July 12 – 14, 2013
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This weekend event brought together young and established women who want to run for office, hone their leadership skills, strengthen their connections in the political world, and learn how to make it to the next level in their careers.  The Summit featured nationally acclaimed speakers and highlighted the work of some of our incredible partners working to empower women in politics. Featured speakers included: Councilmember Muriel Bowser, Tiffany Dufu, Christine Jahnke, Lynda Lopez, and many more!

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  • Date and Location: July 12-14 at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
  • Registration is $150 ($100 for Running Start Members) and covers program materials and most meals.
  • On-campus accommodations for out-of-town participants are available at the Georgetown University Hotel. Click here for more information and to make reservations.
  • Although the program is open to all young women, chaperones will not be provided for minors.

Summit Events:

  • Break out sessions included:
    • How Extraordinary Women Lead
    • So You’ve Decided to Run, Now What?
    • The Well Spoken Woman
    • Asking for and Getting What You Want
    • Personal Branding and Social Media
  • We premiered the film Raising Ms. President by Kiley Parker. Raising Ms. President answers the many questions about why women don’t strive to be our nation’s political leaders, even in the 21st century, and what is being done to encourage more women to think about politics early. This documentary features Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Leadership program participants and interviews with Running Start leadership.  Watch the trailer here:

  • Running Start launched a new Ambassador program as part of our first annual Young Women’s Political Summit.  This initiative aims to spread the message that more women are needed in politics.  Running Start Ambassadors will be young women who are leaders in their communities who want to help spread the word that adding women to leadership can transform the world.

Thank you to our program host, the McDonough School of Business’s Office of Executive Education and to our program partners and sponsors:

       McDonoughSchoolBusiness    CenterPointEnergyStateFarm BarbaraLeeFoundation SheShouldRun