3/22: A Conversation on Women’s Political Leadership

3/22: A Conversation on Women's Political Leadership 2More women are running for political office and winning. How do you take those first steps toward public office?

Come join in A Conversation on Women’s Political Leadership with two successful women politicians and a young Tech alumna on a political track. The panel presentation and discussion on Tuesday, March 22, from 6:30-8 p.m. is part of Women’s Month at Virginia Tech.

The program is for students and for women of all ages to learn about different paths to local leadership and running for office. It is sponsored by VT Engage: The Center for Leadership & Service Learning and the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County.

To register for the program, use this link.

The Zoom link will be sent out on the day of the program.

Mary Biggs, vice chair of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, and Anita Price, former Roanoke City Council member, will be two of the panelists speaking about how they first entered politics as well as the challenges and rewards of being a candidate.

Rebecca Trinh, our third panelist, graduated from Virginia Tech in 2020. She will speak about her involvement in leadership positions at Virginia Tech and her work on numerous political campaigns.

Brandy Faulkner, a noted professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Political Science, will be the moderator.

The panel will be virtual, but an in-person watch party option will be available for Virginia Tech students. The event is open to the New River Valley community.

The panelists offer a wide range of political experience. Mary Biggs has served on the Board of Supervisors for 27 years, serving three terms as chair and seven as vice chair. She chairs the Virginia’s First Industrial Facilities Authority Board and the Virginia Tech/Montgomery County Executive Airport Authority Board. She served on the Executive Council for Children’s Services from 2015-2021. She is a graduate and has a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and taught for 37 years at Harding Avenue Elementary School before retiring in 2015.

Anita Price, former Roanoke City Council member, is a noted leader in the Roanoke area and an inspiration to a new generation of women candidates.

Rebecca Trinh has worked as an intern on Capitol Hill and is now pursuing a master’s degree in political management at George Washington University. At Tech, she held leadership positions in Young Democrats and the Student Government Association. She has worked on numerous political campaigns including with NextGen Virginia, a PAC encouraging young people to register to vote and become involved in politics.