Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are one fifth of the population. Many of us are great leaders in our communities and our professions due to skills that we’ve developed advocating for ourselves and others: we’re adaptable, resilient, creative, and great at problem solving.

Perhaps you have been thinking about how to take your leadership to a new level. You’ve considered running for local school board, city council, or another local leadership position but you don’t know where to start, and the idea of running a political campaign is intimidating. If you’re ready to elevate your leadership to elected office, this training series is for you!

Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities is a campaign training series where expert political consultants will teach you the skills that you need to take your leadership to elected office. The pilot program of Elevate included five 90-minute webinars, recorded in June and July 2019 and now available for free on this webpage. This series will explore a variety of core campaign skills from a cross-disability perspective, including operations, communications, fundraising, and voter outreach. This course is open to everyone, and we particularly encourage multi-marginalized people with disabilities to join us as we learn from five experienced political consultants of color about how to run for office.

You can access the recordings of these webinars and the course materials for free on this webpage. Please note that this webinar series is non-partisan and for educational purposes only. 

Although the pilot webinars have concluded, NCIL is seeking funding to expand this program with more webinars on campaign training topics, as well as other resources and programming around running for office. The pilot program was made possible with generous funding from the American Association of People with Disabilities’ Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award.

If you are interested in seeing more programming for Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities, please consider making a donation today to the NCIL Voting Rights and Civic Engagement Fund! You can donate on our website to the NCIL Voting Rights and Civic Engagement Fund. If you are interested in sponsoring the program, please contact Cara Liebowitz, Development Coordinator, at cara@ncil.org and Sarah Blahovec, Civic Engagement and Voting Rights Organizer, at sarah@ncil.org.

Campaign 101 – An Intro to Running for Office

Neal Carter, Principal, Nu View Consulting
Atima Omara, Principal, Omara Strategy Group
June 3, 2019; 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern

In this NCIL webinar, Neal Carter, Principal of Nu View Consulting, and Atima Omara, Principal of Omara Strategies will discuss how to get out of the starting gate when preparing to run for office or work for a campaign. They will discuss the precautions and unforeseen issues that may arise for a candidate with a disability. They will highlight tools that campaigns can use to help bolster messaging and outreach to voters and ultimately win their elections.

Campaign Operations 101

Stefan Walker, Political Consultant, The Politics Store
June 10, 2019; 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern

This course will give you a strong understanding of what is needed from an operations standpoint to run a winning political campaign. Stefan Walker, Political Consultant at The Politics Store will discuss what you need to know about hiring a campaign manager and what staff is absolutely necessary for your campaign. In addition, you will learn about the role of a field coordinator and the importance of having a volunteer coordinator.

Your Story, Your Campaign, and Your Brand Online

Atima Omara, Principal, Omara Strategy Group
June 17, 2019; 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern

This webinar will cover the importance of your personal story to launch a meaningful campaign for office. Atima Omara, Principal at Omara Strategy, will teach you how the foundation of your story shapes your campaign message and how to use digital media tools to help you brand you and your campaign.

How to Make a Winning Campaign Message

Ken Mireles, Partner, Public Alliance
June 24, 2019; 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern

This webinar will cover the essential elements of political messaging and strategy. Ken Mireles, Partner at Public Alliance will discuss the core components of a good campaign message and strategies on how to communicate with your targeted voters in a way that is meaningful, memorable and persuasive.

The Six Keys to Raising Money

Domonique James, Founder and CEO of Politics with Purpose
July 1, 2019; 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Many campaigns who have the potential to win, don’t, simply because they don’t have the resources to get their message out. Fundraising is about systems and in order for the system to work properly you need the right pieces. In this training session, Domonique James, Founder and CEO of Politics with Purpose will teach you the 6 keys to raising money quickly, effectively, and confidently (even if, you’re a first-time candidate and never fundraised before!)