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Nov. 9-10: Training Ms. President

Training Ms. President
Training Ms. President

FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College will host the third annual Training Ms. President event, a two-day experience Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10 that aims to encourage women to run for political office.

Along with colleagues at Washington College and Goucher College, Hood will be hosting this event for undergraduate women who exhibit leadership characteristics and an interest in pursuing elected office. In light of the lack of representation of women at practically every level of government, this event is an opportunity for young women to meet professional women in politics, campaign management and journalism to learn about running for political office.

The event will begin with a dinner and keynote address by Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Whitaker. On Friday, the all-day event includes panel discussions in Dreiling Seminar Room in Coblentz Hall featuring influential women in politics and media delivering the message of “you can run, and this is how” directly to the female student participants. The program is nonpartisan; panelists are asked to restrict their commentary to the spirit of the program and not to discuss policy or partisan issues.

Panelists will include: Danielle Gaines, political reporter, Frederick News-Post; Jennifer Gilbert, news anchor, Fox45; Hannah Marr, press secretary, Office of the Governor; Sheila O’Connell, CEO, Brass Tactics; Donna Victoria, president and founder, Victoria Research and Consulting; Hood alumna Jessica Fitzwater, Frederick County Council, District 4; Terri Hill, Maryland State Delegate, District 12; Hood alumna Kelly Schulz, secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation; Kathy Szelgia, Maryland State Delegate, District 7; and Karen Young, Maryland State Delegate, District 3A.

All panelists volunteer their time to encourage the next generation of leaders. Students are nominated by faculty to apply to participate; only 30-40 will be selected. It is an intimate setting to allow conversation and network building.

For more information, contact Carin Robinson at 301-696-3719 or