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About Ready to Run

Ready to Run Michigan is one-stop training to help women get ready to run for office or get more involved in public life — from the school board to city council to the state house, and beyond!

Participants will learn from prominent elected leaders, campaign consultants and experts. Here's a sampling of workshop topics:

• Media training

• Fundraising strategies

• Networking

• Developing a campaign plan

• Messaging with authenticity

• Building political leadership

Why Michigan Needs You

• Women make up 20.9 percent of Michigan’s Legislature.

• Michigan ranks 33rd in the nation for number of women serving state elected offices. (4 women (of 38 seats) in Senate, 27 women (of 110 seats) in House)

• Research shows diverse groups of people are better problem-solvers than homogeneous groups.

• Women legislators provide increased access to government for disadvantaged groups.

(Sources: Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, MIT)

Fundraising Policy

Ready to Run Michigan receives contributions from corporations, organizations, individuals and foundations in support of our work with women in public life.

We accept these donations with the clear understanding that we retain full responsibility for and control of the content, shape and substance of our programs and activities. Our supporters many not in any way alter or dictate the content of our work.  

Ready to Run Michigan recognizes that some sponsors may have products, policies, or political views which some people may not find agreeable or appealing. As citizens and consumers, we are free to make informed choices and distinctions among products and services. However, as a nonprofit, non-partisan educational institution working with women and men of all political persuasions, Ready to Run Michigan cannot make such distinctions in receiving contributions. Consequently, we will accept contributions from any sources that support our goal of encouraging women to fully and effectively participate in public life and that agree with our policy of retaining full control of our programs.

2015 Sponsors

Ready to Run Michigan is grateful for many supportive sponsors in 2015: Grand Valley State University, Saginaw Valley State University, SVSU James A. Barcia Center for Public Policy & Service, Michigan ACE Women's Network, SMG Strategies, VoteRunLead, Meijer, Eileen Fisher, and the Women Officials Network Foundation.


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SVSU Center for Public Policy

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SMG Strategies

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