University of Cincinnati Holds its Third Elect Her
On February 9th, the University of Cincinnati held’s its third Elect Her training. Students had the unique opportunity to learn firsthand from female elected officials Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, State Representative Denise Driehaus and Judge McGee. With the new campaign finance reform on campus, the University of Cincinnati was the first Elect Her site in the country to include fundraising in the training curriculum.
The panel of currently elected female officials shared incredible insights about the great challenges but also tremendous opportunities for women running for office. Representative Driehaus advised students to find their sweet spot between personal ambition, personal values and social goals. Judge McGee emphasized the need to be ethical, and especially for candidates who are minorities, to remember that they are yardstick among which other diverse candidates will be judged. Vice Mayor Qualls urged students not to run just for the glory, expecting others to like you.
Students benefitted from a Fundraising 101 lecture from established local political fundraiser Heidi Black. One of Heidi’s best tips when soliciting funds was to ask for a specific amount, stop talking and ride out the awkward silence. Whoever is the first to respond generally loses the negotiation.
Students had the unique opportunity to learn from their peers who have been involved with student government campaigns. Two of the students on the panel, Luci Simon and Jody McGraw, were alumnae from previous Elect Her trainings and we are proud to see them progress in their leadership! Jody McGraw won the campaign simulation in 2011. Congratulations to Hannah Kenny who won this year’s campaign simulation.
This post was written by Elect Her facilitator Pamela O’Leary