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 17th 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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Sep 8: In a recent Gender on the Ballot post, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Executive Director and WeLead expert speaker Amanda Hunter and her team explain why we should pay attention to the four women of color who are running to be the next Mayor of Boston, and shaking up the status quo.

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Jul 8: In her latest Gender on the Ballot post, WeLead expert speaker Amanda Fuchs Miller considers how gendered media coverage hinders trailblazing women in the realm of sports, politics, and beyond. 

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Jun 2: Despite being America's fastest-growing demographic, AAPI people have the lowest degree of representation in elected office than any other demographic in the U.S. WeLead alumna Ellen Kamei writes about her hope for change in this Gender on the Ballot post.

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May 15: Gathering in person for the first time during the program year, WPI conferred diplomas on more than 25 members of the WeLead class of 2020-2021.

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May 3: WeLead speaker and GlobalWIN co-founder Helen Milby celebrates women in Congress who are leading from the middle and working across the aisle to create policy solutions and sustainable coalitions. Read her Gender on the Ballot post.

Rep Lizzie Fletcher on WeLead zoom

Apr 10: We Lead concluded the 2020-2021 program year with a wide-ranging talk with Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-7), who reflected on the gains made by women in the U.S. Congress in 2018 and 2020, as well as how and where women can lead in the future. 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(SPA/BA '01) and Kristin Davison.

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 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

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WeLead Speaker Spotlight

Helen Milby
Digital Media Consultant

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WeLead Alumni Spotlight

Meron Yohannes
Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce (2020 Alumna)

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Government & Politics ·

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

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