Breakout Sessions

Build the Next Generation of Political Leaders [For Educators]: Educators, learn how to train young women at your school. IGNITE’s 50- hour curriculum trains high schoolers to understand the role of government in their lives, how to become civically engaged, and provides them with policy analysis and political leadership skills. Presenter: Sara Guillermo, Chief Program Officer, IGNITE

The Fundamentals of Filing: Campaigns start with gathering signatures, creating a budget and filing to run. Learn how to get your name on the ballot to become the next candidate in your community. Presenters: Jerry H. Goldfeder, Special Counsel, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; Sarah K. Steiner, Election Law, Campaign Finance Compliance and Audit Representation

Let Your Voice Be Heard: From the steps of City Hall to the State Capitol and Congress, learn the do’s and don’ts of communicating with legislators about the policies you believe in. Practice advocacy skills to ensure your needs and perspectives are represented by our government. Presenters: Maggie Castro, Associate State Director, AARP NY; Erin Mitchell, Director of Engagement, AARP NY

Launch your Political Journey: Start an IGNITE College Chapter: Ready to find college women like you who want to run for office? Learn about best practices and resources that can help you launch and keep an IGNITE chapter thriving on your campus. Presenter: Zunera Ahmed, New York Fellow, IGNITE

Working in Washington, D.C.: What does it take to work on the Hill? Hear how alums from George Washington University’s Graduate School: of Political Management leveraged their education to launch political careers. Panelists: Tara Moore, Managing Editor, FutureVision, RG/A; Katelynn Eckert, Senior Analyst, NY Life Insurance; Sheridan Watson, Senior Communications Consultant, Aetna; Danielle Walker, International Public Affairs, Africa, Pfizer Moderator: Katherine Wynee, Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist, George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management

Campaign Essentials: Show me the Money: Does the financial side of running for office scare you? Learn how to open a campaign bank account, create and maintain a campaign budget and work with a Treasurer to raise money for your campaign. Presenter: Maura Keaney, First VP of Strategic Development, Amalgamated Bank

Digital Campaigns: Leveraging Facebook: You already know how to use social media for fun. Learn to harness the power of your social network to build support and deliver your message in a political campaign. Presenter: Crystal Patterson, Outreach Manager, Facebook

Campaign Roles and Responsibilities: It takes a village to run for office. Explore different campaign team roles and learn how they come together to develop and implement a winning strategy. Panelists: Sally Frank, Former Campaign Manager, Nily Rozic for Assembly; Catalina Cruz, Coordinator of Elected Official Volunteers, NY City Council Campaigns; Maria Cruz Lee, Former NY State Digital Director, Hillary for America; Kayla Santosuosso, Former Campaign Manager, El-Yateem for City Council Moderator: Abigail Zapote, National VP for Young Adults, LULAC

Boards and Commissions: Serve Your Local Community: Getting appointed to a community board or commission is a great first step on your path to elected office. Learn about the appointment and application process and hear what current commissioners are working on. Panelists: Gigi Li, Former Chairwoman, Manhattan Community Board #3; Suzanne Markland, Member, Bronx Community Board #5; Joanna Stach, Membership Chair, Richmond County Young Republicans; Lucille Songhai, Director of Community Affairs, Manhattan Borough President Moderator: Zunera Ahmed, New York Fellow, IGNITE

Endorsements: Why They Matter and How to Get Them: What are endorsements and how do they help your campaign? Learn the ins and outs of the endorsement process and how to secure the support that you need to win. Presenter: Karen Jarrett, Downstate Director, Political And Community Organizing, New York State Nurses Association; Katie Kingsbury, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, New York Times; Katherine Pichardo-Erskine, VP, MirRam; Unite Here Local 100 Moderator: Stephanie Park, AALDEF