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The NC Center For Women in Public Service Announces Steering Committee for Women On Board Event

Second Annual Event Garners Statewide Support to Increase Number of Women Appointments

Raleigh, NC, November 26, 2010 --( Dana Jennings, CEO of The NC Center for Women in Public Service (NCCWPS), a nonpartisan organization that prepares women to seek and serve in elected and appointed offices statewide, has announced the steering committee for the second annual Women On Board event, a celebration of the Women On Board program which was designed to increase the number of women on the boards and commissions of North Carolina. The invitation-only event is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rocky Top Catering, located at 1705 E. Millbrook Ave.

Members of the steering committee are:
- Sheila Ahler, partner, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P.
- Barbara Allen, civic leader
- Andrea Bazan, president, Triangle Community Foundation
- Patty Briguglio, president, MMI Public Relations
- Elaine Buxton, president/CEO, Confero, Inc.
- Becky Carney, representative, NC General Assembly
- Jill Dinwiddie, executive director, NC Council for Women
- Melissa Essary, dean, Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
- Joanne E. Fiore, publisher, AICPA Magazines & Newsletters
- Kathy Higgins, VP Corporate Affairs & president, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of NC Foundation
- Jeanette Hyde, former US Ambassador
- Lou Jurkowski, FAIA, LEED AP, CEO, BJAC
- Nancy McFarlane, Raleigh City Councilor; president, MedPro Rx
- Natalie Perkins, president, Clean Design
- Donna Rhode, VP, Planning & Operations, Architecture; Global Sales Operations, Cisco Systems, Inc.
- Kim Saunders, president/CEO, Mechanics and Farmers Bank
- Gwynn Swinson, former secretary, Department of Administration
- Patricia Timmons-Goodson, NC Supreme Court Justice
- Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, president/CEO, North Carolina Community Foundation
- Leslie Winner, executive director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

“The support of our steering committee is much appreciated as we celebrate the successful first year of our Women On Board program and share plans for the year ahead,” said Jennings. “Through the program, we are changing the landscape of our state’s government and public policy by helping women get appointed to political boards and commissions.”

About The NC Center for Women in Public Service (NCCWPS):
The NC Center for Women in Public Service (NCCWPS) is a nonpartisan organization that prepares women for elected and appointed offices statewide. As a provider of comprehensive political leadership training programs, NCCWPS teaches women how to enter the political pipeline, building their confidence and developing the practical skills to run successful campaigns and serve as powerful and effective leaders. Its Women on Board Workshops prepare women to serve on appointed boards and commissions. Its Women in Office Institute is an intensive six-day residential program that introduces women to public service work, including appointed and elected office, the rigors of campaigning, the skills needed for successful fundraising, and the effect that campaigning or service in office may have on families and professional lives. Through building the involvement of women at all levels of governance in North Carolina, the NCCWPS helps women channel their passion, find their voice, expand their support network and ultimately get elected or appointed to a position where they can be an influential leader and make a real change through public service. For more information, call (919) 832-9996 or visit

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 NC Center for Women in Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan 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 program designed to increase 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, call (919) 832-9996 or visit

Jill Mastrangelo
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600

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