The 2020 Women's Campaign Institute Preliminary Agenda 

March 6-March 8

Friday, March 6

12:00N-2:00P

Meet-Up Over Lunch

2:00P-4:00P

Everything you Need To Know

Andrew Downs, Director, Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics

4:00P-5:00P

Concurrent Workshops

I. Everything the Candidate Needs to Know -

Andrew Downs 

Sharon Tucker, Fort Wayne City Councilwoman

II. Everything the Campaign Manager Needs to Know -

Rachel Tobin-Smith, Co-Founder, AVOW; Campaign Manager, Patti Hays for Fort Wayne City Council

Nicole Keesling, AVOW Women's Campaign Institute Alumni; Campaign Manager, Steve McMichael for New Haven Mayor

5:00P-9:00P

Develop Your Story: A Step-by-Step Interactive Workshop, with Dinner

Sara Jane Rose, Founder & Executive Director, Sally's List of Oklahoma

Alyssa Fisher, Programs Manager

Saturday, March 7 - Grab-and-Go Breakfast Available at 7:00A

8:00A-12:00N

Fundraising Workshop: How to Raise Money and Practicing Your Ask

Brenda Gerber Vincent, Former Deputy Finance Director, Mike Pence for Indiana Campaign
Practical Feedback from AVOW Co-Founder Patti Hays and AVOW Women’s Campaign Institute Alumni Karen Eller

12:00N-1:30P

Lunch: Avoiding Rookie Mistakes and Overcoming Self-Doubt

Patricia Russo, Executive Director, Women's Campaign School at Yale

1:30P-4:30P

Speech! Speech!

Marilyn Moran-Townsend, Co-Founder, AVOW; Professional Speech Coach

4:30P-5:30P

Campaign Marketing

Brett Gauger, Social-Media Strategist, Asher Agency

5:30P-7:00p

Dinner: Bouncing Back from Loss and Lows

W. SuzAnne Handshoe, Mayor, City of Kendallville

7:00P-8:00P

Speed Mentoring

Sharon Tucker 
Fort Wayne City Councilwoman

 

Michelle Chambers
Fort Wayne City Councilwoman   

 Denita Washington
Adams Township Trustee

 

Liz Brown
Indiana State Representative

 

Lana Keesling
City of Fort Wayne City Clerk

 

Therese Brown (invited)
Allen County Commissioner

 

Karen Richards (invited)
Allen County Prosecutor
 

 

Sunday, March 8 - Grab-and-Go Breakfast Available at 7:00A

8:00A-9:00A

Dress to Win

Leslie Hill, Personal Image Consultant

9:00A-11:00A

Someone's at the Door! Tutorials and Roleplay

Marilyn Moran-Townsend and Patti Hays

11:00A-12:00N

What the Parties and PACS Offer

Steve Shine  (invited) Chairman, Allen County GOP  
Misti Meehan (invited) Chairwoman, Allen County Democrats  
Jeff Brantley, VP Political Affairs and PAC, Indiana Chamber of Commerce  

12:00N-1:30P

Lunch: What I've Learned

Jill Long Thompson, Former U.S. Congresswoman, Visiting Clinical Associate Professor, Kelley School of Business and School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington 

1:30P-2:30P

Process and Practice

Commence to Campaign

2:30P-4:00P

Address by Paul Helmke, Director, Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center, Indiana University Bloomington  
Ice Cream Social with Institute Donors and Alumni 

The AVOW Paul Helmke School for Women in Public Life and the AVOW Women’s Campaign Institute are non-partisan, issue-neutral education programs to inspire and prepare more women to seek local, state and federal elected and appointed office.  AVOW does not manage campaigns or offer endorsements. It does teach women to embrace civility as they campaign and serve. 

Thank You Legacy Donors!

Adelman Family Philanthropic Fund
Fran Adler
Betty Barry
Theodore W. Barry
Sarah Bridgwater
Susan Burns
Kathryn Callen and John B. Powell​

Virginia and Willis Clark
Sharon and Benjamin Eisbart
Claire Ewart
Elizabeth Frederick
Allison Geradot
Patti Hays
Carol Hess

Larry Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Lehman 
Brad Little
Eleanor H. Marine
Christine Meek
Linda Michael
Susan Mendenhall

Peg McGinn
Ramona and Mark Michael

Harriet Miller
Fred Nash
Kathleen and Dr. Geoff Randolph
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Reeder
Susie and John Rogers

Tom Skiba
Rachel A. Tobin-Smith
Marjorie Stephens
Nancy Stewart
Marilyn Moran-Townsend
Vanguard Charitable
Patricia Van Leuven
Irene Walters
Monica Wehrle 
Ruth de Wit
Lisa Witherspoon