Discover and Cultivate Your Leadership Potential
Our Virtual Cohort provides you with education and resources to demystify the myths around running for office, a judgment free zone where women can explore a future run for office without intimidation, and a community of supportive women all across the country.
The next Virtual Cohorts are scheduled for October.
She Should Run is a nonpartisan nonprofit promoting leadership and encouraging women from all walks of life to run for office. We are driven by a vision of seeing 250,000 women run for office by 2030.
About the Virtual Cohort
The She Should Run Virtual Cohort is a seven-week, online program led by women leaders with practical first-hand political experience. Throughout the seven weeks, participants will learn to cultivate their leadership, build their networks, foster their communication skills, and find their own pathway towards elected leadership. At the end of the seven weeks, each woman will walk away having discovered their “why” they want to run for office, a supportive community to encourage them on their journey, and increased confidence around taking that first step.
Virtual Cohort Costs: A $25 registration fee is required upon acceptance into the Virtual Cohort.
Who Should Apply
You are a woman who cares about her community, sees a problem, and wants to make a change. You are curious about the pursuit of political office and may be unsure about how to take that first step. You may not see yourself running in 5 or 15 years, but by the end of the Virtual Cohort, you will know that it is a possibility within reach. You are excited about joining a community of women from all backgrounds and all across the political spectrum as you start your journey.
- Cultivating Leadership
- Articulate leadership vision and style
- Understand motivations and overcome fears
- Own your qualifications
- Building Networks
- Map out existing network for future run for office
- Authentically create broader network
- Champion your own cause
- Learn comfortable approach to fundraising
- Fostering Communication
- Learn to share your story and how it connects to why you want to lead
- Be able to pitch yourself to anyone
- Public and digital branding
- Develop listening skills
- Finding Pathways
- Reinforce everyone’s path to leadership is unique
- Understand importance of taking risks
- Accept rejection
- Face sexism head-on
Dates and Times
No cohorts currently scheduled.
Upcoming Virtual Cohort Dates
Additional Virtual Cohorts are currently scheduled for the following month:
About Our Program Facilitators
She Should Run Program Facilitators come from all different backgrounds and are experienced leaders. They have first-hand political experience either having run for office, served in elected office, or worked in the political space for most of their careers. Each trainer has an extensive understanding of She Should Run, our curriculum, and have been prepared for each Cohort with our own training. Check out their bios on our team page.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Virtual Cohort is free to apply. There is a $25 registration fee for accepted participants to complete before starting the program. The registration fee is non-refundable.
I’m not sure if I want to run for office. Is this program right for me?
Yes! Our programs are designed to demystify the path around running for office and provide you a place to explore what it will take to run for office in a judgment-free zone. We hope that by the end of the program, you will be saying, “Yes, I am going to run for office!” But if you don’t, we have other ways to get involved and participate in the movement.
Who are the women in the program?
Our Virtual Cohort participants are women from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, political parties, and from all across the country. Some have never considered a run for office before, some are just starting to consider it, and some know they want to run but are looking for more support and guidance. We aim to build a supportive network among our Cohorts that you can lean on during the program and afterward.
What is the time commitment for the Virtual Cohort?
Each weekly session lasts 90 minutes. As this is an investment in your personal leadership journey, there is required homework outside of the program for participants to work on that can take between 30-60 minutes per week. We estimate cohort members will spend up to 2.5 hours each week, but it will vary from person to person. Participants should plan to block out time each week to focus on the cohort and their leadership.
How does a virtual program work, anyway?
Each week, participants will come together for a 90-minute session facilitated by one of our Program Facilitators to discuss the assignments and readings they completed in the previous week and learn more about the necessary groundwork to confidently throw their hat in the ring. So you’re not alone we assign accountability groups for women to lean on during the program. She Should Run staff is always at every session to assist as well.
What is the attendance policy?
Due to the short nature of the program, we allow only one excused absence. If you miss more than one, you can remain in the program but you will not receive a certificate of completion. Participants are also required to give notification of absence within 24 hours of the next session.
If I miss a session, can I view a recording of it afterward?
In order to maintain the privacy of our participants, we don’t offer recordings of the sessions. Additionally, the sessions each week are driven by the interaction between participants and their facilitator rather than just sitting and watching your facilitator lecture.
I know She Should Run is nonpartisan. Do you support candidates?
As a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, we do not work directly with candidates by providing political endorsements or financial support. If a woman in our cohort is actively running, we ask that she refrain from soliciting support from fellow cohort members for the duration of the program.