Emerge Oregon Signature Program

Providing women the knowledge, skills and inspiration to become elected leaders!

Our Signature Program
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The Emerge training program is a unique opportunity for individuals who identify as women, who are registered Democrats and who want to run for public office! We offer an in-depth, 70-hour training program that provides prospective women candidates the best practices in fundraising, networking, outreach, voter engagement, core campaign communications, political endorsements, press and more. We train one weekend a month and expect 100% attendance in our program. By participating fully, women graduate with a foundation from which to run a successful campaign.

Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with political professionals and Emerge alumnae who have gone on to run for office. And once an Emerge alumnae, our women become a part of a supportive network.

By design, we select no more than 25 women in each cohort for our signature program. We like to develop deeper relationships with our participants, which allows us to better assist our alumnae in choosing the right race at the right time.

Training for the Class of 2024 starts in January and concludes in May – classes will be held in person and virtually. The first training day is absolutely mandatory. One absence after that day is okay.

Applications for the 2024 Emerge Signature Program are open. Apply here to take the first step toward your future run for elected office!

70-Hour Signature Program – 2024

Wednesday, Jan. 10 — Orientation (online) 6-7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 19 — Welcome Happy Hour (Portland) – 6:00 -8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan 20 — Emerge Day 1 (Portland) — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 27 — Emerge Day 2 (Online) — 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10 — Emerge Day 3 (Salem) — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

[optional] Tuesday, Feb 13 — Day at the Capitol, Salem

Saturday, Feb. 24 — Emerge Day 4 (Online) — 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 2 — Day 5 (Eugene) — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16 — Day 6 (Online) — 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 13 — Day 7 (Tualatin) — 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20 — Day 8 (Online) — 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 11 — LAST DAY (Portland) 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Our Curriculum

The full cohort meets in-person monthly and receives comprehensive training on the following topics:

• Public Speaking and Communication
• Fundraising
• Media and Messaging
• Networking
• Campaign Strategy
• Field Operations
• Labor and Endorsements
• Technology and New Media
• Equity and Justice
• Ethical Leadership