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The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University to host annual women’s leadership institute June 3-8

PITTSBURGH (June 3, 2013) … 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 2013, to be held Monday, June 3, through Saturday, June 8, will host 40 women from 21 colleges and universities across Pennsylvania. 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 $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation, which identifies and supports the efforts its operating regions to produce an abundant and well-trained workforce, a diverse and economically viable business climate, and an environmentally safe and stable infrastructure.

“At EQT, we believe strongly in supporting programs that prepare the talent in our operating regions to be future leaders,” said Charlene Petrelli, President, EQT Foundation. “Educational opportunities such as Chatham’s National Education for Women’s Leadership Pennsylvania Program play a critical role in the economic success of the communities that will be touched by these women. The EQT Foundation is proud to support this future generation of leaders.”

NEW Leadership 2013 will include a dinner honoring The Honorable Barbara Hafer, who took office as Pennsylvania’s 74th treasurer in January 1997, following eight years of public service as the state’s auditor general. She was reelected treasurer in November 2000. Through her work in both offices, she has earned a reputation as a critic of government waste and advocate of fiscal openness and accountability.

This year’s program will also feature practitioner-in-residence Nancy Bocskor, author of “Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors: A Practical Guide to Fundraising” and a professor of strategic communication and fundraising at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

A sought-after speaker and internationally renowned expert in applied democracy, she is a trainer and consultant whose client list includes citizen activists and organizations in the United States and abroad. Bocskor serves on the board of Running Start, an organization that encourages young women to enter public service. She served as a faculty member of The 2012 Project, a program sponsored by the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics to encourage women to run for political office. A past vice president of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, she chaired the school’s Curriculum Committee for five years. Nancy recently joined the Board of Advisors for the Center for Second Service, an organization dedicated to getting veterans elected to Congress and sponsored by George Washington University.

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.

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