Ready to Run Bismarck
05/19/2018 8:00 AM - 05/19/2018 4:45 PM 1640 Burnt Boat Drive
8:00am - 8:30am Registration and light breakfast
8:30am-8:45am Welcome and Announcements
8:45am – 9:15am What Women Candidates Need to Know
Hear what the public thinks about women in office. Based upon the latest polls and research studies, find out what you need to know about public opinion.
9:15am - 10:15am Launching Your Campaign Karla Rose-Hanson
Gain an overview of the key elements of a campaign, including assessing and establishing oneself as a candidate, developing a campaign plan, structuring a campaign organization, and voter contact. Timeline.
10:15am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:30am Laying the Groundwork for Public Life Marnie Piehl, Jessica Petrick, Kelly Schmidt Facilitated by Karen Ehrens
This session offers advice from the experts – women who have run for office and women who already serve as public leaders. Learn everything you have ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Topics covered include learning to raise one’s public profile, leveraging community leadership for political leadership, the various types of elected office to consider, working on campaigns, and balancing competing priorities of political and family life.
11:30am – 12:15pm Lunch with Tabletop Discussions (lunch provided)
12:15am – 12:45pm Activity
12:45pm – 1:30pm Recruiting and Engaging Volunteers Jess Haak, Molly Mclain
Volunteers are a critical part of campaigns at every level. During this session, you’ll hear from two experienced field organizers about how to recruit and engage volunteers. Jessica Edland and Molly McLain will teach you how to understand your volunteers’ skills and capacity so you can best connect them to the various types of work needed in a campaign. They will also cover how you can help your volunteers enhance their own leadership skills while furthering your campaign goals and how to equip your volunteers for tasks that are new to them, such as door-knocking and talking to voters.
1:30pm – 1:45pm Break
1:45pm – 2:45pm Developing Your Message Jason Matthews
This session will provide an overview of best practices and offer practical tips on how to get started or enhance your media presence. Learn how to communicate your key message quickly, how to stay on message, and how to respond to tough questions.
2:45pm – 3:30pm Budgeting and Fundraising Mandy Kubik
Whether you’re running for school board or the local school board, North Dakota State Senate, or for the US House of Representatives, you will need money to pay for flyers, signs, and ads. Learn how to secure the funding you need to run for office.
3:30pm – 3:45pm Break
3:45pm – 4:30pm Closing Keynote Kirsten Baesler