Ready To Run Iowa

Ready to Run Iowa logoReady to Run® Iowa is a nonpartisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign or become involved in public life as leaders in their communities. Since 2007, the Catt Center has offered the Ready to Run Iowa program every other year as part of a national network founded by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

The next Ready to Run Iowa workshops will be held in spring 2023.

2021 Ready to Run Iowa Schedule

Feb. 26

8:30-11 a.m. – Getting Started in Iowa PoliticsAgenda and speaker bios (PDFs)
– Why Women Should Run
– Appointments to Boards and Commissions
– Elections and Campaigns in Iowa

1-3:30 p.m. – Launching Your CampaignAgenda and speaker bios (PDFs)
– Creating a Campaign Plan
– Crafting Your Message

*7 p.m. – Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., featured evening speaker as the Spring 2021 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. No registration is required for the evening lecture; registration is required for the morning and afternoon workshops.

March 26

8:30-11 a.m. – Funding Your CampaignAgenda and speaker bios (PDFs)
– Fundraising 101
– Iowa Campaign Finance Rules & Regulations

1-3:30 p.m. – Online StrategyAgenda and speaker bios (PDFs)
– Website Essentials
– Social Media Strategy

April 30

8:30-11 a.m. – Working With the MediaAgenda and speaker bios (PDFs)
– Communicating on Camera
– Tips from Political Journalists

1-3:30 p.m. – Running as a WomanAgenda and speaker bios (PDFs)
– Women’s Campaign Experiences
– Research on Women’s Political Campaigns

Ready to Run Iowa Advisory Board

The Ready to Run Iowa Advisory Board members use their expertise in Iowa politics to provide input on the speakers, content and format for the workshops. Advisory Board members are: Amy Campbell, a partner at the Advocacy Cooperative; Dan Culhane, president and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce; Barbara Hames-Bryant, president of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women; Blake Hanson, an attorney at Crawford and Mauro in Des Moines; Paula Martinez, labor leader and member of the Warren County Democrats Central Committee; Kellie Paschke, an attorney with Skinner and Paschke of Waukee, Iowa; Kim Reem, 4th vice president of the National Federation of Republican Women; Georgia Van Gundy, executive director of the Iowa Business Council; and Andrea Woodard, public policy manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

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