Meet the Leaders

Watch clips of women leaders from across the country sharing their stories celebrating their successes and inviting you to join them in public leadership. 

Elisa Parker

What’s Possible with Go Run California Founder and Executive Director of See Jane Do, Elisa Parker, on what’s possible and creating the new American Dream.

Jennifer DeChant

Compelled to Run Bath, Maine Representative Jennifer DeChant, Maine, shares her story about being compelled to run. She had seen it from the inside as an staffer at the Capital and was ready to lead.

Nan Orrock

Bring Our Life Experiences to the Halls of Power Atlanta, Georgia State Senator Nan Orrock sharing her wisdom and encouraging women to be engaged. She reminds us “if you are not at the table, you are on the menu”.

Jane Powdrell-Culbert

Good Idea Corrales, New Mexico State Representative Jane Powdrell-Culbert, New Mexico, on why how she got involved in politics for the first time.

Jessica Haak

Why aren’t you married?! Jamestown, North Dakota State Representative Jessica Haak, North Dakota, gives the perfect answer to the question “Why Aren’t You Married?”. She went on to win and become the youngest woman elected to the North Dakota House!

Peggy Flanagan

Relationship Building Moves Policy St. Paul, Minnesota Peggy Flanagan shares why women as relationship builders is critical to moving policy forward.

Jessica Haak

Rather than getting angry, I got involved Jamestown, North Dakota State Representative Jessica Haak, North Dakota, says it best, “There is nothing I enjoy more than bringing forward issues that otherwise wouldn’t have a voice at the legislature…”

Peggy Flanagan

Raised the Minimum Wage! St. Paul, Minnesota Peggy Flanagan, Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund, Minnesota, led a coalition to raise the minimum wage in her first year on the job. Go Peggy!

Jennifer DeChant

Motivation and Asking For Help Bath, Maine State Representative Jennifer DeChant, Maine, shares some straight-talk — you’ve got to be motivated and committed to be a public servent, but you must also ask for help!

Jane Powdrell-Culbert

Making History Corrales, New Mexico State Representative Jane Powdrell-Culbert is most proud of being the first African American female ever elected on a Republican ticket in the state of New Mexico.

Jennifer DeChant

Take Training, Start Exploring Bath, Maine State Representative Jennifer DeChant, Maine, shares a little bit about her Go Run experience and encourages you to come and start exploring your ambitions.

Nan Orrock

Join the River of Justice Atlanta, Georgia State Senator Nan Orrock, Georgia, encourages you to jump and shape policy as an officeholder — and help move the river of justice towards progress!

Catherine Emmanuelle

Youngest Person and First Latina on City Council Eau Claire, Wisconsin City Council Member Catherine Emmanuelle shares how Go Run prepared her to be an authentic leader. She is now the youngest person on the Eau Claire City COuncil and the first Latina to sit on the council!

Pakou Hang

St. Paul, Minnesota Pakou Hang, Co-Founder and Board Member, asks you to join us on this audacious adventure!

Patricia Torres Ray

Minneapolis, Minnesota State Senator Patricia Torres Ray invites you to attend National Go Run, November 21-23, in Minneapolis, MN.

Charisse Millett

Taking Risks Anchorage, Alaska Alaska State Representative Charisse Millet on Taking Risks

Peggy Flanagan

Representing Everyone St. Paul, Minnesota Peggy Flanagan, Executive Director of MN Children Defense Fund, shares her wisdom from the campaign trail.

Carla Nelson

The Accidental Elected Official MN State Senator Carla Nelson talks about local neighborhood policy issues as her starting point for becoming the political leader she is today!

Catherine Emmanuelle

Attend Go Run! Eau Claire, WI City Council member Catherine Emmanuelle talks about how attending Go Run helped her and can help you, too!

Mary Cathryn Ricker

Don’t Get Knocked Off Your Game MN Mary Cathryn Ricker gives advice on how to stay on top of your game.

Charisse Millett

Qualifications to Run for Office Anchorage, Alaska Charisse Millett tells us that we already have the qualifications we really need – the willingness to serve.

Patricia Torres Ray

Women Are Ready for You Too! MN Patricia torres ray Patricia Torres Ray shares her surprise and gratitude for women who came out to support her.

Mary Cathryn Ricker

Women’s Unique Skills MN Mary Cathryn Ricker, executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers and a middle school English teacher, shares her ideas about what women bring to public office and why it is needed for change to happen.

Catherine Emmanuelle

Catherine Emmanuelle invites you to Go Run Eau Claire, WI Catherine Emmanuelle, City Councillor in Eau Claire, WI invites you to attend Go Run!

Rachel Zenzinger

My Children Inspire Me Arvada, CO Colorado State Senator Rachel Zenzinger shares her story of running for higher office and finding inspiration in her children and invites you to attend National Go Run.

Catherine Emmanuelle

Eau Claire, WI City Council Member Catherine Emmanuelle offers 4 tips for being a good public servant.

Mary Cathryn Ricker

MN Mary Cathryn Ricker, Executive Vice President, American Federation of Teachers, talks about the transition from ‘worker bee’ to candidate.

Lorrie Janatopoulos

Virginia, MN I am Lorrie Janatopoulos and I ran for St. Louis County Commissioner in 2010 and for Minnesota State Representative in 2012. And, although I have been involved in electoral politics since eleventh grade – always helping other candidates – I never thought that I would actually run for office myself. I said all … Read more

Lea Webb

Binghamton, NY I ran for Binghamton City Council (4th District) in 2007 at the age of 26. I had worked in the district for many years as a community organizer. The district had significant issues in regards to poverty, blight, neighborhood safety, limited or no access to fresh and healthy foods, debilitated roads and parks, … Read more

Beth Olson

Duluth, MN I ran for Duluth City Council (citywide seat) in 2009. After winning the primary election hands down, I lost in the general by only 195 votes. I have worked for equality and social justice in various small nonprofits, advocating for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse for the last 22 … Read more

Leigh Adcock

Gilbert, IA I grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa, and have always been passionate about environmental issues. (That’s me on the left with the incredible former State Senator Becky Lourey.) I was also lucky enough to be raised by a strong woman, and watch her evolve into a strong feminist during the Equal … Read more