Gail Garbrandt Selected For "Women Of Worth" Award
November 14, 2003
Gail Garbrandt, an adjunct member of the political science faculty at Mount Union College, has been chosen as a "Women of Worth," by a New York Corporation.
Only four women are selected for the honor each year by the Worth Collection Ltd. Garbrandt was nominated by an associate of the Worth Collection.
Garbrandt serves as a principal at the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. She is also a national campaign trainer for women, traveling across the country to encourage women to run for political office.
She is currently a vice president of the Midwest chapter of The American Association of Political Consultants, where she has taken a leadership role in developing programs to foster student involvement and mentoring.
At age 27, she was president and CEO of an international corporation with offices in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) and Ohio. She was one of only two women in Ohio who were engaged in exploration and development of natural gas and petroleum. It was through her involvement with the Ohio Oil & Gas Association that she became interested in politics and lobbying. She worked for a member of the Ohio Senate for many years and then made the decision to return to graduate school. She successfully completed her graduate degree and began to teach at the university level.
Most recently, she has been named the chief operations officer of a technology-based company Electionmall Technologies, with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and India. Electionmall Technologies is designed to offset the influence of big dollars in campaigns through use of online campaigning. She has been instrumental in the formation of SAFE (Standards Association for Elections online) a consortium of campaign schools across the United States led by the Ray C. Bliss Institute and Chicago-Kent Law School. They have worked to set ethical standards for online elections.
In 2004, Garbrandt plans to travel to South Africa to speak at the International Human Rights Convention and to India to conduct campaign training for women parliamentary candidates.
Garbrandt is the mother of two grown children.