Political Development SeriesLearn why and how to run for public office.
The Women’s Leadership Institute offers a one-of-a-kind, nonpartisan political candidate training program for women in Utah. Our Political Development Series is an interactive and instructive training that will teach you the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of running for public office. You will join a cohort of women and, over the course of six months, hear from a variety of experts and participate in various workshops—all designed to prepare you to run for a local or state-wide office.
Women are getting involved in politics. A voice is critical, but a VOTE is even more powerful.
Let us help you reach your political aspirations!
Political Series Graduates
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Next Series Starts in 2018
Political Development Series is nonpartisan. Statewide enrollment is welcome. In addition to training, you’ll have access to a valuable cohort of women, networking opportunities and an exclusive Facebook Group to support your learning and networking.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019 *tentative graduation date*
11 am – 2 pm
Salt Lake Chamber Offices
175 E. 400 South, Suite 600
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
6-Month SessionSix sessions of tailored political development training.
- TRAINING SESSIONS INCLUDE:
- Why women in politics — the importance and benefits of running for office
- Election laws and campaign finance: what to expect
- Campaign strategy
- Campaign management
- Confidence and communication skills (public speaking, language, etc.)
- Impact on family life and what to expect
- Using databases: how to reach constituents; marketing and media/social media
- Demographic/constituent research: issue development; working with political parties and securing their support
- Public budgets: revenue and expenditures, budget cycles and processes
What Women Are Saying About The Political Development Series
“When I began this journey I was prepared for the entire year of work the campaign took. My time in WLI was invaluable. I was able to listen, learn and strategize many campaign ideas due to the amazing speakers that were brought in and my other classmates. I am beyond honored to be the first female mayor for the beautiful city of Provo.”Michelle Kaufusi
“I will never forget the first time I heard Pat Jones talk about the benefits of running for office regardless of the outcome of the election. At the first session of the Political Development Series, she told us about her granddaughter delivering the commencement speech at her High School Graduation — after the graduation the granddaughter told Pat that she developed courage by growing up knocking on doors for her grandma’s political campaigns. I have found the same to be true. Someone recently asked my daughter what she learned by her mom running for office, and without hesitation she said, ‘It has made me more confident.’ Running for office has been one of the best things we have ever done as a family, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
The Political Development Series will inspire you and give you the courage and tools to run for office. There is something wonderful about being in a room full of smart, engaged women from a variety of political backgrounds all interested in making our state better. The speakers were informative and dynamic, and the women I met were truly amazing. I especially enjoyed the session on the nuts and bolts of running for office, and the panel discussions with women serving in various elected offices. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in running for office or just being more involved with policy decisions in Utah. Sign up — we need you!”Suzanne Harrison
“I was just thinking about how much the political development series helped me make the decision to run and then overcome some of the self-doubt that tends to plague us as women in the public arena. Your efforts made a significant difference for me and I’m sure for many others.”Kelleen Potter
“I loved participating in the Political Development Series. To me, it was a monthly dose of can-do and candor that I looked forward to every time. The other ladies inspired me and I feel more prepared to grow my political wings. Thank you WLI for providing this empowering opportunity!”Jewel Allen
“The Political Development Series was instrumental in my decision to run for Millcreek City Council in 2016. It gave me the tools I needed to run for office. For example, the funding raising section was one of the critical elements I needed to run my campaign. I learned how to ask for donations, and people gave generously.
When I came in third in my district in the primaries, I decided to support my opponent, Bev Uipi, for the general election. I supported Bev because we have a similar vision for the future of Millcreek City, and her values align with mine. Bev and I actually met at the PDS, and that is where we discovered we would be running against each other.
Not only did the Political Development Series teach me the skills and knowledge I needed to run for office, it also gave me the tools and courage to run. I am grateful for the WLI, and the wonderful women cohorts I met and connected with!”Lisa Bagley