Ready To Run® Iowa

Ready to Run® Iowa 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 become involved in public life as leaders in their respective communities. Since 2007, the Catt Center has offered the Ready to Run® Iowa program every other year as part of a national network founded by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Registration for the Feb. 17 workshops is closed. Registration for the March 31 workshops will open Feb. 28.

2017 Ready to Run Iowa scholarship process is currently closed. The scholarship application process to attend both March 31 workshops will open Feb. 28. Scholarships will be awarded to women who have been historically underrepresented at Ready to Run Iowa, specifically students/women under 25, women of color and women needing financial assistance.

Ready to Run® Iowa 2017

The registration fee is $20 per workshop, which covers workshop materials and light refreshments.

Feb. 17 workshops (Full schedule and speakers for both workshops - PDF)
9 a.m. to noon: Getting Started in Iowa Politics

  • Political Status of Women in Iowa
  • Appointments to Boards and Commissions
  • Elections in Iowa

2-5 p.m.: Launching Your Campaign

  • Political Parties and Resources
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your Campaign
  • Women’s Campaign Experiences

March 31 workshops (Registration opens Feb. 28)
9 a.m. to noon: Fundraising for Success

  • Fundamentals of Fundraising
  • Making the Ask
  • Advice from Experts

2-5 p.m.: Campaign Messaging and the Media

  • Creating Your Campaign Message
  • Candidate and Issue Advocacy
  • Working With the Media

April 28 workshops(Registration opens March 31)
9 a.m. to noon: Communicating With Voters

  • Developing and Delivering Your Stump Speech
  • Communicating on Camera
  • Direct Contact With Voters

2-5 p.m.: Winning Internet Strategies

  • Building a Website
  • Campaigning on Social Media
  • Online Campaigning in 2016 and Beyond

The February and April workshops will be held at the Holiday Inn Ames Conference Center at ISU, 2609 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50010.

The March workshops will be held at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames, Iowa 50014.


The Ready to Run Iowa Advisory Board consists of nine members with expertise in Iowa politics who provide input on the speakers, content and format for the workshops. Advisory Board members are: Amy Campbell, a partner at the Advocacy Cooperative; Gwen Ecklund, president of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women; Blake Hanson, an attorney at Crawford and Mauro in Des Moines; Drew Kamp, director of Story County community outreach and government relations for the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission; Paula Martinez, labor leader and member of the Warren County Democrats Central Committee; Kellie Paschke, an attorney with Skinner and Paschke of Waukee, Iowa; Kim Reem, 4th vice president of the National Federation of Republican Women; Georgia Van Gundy, executive director of the Iowa Business Council; and Andrea Woodard, public policy manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

Contact us to add your name to the Ready to Run® Iowa 2017 mailing list.

Questions? Contact the Catt Center at 515-294-3181 or cattcntr@iastate.edu