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Pittsburgh’s International Women’s Forum Provides Funding in Support of the 2017 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics

PITTSBURGH:  The Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), a global organization comprised of more than 6,500 dynamic women leaders in thirty-five countries and seventy-six forums around the world, has provided financial funding to help support the 2017 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics event. The gift was made in honor of Elsie Hillman, who passed away in 2015.

The Hillman Chair in Women and Politics is an annual event hosted at Chatham University by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP), which was endowed by Mrs. Hillman and the Hillman Foundation in 2003.  The Hillman Chair focuses on women in politics, and has hosted a number of notable speakers, including recent speakers: political commentators Mary Matilin and Donna Brazile (2016), and world-renowned journalists Cokie Roberts (2015) and Gwen Ifill (2014). The 2017 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics event will be held in Spring 2017 on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus.

“Like so many others, we at the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics miss Elsie,” stated PCWP Executive Director Dr. Dana Brown. “It means a lot to us that the IWF would recognize her commitment to women’s political leadership with a financial gift in support of the success of this year’s Hillman Chair,” continued Brown.

The gift was presented by Susie Shipley, IWF Chapter President, and  accepted on behalf of PCWP by Chatham University Board of Trustees member and alumna, Jane Burger ’66.

About the International Women’s Forum
The International Women’s Forum is a unique organization comprised of more than 6,500 dynamic women leaders in thirty-five countries and seventy-six forums around the world. IWF members span careers, cultures and continents, however they are wholly aligned in their commitment to building better global leadership. The International Women’s Forum builds better global leadership across careers, continents and cultures by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. For more information, visit http://iwforum.org.

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women & 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 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. For more information, visit www.pcwp.org.

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