WeLead Training Recaps Class of 2019-2020


Virtual WeLead session in Zoom gallery view

Apr 18: The sixth and final WeLead session of 2019-2020 featured Capitol Hill veterans Amanda Fuchs Miller and Kathryn Lehman on Lobbying & Government Relations, followed by SBDigital Partner Sulli Norris-Cole and Vice President Zandria Haines on Grassroots Campaigning and GOTV. The experts shared strategic thinking about messaging and reaching voters, while also drilling down to tips about execution and pricing. Read More

Lisa Montenegro in front of a projection screen

Mar 7:  This session featured coach Lisa Montenegro explaining how the inner game (assumptions, judgments and feelings) shapes your ability to be effective in the outer game. Next, experts Molly Murphy, Kim Alfano, Julie Greene Collier. and Brin Frazier, shared lessons learned and best communications practices. Read More

Kristin, Allison, Niccara, and Aly seated on the panel.

Jan 25: The session focused on the skills, talents and tips for running a successful campaign. Speakers included Kristin Davison, Allison Teixeira Sulier, Niccara Campbell, Aly Higgins Wheeler, and Rep. Barbara Comstock.
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China Dickerson, Liesl Hickey, Betsy Fischer Martin, and Ali Lapp

Nov 16: The session began with long-time fundraiser and founder of The LS Group Lisa Spies, emphasizing generosity over a more transactional approach, followed by panelists Liesl Hickey, Ali Lapp, China Dickerson and Betsy Fischer Martin who explained PACs, SuperPACS and Independent Expenditures. Read More

Pam Stevens, Ashley Fox, Meredith Kelly, and Betsy Fischer Martin

Oct 26: WeLead’s Communications & Messaging session highlighted political and campaign communications careers at all levels of government - from Ashley Fox at D.C. City Council, Meredith Kelly of Gillibrand 2020, and long-time Republican Strategist Pamela Stevens. Read More

Ashley Fox, Anne Hedgepeth, Betsy Fischer Martin, and Caren Street

Sept 21: WPI launched the 2019-20 WeLead program with a dynamic talk from D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau (SPA/MPP '06). The class learned how to maximize the value of WeLead from successful alumnae Katie SmithAnne Hedgepeth, and Caren Street. Read More.

Class of 2018-2019

Congresswoman Underwood addressing the graduating class of WeLeaders

May 8: After a year of hard work and dedication, WPI was pleased to graduate 28 members of the 2018-2019 WeLead class in the D.C. offices of MacAndrews & Forbes. Several WeLead alumnae, American University faculty and representatives of Congress joined WeLead alumna Representative Lauren Underwood in congratulating and imploring the graduates to join other women in closing the gender gap in political leadership. Read More

Panelists sitting at the table discussing campaign management

Apr 13: Dynamic, successful, young female Campaign Managers Kristin Davison, Anne Caprara, and Keenan Austin Reed entertained and educated WeLeaders in the final of six sessions for the 2018-2019 program year. Read More

Photo from the March WeLead session

Mar 23: Former ED of Emily's List Jess O'Connell and Neri Martinez of the RNCC explained the priorities and procedures of candidate recruitment from advocacy groups and committees, while Zandria Haines of Hustle introduced an extremely cost-effective campaign tool - direct voter outreach via texting. Read More

The WeLead cohort wearing white during the February training session

Feb 23: February's program featured experts in the core elements of a campaign - Bailey Childers of H&R Block on field operations, Ashley O'Connor on advertising and messaging, Molly O'Rourke on polling, and former Bush speechwriter Michele Nix on speechwriting. Read More

WeLead Speaker Panel.

Nov 10: Expert practicioners Atima Omara of Omara Strategies Group, LLC and Cherisse Eatmon of Millennial Action Project spoke about the importance of grassroots organizing, and Amanda Fuchs Miller of Seventh Street Strategies and Jennifer Bell of Chamber Hill Strategies discussed the role of lobbying in politics. Read More

Panel of WeLead speakers.

Oct 13: The WeLead special project on Fundraising was introduced at the October session.  To help the teams develop strategies and meet fundraising goals, the class heard from professional coach Lisa Montenegro about branding, leadership and teamwork, and from Congressman Jesse Colvin's wife Jordan Colvin, Rhonda Foxx in Representative Alma Adams' office, Alexandra Raposa from Emily's List, and Megan Sowards of Jones Day. Read More

Welead 2018-2019 class stands in group.

Sept 22: The WeLead Class of 2018-19 spent the first session learning about Communications & Messaging from media and press experts.  Speakers included Lindsey Mask of Ladies America, Ilana Drimmer of NBC News/Meet the Press, Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune, Julia Manchester of The Hill, Antonia Ferrier in Senator Mitch McConnell's office, and Miranda Margowsky in Senator Debbie Stabenow's office.  The session concluded with a social reception for students and alumnae. Read More