Women’s Campaign School at Yale University

Patricia Russo, President of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University

Patricia Russo is the President of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. She has held numerous leadership positions in the public, private and not for profit sectors. Her current focus is on initiatives dedicated to increasing the number of women in public office at all levels of government.

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She lectures extensively on the topic of women and public office, and leads workshops on how to plan and run successful political campaigns. Her personal goal is to make every year “The Year of the Woman”.

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She is a member of the leadership team of Political Parity, a bi partisan, national initiative led by Swanee Hunt and Kerry Healey. She is also a regular guest speaker at the Clinton Foundation’s internship program and the Bella Abzug Leadership Initiative, a leadership training program for high school aged girls.

She lectures extensively on the topic of women and public office, and leads workshops on how to plan and run successful political campaigns.

Her personal goal is to make every year “The Year of the Woman”.

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Deb Sofield, Educator, Lecturer, Executive Coach

Deb Sofield, president of the Deb Sofield Executive Speech & Presentations Coaching Co., is an experienced professional in governmental affairs at the local, state, national, and international levels.

As past president of The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University and a visiting lecturer at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Deb influences the political process and educates the very candidates who become the nation’s lawmakers.

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Her power reaches into all levels of government and influences the direction of issues and policy through direct and effective communications.

As an experienced representative, speaker and educator, Deb Sofield employs her experience to make clients more effective and successful in their professional endeavors.

 

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Karen Petel, Democratic Strategic Communications Specialist

Karen is the President of Petel & Company, a Democratic strategic communications firm specializing in direct mail. Her experience winning campaigns and deep understanding of electoral targeting is the reason why Petel & Co. has won some of the toughest races in America.[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”45%”]Karen has trained candidates all over the U.S. for EMILY’s List, DCCC, EMERGE, the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and AFL-CIO. Internationally, she served as a mentor for the Center for Liberty in the Middle East (CLIME) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).[/pullquote]

A seasoned campaign trainer, Karen has trained candidates all over the U.S. for EMILY’s List, DCCC, EMERGE, the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and AFL-CIO. Internationally, she served as a mentor for the Center for Liberty in the Middle East (CLIME), the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and worked extensively with candidates in the United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong, the Middle East and Africa.