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The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics to host annual women’s leadership institute May 31-June 5, 2015

PITTSBURGH– The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University will host the annual National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership™ Pennsylvania program, a weeklong intensive institute for women college students from colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania. NEW Leadership 2015 will be held Sunday, May 31, through Friday, June 5, and will bring 43 students from 30 different colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to the Chatham University campus.

The program cultivates the next generation of young women leaders by focusing on the role of women in politics and policy making in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  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 the development of action skills in advocacy and leadership.

This year’s program is supported in part by a $30,000 grant from the EQT Foundation, which identifies and supports the efforts of its our operating regions to produce an abundant and well-trained workforce, a diverse and economically viable business climate, and an environmentally safe and stable infrastructure.

“The EQT Foundation is proud to provide continuing support for Chatham’s National Education for Women’s Leadership Pennsylvania Program,” said Charlene Petrelli, President, EQT Foundation. “Supporting education initiatives and community growth in the areas where we operate is a priority for EQT and we believe completely in programs that educate and prepare the region’s future leaders. Opportunities such as this program play a critical role in the economic success of the communities that will be touched by these talented women.”

NEW Leadership 2015 is also supported by an Activating Leadership grant from EILEEN FISHER which seeks to encourage the natural leadership qualities within women and girls, so they are
able to find their voices, build inner strength and develop the confidence to pursue what really matters.

NEW Leadership 2015 will include a Keynote event featuring Republican National Commiteewoman Christine Toretti who is a pioneer in many walks of life. She was the Chairman and CEO of the S.W. Jack Drilling Co., the largest privately-held land based drilling company in the United States. Christine is the Founder and Chair of both the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series in Pennsylvania and the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series in Arizona. She was appointed to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education by Governor Tom Ridge and to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission by Governor Mark Schweiker.

This year’s program will also feature two practitioners-in-residence: Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin and the Honorable Erin Molchany. Justice Baldwin has dedicated eighteen years of her life to the Pennsylvania judiciary where she served with distinction. She was nominated by Governor Edward G. Rendell to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve an interim term in 2005 and was later overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate. She retired from the Court in 2008. Prior to her nomination to the Supreme Court, she served on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for over 16 years in the Civil, Family and Juvenile Divisions.

Rep. Molchany was appointed in 2015 to serve as Director of the Southwest Office of Governor Tom Wolf. In this capacity, she assists communities and stakeholders by representing the Governor and serving as his liaison in 16 Counties within Southwestern PA. Prior to working in the Wolf Administration, Ms. Molchany was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives where she served from 2013-2014.

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University
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 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.