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 16th 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.

News Updates

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AUG 3: WeLead Expert Speaker Atima Omara explores how racism shapes politics and political campaigning, especially for people of color, who are significantly underrepresented, and women of color even less so. Read the full Gender on the Ballot blog post here

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JULY 22: The buzz is that within the next two weeks, Vice President Joe Biden
will make his VP announcement. WeLead Expert Speaker Amanda Fuchs Miller discusses the 5 questions reporters and the American public should not ask of Biden's VP pick. Read the full Gender on the Ballot blog post here

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JUN 25: "It’s time to be bold in our commitment to diversifying our legislative bodies," writes WeLead Expert Speaker Rhonda Foxx in her newest Gender on the Ballot blog post. Read more

About WeLead

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. Pictured Left: 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. 

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Record of Success

Engage with our network of 600 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.  

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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

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WeLead Alumni Spotlight

Jessica Davis, Director of Federal Affairs, Emory University (2011-2012 Alumna)

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WeLead alumna Elizabeth Burton Jones headshot.

WeLead Speaker Spotlight

Elizabeth Burton Jones, Press Secretary, Representative Steve Chabot

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Government & Politics ·

Wave of Women Elected Shatters What It Looks Like to Serve in Congress

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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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