We are the Fabric of Fort Wayne 

March 6-March 8

Friday, March 6


Meet-Up Over Lunch


Everything you Need To Know

Andrew Downs, Director, Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics


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


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


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


Lunch: Avoiding Rookie Mistakes and Overcoming Self-Doubt

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


Speech! Speech!

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


Campaign Marketing

Brett Gauger, Social-Media Strategist, Asher Agency


Dinner: Bouncing Back from Loss and Lows

W. SuzAnne Handshoe, Mayor, City of Kendallville


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


Dress to Win

Leslie Hill, Personal Image Consultant


Someone's at the Door! Tutorials and Roleplay

Marilyn Moran-Townsend and Patti Hays


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  


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 


Process and Practice

Commence to Campaign


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