Ready to Run 2019 - Hosted by Center for American Women and Politic



Ready to Run® is a bipartisan program for women who want to run for office, work on campaigns, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system. The 2-Day event begins with a pre-conference program for women of color on March 15th. Ready to Run NJ will be held at the Douglass Student Center on the Rutger's University Campus in New Brunswick, NJ. 

You will learn:

  • Practical "how-tos" for candidates
  • Real world advice and best practices from the experts
  • Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
  • The ins and outs of New Jersey politics
  • Campaigning in a digital age

For details and registration visit the Ready to Run New Jersey Website by clicking HERE

Registration fee is $150 through February 11, 2019 or $195 after February 11. Fee includes meals and all conference materials.

DAY 1 -

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Friday, March 15, 2019
  Diversity Initiative

11:00 am

Registration opens


Noon – 1:30 pm

Welcome and Opening Keynote Lunch


1:45 – 4:00 pm

Diversity Initiative Programs
Elección Latina, Run Sister Run, Rising Stars


  Ready to Run®

4:15 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks


4:30 – 6:15 pm

Plenary Session: Digital Strategies for Candidates, Campaigns, and Advocates
Digital outreach is a key aspect of today’s political and advocacy campaigns  Online tools including blogs, social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other online organizing and communications resources are important for getting campaign messages out to a broad audience of potential voters or stakeholders. This session will provide an overview of best practices and offer practical tips on how to get started or enhance your online presence.

Tara Dowdell
Tara Dowdell Group


6:15 pm

Networking Reception


DAY 2 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

* Track 1: I'm Ready to Run, Now What?
* Track 2: I'm Not Ready to Run Yet, But...

7:30 am

Registration Opens


8:15 – 9:45 am

Plenary Session: What Women Candidates Need to Know

Cate Gormley
Lake Research Partners


10:00 am – Noon

*Track 1Launching your Campaign
This session provides 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. 

Eva Pusateri
President & Founder
Expert Communications and Training, Inc.


10:00 am – Noon

*Track 2: Finding Your Political Voice and Influence
This session, designed for those who are not ready to run but want to have some impact on important issues, offers an overview of the "nuts and bolts" of government and political parties in the state. Topics covered will include positioning oneself for appointment to a public board or commission and getting active in a political party.

Panelists: T. Missy Balmir, Senior Outreach Advisory at Office of Senator Robert Menendez; Sadaf Jaffer, Mayor of Montgomery Township; Lizette Delgado-Polanco, Vice Chair of New Jersey State Democratic Committee; Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso; Amanda De Palma, Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Chris Christie


Noon – 2:15 pm

Plenary Session: Conquering the Camera: An Interactive Media Training
This interactive media training workshop will include tips for successful interviews on tough topics, how to looks poised and professional on camera, staying on message, and public speaking techniques. Selected participants will take part in mock interviews and on-camera practice sessions.

Christine Jahnke, Founder
Positive Communications



2:30 – 3:45 pm

*Track 1: Navigating New Jersey’s Political Parties As a Potential Candidate
The session will highlight the power dynamics of party organizations, building relationships with party operatives and gaining the party’s support, and will address how to respond when the party organization is not supportive.

Panelists: Senator Loretta Weinberg; Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon; Arlene Quiñones Perez,Chair, Hunterdon County Democratic CommitteeCandace L. Straight, Former Co-Chair, New Jersey Republican State Committee


2:30 – 3:45 pm

*Track 2: Legislative Advocacy
This session is designed for those who are not ready to run, but want to have an impact on important issues. Legislative advocacy is working with individual lawmakers and lawmaking bodies to gain support for your cause or initiative. Learn how to organize a legislative advocacy campaign, including gathering allies, creating a campaign structure, building a communication network, and cultivating media relationships.

Panelists: Jeanette Hoffman, President, Marathon Public Affairs Jeanette Hoffman, President, Marathon Public Affairs; Jeannine LaRue, Senior Vice President, Kaufman Zita Group


4:00 – 5:30 pm

Plenary: Fundraising for Success
Fundraising is one of the most crucial aspects of a campaign. This interactive workshop covers key components of campaign fundraising, including special emphasis on understanding why people give and the in-person “ask”.

Nancy Bocskor
The Nancy Bocskor Company

March 15, 2019 at 11am - March 16, 2019
Douglass Student Center - Rutgers University