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Resources for Women In Texas



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Campaign Trainings for Women

Annie's List
Founded in 2003, Annie's List is dedicated to changing the face of power in Texas politics by recruiting, training and supporting Democratic pro-choice women candidates across the state. Its one-day campaign training seminars provide aspiring women candidates and both male and female campaign professionals the knowledge and resources needed to run a successful, professional campaign.  In addition to these "Campaign 101" trainings, Annie's List provides an intensive and comprehensive nine-day Campaign School to prepare recent college graduates to work on targeted campaigns in the state.

For more information:
Megan Rodman, Deputy Director
P.O. Box 699
Austin, Texas 78767
megan@annieslist.com
(512) 481-8100

Campaign School for Women Leaders
Sponsored by Project 19
Project 19 is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral organization dedicated to advancing women into leadership roles. Its Campaign School trains women interested in running for office and those who want to run political campaigns. In this two-and-a-half-day intensive program, campaign experts walk participants through the process of creating and implementing a winning strategy. The program is ideal for candidates or staff considering waging campaigns within one to three years after the training.

For more information:
Robin Ford-Duncan
Project 19
Austin, TX
info@projectnineteen.org
(512) 944-5472

Ready to Run® New Mexico/Texas Borderlands
Sponsored by The Women's Intercultural Center
Ready to Run® New Mexico/Texas Borderlands provides non-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government positions. The day-long program targets women considering or recently deciding to run for political office, providing training and mentoring by campaign professionals, political women, and officeholders. Ready to Run® New Mexico/Texas Borderlands  is part of the Ready to Run® National Training Network of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University (NJ).

For more information:
Mary Carter
Women's Intercultural Center Director
mcarter@qwestoffice.net
(575) 882-5556



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Campaign Trainings (women and men)

American Majority
Founded in 2008, American Majority is a national non-profit, nonpartisan training institute with national headquarters in Purcellville, VA and state offices in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas. American Majority programs bring the expertise and knowledge base of national politicos, campaign strategists, communication consultants, and seasoned organizers directly into local communities with four tracks of training:
  • candidate training,
  • activist training,
  • campus majority,
  • and the Fellowship Program.

Each track offers a number of unique courses to prepare participants to run for office or work for campaigns or in politics. The calendar of scheduled trainings is available on the American Majority website.

For more information:
Raz Shafer
American Majority
(254) 592-3361

Annie's List
Founded in 2003, Annie's List is dedicated to changing the face of power in Texas politics by recruiting, training and supporting Democratic pro-choice women candidates across the state. Its one-day campaign training seminars provide aspiring women candidates and both male and female campaign professionals the knowledge and resources needed to run a successful, professional campaign.  In addition to these "Campaign 101" trainings, Annie's List provides an intensive and comprehensive nine-day Campaign School to prepare recent college graduates to work on targeted campaigns in the state.

For more information:
Megan Rodman, Deputy Director
P.O. Box 699
Austin, Texas 78767
megan@annieslist.com
(512) 481-8100

Campaign Training
Sponsored by the Texas Republican Party
The Texas Republican Party provides campaign training throughout Texas upon request. One- to two-hour trainings can be scheduled for groups or individuals through the Party's political director. The Texas GOP also provides online training videos accessed with a passcode provided by the party. All trainings are open to Texas Republicans. Eight-hour candidate training sessions are also available through the Party before the filing deadline, after the filing deadline, and before the general election.

For more information:
Texas Republican Party
1108 Lavaca
Suite 500
Austin, TX 78701
info@texasgop.org
(512) 477-9821

Campaign/Candidate Training
Sponsored by the Texas Democratic Party
The Texas Democratic Party runs campaign and candidate trainings several times a year that vary in topic and length. Some trainings are open to all Texas Democrats, while others are open only to declared candidates or campaign staff.

