Calling all women looking to run for elected office between now and 2020!

Now is the time for your leadership.
The #RunAsYouAre National Training will help get you there.


This three-day intensive conference combines our best tools and trainers from across the United States to prepare you to run for local and state office. We have specialized sessions for rural women leaders, office-specific content, and regional groupings that will sustain you well past the training.
If you’re thinking about running for elected office between now and 2020, then YES, you should DEFINITELY attend. If you’ve already identified which office you’re running for, #RunAsYouAre National Training will help you craft a customized campaign plan. If you’re ready to run, but haven’t decided which office yet, we will help you target an office and build a plan to enter your local political scene with a purpose.
VoteRunLead women are as diverse as women everywhere. Women from around the country will be at #RunAsYouAre National Training – women who’ve run for office before, women who are new to the idea, rural women, city women, women from across political parties and ideologies – but all women who’ve decided now is their time to lead.

November 17th- 19th

The Millenium Hotel MN

1313 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Contact The Millenium Hotel MN

612.332.6000 or 800.522.8856

Room blocks for $119 under “2017 Vote Run Lead”

1313 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, MN 55403

$195 registration fee

$165 Early Bird special until September 29th

$119 Room Rate

We offer stipends for hotel, transportation or child care during #RunAsYouAre National Training. For more information, email


November 17 – 19, 2017

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
1313 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-6000
Room Rate- $119




November 17

4:30pm – 9:00pm CT

Welcome Reception

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.

November 18

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.

November 19

8:30am – 3:00pm CT

Real Talk: Fundraising

Conversations on our relationship to money, building solid campaign coffers, and calling donors with confidence.

Fundraising Plan

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!


Ilhan Omar – Keynote Speaker

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

Erin Maye Quade

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

Patricia Torres Ray

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

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

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 Emmanuelle

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

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

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 Larson

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

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

JoCasta Zamarripa

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

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

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

Nevada Littlewolf

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

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

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

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 Troyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shannon Garrett

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 O. Lewis

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

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

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

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 Beecham

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

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

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

Maria Elena Garcia

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

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

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

Mina Davis

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

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

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

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 Abdulle

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

Kathleen Murphy

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

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

Erica Mauter

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

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