VoteRunLead will host a National Training, in partnership with WeWork and Facebook in 20 cities across the United States on Saturday, May 18. VoteRunLead (VRL) trains women to run for office. And win. With more than 33,000 women trained to run for office, VoteRunLead is the largest and most diverse campaign and leadership program in the country.
In Nashville, the one-day training will be held at WeWork East (901 Woodland St.) from 11 am–5 pm. “We’re working to tap into diverse communities of women because when we prioritize equality, equity, and inclusivity, we get closer to true democracy and healthier government where there is quality representation for all,” said Nadira Freeman, Nashville VRL organizer.
The training is designed to equip women with the tools and know-how they need to enter politics with a purpose. VRL believes that by empowering women to run as they are, they will build a campaign based on their own passion, their own ideas and their own values. The message that women walk away with is ‘Run As You Are’ because your lived experiences are what make you powerful. It is that experience that will make you a great candidate and leader.
Some of this year’s facilitators and speakers include: Brenda Gadd, a long-time advocate for women, equity and progressive policies; Kristal Knight, political director for Priorities USA; Rep. London Lamar, Tennessee House of Representatives District 91; and Zulfat Suara, Metro Council at-large candidate and the first Muslim woman to run for office in Tennessee.
VoteRunLead puts women first and party affiliation second. As a nonpartisan organization, VRL is approachable to women on both sides of the aisle, at all levels (95% of the VoteRunLead alums who won in 2018 were elected to state and local office), all ages, and all locations.
“In 2018 we not only celebrated the woman who ran for political office and won but also the record-breaking number of women who have created a permanent infrastructure of female donors, supporters, activists, and campaign staff,” said the organization in a release. “VRL not only wants women to run for office but to be a part of the pipeline of operatives outside of the traditional party structure.”