Introducing WON - Women in Office Now, a new project of Fix Democracy First Education Fund, providing FREE training to help women successfully run for office. Our first training will be on Tuesday, March 8th @ 6-7:30 pm: Why Should I Run for Office? • Need for women in leadership • Impact on community • What office to run for Register HERE
We will be hosting 12 training modules to be held virtually online. The trainings will be recorded and archived for viewing on demand by women who are considering or planning to run for local or state office. The goal is to help build knowledge and assist women to successfully run for office and win elections.
We will also feature special guests, including current and former legislators, as well as experts in the topics of discussion. All module trainings will be approximately 90 minutes in length, allowing time for questions and interaction with presenters and guest speakers.
The program will also work to build a statewide leadership support network to help women as they run for office. We’ll be partnering with other organizations to help ensure success and long-term sustainability to recruit, train and support women in office.
Trainings will be held every other Tuesday from 6-7:30 pm PT starting on March 8, 2022. You can register for just one or all of them. PLEASE NOTE: Each module has a separate registration link. You are welcome attend one or all of them!
More Upcoming WON Training Topics
March 22nd @ 6 pm: Training Module 2 Where to Start? Questions to Ask Yourself • What is needed before I begin? • What office should I run for? Why? • Who will I represent? • What are responsibilities and duties of that office? • When should I run? • Who is my competition? • What is my platform, values, etc.? • What do I hope to accomplish in that position? • Do I have the time, support, confidence and motivation to run? Register HERE for Training Module 2 April 5th @ 6 pm: Training Module 3 The Basics of Running for Office • Campaign timeline • Resources needed to run a successful campaign • Filing candidacy for office • Writing a campaign plan • Next steps Register HERE for Training Module 3 April 19th @ 6 pm: Training Module 4 Running a Campaign - What do I need to know? • What is my campaign plan? • Do I have my team ready? • Who am I running against? • Funds and resources needed • Outreach to constituents & the public - Know your community • Volunteer recruitment & retention • Debating and interviews • Getting endorsements & working with the media Register HERE for Training Module 4 May 3rd @ 6 pm: Training Module 5 Choosing Your Campaign Team • Who should be a part of your team? • How to interview and choose the right team • Recruiting team members • Working with volunteers Register HERE for Training Module 5 May 17th @ 6 pm: Training Module 6 Campaign Communications • Branding - Visuals, signage, online presence • Building contact lists • How best to reach constituents? • Social media platforms • Email communications • Canvassing best practices • Media contacts & outreach Register HERE for Training Module 6 May 31st @ 6 pm: Training Module 7 Campaign Finance • State and local regulations • Contribution limits • Filing with the PDC (Public Disclosure Commission) • Fundraising dos and don’ts Register HERE for Training Module 7 June 14th @ 6 pm: Training Module 8 Fundraising for My Campaign • Fundraising goals and timeline • Hosting events • Online fundraising options • Targeting donors in your jurisdiction • Outreach to bigger donors • Public funding (available in certain areas) Register HERE for Training Module 8 June 28th @ 6 pm: Training Module 9 Candidate Forums & Interviews • Public speaking 101 • Speech writing • Preparing for interviews and debates • Research and know your positions • Practice sessions Register HERE for Training Module 9 July 12th @ 6 pm: Training Module 10 Preparing for the Election • Primaries and general election differences • Candidate questionnaires and forums • Mobilizing your base • Motivating staff and volunteers • Endorsements • Canvassing • Media outreach • GOTV! - Get out the vote • Preparing for the results - good or bad Register HERE for Training Module 10 July 26th @ 6 pm: Training Module 11 After the Campaign: What happens next? Evaluating your campaign • I’ve won! Now what? • I’ve lost. Now what? • What worked? What didn’t? • Acknowledging your team & volunteers • Thanking your base & donors • Final fundraising reporting • Make sure all loose ends are taken care of Register HERE for Training Module 11 Aug 9th @ 6 pm: Training Module 12 Preparing for Taking Office • Choosing your team for success • Putting together your office schedule • Research legislative procedures & timeline • Joining legislative committees • Meeting with constituents • What’s going to be my legislative focus & priorities? • Caucusing with fellow office holders • Following through on commitments Register HERE for Training Module 12