Chatham University

Ready to Run™
Pennsylvania

January 21, 2022 - February 9, 2022


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Virtual program series

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Keynote Speaker: Celinda Lake

Keynote Speaker:Celinda Lake

Celinda Lake is one of two main pollsters and a senior advisor to President Biden and is a prominent pollster and political strategist for progressives. Celinda currently serves as President of Lake Research Partners. Lake's polling and strategic advice has helped candidates such as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Jon Tester, Senator Debbie Stabenow, and former Governor Bob Wise to groundbreaking wins, and her expertise guided former Senator Mark Begich to victory, making him the first Senate candidate in Alaska to oust an incumbent in 50 years. Celinda has focused especially on women's concerns and women candidates, including Speaker Pelosi, former Governor Janet Napolitano, Senator Debbie Stabenow, former Senator Barbara Mikulski, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, former Mayor Annise Parker, and over a dozen women in the House and Senate. Celinda worked on behalf of the largest independent expenditure to take back the House in 2006 and has been a key player in campaigns launched by progressive groups such as the AFL-CIO, SEIU, NRDC, ecoAmerica, Planned Parenthood, Vote Vets, HRC, and EMILY's List. Lake co-authored the book What Women Really Want with Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway, which examines the way women are changing the political landscape in America. Celinda works with innovative messaging projects that help redefine language on the economy, inequality, big money in politics, climate change, public schools, teachers, criminal justice reform, and race & class.


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Program support offered by:

Hillman Foundation

Tom and Bonnie VanKirk '81

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University is grateful to Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company founded by Melinda French Gates, and the Center for American Women and Politics for supporting the Ready to Run program.