WeLead Campaign Training Program

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Aug 29: According to research from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, voters have an imagination barrier when it comes to electing women, especially to executive office says BLFF ED and WeLead expert speaker Amanda Hunter in this Gender on the Ballot piece. Read More

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Jul 6: On the 50th anniversary of Title IX, Mary Griffith of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion writes in this Gender on the Ballot piece that Americans consider the legislation significant and necessary, especially among the nation’s emerging leaders, even if it hasn't completely kept up with the times. Read More


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. 

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

About WeLead

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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. 

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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

Brittney Vevaina
MPP Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School

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WeLead Speaker Spotlight

Micah Yousefi
Nat'l Republican Senatorial Committee

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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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WeLead Reader

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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Gender on the Ballot Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on all the latest news + gender analysis in politics.

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