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04 September 2008

The White House Project Is Opening Up A Georgia Debate Boot Camp

The White House Project will hold its first annual Debate Boot Camp in Georgia, equipping 25 women candidates and campaign spokeswomen with the necessary tools to effectively debate the issues this election season. The participants will benefit from a full day of workshops and trainings that will help to advance women's political leadership throughout the Peach State.

The innovative conference is part of The White House Project's Vote, Run, Lead program, a national initiative which has been instrumental in propelling a diverse group of women into positions of political leadership. Since its creation in 2005, the program has trained more than 5,000 women to become political leaders, including 13 women who are currently running for office across Georgia.

During the training, Georgia Debate Boot Camp participants will work closely with communications experts to refine their stump speeches, mine for stories, and simulate actual debate forums.

"Debate Boot Camp is an excellent vehicle for preparing candidates and campaign spokeswomen for the rigors of election season," said Stacey Chavis, The White House Project's Southern Regional Director. "It is essential for women to be an integral part of the political arena – and these trainings allow women to articulate their visions to voters as viable political candidates and leaders on the campaign trail."

Debate Boot Camp is one of several initiatives that The White House Project has brought to Georgia since launching their statewide program in 2005. They have trained over 250 women through their Go Lead and Go Run trainings across the state.

Georgia Debate Boot Camp will take place on September 13th, from 9AM – 6PM, at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, and is co-presented by Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program. The application and addition information is available online at www.thewhitehouseproject.org.