AVOW Hosts Institute Targeting Women Running For Office

May 29, 2018

Advancing Voices of Women or AVOW is hosting a Women’s Campaign Institute in collaboration with the Paul Hemke School for Women in Public Life. The campaign institute will take place on August 3- 5 at the Camp Red Cedar, 3900 Hursh Rd, Fort Wayne.

Credit Advancing Voices of Women

The event is designed for women looking to run for office in 2019 or 2020. It will include trainings, speakers, meals and materials for applicants and campaign managers.

Organizers hope the institute will prepare women with drafting a campaign story, avoid expensive rookie mistakes, overcoming self doubt, understanding campaign law and campaign finances among other topics.

In a press release Marilyn Moran-Townsend, AVOW co-founder and Women’s Institute Campaign co-chair said, “This Institute is a nonpartisan ‘boot camp’ to start women out right, with some of the most experienced and impressive guides in the nation.”

Experts speakers include:

  • Paul Helmke, Director Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center Indiana University
  • Patricia Russo, Executive Director Women’s Campaign School at Yale
  • Sara Jane Rose, Founder & Executive Director Sally’s List of Oklahoma
  • Jill Long Thompson, Former Congresswoman
  • Brenda Gerber, Former Deputy Finance Director for “Mike Pence for Indiana” Campaign
  • Jeff Brantley, VP Political Affairs, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Paula Hughes-Schuh, CEO of the YWCA Northeast Indiana
  • Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics

The cost of the weekend long event is $495. Scholarships are available for eligible accepted applicants. The fee includes: training, meals and materials for the applicant and her campaign manager or chief volunteer.

Intrested women must submit a resume and apply online by May 31. For more information visit avowfw.com.