For more information:
Will Hailer, Executive Director
Texas Democratic Party
4818 East Ben White Blvd.
Suite 104
Austin, TX 78741
will@txdemocrats.org
yellowdog@txdemocrats.org
(512) 478-9800



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Leadership Training Programs For Women

Leadership Texas
Sponsored by the Foundation for Women's Resources
Founded in 1983, Leadership Texas, a program of the Foundation for Women’s Resources, identifies and develops Texas' women leaders by providing them with essential information, an awareness of ongoing changes, sharpened skills, and an enduring network of women from diverse backgrounds. Women recognized as leaders throughout the state are chosen to participate in a year-long program structured around five two-and-one-half-day sessions exploring a wide range of issues including: science and technology, education, business, government, the environment and the economy. The curriculum also includes leadership skills enhancement through interactions with state and national experts, presentations by outstanding speakers and on-site visits to major business, education and cultural centers. One session is generally held in Austin, with the other four session locations rotating each year.

For more information:
Candace O'Keefe Mathis
CEO and Chief Dreamer
Leadership Women
Leadership Texas
25 Highland Park Village
Suite 100-371
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 421-5566

Leadership Pipeline
Sponsored by the Foundation for Women's Resources
Created in 1996, Power Pipeline provides emerging women leaders with the opportunity to interact with and learn from experienced women leaders. It supports the Foundation for Women's Resources' goal of advancing and improving the personal, economic and professional status of women by inspiring new generations of women to make an impact in their communities. The Foundation invites a select group of emerging women leaders annually to spend a weekend sharing experiences and building relationships with each other and with established women leaders. The program is designed as a casual weekend seminar that offers both presentations and ample one-on-one exchanges among participants and mentors.

For more information:
Candace O'Keefe Mathis, CEO and Chief Dreamer
Leadership Women
Power Pipeline
25 Highland Park Village, #100-371
Dallas, TX  75205
(214) 421-5566



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Leadership Training Programs (women and men)

Leadership Austin
Sponsored by the Leadership Institute
Established in 1979, the Leadership Austin Essential Class is a nine-month program that focuses on regional issues, leadership skills, and the building of strong networks to encourage innovative, collaborative solutions to the region's challenges. The Leadership Austin Essential Class interweaves three curriculum elements in monthly sessions and activities: an in-depth exploration of the region’s horizon issues; an opportunity for experienced civic leaders to hone leadership competencies; and the opportunity for diverse participants to extend their connections to better serve their civic and professional goals. The program is targeted to individuals who have already gained significant experience in civic leadership roles. Many graduates now serve on the policy boards of many local and national organizations, foundations, chambers of commerce, and schools. 

For more information:
Leadership Austin
1609 Shoal Creek Blvd
Suite 202
Austin, TX 78701
info@leadershipaustin.org
(512) 499-0435

Leadership Corpus Christi
Sponsored by the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce
Established in 1972 by the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Corpus Christi is a nine-month training program for emerging and existing leaders that builds the needed skills, knowledge, motivation, and vision to develop a stronger community. Selected participants attend monthly day-long sessions in addition to educational retreats and community service activities.

For more information:
Pam Arredondo
Leadership Corpus Christi/Leadership Corpus
Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce
1501 North Chaparral
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
pam@theccchamber.org
(361) 881-1800

Leadership Dallas
Sponsored by the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas is a ten-month educational program addressing issues most important to the Dallas community and developing participants' leadership skills. Up to 55 participants are selected each year for day-long monthly sessions on topics including: human services, government and politics, economic development, diversity, health care, criminal justice, education, and arts and culture.

For more information:
Dallas Regional Chamber
500 North Akard Street, Suite 2600
Dallas, Texas 75201
leadership@dallaschamber.org
(214) 746-6600

Leadership El Paso
Sponsored by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
Leadership El Paso is a year-long program educating participants about key issues facing El Paso. Forty participants are selected to participate in a minimum of eight day-long sessions and a two-day retreat where area leaders and experts discuss topics like economic development , the military, healthcare, social services and quality of life.

For more information:
Yvonne Ramirez
Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
10 Civic Center
El Paso, TX 79901
yramirez@elpaso.org
(915) 534-0500

Leadership Fort Worth
Founded in 1972, Leadership Fort Worth is a 10-month training effort to educate area professionals about the issues facing Fort Worth and to develop their individual leadership skills. In preparing approximately 50 experienced civic volunteer leaders from various sectors to become community trustees, the once-monthly program emphasizes topics like education, health, government, quality of life, economic development, criminal justice, and human services. In addition to the Leadership Class, Leadership Fort Worth offers Fort Worth Leading Edge, a six-month leadership development program that provides adults in their mid-20s to early 30s an opportunity to explore the community from many different perspectives.

