Positioning Yourself to Run for Office
Tip #1 – Get Trained – Attend a Political Leadership Training Program
I have spent the last seven years in training programs all across the country; a weekend in snowy Columbia, South Carolina, a week in beautiful New Haven, Connecticut and five months at the coolest technology center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The training programs have added value during my career as a congressional staffer, congressional finance director, state party deputy finance director and now as a political strategist and trainer.
Before you decide to run for office, you should seriously consider attending a political leadership training. Training programs build your skills, give tactics and plan strategies for your run for office. Training programs provide opportunities to meet new people, develop friendships and expand your network. The training programs varies in duration from a weekend to five months.
Here are a few of my favorite programs:
Emerge America is the premier training program for Democratic women. We inspire women to run, we hone their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.
New Leaders Council
The mission of New Leaders Council is to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs – those who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America.
The Women’s Campaign School at Yale
The Women’s Campaign School at Yale is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral political campaign training program. Our mission is to provide the very best training in the world for women who want to run for office or who want to move up the ladder to higher elective office. We train women to run political campaigns and to advance their careers in public service.
Wellstone Action and Wellstone Action Fund is a national training center for people interested in progressive change. We help activists win on issues and elect progressive candidates by training them in the nuts and bolts of grassroots organizing, voter engagement, political advocacy, and leadership development.
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