Trainings

Ready to Lead 2021

Ready to Lead is a training for progressive leaders who share LEAD NC’s mission and values and are considering stepping into greater public leadership. Participants will get the information they need in order to decide whether to run for public office and understand the early steps they should take to prepare. The workshop is offered on a sliding scale between $20 and $40, with limited scholarships available.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  1. Articulate their motivation for stepping into public leadership and what would make them a good elected official.
  2. Understand core considerations for running and serving and begin to identify the support they need to begin the journey.
  3. Understand the early actions and steps they should take before and immediately following the launch of a campaign.

Training Dates: 

Our fall Ready to Lead workshop will be offered multiple times (participants will attend only one of the weekends). CDC guidelines permitting, both in-person and virtual options will be available. The dates and formats are as follows: 

  • Sept. 9–10. Virtual. (Friday 3–5 pm; Sat 10 am–4 pm). [Application deadline: Aug. 27, 11:59 PM]
  • Sept. 17–18. Virtual. (Friday 3–5 pm; Sat 10 am–4 pm). [Application deadline: Sep. 3, 11:59 PM]
  • Oct 2. In person (Raleigh). (Saturday 9 am–5 pm). [Application deadline: Sep. 17, 11:59 PM]

Application: Please apply for this training by completing the Ready to Lead Application. The deadline for applications is 14 days prior to the start of training. Applications received after this date cannot be considered. 

Get Elected 2021

Our 2021 Get Elected workshops are for people who plan to run for local or state office in 2021 or 2022. Participants will learn the core aspects of running a political campaign, including developing their personal story and campaign message, building a campaign plan and team, budget, finance and fundraising, and creating a voter outreach and contact plan. Applicants are encouraged to attend Ready to Lead before applying to Get Elected. The fee for the workshop is $50, with limited scholarships available.

Get Elected Locally!

This workshop is  for candidates planning to run for local office (city council, county commission, school board, sheriff, district attorney, etc). CDC guidelines permitting, we will offer the training both in-person and virtually. For in-person trainings, meals will be provided. The training will be offered on the following dates and formats (participants will attend only one of the weekends):

  • July 9–11. Virtual. (Friday 2–5 pm; Sat 10–1 and 2–5 pm; Sun 2–5 pm)
  • Oct. 15–17. Virtual. (Friday 2–5 pm; Sat 10–1 and 2–5 pm; Sun 2–5 pm)

Application: Please apply for this training by completing the Get Elected Locally Application. The deadline for applications is 14 days prior to the start of training. Applications received after this date cannot be considered. 

Get Elected – State Legislative

This workshop is for candidates planning to run for state legislative seats. CDC guidelines permitting, we will offer the training both in-person and virtually. For in-person workshops, meals will be provided. The training will be offered on the following dates and formats (participants will attend only one of the weekends):

  • Oct. 29–31. Location TBA (Western NC or Piedmont). (Friday 5:30–8:30 pm; Sat 9 am–5:30 pm; Sun 10 am–1 pm)
  • Nov. 12–14. In person (Raleigh). (Friday 5:30–8:30 pm; Sat 9 am–5:30 pm; Sun 10 am–1 pm)
  • Dec. 10–12. Virtual. (Friday 2–5 pm; Sat 10–1 and 2–5 pm; Sun 2–5 pm)

Application: Please apply for this training by completing the Get Elected State Legislative Application. The deadline for applications is 14 days prior to the start of training. Applications received after this date cannot be considered.