Ready to Run: Nonpartisan Conference Helps Women Get Involved in Politics April 18

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Is your network full of untapped political leadership potential?  Do you know women who should consider running for elected office?  Are there women in your circles who wish to lead a more political life?  Invite them attend Ready to Run Michigan 2015!

We’re inviting women around Michigan – from seasoned elected officials to first-time candidates to up-and-coming political leaders – to register for Ready to Run Michigan on April 18, 2015, at seed8453274382_Pamela WilliamsSaginaw Valley State University.

Ready to Run Michigan is a nonpartisan campaign training program designed to empower women to participate more fully in government – and specifically to encourage women to run for elected and appointed office.

This one-day program will demystify the process of running for office, encourage more women to launch their own campaigns, and build networks with other current and future political leaders.  Powered by VoteRunLead, Ready to Run Michigan is for any woman who wants to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system.

The Ready to Run Michigan agenda features two tracks designed to accommodate the needs of Sahara ad with winewomen at different points in their political ambitions: “I’m Ready to Run…Now What?” and “I’m Not Ready To Run Yet, But…”  The first track is for women planning to run for office in the immediate future, while the second track is for those interested in getting more information about different ways to get involved in politics and how to position themselves for a possible run in the future.  A preliminary agenda with more information is attached.

Learn more about Ready to Run Michigan in the attached flyer and online at  Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Ready to Run

Ready to Run Michigan is one-stop training to help women get ready to run for office or get more Judy_Palmer30yearsinvolved in public life — from the school board to city council to the state house, and beyond!

Participants will learn from prominent elected leaders, campaign consultants and experts. Here’s a sampling of workshop topics:

~Media training

~Fundraising strategies


~Developing a campaign plan

~Messaging with authenticityseed010115Kate_Baker_Jan

~Building political leadership

Why Michigan Needs You

~Women make up 20.9 percent of Michigan’s Legislature.

~Michigan ranks 33rd in the nation for number of women serving state elected offices. (4 women (of 38 seats) in Senate, 27 women (of 110 seats) in House)

~Research shows diverse groups of people are better problem-solvers than homogeneous 711adAPPgroups.

~Women legislators provide increased access to government for disadvantaged groups.

(Sources: Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, MIT)

Fundraising Policy

Ready to Run Michigan receives contributions from corporations, organizations, individuals and foundations in support of our work with women in public life.

We accept these donations with the clear understanding that we retain full responsibility for and Candlewickshop_May2014control of the content, shape and substance of our programs and activities. Our supporters many not in any way alter or dictate the content of our work.

Ready to Run Michigan recognizes that some sponsors may have products, policies, or political views which some people may not find agreeable or appealing. As citizens and consumers, we are free to make informed choices and distinctions among products and services. However, as a nonprofit, non-partisan educational institution working with women and men of all political persuasions, Ready to Run Michigan cannot make such distinctions in receiving contributions. Consequently, we will accept contributions from any sources that support our goal of encouraging women to fully and effectively participate in public life and that agree with our policy of retaining full control of our programs.

2015 Sponsors

Ready to Run Michigan is grateful for many supportive sponsors in 2015: Grand Valley State University, Saginaw Valley State University, SVSU James A. Barcia Center for Public Policy & Service, Michigan ACE Women’s Network, SMG Strategies, VoteRunLead, and Eileen Fisher.

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