Just one day after the International Day of the Woman (March 8) a prominent champion of women’s rights will be speaking to the Kiwanis Club of Wilton at their weekly luncheon on Wednesday, March 9.

Patricia 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 not for profit organizations centered on women’s rights. She has also held leadership positions on federal, state and local political campaigns.

Currently, Russo serves as executive director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. 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.

Patricia holds a BA degree in Political Science from George Washington University and a certificate in health care and non-profit management from the Yale School of Management. While an undergraduate student, she served as an intern to Congresswoman Bella Abzug (D-NY).

Future Programs

Kiwanis meets every Wednesday 12-1:30 p.m. for lunch at the Episcopal Presbyterian complex on New Canaan Rd.. Upcoming programs and speakers include:

  • March 16            Fr.  Reggie Norman, OLF Priest:  “Who Was the Real St. Patrick?”
  • March 23           Wilton Fire Chief Ron Kanterman
  • March 30           David Stillman, Public Private Alliance Foundation: “Progress on Cook Stoves for Haiti”

For more information about attending the Kiwanis lunch, contact Bud Taylor at 203.354.0208.