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 respective 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.

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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.

2017 Schedule

The registration fee is $20 per workshop, which covers workshop materials and light refreshments.

Feb. 17 workshops (Full schedule and speakers for both workshops - PDF)
9 a.m. to noon: Getting Started in Iowa Politics

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

2-5 p.m.: Launching Your Campaign

  • Political Parties and Resources
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your Campaign
  • Women’s Campaign Experiences

March 31 workshops (Full schedule and speakers for both workshops - PDF)
9 a.m. to noon: Fundraising for Success

  • Fundamentals of Fundraising
  • Making the Ask
  • Advice from Experts

2-5 p.m.: Campaign Messaging and the Media

  • Creating Your Campaign Message
  • Candidate and Issue Advocacy
  • Working With the Media

April 28 workshops (Full schedule and speakers for both workshops - PDF)
9 a.m. to noon: Communicating With Voters

  • Developing and Delivering Your Stump Speech
  • Communicating on Camera
  • Direct Contact With Voters

2-5 p.m.: Winning Internet Strategies

  • Building a Website
  • Campaigning on Social Media
  • Online Campaigning in 2016 and Beyond

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.

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Questions? Contact the Catt Center at 515-294-3181 or