WeLead Campaign Training Program

May 11: The WeLead2023 Application is open now thru July 5. Are you a woman who wants to run for office? Or run a campaign? Or do you know a woman who wants to run for office or run a campaign? Or do you want to see more women in office? Please apply now and/or spread the word to help us recruit the next class of future female leaders. The program is offered at no cost to admitted applicants. Apply Here


May 10: The Women & Politics Institute, along with honored guest D.C. Councilmember-at-Large Christina Henderson, congratulated 23 women on the successful completion of the WeLead2022 campaign training program and fundraising challenge. 

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Apr 18: Across the country, women are economically stressed, struggling with mental health, and concerned about the state of the country, yet they are also galvanized in support of improving healthcare systems, electing women to public office, and seeing the first Black woman Supreme Court justice. Gender on the Ballot's latest poll reveals the ongoing impact of the pandemic two years since Covid-19 emerged. Read More

WeLead2022 grad standing next to WPI sign

Apr 9: Gaining media attention and tracking is critical for an unknown or first-time candidate to be successful, so we reviewed how to work with local print media, the art of the soundbite, and earning media coverage for the candidate or her campaign in our final session of the program year. We also took professional headshots, which the class earned by exceeding its fundraising goal by more than 10%. Pictured is Danielle Casey #WeLead2022. Read More

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Mar 19: The We Empower team of #WeLead2022 hosted a wellness event to raise funds that allow American University to offer this important campaign training and skills program at no cost to admitted participants. The application cycle will begin soon for #WeLead2023.

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Mar 5: Field expert Bailey Childers, consultant Rissa Martinez, and Neisha Blandin shared dozens of strategies and examples of how to add capacity to a campaign with volunteers, endorsements, party support, and consultants. Childers made it real simple. "What does it take to win? 50%+1 vote!"  Read More

About WeLead

Six WeLead alumnae standing by banner

Top Political Practitioners

Learn from and engage with elected officials and leading experts in campaign management, communications, fundraising, grassroots mobilization, polling, advertising and digital media. Pictured left: WeLead Alumnae Melissa Sullivan, Sarah Rovito, Zandria Haines, Erika Dyer, WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin, and Alexandra Weinroth.

Professional development coach Lisa Montengro

Professional Career Development

Sharpen leadership skills through interactive sessions on personal branding, resume building, effective mentorships and public speaking.  Professional development coach Lisa Montenegro is featured in this photo. 

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser at podium

Record of Success

Engage with our network of 600 WeLead graduates through our program. Our alums occupy the halls of Congress, campaign war rooms, K Street offices, state legislatures, city councils and corporate boardrooms across the country.  DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (SPA/MPP '00) shares her experience running for office.  

Lauren Underwood addressing WeLead graduates

Designed for Working Professionals

Our competitive application process limits our class size to a select group of 30-40 accomplished post-graduates. Mindful of professional obligations, our six day-long training sessions are held on Saturdays at American University in Northwest Washington, DC.  WeLead Alumna Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) addresses graduating women of the WeLead program. Full Story

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WeLead Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Vanessa Deane
Director of Urban Planning, NYU

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WeLead Speaker Spotlight

Annie Kelly Kuhle
FP1 Strategies

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Staying Power: Strategies for Women Incumbents

Women incumbents face specific challenges when running for reelection. New research from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation shows that voters think highly of women who own their achievements and stand up to critics. 

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A curated newsletter, delivered to inboxes on Saturday mornings, readers can catch up on a week’s worth of important new developments about women running for office, serving as leaders and engaging in the political arena.

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