Ready To Run® Iowa

Ready 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.

In the News

POLITICO's "Women Rule" candidate tracker
A collaboration between POLITICO's growing "Women Rule" franchise, the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, and the Women in Public Service Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

What it will take for women to win
By Amanda Ripley for POLITICO Women Rule, June 12, 2017 (includes interviews with Ready to Run Iowa 2017 participants).

Why women don’t run for office
By Jamie Boschma for POLITICO Women Rule, June 12, 2017.

Tentative 2019 Schedule

The registration fee is $25 per workshop, which covers lunch and light refreshments.

Feb. 15
Registration will open on this page Jan. 15, 2019, for the Feb. 15 workshops.
9 a.m. to noon: Getting Involved in Iowa Politics

  • The Political Status of Women
  • Appointments to Boards and Commissions
  • Elections and Campaigns in Iowa

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch

1:30-4:30 p.m.: Launching Your Campaign

  • Making the Decision to Run
  • Researching and Networking
  • Building a Campaign Plan

March 29
Registration will open on this page Feb. 28, 2019, for the March 29 workshops.

9 a.m. to noon: Fundraising

  • Fundamentals of Fundraising
  • Iowa Campaign Finance Rules and Regulations
  • Making the Ask

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch

1:30-4:30 p.m.: Developing Your Campaign Message

  • Creating Your Message
  • Selecting and Framing Issues
  • Developing and Delivering Your Stump Speech

April 19
Registration will open on this page March 19, 2019, for the April 19 workshops.
9 a.m. to noon: Communicating With Media and Voters

  • Direct Contact With Voters
  • Communicating on Camera
  • Working With the Media

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch

1:30-4:30 p.m.: Campaigning Online

  • Website Essentials
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Tips for a Successful Online Campaign

The Ready to Run Iowa Advisory Board consists of nine members with expertise in Iowa politics who provide input on the speakers, content and format for the workshops. Advisory Board members are: Amy Campbell, a partner at the Advocacy Cooperative; Blake Hanson, an attorney at Crawford and Mauro in Des Moines; Drew Kamp, director of Story County community outreach and government relations for the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission; Paula Martinez, labor leader and member of the Warren County Democrats Central Committee; Gloria Mazza, president of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women; 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.

Contact us to add your name to the Ready to Run® Iowa mailing list.

Questions? Contact the Catt Center at 515-294-3181 or cattcntr@iastate.edu