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16 May 2017

Stacey Abrams to Helm Candidate Training Sessions for Women in Atlanta Ahead of 2018 Midterms

A coalition of left-leaning groups are heading to Atlanta this September in hopes of convincing more women to run for office.

VoteRunLead, whose leadership team includes a Democrat state lawmaker from Colorado, and progressive advocacy organization Wellstone Action are teaming up with Georgia House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams for a two-day candidate training summit.

Calling it the "Galvanize Program," organizers plan on allowing participants to explore gender equality issues and a broad set of national and local policies that impact women and their communities. Attendees will choose a track based on their interests to receive in-depth and skills-based training developed by nationwide partner organizations. Each participant will leave the Galvanize Program empowered with tools and connections to continue their work for equality in their local community and prepared to become the next generation of female leaders.

Abrams was selected as the Atlanta Galvanize Program chairman.

Wellstone Action is expected to school attendees on campaign management, and VoteRunLead will providing training on becoming a political candidate. Another social justice group, Midwest Action, is planning a session on grassroots organizing.

“I couldn't be more excited to partner with the nation's top innovators in entrepreneurship, organizing, and campaigns in developing our country's female leaders,” said Erin Vilardi, founder and CEO of VoteRunLead.org. “VoteRunLead is ready to galvanize a new cadre of powerful women.”

Following the summit, an Engagement Fair featuring networking opportunities with local organizations, non-profits, corporations, labor unions and small businesses will take place to assist participants in turning their passion into action.

The Atlanta Galvanize Program is scheduled for September 9th and 10th.