The 17 women in NCJW’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) had two fantastic sessions in February! The first session was at the Pittsburgh City Council on Thursday, February 13. Thanks to arrangements by NCJW Board Member and Past President Lynette Lederman, LDP participants got to sit at the City Council conference table, learn the history of the chamber, and hear from various speakers.
Councilman Corey O’Connor welcomed the group and explained the various functions of a Council Member’s office. Judy Cohen, NCJW Board Member and Past President, reviewed NCJW’s numerous advocacy programs, both nationally and locally. The group heard presentations from Pittsburgh City Council Members Natalia Rudiak and Daniel Gilman. Both described the unique journeys that led them to seats on the council, followed by a question and answer session. Our thanks to the council members and organizers for a truly informative and educational program.
On February 27, the LDP group visited the Children’s Rooms in the Courts at the Family/Juvenile Division. The session opened with an overview of the Rooms’ 40-plus-year history by Lynette Lederman, chair of the Children’s Rooms Advisory Committee. While the rooms offer free childcare for parents and guardians with court-ordered business, Misi Bielich, Supervisor of the Children’s Rooms in the Courts, explained that many children who visit also have a need for coats, shoes, and meals, which our staff and volunteers are able to provide during the child’s stay. All children leave with a book to read and a snack.
Beverly Block, Co-Chair of the Leadership Development Program, Paula Garret, President of NCJW Pittsburgh, and Lynette Lederman spoke as a panel on managing family, work, and volunteerism with Executive Director Andrea Glickman as the moderator. The group also had a surprise visitor, Judge Alexander Bicket, a Family Law Judge for Allegheny County. Judge Bicket spoke about his journey to becoming a judge. NCJW thanks all those involved in leading this session for their hard work and effort in providing a heartwarming program.
by Nancy Sansom, Director of Membership and Volunteer Services