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The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University to present bi-partisan conference Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh on Jan. 12

PITTSBURGH (January 3, 2013)… For the second year, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University is hosting a campaign school for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system. Attendees receive one-stop training on running for office or getting involved in public life and will learn from prominent elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, party officials, and policy experts. The January 12 one-day bi-partisan conference, Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Chatham’s Shadyside campus in the Mellon Board Room. The cost to attend is $65. 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 interactive media training with Chris Jahnke, a political communications specialist who has coached more women elected officials and candidates than any other trainer. Jahnke was an advisor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and has played a large role behind the scenes at the Democratic National Convention. Attendees will also receive training on successful fundraising led by Nancy Bocskor, author of Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors: A Practical Guide to Fundraising. Bocskor is a professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and has served on the board of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale for seven years and chaired the school’s curriculum committee for five years. Other sessions will help participants to navigate Pennsylvania’s political parties and learn how to develop campaign plans.

“As of January 2013, Pennsylvania is ranked 38th in the nation when it comes to women’s representation,” says Brown. “That is an increase from last year’s rankings, but unfortunately we as a state have only improved our ranking because other states did worse. “We are still hanging around 17.8 percent of women in the state legislature, which is a very slight increase from last year. We have never had a female governor or U.S. senator. Moreover, the majority of our county governments are led by men.

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, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of a historic, undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business & entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 as a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, has been named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green Honor Roll as one of the most environmentally responsible universities in the U.S. and Canada, received a STARS Gold Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and is the alma mater of environmental icon and Silent Spring author, Rachel Carson (class of ’29).

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