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Campaign Training for Women

Ready to Run Minnesota

The University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences is the exclusive Minnesota partner of Ready to Run®. Part of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutger’s University, Ready to Run® is a national network of non-partisan campaign training programs committed to electing more women to public office. Ready to Run programming focuses on the election process and provides opportunities for women interested in politics to gain experience with the political process.

The St. Thomas Newsroom recently ran a profile on Ready to Run MN. Read all about it!

Scroll down for details and resources from the 2021-22 Ready to Run virtual speaker series.

Ready to Run Minnesota is grateful to Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company founded by Melinda French Gates, and the Center for American Women and Politics for supporting the Ready to Run program.


Angela High-Pippert

Ready to Run Minnesota program director and professor of Political Science
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Changing the way government works

Virtual Training

Ready to Run trainings are designed to encourage women to run for office, work on campaigns, or increase their own political participation. In these free Friday sessions, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of organizing a campaign, including raising money, navigating political parties, crafting a message and working with the media. Learn more and register for upcoming sessions below.

Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, 12-1:00 p.m. CST

Every Year is the Year of the Woman

Speaker: Rebecca Sive
Join us for a practical and inspirational kickoff to our Ready to Run Minnesota virtual campaign training series!

Session Resources:
Six Easy Rules You Never Want to Forget
Make Herstory Your Story
View a short excerpt from the presentation about the importance of winning with and for women.

Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, 12-1:00 p.m. CST

Engaging with the Media

Speaker: Vineeta Sawkar
This session provides an insider’s perspective on how candidates can successfully navigate working with the media.

Session Resources:
In this short clip, Vineeta Sawkar talks about defining your message.
In this short clip, Vineeta Sawkar talks about the importance of staying on message.

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, 12-1:00 p.m. CST

Fundraising 101

Speaker: Lauren Beecham Henry
In this session, an experienced fundraiser shares insights into developing a fundraising plan, setting fundraising goals, and tips for making the ask.

Session Resources:
In this short clip, Lauren Beecham Henry shares great tips on "making the ask."

Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, 12-1:00 p.m. CST

Strategies for Black Women Candidates

Speaker: Kimberly Peeler-Allen
In this session, a national expert addresses particular challenges that Black women candidates face and strategies for how to address them.

Session Resources:
In this clip, Kimberly Peeler-Allen describes particular challenges that Black and BIPOC women candidates face.
Kimberly Peeler-Allen shares the single best piece of advice she gives potential women candidates.

Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, 12-1:00 p.m. CST

Running as a Young Woman

Speakers: Carly Johnson and Halla Henderson
This session features two recent graduates of the University of St. Thomas. Carly Johnson (2018) serves on the Oak Park Heights City Council and Halla Henderson (2019) was elected to the St. Paul School Board in November 2021. Current student leaders from our IGNITE chapter will moderate the Q & A. Join us!

Session Resources:

Program director Angela High-Pippert asks panelists Carly Johnson and Halla Henderson about challenges they faced when running for office.