WeLead Campaign Training Program

Women bringing women into the powercenter of politics

The Women & Politics Institute at American University is dedicated to closing the gender gap in the political arena. Now in its 15th year, our nonpartisan WeLead Campaign Training Program successfully positions young professional women to run for office or lead a political campaign.

As part of our commitment to public service and gender equality in politics, we are proud to provide this valuable program to admitted participants at no cost.

Rep. Lauren Underwood at WeLead Graduation Ceremony

Achievements ·

Rep. Underwood Addresses Graduating Women of WeLead Program

This week, American University School of Public Affairs' Women & Politics Institute held its annual WeLead program graduation at the D.C. Office of  MacAndrews & Forbes.
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Upcoming Training Dates

January 25, 2020
March 7, 2020
April 18, 2020

Top Political Practitioners

Learn from and engage with elected officials and leading experts in campaign management, communications, fundraising, grassroots mobilization, polling, advertising and digital media.

Betsy Fischer Martin, Anne Caprara (D) (SPA/BA '01), and Kristin Davison (R).
Betsy Fischer Martin with 2018 gubernatorial campaign managers Anne Caprara (D)(SPA/BA '01) and Kristin Davison (R)

Professional Career Development

Sharpen leadership skills through interactive sessions on personal branding, resume building, effective mentorships and public speaking.

Lisa Montengro speaking
Professional development coach Lisa Montenegro

Record of Success

Engage with our network of 500+ WeLead graduates through our signature mentorship program. Our alums occupy the halls of Congress, campaign war rooms, K Street offices, state legislatures, city councils and corporate boardrooms across the country.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser at podium
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (SPA/MPP '00) shares her experience running for office

Designed for Working Professionals

Our competitive application process limits our class size to a select group of 30-40 accomplished post-graduate women. Mindful of professional obligations, our six day-long training sessions are held on Saturdays at American University in Northwest Washington, DC.

Lauren Underwood addressing WeLead graduates
WeLead Alumna Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) addresses graduating women of the WeLead program
Amanda Fuchs Miller

WeLead Speaker Spotlight

Amanda Fuchs Miller, President, Seventh Street Strategies 

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Zandria Haines

WeLead Alumni Spotlight

Zandria Haines, Senior Manager, Client Success, Hustle 

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Woman engaged and talking at event.

On Campus ·

Daring to Make a Difference: Strategists Talk Women in Politics

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