Toughness doesn't have to come in a pinstripe suit.
--Dianne Feinstein, Politician (on women's role in government)
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 WordPress.com 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.
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.
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