MEDIA ALERT: 200+ Women Converge in Minneapolis to Learn How to Run for Office

VoteRunLead #RunAsYouAre National Training


WHO: 200 women representing 33 states will be meeting in Minneapolis this weekend for the VoteRunLead #RunAsYouAre National Training — to learn how to run for elected office. This must attend conference is for any woman considering a run for office between now and 2021. Women attending the National Training range in age from 19 to 82, and 45 percent are under 35 years old. Out of all of the attendees, 86 percent will be running for office for the first time and plan to declare their candidacy within the next five years!

And what are they running for? 25 percent are interested in a seat on their local City Council; 25 percent want to be a State Representative; 11 percent want to run for U.S. Congress and eight percent for County Commissioner. The remainder are split between Senate, County Board, Mayor, School Board, Advisory Councils, City Commission, County Clerk, Governor, Judicial districts and Town Boards.

Speakers, panelists and trainers include many “firsts and onlys” that have run and won!

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American legislator in the U.S. Other presenters, speakers and trainers can be found at

WHEN & WHERE: See for complete schedule and list of speakers

Friday, November 17, at 4:00 p.m. — events begin at Target Commons with Networking, Meet-ups and Opening Reception

Friday, November 17, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. — events move to the Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicolette Mall — Making History, Real Talk: You’re the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

Saturday, November 18, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. — KEYNOTE with Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar @ Millennium Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Lobby Level
Workshops run 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Workshops on a variety of campaign topics
12:00 —1:00 p.m. — Lunch with Facebook with Sharon Yang, Facebook Global Politics and Government Outreach in Millennium Hotel, Grand Ballroom
1:00 -2:15 pm — additional workshops
2:20 - 3:00 p.m. — Closing presentation: Declaration of Power and You’re Ready: Go Run As You Are! in Millennium Hotel, Grand Ballroom


For VoteRunLead
Jenifer Howard, 203-273-4246 (mobile/text)

Release Summary

VoteRunLead is training 200 women to run for political office this weekend in Minneapolis. Media are invited to attend workshops and meet participants

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For VoteRunLead
Jenifer Howard, 203-273-4246 (mobile/text)