RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Attention New Jersey women: Looking for real-world training and advice from experts like Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, political strategist Michael DuHaime, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, fundraising expert Gail Gordon, and many more? Attend Ready to Run®, a bipartisan program held annually by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.  Walk away with: "how-to" instructions on running for office; fundraising and media skills; strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership; a better understanding of party politics; and effective internet strategies for campaigns.  
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Created by the Center for American Women and Politics to train women candidates, Ready to Run® is a non-partisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign, or get involved in public life in other ways. Central to the Ready to Run®model is an innovative, comprehensive curriculum that incorporates the political culture and climate of the locale and uses state and local campaign experts to highlight the specifics of running in a particular state or region. The program demystifies the process of running for elected office, encourages more women to mount campaigns, and introduces them to elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, and party officials in their state to whom they can turn as they get ready to run. CAWP’s model curriculum covers fundraising, positioning oneself for elected office, navigating the political party structure, media training, the nuts and bolts of organizing a campaign, mobilizing voters, and crafting a message.