Former Connecticut Governor headlines kick-off reception for premier women's leadership and campaign training program, August 30.
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 and Keynote Speaker, Jodi Rell
Fairfield University is celebrating the historic launch of Ready to Run™ Connecticut, the state’s first and only chapter of the national Ready to Run™ campaign training program for women, with a special kick-off reception on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. featuring keynote speaker and former Connecticut governor Jodi Rell.
Alumni, community members and state and local elected officials are invited to attend the Alumni House reception to learn more about the program while enjoying light refreshments and networking with other civically-minded individuals. The event is free and open to the public, and registration is required in advance 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, the second woman in Connecticut’s history to serve in the executive role of governor. “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.”
Developed by Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) in 1998, Ready to Run™ is a national network of nonpartisan campaign training programs that equip women with the necessary strategies, knowledge, and networking tools to effectively pursue leadership positions in state and local government. The annual one-day workshop helps participants develop significant leadership skills while gaining an understanding of the impact and importance of diverse voices in politics. In locations where Ready to Run™ is currently offered, 70% of all program participants who chose to run for office after this training won their political races.