For more information:
Leadership Fort Worth
P.O. Box 11371
Fort Worth , TX 76110
(817) 921-2777

Leadership Garland
Sponsored by the Garland Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Garland is a ten-month program offered by the Garland Chamber of Commerce to provide corporate leadership training; to motivate and encourage civic leaders; and to develop personal leadership characteristics and skills within individuals. Participants are introduced to state, county, city officials, school board trustees, administrators, community leaders, community boards and commissions through once-monthly full-day sessions and program events. Sessions cover topics including leadership skills, community trusteeship, city knowledge, economic development, education, county knowledge, and state government.

For more information:
Jami Manners, Project Director
Leadership Garland
Garland Chamber of Commerce
520 North Glenbrook
Garland, TX 75040
Jami.manners@garlandchamber.com
information@garlandchamber.com
(469) 326-7477
(972) 272-7551

Leadership Houston
Founded in 1980, Leadership Houston provides a 10-month leadership development program that meets monthly to educate, energize, and activate civic leaders in diverse sectors of Houston. Each year, fifty selected class members are educated about the city of Houston, meeting leaders in areas such as the economy, social justice, arts, healthcare, quality of place, and more. They are prepared to take on leadership roles throughout the city upon program graduation.

For more information:
Samia Mirza, Program Manager
Leadership Houston
2909 Hillcroft, Suite 300
Houston, TX  77057
smirza@leadershiphouston.org
(713) 877-9090

Leadership Lubbock
Founded in 1976, Leadership Lubbock is a leadership and community orientation program for selected Chamber business leaders. This program provides a source of leaders for the Lubbock Community by ensuring that Leadership Lubbock participants receive necessary community information/orientation and leadership skills. Leadership Lubbock is open to members of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, and are selected through an application process.

For more information:
Phyllis Jones, Vice President - Leadership
Leadership Lubbock
1500 Broadway
Suite 101
Lubbock, TX 79401
phyllis.jones@lubbockbiz.org
info@lubbockbiz.org
(806) 761-7000

Leadership Plano
Established in 1983, Leadership Plano is a nine-month community leadership development program designed to increase individual and community leadership skills. Each year, selected participants attend a two-day beginning retreat that focuses on individual leadership styles and techniques, in addition to eight monthly day-long sessions examining specific aspects of the community such as education, area government, local business and economic development, health and human services, the criminal justice system, and the arts.

For more information:
Jamee Jolly, President & CEO
Leadership Plano
1200 East 15th Street
Plano, TX 75074
jjolly@planochamber.org
info@planochamber.org
(972) 424-7547

Leadership San Antonio
Sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Leadership San Antonio is a jointly sponsored program of The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. This annual program educates approximately fifty existing and emerging leaders who live and work in the San Antonio metropolitan area about the promises and challenges facing their community. Class members participate in monthly sessions and go on to take active roles within the community's public and private sectors.

For more information:
Abby Montanez, Membership Program Coordinator
Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
602 East Commerce Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
amontanez@sachamber.org
communications@sachamber.org
(210) 229-2100

Texas Leadership Institute
The Texas Leadership Institute (TLI), a non-profit educational consortium, was formed in 1995 to enhance the ability of the small to medium-size communities in Texas to plan for sustainable economic activity by building a team of trained leaders. TLI brings together key decision-makers -- elected officials, volunteers, chambers of commerce, community and economic developers, convention and visitor bureau personnel, health professionals, and school administrators, for the purpose of addressing critical issues and challenges in community development.

For more information:
Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (TCRE) 
Greg Clary, Chairman of the Board
3115 Fall Crest Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78247
gclary@tcre.org
greg@tcre.org
(903) 714-0232



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Organizations Committed to Political Parity

Annie's List
Founded in 2003, Annie's List is dedicated to changing the face of power in Texas politics by recruiting, training and supporting Democratic pro-choice women candidates across the state. Its one-day campaign training seminars provide aspiring women candidates and both male and female campaign professionals the knowledge and resources needed to run a successful, professional campaign.  In addition to these "Campaign 101" trainings, Annie's List provides an intensive and comprehensive nine-day Campaign School to prepare recent college graduates to work on targeted campaigns in the state. Annie's List also financially supports Democratic pro-choice candidates as a political action committee (PAC).

