:: Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies
:: Center for Regional Studies
:: Center for Southwest Research
:: Latin American and Iberian Institute
:: RWJF Center for Health Policy
:: New Mexico Land Grant Council
Director: Christine M. Sierra, PhD
Administrator: Maurice Kivlighan
1 University of New Mexico
1829 Sigma Chi Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Ready to Run
Research shows that women make government more transparent, inclusive and accessible, but too few women serve. In 2012, only 17% of US Congress was female, and women held only 27.7% of state legislative seats in New Mexico.
Ready to Run NM seeks to address the underrepresentation of women in public office in the state through an innovative curriculum that incorporates the political culture of the state. The program presents state and local campaign experts to highlight the specifics of running for public office. The program seeks to demystify the process of running for elected office, encourage more women to mount campaigns, and introduce them to elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, and party officials in the state to whom they can turn as they get ready to run.
Ready to Run NM program attendees walk away with...
- “How to” instructions on running for office
- Fundraising and media skills
- Real-world advice and best practices from experts
- Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
- Inspiration to launch a campaign
- A better understanding of party politics
- Internet strategies for political campaigns
You are invited to attend the 2014 Ready to Run New Mexico training conference scheduled for April 11 and 12, 2014.
Former New Mexico Lt. Governor Diane Denish will deliver the Keynote Address at the Welcome Dinner, which will be held at the MCM Elegante Hotel, Embassy 1 Conference Room on Friday, April 11, 2014.
Registration opens at 5:00 PM
Keynote Address and Welcome Dinner will be begin at 6:00 PM.
Representative Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert will be a guest speaker at the Ready to Run NM training sessions, which will be held in the Santa Ana conference rooms at the UNM Sudent Union Building on main campus on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Track 1 is entitled "I'm Ready to Run, Now What? Track 2 is entitled "I'm Not Ready to Run Yet, But..."
8:00-8:30 AM - Registration Opens
8:30-9:45 AM - Welcome Back Address and Morning Plenary
9:45-10:00 AM - Break
10:00-11:30 AM - Breakout Session 1
Track 1: Launching Your Campaign
This sesson provides an overview of the key elements of a campaign including:
- Assessing and establishing oneself as a candidate
- Developeing a campaign plan
- Structuring a campaign organization
- Fundraising (practical advice, public financing, etc.)
- Internet strategies & social networking
- Voter contact
Track 2: Pathways to Public Life
This session is designed for those who are not yet ready to run, and offers an overview of women's paths to various public offices. The panelists will discuss their personal trajectories to public life, the offices they hold today, and the issues which made them want to run. This panel will embrace the fact that women office holders have differing personal backgrounds and professions, choose different types of offices, and hold diverse policy preferences and practices.
11:30-11:45 AM - Break
11:45-12:45 PM - Lunch and Networking
12:45-1:00 PM - Break
1:00-2:00 PM - "The Life of a Candidate": In search of votes and money
2:00-2:15 PM - Break
2:15-3:45 PM - Breakout Session 2
Track 1: Delivering Your Message: Platforms,
Interviews and Public Relations
This session will provide a more in-depth look at how to clearly deliver your message and your political platform. You will learn both how to formulate your message and how to deliver it effectively to voters.
Track 2: Navigating New Mexico Networks: Parties and Organizations
This session will highlight the power dynamics of party organizations, building relationships within parties and interest groups and gaining party support. Here you will meet party and interest group representatives and be given a chance to network with political leaders in New Mexico.
3:45-4:00 PM - Break
4:00-5:00 PM Closeing Session
For more information, please contact Maurice Kivlighan at 505-277-2965.
Like Ready to Run NM on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/ReadyToRunNM.com
Also visit CAWP’s Ready to Run Website at: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/education_training/ReadytoRun/index.php
Donations for the Ready to Run NM Program are gladly accepted through the UNM Foundation.
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