Emerge America's Webinars

Please find all of Emerge America's webinar recordings below. Feel free to download each one and share among your networks!

Breakthrough: The Making of America's First Woman President

Please join us for an exclusive webinar with

Nancy L. Cohen

Author of Breakthrough:

The Making of America's First Woman President

moderated by Jillian Schoene
Executive Director, Emerge Oregon
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
12 pm Pacific / 1 pm Mountain
2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern

Nancy Cohen’s new book Breakthrough tells the story about how America became ready to elect its first woman president and explores the factors that are still holding women back from attaining parity in all levels of elected office. In it, Nancy reports on the newest political science research as well as her interviews with more than 100 elected officials, advocates and experts, and shows how much of the conventional wisdom about women candidates is outdated and irrelevant.

An early supporter of Emerge CA in Southern California, Nancy will share her insights on campaigns, the media, and policy-making and answer questions on all topics women and politics during our September 22nd webinar.


Nancy L. Cohen is a leading national expert on women in politics, a historian, and the author of four books, includingBreakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman Presidentand Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America. Nancy’s writing has been published in theLos Angeles Times, the Guardian, the New Republic, and elsewhere, and she has appeared on MSNBC, NPR, and numerous radio and TV broadcasts. Find her on twitter at@nancylcohen or read more at nancylcohen.com.


Jillian Schoene has spent the last 15 years working in Oregon politics, at all levels of government, for both elected officials and candidates running for office. