “local trailblazer” for women in politics.

Schwartz has repeatedly broken new ground in the state’s political structure, when she became the third woman to serve in the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1991 and the sixth Pennsylvania woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.

A member of the House Budget Committee since 2005, Schwartz is an outspoken critic of deficit spending. In the 112th Congress, she was named to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She is also vice chair of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of moderate members of the U.S. House of Representatives who are dedicated to the prosperity and security of American families and businesses.

This year, the American Medical Association honored Schwartz with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. In 2011, she received the Champion of Innovation Award from the Healthcare Leadership Council and the 2011 Distinguished Community Health Defender Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). In 2010, she received the American College of Physicians’ Public Service Award for her efforts in the health care reform law. That same year, she received the Patient Advocate Foundation’s Health Care Hero Award, for her work to eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

About the Hollander Award
The Hollander Award for Women in Leadership biannually recognizes a woman leader who has made significant contributions to her community and who serves as an exemplary role model for other women. Part of the award includes a funded visit to the Chatham campus, allowing the recipient the opportunity to meet with students and help them appreciate and explore the potential contributions they can make to society. Past recipients include Joan Blades, co-founder of; Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; Former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky; The Honorable Cynthia A. Baldwin; and The Honorable Monica McWilliams, member of the Northern Ireland Parliament and co-founder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition political party.

The Hollander Women’s Leadership Fund was established by Barbara Stone Hollander ’60 and Thomas Hollander, Esq. to support initiatives that encourage the preparation of Chatham women as public leaders by bringing outstanding women leaders to the campus and funding an annual student award for an experiential opportunity in leadership development. Previous student activities include attendance at the Beijing Women’s Conference and internships with the Gore Presidential Campaign and in the Irish Parliament. 

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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