NationalGoLead-headerSummit brings together women from 20 states to build a generation of future political leaders.

ST. LOUIS, May 8, 2015 — VoteRunLead (VRL), a national, nonpartisan non-profit dedicated to promoting women seeking public office, hosts a national leadership training summit in St. Louis, Missouri this weekend from May 8th-10th. Women from over twenty states will gather for three days of panels, workshops, and speakers at National Go Lead, VRL’s second national training conference.

The National Go Lead program features experts, coaching and networking opportunities, and skill-building workshops on a variety of subjects including voter registration and mobilization, campaign management, voting reform, social entrepreneurship, digital advocacy and organizing, storytelling and messaging, and fundraising.

Elected officials, community leaders, and other political experts will share stories, lessons, and insights with women considering running for office or taking the next step in their personal leadership. VRL has tapped a group of dynamic, diverse, and inspirational speakers to share their wisdom and advice including, but not limited to:

  • Tishaura Jones – Treasurer, City of St. Louis
  • Marlon Lee – Director of Community Organizing, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Patricia Bynes – Co-Founder, Ferguson Alternative Spring Break // Democratic committeewoman, Ferguson Township (helped increase voter participation in Ferguson from 12 to 30% in recent election)
  • Rhonda Briggins-Ridley – Founder and Board Member, VRL // Chairwoman, 50th Anniversary Bridge Crossing Jubilee (will give the keynote address, “Selma to St. Louis: The Cost of Justice. The Power of Participation.”)

“Across the country and at all levels of government, we are seeing a need for more women in office,” said Erin Vilardi, Founder and Director of VoteRunLead. “From Marilyn Mosby in Baltimore to Ella Jones in Ferguson, newly elected women officials are using their voices and their positions to support and strengthen their communities. National Go Lead aims to inspire, educate, and mobilize even more women to take action, lead a political life, and ultimately run for office.”

National Go Lead will take place at the Westin St. Louis from Friday, May 8th to Sunday, May 10th, with support provided by Wells Fargo Advisors. Reporters interested in attending any of the weekend’s events should reach out to the media contacts listed below. For a full schedule, please click here.

About VoteRunLead
VoteRunLead is a national, nonpartisan organization that unleashes the power of women leaders in democracy through training, technology and community. We aim for large-scale impact on women’s community and political leadership never before seen in the United States. By harnessing social networks as a new and powerful recruitment tool, creating an online platform to learn to run and lead, and conducting in-person trainings that build powerful networks, VoteRunLead will fuel women’s ambition for civic leadership and close the knowledge gap around politics for women from all classes, cultures and colors.