Women on Board Hosts Workshops for Women Seeking Appointments to Statewide Boards and Commissions

Raleigh, NC, September 24, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Women on Board (www.nccwps.org), a program of the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service, will offer two workshops for women interested in appointments to boards and commissions at the municipal, county, and statewide levels. The first workshop will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Peace College, located at 15 E. Peace St. The second workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Greensboro College­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, located at 815 West Market Street in Greensboro.

At both workshops, women will learn why appointed positions are powerful and important, and they will be introduced to the structure of boards and commissions.

“Our Women on Board Workshops present an excellent opportunity for women looking to become involved in public service in a meaningful way,” said Dana Jennings, CEO of the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service. “We hope women in the Triangle and Triad areas will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn more about the appointments process at the municipal, county, and state levels.”

-Workshop Objectives include:
-Understand the status of N.C. women in various public service roles and discuss the barriers & challenges that impact women.
- Learn about the "nuts & bolts" of boards and commissions
- Have the opportunity to interact with local appointed officials and to ask
about their experiences
- Clarify individual public service interests and review strategies to secure
- Review the personal public service profile
- Complete hands-on research to identify actual municipal and state level
- Discuss next steps for each individual’s plan to move into appointed office

About Women on Board:
Established in April 2009, Women on Board is a program of the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service. The North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service, a nonprofit, multipartisan organization, prepares women to seek and serve in elected and appointed offices, advocates for systems and infrastructure to facilitate women’s involvement, and promotes the value of women in governance. The Women on Board program is a four-prong approach to increasing the number of women on the boards and commissions of North Carolina. The program focuses on systems improvements coupled with the preparation and presentation of individual candidates for appointed positions. Research shows that women bring unique skills and values to public service, including a more inclusive approach to policy-making, greater transparency of the process, and a focus on issues relating to women, children and families. For more information, visit: www.nccwps.org.

Jill Mastrangelo
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600

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