LAWRENCE – A new leadership training program designed to help Kansas women participate more fully in civic life will debut in early December. Ready to Represent, a program created by Appointments Project & Ready to Run Kansas Women’s Leadership Series, a partnership between the Institute for Leadership Studies at the University of Kansas and United Women’s Empowerment (formerly the Women’s Foundation) starts on 5 December.
Ready to Represent will help train women who want to run for political office, serve on civic boards and commissions, or be more active in their communities. The program, which will run via Zoom, also includes mentoring opportunities and a keynote address, which will be delivered by Sarah Smarsh, KU alumnus, originally from Kansas and author of the National Book Award finalist “Heartland” and “She.” Come By It Natural. “
“The goal of our program is to help women gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to run for public office, serve on a civic council or commission, and be more active in their communities through education. Kansas, ”said Emily Vietti, Institute for Leadership Associate / Curriculum Lecturer and Director of Partnerships for the Appointments Project and the Kansas Ready to Run Women’s Leadership Series. “Women are typically under-represented in these spaces, but when we have more women and more diverse voices wherever decisions are made, we see more collaboration and better results for more people. Everybody wins.
The Appointments & Ready to Run Kansas Women’s Leadership Series project is a unique partnership between Ready to Run of the KU Institute for Leadership Studies and the United Women’s Empowerment’s Appointments Project. The series kicked off in the spring with several webinars. Ready to Represent is its first large-scale training program.
Ready to Represent will take place over four Saturdays: December 5, January 9, February 6 and March 6 in two to three hour sessions. Sessions will cover topics such as media training, political fundraising, Kansas open file laws, the importance of diversity and inclusion in leadership, impostor syndrome and more. Again. Each session will also include small group mentoring circles to network among Kansas women statewide.
The cost of the program (four sessions) is $ 99 and need-based scholarships are available. Kansas College students can take the full program for just $ 12. Women who register before November 28 will receive a special program gift box.
The full program and program registration are available at: https://womenlead.blog.ku.edu/register/.