PITTSBURGH– The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University recently hosted the annual National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership™ Pennsylvania program, a weeklong intensive institute for women college students focused on the role of women in politics and policy making in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. NEW Leadership 2017 was held Sunday, June 4, through Friday, June 9, and brought over 40 students from 24 different colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to the Chatham University campus.
The program cultivates the next generation of young women leaders, and is 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 was supported in part by a grant from the EQT Foundation, which identifies and supports the efforts of 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.
“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 diverse education initiatives in the areas where we operate is a priority for EQT, and it is our hope that by participating in this program, these young women will work to create change and continued economic success by being involved in the political processes in their communities. The EQT Foundation is honored to help build tomorrow’s team of skilled, empowered women leaders.”
NEW Leadership 2017 featured Practitioner-in-Residence State Representative Mauree Gingrich (ret.). During her 14 years in the House, Gingrich has held leadership positions on the Appropriations, Aging and Older Adult Services Committees. Gingrich was appointed to the House Rules committee and the Bipartisan Local Government Commission. She has focused significant attention on protecting the interests of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens – children, the elderly and victims of domestic abuse – and on ensuring that taxpayer dollars set aside for welfare programs go to the citizens in greatest need. She is the recipient of the Children’s Hero Award from both the Lebanon County Sexual Assault Resource Counseling Center (SARCC) and the Joe Allegrini Children Hero Board of which she is now a member.
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 re-launched and endowed in 2003, by the Hillman Foundation.