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Mount Saint Mary’s University hosts Ready to Run, nonpartisan campaign training for women interested in elective office and public service

Contact:Phillip Jordan

Los Angeles / Jan. 14, 2013 — Women were elected to a record number of seats in the newly convened 113th U.S. Congress, but female Senators and Representatives still account for less than 20 percent of all Congressional seats. To continue increasing the number of women leaders at all levels of government and public service, Mount Saint Mary’s University will offer Ready to Run, a nonpartisan campaign training program on Feb. 8-9.

Ready to Run will encourage and train women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign or get involved in public service in other ways. L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey will serve as the keynote speaker. In 2012, Lacey became the first woman and first African-American elected to the D.A. post in Los Angeles.

Mount Saint Mary’s University is the official Southern California provider of the Ready to Run program, a nonpartisan campaign training for women, in partnership with the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

The Feb. 8-9 training at Mount St. Mary's will offer two tracks for participants. "You've Decided to Run...Now What?" is designed for women planning to run for office or enter public service in the near future. "I'm Not Ready to Run Yet, But..." was created for women interested in politics and public service, and want to learn how to position themselves for future campaigns.

Other speakers include: California Assembly members Connie Conway, Bonnie Lowenthal and Holly Mitchell; Celinda Lake, pollster and president of Lake Research Partners; Kafi D. Blumenfield, president and CEO of Liberty Hall Foundation; Betty Ye, member of the California Board of Equalization; and Val Zavala, host of "SoCal Connected" and vice president of news and public affairs at KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station.

Workshops titles include: "What Women Candidates Need to Know," "Introduction to California Politics and Advocacy" and "Laying the Groundwork for Public Life." The training opens Feb. 8 with a Diversity Initiative program and concludes Feb. 9 with a networking reception.

Friday, Feb. 8
Mount St. Mary's – Doheny Campus
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Saturday, Feb. 9
Mount St. Mary's – Chalon Campus
12001 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049

For event listings:
Cost: $25 early-bird registration by Jan. 21 / $40 general admission / $15 for students
Fee includes admission to both days, plus parking, continental breakfast and lunch on day two.

More info:
For continually updated information on the training, speakers and schedule of events, visit

About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Founded in 1925, Mount Saint Mary’s University is a Catholic, liberal arts college offering undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. The mission of Mount St. Mary's is to provide a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. For more information, go to or call 310.954.4000.

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