Ready to Run - North Dakota

11/22/2013  8:00 AM -  11/22/2013  5:30 PM  Bismarck State College

Registration is now closed. Contact Renee at for questions.


What is Ready to Run™?
Ready to Run™ is a bi-partisan program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system.
Ready to Run™ is your one-stop training on running for office or getting involved in public life. You will learn from prominent elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, party officials, and policy experts.
You will walk away with..
· “How-to” instructions on running for office
· Real-world advice and best practices from experts
· Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
· A better understanding of North Dakota politics
· Internet strategies for campaigns
Why women leaders matter...
Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) research shows that political women change the public policy agenda and the way government works. Women make our democracy more inclusive and more responsive to the concerns of all citizens.

8am                 Welcome                                                                    

                        Keynote Heidi Heitkamp (Invited)


9:00am             What Women Candidates Need to Know - Deb White

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.


9:45am              Are You Ready to Run?          

Moderator:  Karen Ryberg  Panelists: Lorraine Davis, Nicole Poolman, Nancy Guy, Lori Furaus

Hear from women in public office when they knew they were ready to run and what they learned from their experience.


10:45am          Launching Your Campaign - Susan Wefald

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


12:00pm          Luncheon with Networking Opportunity and Question & Answer time


12:45pm          Avenues to Public Office 

Moderator:  Karen Ryberg Panelists: April Fairfield, Julie Fedorchak, Sarah Vogel  

This panel of women will share their journeys to public office.  Hear how to position oneself for appointment to a public board or commission, how to become active in a political party, and how to use effective advocacy techniques.


1:45pm             Laying the Groundwork for Public Life – Dina Butcher and RaeAnn Kelsch  

This session offers real-world examples and advice from women who have been involved in politics in a variety of ways. Speakers discuss how to raise one’s public profile and leverage community leadership for political leadership, the various types of elected office to consider, working on campaigns, and balancing the competing priorities of political and family life.


2:45pm            Fundraising Made Simple – Cynthia Kaldor

Whether you’re running for school board or the North Dakota 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.


3:45pm            Media Training – Dot Frank

This workshop focuses on the importance of planning and executing a media strategy using preparation, discipline and practice. The workshop includes an overview of developing and staying on a message…


4:45pm            Closing Keynote State Supreme Court Justice Carol Kapsner

For more information contact Renee at or call 701-223-6985.