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Goucher and Washington Colleges Partner to Launch a Candidate Training Program for Female Undergraduate Students

October 14, 2015
Goucher College

On November 5 and 6, the first Training Ms. President: College Women’s Candidate Training Program will be hosted on the campus of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

The program is a joint initiative of Goucher College and Washington College and will bring together a select group of female students from each campus to participate in workshops featuring female lawmakers, politicos, and media experts.

An opening dinner will feature remarks from Washington College President Sheila Bair, who chaired the FDIC and was a former candidate for political office. Dinner will be followed by a screening and panel discussion of the documentary film Raising Ms. President. On November 6, students will attend four all-female panels that address different aspects of running for political office. Participants will also have a mentorship lunch with the panelists.

“Rarely do female students list ‘holding public office’ as a career aspiration. We hope this program can play a small part in changing that mindset,” said Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College. “My colleagues and I believe the greatest resources to inspire young women are the talented women working to enact and shape public policy for the betterment of Maryland.”

The program was jointly developed by three political science professors: Melissa Deckman, Mileah Kromer, and Christine Wade.

Deckman is the Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs and chair of political science and international studies at Washington College.

Kromer is the director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center and an assistant professor of political science and international relations at Goucher College

Wade is an associate professor of political science and international studies and the curator of the Louis L. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs at Washington College.

Panelists who volunteered their time and expertise to the program include the following women:

Susan Aumann, Maryland State Delegate, District 42B
Diane Fink, Executive Director, Emerge Maryland
Jennifer Gilbert, Anchor, Fox45 News
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Governor
Audra Harrison, Director of Public Information, Office of Housing and Community Development
Alexandra Hughes, Chief of Staff, Maryland House of Delegates Speaker’s Office
Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Mayor, City of Cambridge
Brooke Lierman, Maryland State Delegate, District 46
Hannah Marr, Deputy Press Secretary, Office of the Governor
Laura Neuman, Former County Executive, Anne Arundel County
Carol Randall, President, Maryland Federation of Republican Women
Liz Richards, Political Consultant, McKenna Pihlaja
Kelly Schulz, Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
Donna Victoria, President and Founder, Victoria Research & Consulting
Courtney Watson, Howard County Councilwoman, District 1

The “Women in Public Affairs Initiative” of the Louis L. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs at Washington College and the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher are underwriting the program.

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