Ready to Run® Virtual Trainings

Running for office in 2020? Your campaign might have to make changes, but it isn't over. 
Register for our upcoming Ready to Run® Virtual Trainings to learn tips and skills from the experts on running for office during these uncertain times. 


Thank you to our Ready to Run® partners for co-hosting these trainings.


Many thanks to our Ready to Run® sponsors for making this possible.

Upcoming Virtual Trainings

The Spring Series of our Ready to Run® Virtual Trainings has concluded. 
Stay tuned for more trainings.

   

Previous Virtual Trainings

Campaigning During COVID19: Questions and Strategies for Moving Forward
PART 1: Where Do I Even Begin? Advice for Your Campaign Strategy in this Moment 
Tuesday, April 14th, 1pm ET (1 hour) Registration over.
Join this live session and ask your questions about how to run for office during these uncertain times. Campaign expert Eva Pusateri will discuss the immediate and pressing challenges, along with initial practical advice, about the current situation facing candidates running this year, including dealing with a lack of clarity about election processes and connecting to voters in a time of social distancing. We’ll then open up the session to address your individual questions and circumstances. 
Read Pusateri's blog post on Part 1 of this webinar series. 
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Campaigning During COVID19: Questions and Strategies for Moving Forward
PART 2: Next Steps: Moving Forward with a Structured Campaign Plan 
Tuesday, April 14th, 1pm ET (1 hour) Registration over.
During Part 2, Eva Pusateri will provide a focused overview of key elements of your newly restructured campaign plan, including practical tips for voter contact, message development, and working with a campaign team virtually. She’ll address how to start assessing and restructuring your campaign to reflect the new reality we are living in, how to build a voter contact operation along social distancing guidelines, and more.
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Campaign Messaging During a Global Crisis
Tuesday, April 21st, 1pm ET (1 hour) Registration over.
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Having clear, consistent, and concise messages is crucial during any campaign, but how should you adjust your campaign messaging during a massive and unprecedented crisis? Is there any hope of breaking through the noise? Can you still talk about local policy issues in the midst of global uncertainty? This webinar will focus on building or reshaping your message strategy and will give you tools for communicating your messages effectively.
Presenter: Nell Callahan, Founder, Frontwood Strategies
Presenting Your Best Self as a Virtual Candidate
Tuesday, April 28th, 1pm ET (1 hour) Registration over.
Now that you’ve pivoted your campaign to a virtual reality, you’ll need to hone your communication and presentation skills via the webcam. This session will provide practical tips for looking and sounding your best on camera, hosting a professional virtual event and adjusting your presentation style based on the event (town hall vs. donor meet-up, for example), and effectively engaging and connecting with your audience even from a remote distance.
Presenters: Christine Jahnke, Founder, Positive Communications and Sarah Doud, Senior Trainer, Positive Communications 
Read Chris Jahnke's blog post on tips and advice for virtual candidates. 


Fundraising in the Age of COVID-19
Tuesday, May 5th, 1pm ET (1 hour) Registration over. 
Fundraising is a crucial aspect of campaigning. But in the midst of a pandemic and a global economic crisis, what should candidates do?  Can you continue to fundraise? If so, what are the best ways to do so without seeming tone-deaf or out of touch? This webinar will walk you through some of the best strategies to employ right now to help keep your campaign financially viable while being mindful of the challenges of the current moment.
Presenter: Kimberly Peeler-Allen, Political Fundraising Expert and CAWP Visiting Practitioner

Digital Strategies for Virtual Campaigns
Tuesday, May 12th, 1pm ET (1 hour) REGISTER HERE
Now that you have moved your entire campaign operation online, what are the best strategies for engaging voters? Which platforms have the best chance of breaking through the digital clutter? Which platforms and strategies make the most sense for reaching and energizing your target voters?  What are the best times to post messages? Which types of posts/activities have the highest levels of engagement? How do you grow your audience? This session will spotlight the best practices and offer actionable tips for reaching and engaging voters online.
Presenter: Tara Dowdell, Founder and President, Tara Dowdell Group
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These virtual trainings are co-hosted by the following Ready to Run® National Network partners:
Women and Gender Resource Center, The University of Alabama
Women Lead Arkansas, Inc. 
Department of Politics, Fairfield University (CT)
Women’s Equality and Empowerment Fund of Delaware 
The Institute for Women in Politics of Northwest Florida
The Oasis Center for Women & Girls (FL)
Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Iowa State University
Western Illinois University (IL) 
Women 4 Change Leadership Series (IN)
University of Kansas
Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University (LA)
Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus 
College of Arts and Sciences' SOLV Initiative, University of St. Thomas (MN) 
North Dakota Women's Network
Women’s Intercultural Center (NM)
John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University 
Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, University of Oklahoma 
Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, Chatham University 
Department of Political Science, University of Scranton (PA)
Proyecto 85 (PR)
Ready to Run® South Dakota
YWCA Utah
Real Women Run (UT)