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.

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News Update

January 14, 2020

Sarah Blahovec, a 2019-2020 WeLead participant and Gender on the Ballot expert contributor, blogs about the benefits of having elected officials with varying types of ability in political office. Blahovec cites a study by Rutgers University that finds that disabled women serve at a rate of 8.3% (while disabled men serve at a rate of 11.4%).  Read More

About WeLead

Upcoming Training Dates

March 7, 2020
April 18, 2020

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

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

Professional development coach Lisa Montengro

Professional Career Development

Sharpen leadership skills through interactive sessions on personal branding, resume building, effective mentorships and public speaking.  Professional development coach Lisa Montenegro is featured in this photo. 

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser at podium

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 (SPA/MPP '00) shares her experience running for office.  

Lauren Underwood addressing WeLead graduates

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.  WeLead Alumna Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) addresses graduating women of the WeLead program. Full Story

Aly Higgins Wheeler

WeLead Alumni Spotlight

Aly Higgins Wheeler, Founder, Wheelerhouse, LLC

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Barbara Comstock

WeLead Speaker Spotlight

The Honorable Barbara Comstock, former Congresswoman

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On Campus ·

Daring to Make a Difference: Strategists Talk Women in Politics

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WeLead Reader

A curated newsletter, delivered to inboxes on Saturday mornings, readers can catch up on a week’s worth of important new developments about women running for office, serving as leaders and engaging in the political arena.

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Gender on the Ballot Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on all the latest news + gender analysis in election 2020.

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WPI Newsletter

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