Blueprint for Winning Academy

The organization’s goal is to help women obtain fifty percent of Iowa legislative and congressional positions and the office of governor by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. In that effort, the 2-day “Blueprint for Winning” program will provide information and training to female candidates running for the Iowa Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. After attending sessions on topics such as forming a campaign committee, fundraising and defining their campaign message, candidates will leave with an individualized “blueprint” which will help guide her through the campaign. In addition, each candidate will be paired with a current office-holder to shadow as well as a female mentor from her party who can give advice during the campaign. After the election, two follow-up sessions will be held: one for those who win, who will receive tools on how to work effectively in public office; another who those who are not elected, to provide an analysis and plans for winning the next election.