In October 2017, the University will host Ready to Run Connecticut, a national initiative that aims to increase the number of female elected officials. Former governor Jodi Rell is scheduled to speak at a formal kick-off event in August.
I’m confident that Fairfield University will make this program a state-wide success for years to come, and I’m honored that I can be a part of it.
— Former Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell
On October 14, 2017 as part of a national movement to educate and motivate women to become active participants in the political process, Fairfield University is hosting Ready to Run Connecticut, a non-partisan training program which provides the tools necessary for women to succeed in government. Workshops include fundraising tactics, media training, campaign strategy, and networking, and will be facilitated by experienced campaign strategists, media specialists, and elected officials, and geared towards subjects specific to women.
“What makes Ready to Run Connecticut unique is that it not only offers workshops for women who desire to run for office, but also how to seek political appointments, learning the basics of government, and how to become involved in a political party,” said Gayle Alberda, PhD, assistant professor of politics and public administration and event organizer.
The kick-off event will be held in Fairfield’s Alumni House on Wednesday, August 30 with keynote speaker, former governor Jodi Rell. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the program while enjoying light refreshments and networking with other civically-minded individuals. This event is free and open to the public, and registration is available online at fairfield.edu/r2rct.
“I’m confident that Fairfield University will make this program a state-wide success for years to come, and I’m honored that I can be a part of it,” said Rell. “Women who have the desire to be more involved in local politics or run for office, but need only the political preparation and training, can greatly benefit from this program.”