Women’s advocate will speak at Wilton Kiwanis meeting

Patricia Russo, executive director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, will be the guest speaker at the next Kiwanis Club luncheon on Wednesday, March 9, at noon, at WEPCO at 36 New Canaan Road.
Russo is a nationally respected leader focused on improving the quality of life for women in Connecticut and the United States. For more than 25 years she has held numerous leadership positions in public, private and nonprofit organizations centered on women's rights. She has also held leadership positions on federal, state and local political campaigns.

The Women's Campaign School at Yale is a non-partisan, issue-neutral political campaign training program for women interested in running for public office, and for women interested in campaign management. Based at Yale Law School, it is a leading program attracting women from the U.S. and internationally. She is also a member of the Council of Women's Health Research at Yale University and chairs its Philanthropy and Communications Committee.

Russo earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University and a certificate in healthcare and nonprofit management from the Yale School of Management. While an undergraduate student, she served as an intern to Congresswoman Bella Abzug (D-NY).

Non-members are welcome to join the Kiwanians at cost of $15 per person, which includes lunch and the guest speaker. Reservations for non-members are a must and may be made by calling Bud Taylor at 203-354-0208.

Future speakers include Fr. Reggie Norman of Our Lady of Fatima who will talk on Who Was the Real St. Patrick on March 16, Fire Chief Ron Kanterman on March 23, and David Stillman of the Public Private Alliance Foundation who will update Kiwanians on Progress on Cookstoves for Haiti.