NEW Leadership PA Class of 2016

About a week or two ago I had the privilege and pleasure of attending the  NEW (National Education for Women’s) Leadership week long program hosted via Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politic at Chatham University. It was an intense week jam packed with knowledge, connecting and networking with new friends,  educational workshops plus a trip…

Ready to Run 2016

Notes from this year’s Ready to Run workshop! This is an annual event that happens in January, hosted at Chatham University via the PCWP. Speakers: Tom Baker – allegheny county dist 1 Councilman Congresswoman Schwartz #readytorun Stats: 80% of the legislator are men Had only one woman representing 19% women locally County wide 17% Not…

Breaking Boundaries: Assess. Empower. Act.

CMU’s 2016 Mosaic Gender Conference This year’s special speaker was Jackie Fox: attorney and former bass player for the Runaways This year’s conference was initiated by the #blacklivesmatter activist movement. multiple identities social media there are all gender bathrooms here there are recycling containers here as well 1:30-2:00 pm is reflect time – PAR is…

CAB Take on Taiwan 2016: Preparations

In about 10 hours I’ll be heading out to the PGH Airport then in another 2 hours I will board a plane and begin my adventure to Taiwan. I’m super excited and grateful for this opportunity. Not only to visit and experience another country and their culture but to do so with some really good…

Roots Pride: Pride is Political

Town Hall Meeting – June 11, 2015 The Panel: from RT to LF – apologies for any name misspellings Billy (not seen in image) – is an activist since the late 70s, involved in many organizations/ programs – Cry Out Act Up, is currently teacher in the public schools (science – biology) G (my apologies,…

Out of the Binary and Into the Woods

A while ago I attended the Mosaic Gender Conference hosted at CMU and it was incredible. The headlining speaking was Kate Borstein whom we had the pleasure of hearing her thoughts on Gender Theory. Kate is an American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist. There were other break out sessions that were maybe 50…

Advocacy 101

Goals: Lobbying Advocacy Get started Reach broad groups Hear ideas Expressing communication Grassroots Advocacy Media Ground Rules: Respecting opinions Not interrupting Space for all voices Relevant statements Diversity of opinions Active listening Door Knocking Exercise: Intro yourself Asking permission to talk about (whatever you’re there to discuss/ ask) Letting them know what you’re there for…

Fundraising Nuts and Bolts:

Note: if you don’t have the funds to get your message out there, keep the office building and lights on then it doesn’t matter Start planning and fundraising at least 3 years in advance. You should know where your money comes from (and is going) Money is the game: as a first time candidate traditional…

Break out Sessions:

Topic: communities Types of people who run: layers, educators, business peeps activists Speakers: Official website of Kelly Fraasch Article: Alka Patel, Bank of New York Mellon Corp. More on Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan City of Pittsburgh Council District 7 – More on Deb Gross Ladies go for it! Don’t wait to be asked, don’t “wait…

Ready to Run Part Deux

Campaigning Workshop This was an amazing workshop. I learned a lot about what it takes to campaign, how to help out in your community & ways to get involved without having to run for an office. We discussed some stats about women in politics – not very uplifting considering we’re in 2015 now and it…

Ready to Run

Last weekend I attended a couple of events, one on Friday: Pre-conference Women of Color in PA Politics, the other on Saturday: Ready to Run – Campaign Training for Women. The pre-conference was really amazing and it was really incredible to hear from some amazing women how are making positive changes in our lives. Here’s…