Yale to Host Women's Campaign School, June 16-20

The Women’s Campaign School (WCS) will hold its sixth annual campaign training session, June 16-20 at Yale University.

WCS offers non-partisan training for women candidates and campaign staff. The five-day session is based on the time-line of a campaign, starting with a workshop titled “Making the Decision to Run,” through classes on election day activities (“Get out the Vote” and “Fieldwork”). Other topics include fundraising, scheduling, polling and research, public speaking, image and media. In addition, each student will receive personalized video taping and critique from a professional television producer. The session ends on Sunday with a mock campaign presentation by the students using the skills gained throughout the program.

Students come from 19 different states and include two Native American women who plan to use their training to influence tribal issues. Also attending will be a graduate student from Japan and two women who currently hold office in Barbados. These students and their classmates will join with 198 graduates of the school for an Alumnae Association dinner on Saturday night, June 19.

Faculty members are professional political consultants, campaign staff and business professionals. Speakers include Arlene Violet, the first women to be elected as a State’s Attorney General, and Robin Read, president and CEO of the National Foundation of Women Legislators.

Nancy Wyman, comptroller of the State of Connecticut, says, “As a former President of the school, I am pleased to recommend the training sessions of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale to any women who want to run for public office and win.”

Connecticut Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, a WCS board member, says, “I think this organization offers a strong curriculum for women interested in pursuing public office.”

Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut Secretary of the State and frequent guest speaker at the school, adds, “”The Women’s Campaign School is a wonderful resource for people who want to make a difference and get involved in governing their city, state and country.”

A tuition charge of $750 covers classes, all meals, a training manual and individual videotaping. Space is limited, but openings are still available. Applications are available on line at www.yale.edu/wcsyale or by calling (203) 445-1364.

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