VRL Live! is an online training series that promotes women’s participation in politics and supports women in their pursuit of elective office, appointed positions, and public service. The curriculum is based on real women’s experiences in political life and speaks to women at various stages of readiness. The sessions educate women on:
- making the decision to run and building a civic resume
- the responsibilities, rewards, and realities of holding public office
- the skills needed to successfully run a campaign for an issue or an office
- civic technologies that can help accelerate women’s representation
- leadership skills, stories, and strategies that every woman can employ in her career
Your 2 Year Campaign
Why the skills you have are perfect for political office
In Part 3 of our 3 part “Run As You Are” Series you’ll learn exactly what goes into a campaign plan and have a clear idea of where to spend your time and money, whether you are 6 weeks, 6 months, or 6 years out from running. Using the 2018 State Legislature race as our guide, … Read more
In this 90 minute web class, we challenge you to take 30 political actions in 90 days, accelerating the growth of your political networks and know-how. In Part 2 of our “Run As You Are” web series, you will map your next steps, make a real plan to get to know your political community, find the best … Read more
90 Day Challenge
In Part 1 of “Run As You Are”, we will learn from 3 women with non-traditional backgrounds who ran and won. You’ll leave knowing how your work experience, background, and life’s journey make you the right candidate for right now! We will run through a self-assessment so you can better understand the transferable skills you … Read more
This is how you run for office! In this web clinic we will be answering the “Who, What, When, Where, and Why” of running for elected office.
Be inspired by VRL Alum, Rep. Jocasta Zamarripa and learn how she made her transition to power, how she keeps her connections to the activist community while in the legislature, and continues to break barriers as first Latina elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly. Then get next steps with Erin Vilardi.
Together, we marched for democracy. Today, we run for office. A firestorm of women and their allies descended on our nation’s capital and more than 600 towns and cities across the United States and worldwide. It is estimated that nearly 3 million people marched in solidarity on January 21st. I was one of them. Throughout the day, we … Read more
Ladies, this is how you run for office! In this web clinic we will be answering the “Who, What, When, Where, and Why” of running for elected office.
Ladies, this is how you run for office! In this web clinic we will be answering the “Who, What, When, Where, and Why” of running for elected office.
At Dare to Lead in June, we challenged you. This is your next step! Learn how to channel your expertise and ambition to get what you want.
Likability and Respect are top of mind for women candidates. Watch here for the latest research on how to succeed on the campaign trail with Pro Tips for every woman leader with Barbara Lee Program Associate, Jenny Lau.
Wondering how much it costs to run? Learn valuable campaign budgeting skills and where to spend from St.Louis City Treasurer, Tishaura Jones & CO State Rep. Faith Winter.
Voted America’s Funniest Mom, Rubi Nicholas is going to show you how to use humor and find the power in your voice to win over any audience.
Listen to Freelance Journalist Jillian Richardson and CO Rep. Faith Winter as they shared and discussed their stories about sexism in politics, the media, and the workplace.
Our latest international endeavor, the Gender Equality Political Leadership Education (GEPLE) Project.
Join VoteRunLead and Take The Pledge to do more than just vote: use your voice and your power to make real change happen.
Curious how much you’ll need to raise to run for city council, county commissioner, school board, state representative or Congress? Learn where to look to start framing out your campaign budget!
How to engage the next generation of political activists? My Uncle Sib recruited me to be a neighborhood foot soldier for his favored candidates as soon as I entered kindergarten. You wanted campaign flyers, buttons, bumper stickers? I was your connection.
Colorado State Rep lays out the key aspects of starting a campaign and what it means to be a State Rep.
Women Run This House. How women running U.S. state houses work better together.
Become a Media Maven: Tips & Tools for getting press, staying social, & having fun while doing it with Rina Shah Bharara.
Get Over It, Get Elected, and Get to Work! Interview by Aundrea Y. Wilcox.
Thinking about running for office? Faith Winter shared with us ten things to know before deciding to run.
Talk to people and roll up your sleeves, listen to people in your area. Your own life experience informs how you help others.
Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew, shares tips on engaging others by understanding your narrative and identity to build your social capital.
Learn how to campaign backwards from the actual election with Social Justice Activist Alexandra Scarborough.
VRL co-founder Shannon Garrett leads us through each step of a strong Campaign Plan.
Mayor Jackie Biskupski continues to break the mold. A single mom with an adopted son, Utah’s first openly gay elected official, and now Salt Lake City’s second female mayor, Biskupski is a force-of-nature. She kicked off VRL Live with an inspiring discussion of her journey to the mayor’s office with #VRLnation!
