Young Women Run Columbus 2019 | November 16, 2019

Hosted at Ohio State University | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm


Are you ready to flex your political power and ramp up your civic engagement? Young Women Run Columbus will connect you to elected leaders, train you on strategies to mobilize for 2020, and more. You'll build a squad of politically ambitious young women and leave empowered, activated, and ready to run for office - or campaign for a candidate you admire. Onward, to Young Women Run and 2020!


9:00 AM - Breakfast and Registration

9:30 AM - Welcome and Plenary

10:00 AM - Breakout #1

11:00 AM - Breakout #2

12:00 PM - Lunch with Women in Politics

1:00 PM - Opportunity Fair

Keynote Speaker: Representative Erica Crawley

Ohio State Representative, 26th House District

State Rep. Erica Crawley is a mother, advocate and veteran. She currently represents Ohio’s 26th House District, which includes much of eastern and southeastern Columbus. Originally from Youngstown, Rep. Crawley’s family reflects the diversity, successes and struggles of families in Ohio. She is a first-generation college graduate, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology with a focus on juvenile delinquency from Cleveland State University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Walden University.

Rep. Crawley has spent much of her life making a difference by serving others and giving people a voice through her service in the U.S. Navy and in her work advocating on behalf of children and families with the Cuyahoga County Job & Family Services, YMCA Head Start/ Early Head Start Program, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) and the Black Child Development Institute.

While attending Capital University Law School in pursuit of her dream of becoming an attorney, Rep. Crawley served as a Junior Fellow for the Family and Youth Law Center, 1L Representative and Day-Vice President of the Black Law Student’s Association, Co-President of the Health & Law Society, American Bar Association Representative (ABA) to the Student Bar Association, ABA Deputy Lt. Governor of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Programs (VITA) for the law student division and a member of Capital’s ABA National Moot Court Team.

Upon graduating from law school, Erica was awarded the 2017 Graduate of the Year for the Black Law Student’s Association, Capital University Law School Dean’s Ambassador Award and Order of the Barristers. Erica is the mother of twin girls. She enjoys spending time with them and traveling with family and friends. She collects books and is an avid reader. She also volunteers her time with many community organizations.

Keynote Speaker: Mónica Ramírez

President of Justice for Migrant Women and the Gender Justice Campaigns Director for National Domestic Workers Alliance

Mónica Ramírez is a long-time advocate, organizer, and attorney fighting to eliminate gender-based violence and promote gender equity. In 2003, Mónica created the first legal project in the United States specifically focused on addressing gender discrimination against farmworker women, which she later expanded in 2006 when she founded Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center. In 2011, she co-founded Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. In her role as Alianza’s Board President, Mónica wrote the “Dear Sisters” letter to women in the entertainment industry that was published in TIME magazine on November 10, 2017. This letter has been credited with helping to spark the launch of TIME’S UP. 

In 2014 she founded Justice for Migrant Women to focus on the eradication of workplace sexual violence against migrant women workers, as well as to promote the human rights of migrant women and their families. She currently serves as the President of Justice for Migrant Women and the Gender Justice Campaigns Director for National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Mónica has received numerous awards for her leadership, including Harvard Kennedy School’s first Gender Equity Changemaker Award, Feminist Majority’s Global Women’s Rights Award, the Smithsonian’s Ingenuity Award and Forbes Mexico named her among the100 Most Powerful Women in 2018.

Mónica was born, raised and lives in Fremont, Ohio. She is married to Scott Derome. Mónica and Scott are the parents to an inquisitive, kind and energetic son.

New! Campaign Manager Track at Young Women Run

Boss Ladies: Training the Next Generation of Campaign Leaders

IGNITE and New American Leaders are joining forces to train the next generation of fierce campaign leaders. As a badass boss lady, you will learn the keys to running a successful campaign - how to find a position that fits your skillset and professional goals, figure out what candidate you want to work for, create a winning campaign strategy, and a host of other essential campaign skills! Boss Ladies will walk away not only feeling empowered, but with a new campaign toolkit that includes fundraising advice, GOTV strategies, field management insight, media tips, and more.

Thank you, Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

The time is now to inspire and activate the next generation of women leaders. We invite you to join us as a partner in this worthwhile and energizing community event. Learn more here and contact for opportunities.