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Campaign Training for Women

Ready to Run Minnesota

Ready to Run Minnesota is part of the Research in Action initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas.

We are a national network partner of Ready to Run®, a nonpartisan campaign training program housed at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers. Our mission is to change the face of leadership in the United States by helping to elect more women to public office and to encourage all of us to support the increased representation of women in politics.

Research shows that women make government more transparent, inclusive, and accessible. Women bring different priorities and experiences to politics, including perspectives that have been largely absent in public policymaking.

Ready to Run Minnesota is a nonpartisan campaign training program designed to encourage women to run for office, work on campaigns, or become leaders in their communities.

We are grateful for the support of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas, Pivotal Ventures (an investment and incubation company founded by Melinda French Gates), and the Center for American Women and Politics.

To learn more:

  • The St. Thomas Newsroom: CAS Gets Women to Ready to Run. Read all about it!
  • Scroll down for details and resources from the 2021-2022 Ready to Run virtual speaker series.


Angela High-Pippert

Ready to Run Minnesota Program Director and Professor and Chair of Political Science
Headshot of Angela High-Pippert
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Saturday, April 29, 2023

Ready to Run Minnesota

Join us for Ready to Run Minnesota. Training is FREE but you must register to attend.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 12. 

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.