VoteRunLead’s international collaboration with The GEPLE Project, reported by Ireland’s Women For Election
If you want to consistently give great political speeches that inspire the confidence of voters, you have to be authentic, prepared to talk about the issues and able to convey your values and qualifications through stories that make a lasting impression. VRL’s online webinar series for women in politics includes a host of resources that … Read more
“I am grateful for the network of strong, fierce, intelligent and passionate women who support me and support each other.”
Women have a lot of roles and responsibilities from taking care of family, building powerful careers, giving back to their community, and self-care. Being a candidate is another huge role to take on. Join us as we hear from real candidates talk about how they fit campaigning into their life.
Hear from VoteRunLead male advisory board members who are working to advance women leaders across the country.
Peggy Flanagan is a member of White Earth Nation and her family is The Wolf Clan. She is a wife, a mother, the first Native American to sit on her school board, just elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, and an all-around force for good. Peggy was our keynote speaker for the first night … Read more
Being in a position of leadership, running for office, and holding office takes so much out of you. You have to take care of yourself; body, mind, and spirit. That’s where self-care comes in. Building up a repertoire of reliable self-care habits can affect your quality of life both now and in the future.
Learn stories of how three women went from sitting in a VRL training, to running, and winning!
Learn how to cultivate relationships, leverage mentors, and gain sponsors in the workshop and in civic life to reach your goals.
Learn how to form your kitchen cabinet. Get tips on managing volunteers, hiring staff, and figuring out what you need to surround yourself by the right people. Learn what to do when you don’t have the right team around you, and how to best make those changes for your political goals a success.
November is Native American Heritage Month and VoteRunLead is featuring extraordinary Native American ladies all month long. Prairie Rose is an enrolled tribal member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, descendant of the Sahnish/Arikara, Northern Cheyenne, Mandan and Lakota Nations. As North Dakota’s Native Vote director, Prairie Rose works around the country with … Read more
Our democracy is stronger when there are a diversity of views at the table. Whether it’s local council or the state legislature, your unique viewpoint is needed. You are qualified! Learn why you are the right woman for the job and what you could bring to the table. Learn what district would be most open to … Read more
Curious about City Council, but not really sure what to expect? We’ll walk you through the roles and responsibilities for a member of City Council to find out what the job is really like and how to impact your community by serving at the city level. You’ll hear from three amazing women who share their experiences runni
The real untold story for women in politics right now is that we are seeing women of color all across the country come out in major numbers politically. It’s evidence that when we pay attention to women of color, and when women of color are part of the process, we consistently have messages that resonate … Read more
If you are interested in creating educational opportunities for millions of young people and setting an agenda with smart guidelines for what gets taught to our children, then learn about School Politics at the State Level with women who are tackling these issues right now.
Commissions and boards have a significant impact and are a great way to contribute your experience your expertise to your community. Come find out how to get appointed and what to expect once you get there.
In November of 2010, Representative JoCasta Zamarripa made history by becoming the first Latina to be elected to the Wisconsin Legislature. Getting elected secured a voice not only for women but for the Latino community — the fastest growing community across the country. And though she had been an ally to the LGBT community, it … Read more
#BlackLivesMatter is the political movement of our time. From confronting Presidential candidates to the Ferguson Commission, learn what’s happening from women on the front lines.
Tishaura Jones has an impressive bio as an elected official. She was sworn in as Treasurer of the City of St. Louis on January 1, 2013. She is the first woman to hold the office in the history of St. Louis and is the chief investment and cash management officer of the city. Prior … Read more
Running for office will give you some of the best and worst experiences of your life. Hear the good, the bad, and the ugly on the campaign trail and how to deal with the nasty mail piece, when someone says something mean, and much more.
Happy Monday, VRL Nation. It’s time to get serious about what it takes to run for office and what to expect when you’re on the campagin trail. So to kick off your week, we’re sharing our top tips on campaigning from Faith Winter, VRL Training Coordinator and Colorado State Representative. Watch Faith’s one-minute video: Faith’s … Read more
Learn about the tools at your disposal to educate citizens on how to vote either by absentee ballot, early voting, or election day voting. Hear about different strategies to get your community motivated to register and of course show up to the polls on election day.
Join us as Black women lead a conversation on The Status of Black Women in American Politics.
Volunteering on a campaign can give you new skills, build your network and you can gain new friends. This is a great first stop on creating your civic and political resume. Find out how to find a campaign to volunteer for and what to expect.
People vote for people they like and trust. Your debate and forum is one of the best opportunities you will have to introduce yourself to voters.Come learn how to inspire voters, tell great stories, and communicate your values in a debate or forum. Get the tools, tips and tricks you need to rock your debate.
