VoteRunLead was proud to be a part of breaking the glass ceiling, and even prouder of VRL alum, Na’ilah Amaru, who won the Hillary For America Contest and officially nominated Hillary Clinton to be the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the United States.

Watch Na’ilah’s nominating speech at the DNC.

The VoteRunLead team is so proud of you, Na’ilah!

Na’ilah Amaru was not the only member of the VoteRunLead community making history at the DNC. On the final night of the convention, Peggy Flanagan and Crisanta Duran appeared with a group of female senators from across the country. Na’ilah, Peggy, and Crisanta have inspired the VRL family as speakers, coaches, and mentors. We are sharing their most powerful remarks to support their well-deserved place on the national stage.

Help us congratulate these incredible women by TWEETING your support, and learn more about them below!  @PeggyFlanagan, @CrisantaDuran@Ms_Amaru

Na’ilah Amaru, Hillary for America Contest Winner, is an adjunct professor and public policy consultant. She is an immigrant, an Iraq combat veteran, and a proud adoptee of two mothers. We had the privilege of meeting Na’ilah at GoRun Georgia in 2008, and Na’ilah was the Game Changing final speaker at Dare to Lead in 2016. Watch her incredible closing remarks here.


Peggy Flanagan, State Representative of Minnesota, is a long-time ally of VRL and deeply committed to the diversity of leaders within our democracy. Peggy is the second Native American woman elected to the MN legislature and is the executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund in Minnesota. We were honored to have Peggy deliver the keynote address at National Go Run in 2014. Learn from Peggy’s personal and political experience in Wish I Knew, Relationship Building Moves Policy, and Raising the Minimum Wage.

Crisanta Duran, a Colorado VRL alum, is the youngest woman and first Latina to be elected as Majority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives. She has mentored other VRL alumni including Jordan Sauers, who was elected to NorthGlenn, Colorado as the first Latina at just 24 years old! Crisanta shares her wisdom in this VRL Webclinic: Latinas in Leadership: Vocalizing Your Ambition and encourages young women to run right here.

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