Alumni News: March 2018

A note from the Alumni Network Manager: In 2013, I interned with IGNITE as an undergraduate at SMU and began to understand the positive impact I could make in my community as a civic leader. Thanks to IGNITE’s training, I now serve on my city’s Library Board and Charter Review Commission, serve as an elected precinct chair in Dallas County and plan to run for office in 2020.

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A note from the Alumni Network Manager

In 2013, I interned with IGNITE as an undergraduate at SMU and began to understand the positive impact I could make in my community as a civic leader. Thanks to IGNITE’s training, I now serve on my city’s Library Board and Charter Review Commission, serve as an elected precinct chair in Dallas County and plan to run for office in 2020.

I proudly serve as the IGNITE Alumni Network Manager because I ardently believe young women are making the world a more equitable place. In the hyper-partisan culture of 2018, you are the visionary leaders we desperately need. You engage in grassroots activism, you work on political campaigns and you run for office -- you are the change agents making the difference.

I’m thrilled to help you take the next step in your political journey. Do you want a mentor? Training? An opportunity to hang out with other ambitious young women? We’ve got it all!

I want to take a special moment to honor you, and all other members of the Alumni Network, for the indelible mark you are making on the world.

To you and your success,

Whitney Thomas
IGNITE Alumni Network Manager
IGNITE Alumni - ‘13


Get an IGNITE Mentor!

You spoke and we listened: IGNITE Alumni want mentors as they move from college to career! This fall we connected alumni with mentors in San Francisco, Houston, Austin and Dallas — with upcoming events in Los Angeles and another in Houston. Mentees get to interview mentors, like this one-on-one between Judge Tina Yoo Clinton and alumna Rachel Herrera. Interested alumni get mentors who provide resume advice, career coaching, interview skills, access to social capital and much more.

Are you interested in having an IGNITE mentor? If so, email me today so I can pair you with the right person in your community.

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Hon. Claudia Sandoval and Molly De Los Santos

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Margy Meyers and Brenda Chapa

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Hon. Tina Yoo Clinton and Rachel Herrera

Another Incredible IGNITE Alumni: Nancy Fairbank

Nancy Fairbank is a graduate of UT Dallas and a Marshall Scholar. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in international development with a focus on poverty and inequality at the University of Birmingham (U.K.). As if she isn’t accomplished enough, Nancy will attend Harvard Law School in 2019. Nancy recently penned an op-ed for publication in the Alumni Newsletter: Stop Criminalizing the Homeless.

"The IGNITE program, and the wonderful colleagues and friends I gained from it, continuously motivate me to give back and seek opportunities for public service. Inspired by them, I ran for, and was chosen, as the 2017 Marshall Class Communications Secretary."

Do you know another incredible IGNITE alumna who should be featured? Send me an email and tell me why!


Upcoming IGNITE Events

Alumni events - RSVP to whitney@ignitenational.org

April 12: Houston Mentoring Meet and Greet. Network with elected and community leaders; leave connected to a mentor. Hot topic conversation and refreshments for all.

April 13: Houston Alumni Mixer. Mix and mingle with IGNITE alumni. Reconnect with friends from the past and meet new allies for the future. Special guest: IGNITE Founder and President, Dr. Anne Moses. Light bites and beverages provided by IGNITE.

April 14: Houston Pre-Conference Alumni Breakfast. Join us for an alumni-only event before the Houston Summit to build your five-year plan to run for office. Attendees will also participate in an exclusive Alumni Network focus group.

April 18: Dallas-Ft.Worth Mixer. Mix and mingle with IGNITE alumni, reconnect with friends from the past and meet new allies for the future. Light bites and beverages provided by IGNITE.

Webinars

March 22: Next Steps - Plugging into the Alumni Network

ICYMI

Webinar: Making the most out of a mentorship

Webinar: Make 2018 the year of the women in office - Volunteer on a campaign


Are you the next IGNITE Fellow?

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Every year IGNITE recruits a new cohort of diverse and passionate women in communities across the United States and provides them with resources, training and networks to launch political careers. These young women serve as ambassadors for IGNITE’s mission and help young women step into political power. Applications to our Fellowship Program are now open!

We are specifically looking for young women across the political spectrum who are deeply motivated, take initiative, have organizing experience on college campuses and have a track record of building new initiatives. Strong candidates will demonstrate experience in civic engagement and political leadership with a deep commitment to advancing equal rights for women.

To learn more about the Fellowship, visit our website and read the Fellows Program Description. Join us for our upcoming Fellowship webinars: Thursday, April 5 or Monday, April 16.

 


Get social, get featured: #IGNITEAlumni

IGNITE wants to see what you’ve been up to! How are you civically engaged and putting your leadership skills into action? When you post photos, use #IGNITEAlumni and you may see yourself featured on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in our newsletter!


Call to Action

Here are the ways you can get involved with the Alumni Network today:

1. Enroll in the Alumni Network for full access to resources.

2. Join our Facebook group to connect with other #IGNITEAlumni.

3. RSVP for a local event near you (details above).