Toughness doesn't have to come in a pinstripe suit.

--Dianne Feinstein, Politician (on women's role in government)

“Speak up and speak well.”

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When the first woman president moves into the White House, she will not only be indebted to the tireless campaign workers, staff, press, family, friends and voters, but Madam President will also have her sisters to thank for paving the way.

At the heart of Nichola Gutgold’s writing and speaking is the notion of expanding women’s voices. In her books, she chronicles the lives and communication styles of women in male dominated fields. She has written about women presidential candidates, broadcasters, and is always considering what women need to do to position themselves for greater opportunities.

She is an associate professor of communication at Penn State Lehigh Valley, author of several books. She blogs as “TalkDoc” on and her commentaries appear in newspapers, on the Women’s Media Center Website, and on Huffington Post. She enjoys sharing her work through speeches and lectures.

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Nichola D. Gutgold is professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

She enjoys writing about the communication of women in male dominated fields.  Her books are: The Rhetoric of Supreme Court Women:  From Obstacles to Options (2012) Almost Madam President:  Why Hillary Clinton ‘won’ in 2008 , (2009); Seen and Heard: The Women of Television News, (2008), and Paving the Way for Madam President (2006).  With Molly Wertheimer she co-authored, Elizabeth Hanford Dole:  Speaking from the Heart (2004).   With Ted Sheckels and Diana Carlin she co-authored Gender and the American Presidency:  Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced (2012).

A multiple recipient of the Penn State LV: Teaching Excellence Award, she also won the Research Achievement Award, Advising Excellence Award and Student Appreciation Award. She won the Pennsylvania Communication Association’s Donald Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award and was named Morning Call’s “Choice Voice” Award for her blog, “TalkDoc.”

A visiting scholar at California State University-Chico, she has led Penn State students through China and European Field Courses. She is frequently quoted in both the national and international press.



“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously.
This is how character is built.

–Eleanor Roosevelt



In the Media


Lehigh Valley Live – Hillary Clinton’s ‘win’ in 2008

YouTube Video – Madame President

Women’s Media Center


Courage allows the successful woman to fail – and learn powerful lessons – from the failure – so that in the end,  she didn’t fail at all.

–Maya Angelou



Special Author Guest at Women’s Campaign Forum Party of Your Choice Gala, New York, NY

March 11, 2010


Featured author at AAUW Book Discussion, Allentown, PA, February 24, 2010


 Featured speaker: “From Invention to Imprint” at Lehigh Valley Writing Project’s Best Practices Conference, Allentown, PA, January 30, 2010


Sacred Heart Hospital Visiting Nurses, Celebrity Speaker, 2008


California State University – Chico Visiting Scholar, 2008


Carlow University Pittsburgh, Center of Social Change, speaker, 2006


Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

–Mother Teresa


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2009 Donald Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award



Teaching Excellence Award 2004

Teaching Excellence Award 2005

Research and Creative Accomplishment Award 2006


In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.

–Margaret Thatcher