4:30pm – 9:00pm CT
Meet elected officials, political pros, VRL staff and board, #RunAsYouAre trainers and fellow ambitious women from around the country.
You’re the One We’ve Been Waiting For
An evening of inspiration and tools to accelerate your political leadership.
8:30am – 6:00pm CT
Why Are You Running?
It’s the most-asked question on the campaign trail – and you’ll be prepared to answer it.
Essential Campaign Elements
It’s more than name recognition and yard signs. You’ll conduct a landscape assessment to better understand your district.
Real Talk: What It’s Really Like to Run
Conversations about campaign life and realistic expectations with women who’ve done it before.
Take the Field
Craft a winning field plan, understand voter identification tools, and practice your pitch.
8:30am – 3:00pm CT
Real Talk: Fundraising
Conversations on our relationship to money, building solid campaign coffers, and calling donors with confidence.
Build your own donor list, understand fundraising tools, and practice your ask.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Breakout sessions related to specific offices, regions, and interests.
Now, Go Run AS You Are!
SPEAKERS & TRAINERS
Ilhan Omar is an experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer, public speaker and advocate. She was recently elected as the Minnesota House Representative for District… Read more
Born and raised in Apple Valley, Erin Maye Quade has always enjoyed a strong connection to our community. A graduate of Eastview High School and… Read more
Senator Torres Ray worked in child welfare, child advocacy and community activism for 16 years, prior to running for public office. She decided to run for… Read more
Andrea Jenkins is a poet, a writer, and was recently elected to the Minneapolis City Council. With this victory, Jenkins became the first African American… Read more
Tishaura O. Jones is the first woman to serve as Treasurer in the history of St. Louis. She is the city’s chief investment and cash… Read more
Catherine graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Women’s Studies and Economics. She received a Master… Read more
Faith Winter is currently a Colorado State Representative, Executive Director of Emerge Colorado and consultant for VoteRunLead. Faith has spent her entire career inspiring people… Read more
Rina Shah is a strategic consultant, media commentator, & millennial entrepreneur based in Washington, DC. Prior to launching The Prigova Group – a government and… Read more
Emily was elected Mayor of Duluth in November 2015 with 72% of the vote. She was inaugurated on January 4th, 2016. Prior to becoming Mayor,… Read more
Sharon Yang is a member of the Global Politics and Government Outreach team at Facebook with a focus on the United States and Canada. Prior… Read more
Representative JoCasta Zamarripa was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of St. Joan Antida High School and holds a BFA from… Read more
Brenda Lopez is State Representative for House District 99 in Gwinnett County. She made history in 2016 becoming the first Latina elected to the Georgia… Read more
Peggy Flanagan, is a longtime advocate for Minnesota’s children and families, a DFLer, an organizer, and a near-lifelong resident of St. Louis Park. Peggy has… Read more
A member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Nevada Littlewolf has over 20 years of experience working across sectors of government, community, non-profit, and… Read more
Kimberly Peeler-Allen has been working at the intersection of race, gender and politics for almost 20 years. Kimberly is the Co-founder of Higher Heights, a national organization building… Read more
Atima Omara is a seasoned political strategist and advocate working in politics and the progressive movement. She is the founder and President of Omara Strategy… Read more
Ash Bruxvoort coordinates the Plate to Politics program at the Women, Food & Agriculture Network. She’s a farm and food justice activist, community organizer, New… Read more
Katie has committed her career to ensuring members of historically underserved communities are given access to decision making processes within large institutions. Katie began her… Read more
Erin Vilardi is the Founder and Director of VoteRunLead, a national organization leveraging technology and training to accelerate the number of women in civic and… Read more
Jehmu Greene is an award-winning progressive media and advocacy strategist and recent candidate DNC Chair. As a Fox News Political Analyst, Jehmu promotes progressive policies… Read more
Rhonda Briggins, J.D. dedicates her life to public service through her role as a community advocate, political strategist, and servant leader. She serves on various… Read more
Pakou Hang is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA), a social justice organization that was created to build community… Read more
Liz Johnson is a co-founder and board member at VoteRunLead, a national organization that supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country… Read more
Dawn Crandall holds leadership positions across nonprofit, political and the private sector. She is the Political Affairs Director for the Home Builders Association of Michigan.… Read more
Operating under a personal mission statement of “Honor. Empower. Amplify.,” Shannon is a nationally recognized trainer, strategist, civic engagement consultant and leadership coach. Shannon’s commitment… Read more
Juanita was born and raised in Saint Paul, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.A. in History and Political Science, and… Read more
Lea Webb is an award-winning activist who has successfully bridged the gap between the community and government agencies to bring about positive and lasting change… Read more
Kristin Slevin advances the Barbara Lee Family Foundation’s mission to engage women in politics through strategic grant making and research projects. Prior to her current position,… Read more
Amy Sewell is a writer/producer, best known for award-winning, audience-favorite feature documentary MAD HOT BALLROOM and most recently the documentary short, GOOD MUSLIM GIRLS. She… Read more
Lauren joined womenwinning in January of 2012. Under her leadership the organization has transformed into one of the state’s leading political entities, developing a one-of-a-kind… Read more
Chanda Smith-Baker is the new Senior Vice President of Community Impact. Most recently President and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities, she is a results-driven leader with 25… Read more
Rebekah Fitzgerald is the founder of Simplified Campaigns, an online community committed to simplifying the world of political campaigns. A believer in the idea that… Read more
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, but also loves to call New York her second home, Maria is currently a senior at Barnard studying Sociology… Read more
Mónica Ramírez is the daughter and granddaughter of migrant farmworkers. Her parents inspired her to become involved with social causes and public service. Mónica has… Read more
Sarah Lloyd is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Wisconsin Farmers Union and the Secretary of the Board and Director of Development for the Wisconsin… Read more
Marienella “Mina” Davis is running for the nonpartisan, unicameral Neberaksa State Legislature, District 8. Davis is the daughter of a veteran father and an immigrant… Read more
Catherine Hinshaw is a native North Carolinian who recognized her passion for public service upon completing a program in Washington, DC when she was 17.… Read more
Cheryl Bergman launched Bergman, Inc. in 2007. Bergman places an emphasis on working to raise money to elect well qualified, progressive women to local and… Read more
Elizabeth Zalanga is currently completing an Associate in Arts Degree with an Emphasis in Social Science/Public Affairs at Saint Paul College. This past spring Elizabeth was… Read more
Habon is the Executive Director and founding member of Women Organizing Women Network, a non-profit organization committed breaking barriers and fostering an environment in which… Read more
M. Kathleen Murphy is a communications consultant from Saint Paul, MN. She has over 20 years of communications experience ranging from public policy advocacy on… Read more
Kayla Farhang graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Political Science and Global Studies double major. She has a strong passion for politics and has… Read more
Following a 12-year engineering career, Erica Mauter is currently the Executive Director of the Twin Cities Women’s Choir and Twin Cities Girls’ Choir. She earned… Read more
Jillia Pessenda works as an independent strategy consultant in advocacy and politics. She has worked locally to pass zoning laws to allow for urban agriculture, community… Read more