The 2nd* most frequent question we get at VoteRunLead is about the elected office itself. With our busy lives and lack of civics in schools, we find ourselves in the dark about what local government / local elected offices actually do everyday. Generally, what spurs women to become involved in local government is a specific issue. Once they have become … Read more
Goal setting is critical to nailing down what you want but, as women, we tend to keep those ambitions to ourselves or a select few. Letting others across the organization know your ambitions will make you more accountable, allow others to better support you, and accelerate your pace of success.
The media can be a great way to get your message out to voters but can also amplify any mistake you make. Learn how to get positive coverage, earn more media, and handle the tough questions.
Successful political communication means being prepared. The most common questions are about you – why you are the right person for the job and why you are running – and about your opponent – what sets you apart from them. Do your research! You should never be surprised. Look at your opponent’s positions and learn … Read more
Emotional. Powerful. Necessary. These are the three words that immediately came to my mind as I left the African Development Center, where VoteRunLead hosted the Self-Care & Leadership Training with Dr. LG Shanklin-Flowers. When I first met with Liz Johnson, I felt an immediate connection. As we drank kombucha and talked about our stories, I … Read more
We’re taking a look at the role of County Commissioner and other county level offices. Our 3 presenters gave insights into what to expect when running for County Offices, how they are using the office to impact their community, and how to get involved at county level.
Short 10 SECONDS is the average length, so MAKE IT COUNT Talk about what you know and give an assessment/your opinion as well as facts Provide 3 to 4 short useable bites in every conversation Plan ahead if you can, at least with the issues you may be asked Relax and enjoy the surprises Stop … Read more
Take time for yourself. Build your confidence, hone in on your goals and connect with women from around the country with four free July web clinics. Check out our all day Self-Care and Leadership training on July 25th in Minneapolis. Our first VRL eBook is coming out on July 21, demystifying what local offices do … Read more
Learn about the main responsibilities of a School Board, the different types, and the time commitments of this office.
We've been calling and talking with our alums all across VRL Nation to catch up about their leadership. In these conversations we're struck by the number of women who are doing something intentional to support other women through efforts as policy advocates, elected officials, campaign workers, teachers and community organizers. Let’s celebrate some of these … Read more
Hear from female lawmakers about how they influence policy , engage with constituents and colleagues, and propose bills that change the lives of millions of people.
Learn from top experts on the front lines about cutting-edge ways to reinvent voting in your community and hear the latest about how and why folks aren’t voting in local elections – even though that’s where we engage most with government.
As a woman running for office, it’s important that the message you’re sharing with the media and your community is powerful and resonates with the right audience. It’s vital that the conversations you create enable you to inform, educate, and connect with them. Learn how to craft your messaging platform.
We want you on the ballot in 2016 and now is your time to start crafting your political campaign plan! Learn the steps you need to take now to get ready for your 2016 candidacy.
The 2nd most frequent question we get is about the elected office itself. Don’t worry, we got you covered with four new trainings that cover the ins and outs of local government.
Aimed at current elected officials or community leaders who are ready for more, this session walks you through the difference between campaigning and governing and how to serve one position well, while you seek another.
VRL’s Training Coordinator and Colorado State Representative Faith Winter, knows how to throw a party — a fundraising house party! Learn the ins and outs of getting people in the door, hitting your fundraising goals, getting press, and creating community among your donors.
Sometimes you just have to tell it like it is. Hear from former Nevada assemblywoman and former Lt. Governor candidate, Lucy Flores, about how she tackled tough conversations with colleagues, created trust with new donors, or called out racism and sexism in office and in her campaign.
Video by our good friends over at SeeJaneDo In November 2014, Anab Dahir joined over 300 other women in Minneapolis, MN, at National Go Run 2014. Originally from Somali, Dahir moved to St. Cloud, MN, in 2008. Now an official Alum of Go Run, she shares why she is rising up and why she told her husband … Read more
This web clinic will help walk you through how to turn your social and professional networks into support systems when you run for office. You’ll be surprised by the resources you already have!
GOTV stands for Getting Out The Vote for voter participation, and it is the very basis of our democracy. We want everyone’s voice heard and that begins by voting. We walk you through exactly how to execute a creative and strategic GOTV plan for your campaign. As a leader in your community, it’s your duty to find … Read more
Figuring out the rules of running for office can be daunting. Learn from our amazing partner, LatinasRepresent, and political strategist Joelle Martinez how to find a mentor and make the most of your mentoring relationship.
