Leadership Resources Intro

Use this map, made possible with support from the Hunt Alternatives Fund, to locate state-based and national resources for women interested in elected or appointed office or work on political campaigns. Click on a state to find leadership development and campaign training programs, political action committees, and organizations and programs committed to supporting and encouraging women in politics.

Need more ideas on how to get involved? Check out the Women's Definitive Guide to Getting Political by CAWP associate director Jean Sinzdak.

If you know of other organizations to add to our list or have updates to our information, please contact Chelsea Hill.

Program Name State Party Program Description full
Campaign Training
Illinois Democratic County Chairmen's Association
IL Dem

The Illinois Democratic County Chairmen's Association holds half-day training programs for campaign workers, local candidates, and people who are...

Gender Balanced Appointments Act IL Nonpartisan The Gender Balanced Appointments Act establishes that all appointments to boards, commissions, committees and councils of the state be gender...
IDW Campaign Training
Illinois Democratic Women
IL Dem

Founded in 1971 to work for more equitable representation and participation of Democratic women in all levels of the Democratic Party and at all...

Illinois Council of Women Legislators (COWL) IL Nonpartisan The Conference of Women Legislators is a non-profit organization that encourages female legislators from both sides of the aisle to work in a bi-...
Illinois Democratic Women IL Dem Founded in 1971 to work for more equitable representation and participation of Democratic women in all levels of the Democratic Party and at all...
Illinois Federation of Republican Women IL Rep Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies...
Illinois NOW
National Organization for Women
IL Nonpartisan Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...
Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership IL Dem The Illinois Womens Institute for Leadership (IWIL) is an educational organization that exists to encourage and train women to become effective...
Leadership Greater Chicago
Leadership Institute
IL Nonpartisan Established in 1985, Leadership Greater Chicago is a ten-month program for high-potential people in greater Chicago's companies, nonprofit...
Leadership Illinois IL Nonpartisan Established in 1988, Leadership Illinois is a professional network of women leaders from throughout the state. Class members participate in three...
New Leaders Council Chicago
New Leaders Council
IL Nonpartisan New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneursyoung professionals in...
NEW Leadership™ Illinois
Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois, Chicago and Conference of Women Legislators
IL Nonpartisan

The NEW Leadership™ summer institute is an intensive residential program that educates college women about politics and policy making and inspires...

Political Trainings
Illinois Republican Party
IL Rep

The Illinois Republican Party holds campaign trainings for already-nominated Republican candidates once every two years to assist them in their...

Ready To Run® Illinois
Western Illinois University
IL Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® Illinois is a nonpartisan effort to train and engage women to consider running for elected office or seeking appointed office or...

The Illinois Lincoln Series
Illinois Excellence in Public Service Series, Inc.
IL Rep The Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series, Inc. is a Republican political education program dedicated to increasing the number of...