Rising Stars 2018
Rising Stars: Educating Asian American Women for Politics
CAWP, together with a steering committee of Asian American women leaders, sponsors Rising Stars: Educating Asian American Women for Politics, a preconference session of the Ready to Run® Campaign Training for Women. Rising Stars participants attend a half-day session that targets issues of particular interest to Asian American women running for political office. Rising Stars participants then attend Ready to Run® to learn about the nuts and bolts of working on a campaign. Ready to Run® offers a unique opportunity for potential women candidates to hear directly from prominent elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, and party officials about how to get Ready to Run. Topics covered include fundraising, navigating the political parties, working with the media, and developing a campaign plan.
Online registration is now closed.
We will be able to take registrations at the door on a first come, first served basis until the event sells out.
If you are a group wanting to register at the door, please contact us first to find out if we can still accommodate the whole group.
A limited number of scholarships are available from our co-sponsor,
Inspiring South Asian American Women (ISAAW). To apply, send an email to ISAAW.
(Check back regularly for updates; full Ready to Run® agenda with additional speaker details available here.)
Friday, March 9, 2018
|11:00 am||Registration opens|
|Noon - 1:30 pm||
Welcome and Opening Keynote
1:45 - 4:00 pm
Roundtable: Serving Your Community
This roundtable features women in the Asian American community who have been involved in public leadership in various ways, including elected or appointed officials, campaign workers, and non-profit leaders. Topics covered include: the experience of running for and serving in elected office; how to be involved politically besides running for office and why participants should be involved in politics in some way; and using community leadership positions, such as appointments to non-profit or government boards, as a way to advocate for issues and gain leadership experience.
Ready to Run® Welcome and Opening Remarks: Why Not You? Why Not Now?
|4:30 - 6:15 pm||
Plenary Session: Digital Strategies for Candidates, Campaigns, and Advocates
Digital outreach is a key aspect of today's political and advocacy campaigns. Online tools including blogs, social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other online organizing and communications resources are important for getting campaign messages out to a broad audience of potential voters or stakeholders. This session will provide an overview of best practices and offer practical tips on how to get started or enhance your online presence.
|6:00 pm||Networking Reception|
Saturday, March 10, 2018
|7:30 am||Registration opens|
|8:15 - 9:45 am||Keynote Plenary: What Women Candidates Need to Know|
10:00 am - Noon
Track 1: Launching your Campaign
This session provides an overview of the key elements of a campaign, including assessing and establishing oneself as a candidate, developing a campaign plan, structuring a campaign organization, and voter contact.
10:00 am- Noon
Track 2 : Finding Your Political Voice and Influence
This session, designed for those who are not ready to run but want to have some impact on important issues, offers an overview of the "nuts and bolts" of government and political parties in the state. Topics covered will include positioning onself for appointments to a public board or commission and getting active in a political party.
Noon - 2:15 pm
Luncheon Plenary: Conquering the Camera – An Interactive Media Training
This interactive media training workshop will include tips for successful interviews on tough topics, how to look poised and professional on camera, staying on message, and public speaking techniques. Selected participants will take part in mock interviews and on-camera practice sessions.
2:30 - 3:45 pm
Track 1: Navigating New Jersey's Political Parties as a Potential Candidate
This session will highlight the power dynamics of party organizations, building relationships with party operatives and gaining the party's support, and will address how to respond when the part organization is not supportive.
2:30 - 3:45 pm
Track 2: Legislative Advocacy
This session is designed for those who are not ready to run but want to have an impact on important issues. Legislative advocacy is working with individual lawmakers and lawmaking bodies to gain support for your cause or initiative. Learn how to organize a legislative advocacy campaign, including gathering allies, creating a campaign structure, building a communication network, and cultivating media relationships.
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Plenary: Fundraising for Success
Fundraising is one of the most crucial aspects of a campaign. This interactive workshop covers key components of campaign fundraising, including special emphasis on understanding why people give and the in-person “ask.” The session will also address developing a strategy for your campaign, building a donor list, recruiting and motivating a finance committee, and special events.
(Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.)
Member, South Brunswick Board of Education
Cecilia Xie Birge
Former Mayor, Montgomery Township
Filipino American Political Action Committee
President and Founder, Asian American Chamber of Commerce
S. Nadia Hussain
Co-Founder, Bangladeshi American Women's Development Initiative
Tina Liu Jen
Morris County Human Relations Commission and 80-20 Initiative of New Jersey
Khyati Y. Joshi
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Thuy Anh Le
Former Member, Hillsborough Township Board of Education
Councilwoman, Township of Edison
Former Councilwoman, Borough of Madison
Contact CAWP at (848) 932-9384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.