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Goldstein Program in Public Affairs

Training Ms. President

The Goldstein Program in Public Affairs has partnered with the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College to host a candidate training workshop for college women, “Training Ms. President,” created by Dr. Melissa Deckman and Dr. Christine Wade of Washington College and Dr. Mileah Kromer from Goucher College. Since our first inaugural workshop in 2015, Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University have joined the program.

The workshop seeks to address the underrepresentation of women in public office by providing 10 female students from each college the opportunity to attend workshops and network with successful women officeholders, consultants, journalists, and more.

Participants attend a mentorship lunch and hear from political professionals on both sides of the aisle about issues like social media usage, campaign messaging, and the experience of running for office.

November 2015 Panelists

Diane Fink (D), Executive Director, Emerge Maryland
Jennifer Gilbert, Anchor, Fox45 News
Jeannie Haddaway Riccio (R), Former State Delegate and candidate for Lt. Governor
Audra Harrison (R), Director of Public Information, MD Office of Housing and Community Development
Alexandra M. Hughes (D), Chief of Staff, Maryland House of Delegates Speaker’s Office
Valerie Ervin (D), Former Montgomery County Council president
Hannah Marr (R), Deputy Press Secretary, Office of the Governor
Laura Neuman (R), Former Anne Arundel County Executive
Carol Randall (R), President, Maryland Federation of Republican Women
Liz Richards (D), Political Consultant, McKenna Pihlaja
Kelly Schultz (R), Secretary, MD Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
Lois Shepard (R), Former candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Donna Victoria (D), President and Founder, Victoria Research and Consulting
Courtney Watson (D), MD District 1 Councilwoman