We know that our communities, states, and country will be stronger with your voice at the table. It can be intimidating, but we’re here to help you speak up and pursue your ambitions. Hear how Colorado State Representative and Majority Leader Crisanta Duran realized her dream and became an elected official.
Marci Harris, Founder of POPVOX , a nonpartisan platform for civic engagement, shares her insights in the world of civic technology, where new tools are being created everyday to helping shape our democracy.
Sustainability in our food system is an issue at the local, national and international level. This guided web clinic will introduce you to three women who are making the food system more sustainable, and find out what they would do differently if they had it to do all over again!
We are proud, no, ecstatic to announce the official launch of our VRL Live! Web Series for Women’s Leadership online training courses to teach women how to run for office!
There are so many choices for civic leadership. So what office should you run for? Sarah McCall explores the varying types of opportunities out there while responding to participant questions.
Why are you running for office? You must know the answer! Learn how to write your stump speech, build your brand and convey your values to voters.
Erin Vilardi and Jehmu Greene of VoteRunLead (VRL) are moving thousands of women toward political leadership and public life. VRL, a U.S.-based nongovernmental organization, has trained more than 16,000 women over the last 10 years and is now leveraging technology to reach millions more. The VRL team brings a combined 90+ years of experience in … Read more
Do We Need an Equal Rights Amendment to Ensure Gender Equality? In celebration of Women’s History Month, explore the parallels between second-wave feminism and the Supreme Court cases of that time with constitutional law expert Cary Franklin, leading women’s history scholar Alice Kessler-Harris, and American legal history professor Serena Mayeri. Join us for the livestream … Read more
Here is a taste of what you will find once you become a member of VoteRunLead.org – fun, practical tips to help you in any leadership endeavor.
Research tells us that women don’t run again after experiencing defeat but these two dynamic leaders, Megan Rath, Congressional Candidate, PA- 1, and Rebecca Thompson, Candidate for Michigan State Representative, are wielding their new-found influence, sharing key lessons, and not looking back.
Professor Anna Sampaio and Professor Shauna Shames cover the impact if Latino/a voters of the 2014 election, and discuss the outcomes of Latina candidates’ races, and chart implications for the future.
Jennifer Godinez, VoteRunLead Trainer and Executive Director of Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, has worked on countless local campaigns for Latinos/as and will share the ins and outs of campaigning. Learn strategies for effective voter engagement & fundraising, and start planning to be on the ballot! VRL Live Replay: Latinas in Leadership Your Campaign Starts Today. … Read more
As a result of last week’s election, the US Congress will now include exactly 100 women. Kelly Dittmar, in the Center for American Women and Politics’ (CAWP) “Footnotes” blog, puts this milestone into perspective…
Yes, it’s true that Election Day 2014 is right around the corner on November 4th. And yes, we are here to remind you to VOTE — it is the first part of our name, after all.
Florida State Senator Anitere Flores and Wisconsin State Representative JoCasta Zamarippa are two dynamic leaders reshaping what it means to be a Latina in power.
Feel a little overwhelmed at the idea of fundraising? Stephanie Berger helps you craft your budget, identify donors, and learn how to ask for money.
Rhonda Briggins Ridley’s web clinic on community organizing
We’ve come a long way, ladies. Now it’s time to go farther, faster.
The Campaign Plan in Three Parts Ok. So you’ve made the decision to run. You know what you want to run for. Now it’s time to get serious. Here we go!! The Campaign Plan Timeline will help you to think about the “big picture”. Lots of details will go into your plan, but this will … Read more
Ok. So you’ve made the decision to run. You know what you want to run for. Now it’s time to get serious. The Campaign Timeline will help you to think about the “big picture”. Lots of details will go into your plan, but this will help you organize what it takes to run a campaign. … Read more
Ok. So you’ve made the decision to run. You know what you want to run for. Now it’s time to get serious. The Campaign Plan for Women Timeline will help you to think about the “big picture”. Lots of details will go into your plan, but this will help you organize what it takes to … Read more
Just because you’re starting your first campaign doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch. If appropriate, talk to the person who held the office (or a similar office) before you – a few tweaks to tailor her plan might be all you need. It’s also possible that your local political party has a tried-and-true … Read more
Learn how women can bring your "A" game when running for political office with VoteRunLead . This easy-to-follow presentation teaches you how to use your Authority, Ambition, Ability, Authenticity, and Action to run for office both locally and higher! Download your copy of this presentation here. There's plenty more where this came from! Sign up … Read more
You already have everyone you need to run for elected office. Let Shannon M. Garrett, VRL Board Chair and Founder of SMG Strategies, guide you through how easy it is to identify who in your network can be tapped for each role, in addition to pointers on how to recognize everyone in your network. Shannon … Read more
You’ve done it – after much soul-searching, questioning and exploration, you’ve decided to take your political leadership to the next level by running for elected office. Congratulations! Now what?