For more information:
Robert E. Jones, Political Director
Annie's List
506 West Seventh Street
Austin, TX 78701
Robert@annieslist.com
info@annieslist.com
(512) 481-8100

Leadership Women
Founded in 1973, the Foundation for Women's Resources works with program affiliates and women leaders to advance and improve the personal, economic and professional status of women. The Foundation's programs include Leadership Texas, an education and training institute for Texas women leaders, and Power Pipeline, a program which provides mentors and training to emerging women leaders. In addition to these programs, the Women's Museum is an affiliate of the Foundation for Women's Resources, providing exhibits and programs that detail women's participation in U.S. history.

For more information:
Candace O'Keefe Mathis, CEO and Chief Dreamer
Leadership Women
25 Highland Park Village, #100-371
Dallas, TX  75205
(214) 421-5566

League of Women Voters of Texas
The League of Women Voters of Texas, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

For more information:
Justine Quinn
Executive Director
The League of Women Voters of Texas
1212 Guadalupe St. #107
Austin, TX 78701
jquinn@lwvtexas.org
(512) 472-1100

Texas Democratic Women
The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of women’s voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the NFDW promotes Democratic Party goals and candidates and works to unite women party members behind them. NFDW chapters recognize potential women candidates and encourage their candidacies for office.   Members attend meetings, organize educational and political events, volunteer for campaigns, and support candidates for office.

For more information:
Donna Beth McCormick, President
Texas Democratic Women
P.O. Box 2211
Austin, TX 78768-2211
GloriaCaceres@tdw.org
tdw@tdw.org

Texas Federation of Republican Women
Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies of the Republican Party; elects Republican candidates; informs the public through political education and activity; and increases the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government. In working toward these objectives, the NFRW concentrates its efforts in the areas of educating, communicating, recruiting, campaigning, fundraising, training and legislative action.

For more information:
Carolyn Hodges, President
Texas Federation of Republican Women
515 Capital of Texas Highway
Suite 133
Austin, TX 78746
chodges@hodgessw.com
tfrw@tfrw.org
(512) 477-1615

Texas NOW
Sponsored by the National Organization for Women
Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's rights. The organization's official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women. NOW has over 550 chapters in all 50 states that participate in education and advocacy activities. Information on state and local chapters of NOW is available on the national NOW website and through state chapters.

For more information:
Hannah Riddering, President
Texas NOW
P.O. Box 4297
Austin, TX 78765
president@nowtexas.org
info@nowtexas.org

Texas Women's Political Caucus
Sponsored by the National Women's Political Caucus
Founded in 1971, the National Women's Political Caucus of Texas is a multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. NWPC-TX and local chapters provide support to candidates running for all levels of office by helping raise money and providing crucial hands-on volunteer assistance. In the past, the Texas chapter has provided campaign trainings for potential women candidates, hosted speakers, and endorsed candidates.

For more information:
Texas Women's Political Caucus
P.O. Box 163
Austin, TX 78767
nwpctx@gmail.com
Fax: (512) 301-5965



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Women’s Political Action Committees (PACs)

Annie's List
Founded in 2003, Annie's List is dedicated to changing the face of power in Texas politics by recruiting, training and supporting Democratic pro-choice women candidates across the state.

For more information:
Megan Rodman, Deputy Director
P.O. Box 699
Austin, Texas 78767
megan@annieslist.com
(512) 481-8100

National Women's Political Caucus of Texas
Sponsored by the National Women's Political Caucus
Founded in 1971, the National Women's Political Caucus of Texas is a multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. NWPC-TX and local chapters provide support to candidates running for all levels of office by helping raise money and providing crucial hands-on volunteer assistance. In the past, the Texas chapter has provided campaign trainings for potential women candidates, hosted speakers, and endorsed candidates.

For more information:
Texas Women's Political Caucus
P.O. Box 163
Austin, TX 78767
nwpctx@gmail.com
Fax: (512) 301-5965