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Workshop to train women to run for office

Women are less likely than men to run for public office, but when they do run, they win in equal numbers to men. To empower more women to seek elected positions, the Corpus Christi YWCA is holding a workshop to provide women the tools to enter politics.

The “Institute for Public Leadership” is a day-long training program designed to strengthen women’s positions in organized political activities that can impact public opinion, legislation and executive policy.

The workshop is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the YWCA Corpus Christi, 4601 Corona Drive. Cost is $30 per person, lunch included. Scholarships are available.

“A valuable feature of this workshop is the short video we make of each participant as she gives her brief elevator speech,” said YWCA President and CEO Nancy Wesson-Dodd. “Even women who have considered politics and public life for some time are surprised at how difficult a sound bite can be. IPL gives women the opportunity to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and determine their level of interest and expertise.”

Participants will learn about:

• gauging public attitudes and opinions;

• developing a campaign strategy and designing persuasive messages;

• planning a budget and raising money;

• planning a communications strategy that delivers a message effectively to voters;

• and employing tactics to get out the vote.

To register, visit and click on the Rosie the Riveter icon. You can also email for more information.

Women who have been in public office will be available during the day to share their expertise and experiences.

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