Need a little help stepping into your ambition and defining your expertise? We can help. It starts with a fill-in-the-blank statement as simple as: I am an expert in: _____ Because I: ________. We know it sounds easier than it is! Read on why to learn why we need you to take this critical step in … Read more
When I heard there was an opening on our County Board, I immediately called a friend I knew living in that district and asked her to run. I quickly realized that simple 'ask' goes a long way: She did and won! Turns out, her father had served on county board for years when she was … Read more
Here’s How! Partner with VoteRunLead. Advance Your Agenda. Strengthen Your Leaders. By working in partnership – at a level that works for your organization – Invitation Nation creates a “win-win”. Together, women leaders from your organization get access to political leadership resources, and our members are exposed to your organization’s expertise. We raise your organization’s … Read more
POPVOX POPVOX – Your Voice. Verified. Quantified. Amplified. Check out our partner at PopVoxNation and be a part of an innovative organization that verifies and quantifies constituent opinions on legislation for members of Congress. How to get started? Visit the Bills page to find bills in the news and those trending on POPVOX. Or, find a bill endorsed … Read more
Can’t be there in person? Make the most of you efforts to lobby or educate your legislator. Think about how much information they need to sift through and strategize how to best make your voice heard. Layer up your efforts for greater impact. LETTERS Legislative staff will tell you that personal letters written from individuals … Read more
First and foremost, follow your representatives on Facebook and Twitter. While not every elected official is new media savvy, more and more are using these formats to get out information and test the waters for support and gauge public opinion. Register your ideas and opinions in the comment section on Facebook and help open the … Read more
Get to know who your legislator. Building a relationship with your local and national elected officials is easier than you think.
Care about healthy food and farming?
Here you’ll find tips to have successful fundraising calls.
This worksheet asks you to outline your principles and policy positions on a number of important political and ethical controversies. There are no right or wrong answers to any of these questions. Knowing where you stand on ‘big picture’ issues relating to morals and principles can be very helpful in providing effective responses to debate … Read more
It’s impossible for one woman to know everything about every issue. Be open to learning more about the issues.
Learn the three-part process of dialing for dollars with this free sample call script! Learn how to create a candidate fundraising call script Access sample text/script Download the complete How to Dial for Dollars Worksheet Dialing for dollars is as simple as ABC: A. QUICK AND STRONG OPENER B. NEXT, TAKE 30 SECONDS TO GO … Read more
FIRST ROUND CAMPAIGN MESSAGING! Give it a try. Put down three key messages. Make sure your messages reflect not only the things you care about, but the issues your audience or community care about. Who are you trying to sway? What is their primary concern? Now, test it against the 7 C’s The basics: At … Read more
More than anything else, realizing you are valuable and worthy of other people’s support – their time, money and energy – will calm those fundraising jitters. It will also make you more attractive as a candidate. The confidence you have in your ideas and your campaign will go much further than the details of your … Read more
It helps to think of your fundraising networks as circles – a constantly expanding set of people who have an interest in seeing you elected to office. Work Your Circles. Campaign fundraising is all about tapping your networks to financially support your political vision. Start with your friends and family and move outward to demonstrated … Read more
In our workshops, VoteRunLead trainers ask participants to take out a blank piece of paper and, for 5 short minutes, write down as many names and donations ask amounts they can possibly think up. For most of us, we are pleasantly surprised at the depth and breadth of our networks and the total amount of … Read more
Catherine Emmanuelle, Eau Claire City Councilmember, Go Run alumnae and first Latina elected to the council, shares 4 great tips for running as your authentic self!
VRL partner Representation2020 and VRL Chair Marie C. Wilson has outlined how structural changes shape who gets elected.
VRL's roadmap to successful political communications is simple to follow. First, tap into your heart and why you are running for office. Then, start to get a handle on your values: what do you feel strongly about, what do you need to learn more about and what does the community value? Do this a few … Read more
Why are you running for office? (or Why do you want to lead?) The Why Am I Running Worksheet will be used to inform your stump speech and responses to questions. It is a worksheet for YOU and not to be presented in any formal way in your campaign. Answer the following questions as truthfully … Read more
During Activate New York 2013, Stacy Donohue, director, investments, Omidyar Network moderated a panel discussion on the intersection of politics, technology, gender and change.