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OUR MISSION

The mission of AVOW is to advance the voices of women in public life.

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WE  VALUE

COURAGEOUS CIVILITY

AVOW, which is nonpartisan, values the difficulty and complexity of discussing tough topics. Courageous civility requires us to respect different perspectives and to seek greater understanding. Courageous civility does not require agreement or resolution.  

AVOW values all women's inclusion, equity, and belonging in public life regardless of socioeconomic status, race, color, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, ability, and/or political affiliation. 

AVOW values integrity and accountability, identifying facts and truth over rhetoric and hyperbole as women pursue knowledge and express opinions.

INCLUSIVENESS

INTEGRITY

FROM THESE VALUES, AVOW STRIVES FOR:

WOMEN AT EVERY TABLE

AVOW calls for the active and equitable engagement of women in every place decisions are discussed and made. Better decisions are made when women participate in the process. Every sector would be better served with the leadership and guidance of women. 

AVOW promotes women working together across the aisle and seeking common goals. 

AVOW encourages women to participate at all levels of government, elections, and the community, so the full strength of women’s voices is represented in decisions.  Advancing Voices of Women can only happen when women step forward and claim their role.  

WOMEN REACHING 
ACROSS THE AISLE

A CALL TO ACTION

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TO THIS END, AVOW HAS THESE PROGRAMS/PILLARS:

PAUL HELMKE SCHOOL FOR WOMEN IN PUBLIC LIFE

Women's Campaign Institute

AVOW developed the Paul Helmke School for Women in Public Life and held its first series of seminars in the fall of 2017. Since that time the school has evolved and now works to engage women in becoming more involved in elections, political campaigns and appointments to public boards and commissions. The Helmke School’s first seminar expanded into a world class boot camp program called the Women’s Campaign Institute dedicated to taking the mystery out of running for office, assisting with campaigns and seeking governmental appointments.

 

PAUL HELMKE SCHOOL FOR WOMEN IN PUBLIC LIFE 

Profiles in Public Service

As its second program under the Helmke School umbrella, AVOW developed Profiles in Public Service that assists women seeking appointments to public boards and commissions at the state, local, and federal level. This program also assists women after they begin serving in their appointment positions.

CIVIL 
CONVERSATIONS

 Civil Conversations are guided discussions about issues facing women, our community, and our country.  Participants are exposed to the views of others, gain understanding and seek common ground when possible. 

WOMEN'S OPINIONS 

IN MEDIA

 AVOW women write weekly opinion columns in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Opinions represent the full ideological spectrum, and authors are encouraged to write articles that are thoughtful, well-researched, and civil.  

We also invest in other projects that advance our mission.