Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will host Ready to Run Pennsylvania, which provides bipartisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The daylong program on Saturday, Feb. 17, targets women considering or recently deciding to run for political office, providing training and mentoring by campaign professionals, political women and officeholders.
Presented by Jefferson’s Arlen Specter Center for Public Service and the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University, the event will feature Chris Jahnke, a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant on effective public speaking skills. Jahnke was a speech coach to Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama and has worked with nearly all the current and former Democratic women governors.
“The Specter Center firmly believes the U.S. is a rich and diverse nation,” said Evan Laine, director of the Specter Center. “If we’re to be embodied properly in the government, then we should expect the same diverse group of people representing us.”
The United States is currently ranked 99th in the world in women’s representation in federal government, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.