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Resources for Women In Washington



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Campaign Trainings (women and men)

Campaign Management Training Seminar
Sponsored by the Washington Farm Bureau
The Washington Farm Bureau offers a campaign management training in multiple cities for candidates for public office, their spouses and campaign managers, as well as prospective candidates and campaign managers considering races in future cycles. The training uses content developed by the American Farm Bureau with input from political consultants and staff of both national political parties. Program curriculum is applicable to local, state and national political races and includes:
  • evaluating the viability of the candidacy
  • selecting themes and issues
  • budgeting and raising money
  • working with the news media; and
  • campaign organization and strategy.

For more information:
John Stuhlmiller, Chief Executive Officer
Washington Farm Bureau
975 Carpenter Road NE
Suite 301
Lacey, WA 98516
(360) 357-9975

Campaign Trainings
Sponsored by the Washington State Republican Party
The Washington Republican Party holds campaign trainings at least once a year, open to any Republican within the state. Trainings are typically one day long and focus on how to run a political campaign.

For more information:
Washington State Republican Party
11811 NE 1st Street
Suite A306
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 460-0570

Candidate Training
Sponsored by the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute
The Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute recruits and trains leaders in Washington State who are thinking about entering the arena of politics as candidates or staffers and who are committed to the principles of freedom, security, entrepreneurial free enterprise, and a return of conservative principles of governance. The Institute, held three days a week over two weeks, teaches its students about campaigns and about how to be a candidate. Topics include Situational Leadership, Leadership Point of View, and Interim Team Assignment. The JDLI's first class of fourteen completed their training in October 2009, and the program hopes to hold two trainings per year, in addition to abbreviated classes targeting in-demand topics. The first training included a session specifically focusing on women and politics.

For more information:
Kim Werdel
Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute
430 N. Pine Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926
info@jdli.org
(206) 409-7831

Progressive Majority Candidate Recruitment and Development Program
Sponsored by Progressive Majority
Launched in 2004, Progressive Majority's Candidate Recruitment and Development Program works to recruit progressive leaders to public service by providing political campaign support and pragmatic skills needed in today's political environment. Candidates for state and local offices who are identified, recruited, and supported by Progressive Majority receive comprehensive and substantive support,  both in small groups and one-on-one. Persons interested in running for political office or applying to become a part of the Candidate Recruitment and Development Program should contact Progressive Majority to inquire about their efforts in battleground states like Washington.

For more information:
Progressive Majority
615 2nd Avenue
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 443-5566



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Leadership Training Programs For Women

NEW Leadership™ Inland Northwest
Sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, Washington State University
NEW Leadership™ Inland Northwest  is a residential institute designed to empower college women to become involved in the political process. Participants interact with women from a variety of political and policy-making positions to develop their own concepts of leadership and learn about the role and representation of women in politics and policy making in the region. NEW Leadership™ Inland Northwest is part of the NEW Leadership™ Development Network of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University (NJ).

For more information:
Turea Erwin
Women's Resource Center, Washington State University
Wilson Hall, Room 8
Pullman, WA 99164-4005
turea_erwin@wsu.edu
(509) 335-6849

Alene Moris NEW Leadership™ Institute
Sponsored by the University of Washington, Seattle
Alene Moris NEW Leadership™ Institute is an intensive six-day residential institute open to women students who attend universities or colleges in the Puget Sound region or who have a permanent residence in the area. The program is designed to educate and empower young women for future political participation and leadership, in addition to addressing the under-representation of women in the political arena by focusing on the role of women in politics and policy-making in the region. Alene Moris NEW Leadership™ Institute is part of the NEW Leadership™ Development Network of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University (NJ).

For more information:
Alene Moris NEW Leadership™ Institute
Cunningham Hall
Box 353070
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3070
newlead@uw.edu  
(206) 685-1090

Youth Native Women's Leadership Academy
Sponsored by the Native Action Network
Beginning in 2010, the Native Action Network holds an annual two-day Youth Native Women's Leadership Academy designed to empower young women as they continue their journey to become leaders of their community. Through hands-on training, participants learn how to advocate for an issue and inspire positive change, while being instilled with Native and community values. Native women who are juniors and seniors in high school through college sophomores are encouraged to apply. Upon completion of the program, participants will be welcomed into an alumni network of Native women community leaders.

For more information:
Native Action Network
815 1st Avenue #113
Seattle, WA 98104
info@enduringspirit.org



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Leadership Training Programs (women and men)

Leadership Tomorrow
Leadership Tomorrow prepares, challenges and engages emerging and existing leaders through leadership development for the benefit of the Puget Sound region. Each year, approximately 72 emerging and existing leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors of the community are selected to participate in a nine-month program designed to raise awareness of needs and challenges that affect the region and to enhance leadership skills with a focus on community stewardship.

For more information:
Jan Levy, Executive Director
Leadership Tomorrow
1301 5th Ave
Suite 2500
Seattle, WA 98101
jan@leadershiptomorrowseattle.org
(206) 389-7279



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Organizations Committed to Political Parity

Washington Federation of Republican Women
Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies of the Republican Party; elects Republican candidates; informs the public through political education and activity; and increases the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government. In working toward these objectives, the NFRW concentrates its efforts in the areas of educating, communicating, recruiting, campaigning, fundraising, training and legislative action.

For more information:
Catherine Chambers
2680 Donovan Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
wamember@nfdw.com
(360) 647-3888
(360) 441-2194

Washington NOW
Sponsored by the National Organization for Women
Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's rights. The organization's official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women. NOW has over 550 chapters in all 50 states that participate in education and advocacy activities. Information on state and local chapters of NOW is available on the national NOW website.

Washington State Federation of Democratic Women
The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of women’s voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the NFDW promotes Democratic Party goals and candidates and works to unite women party members behind them. NFDW chapters recognize potential women candidates and encourage their candidacies for office.   Members attend meetings, organize educational and political events, volunteer for campaigns, and support candidates for office.

For more information:
Catherine Chambers, President
Washington State Federation of Democratic Women
wamember@nfdw.com
(360) 647-3888

Washington Women's Political Caucus
Sponsored by the National Women's Political Caucus
The Washington Women's Political Caucus trains and educates women interested in running for office. The Caucus has a PAC that makes endorsements and provides funds to chosen candidates.

For more information:
Linda Mitchell, President
Washington Women's Political Caucus
P.O. Box 94442
Seattle, WA 98124
linda@wpcnet.org
(206) 805-1883



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Women’s Political Action Committees (PACs)

Washington Women's Political Caucus
Sponsored by the National Women's Political Caucus
The Washington Women's Political Caucus trains and educates women interested in running for office. The Caucus has a PAC that makes endorsements and provides funds to chosen candidates.

For more information:
Linda Mitchell, President
Washington Women's Political Caucus
P.O. Box 94442
Seattle, WA 98124
linda@wpcnet.org
(206) 654-4165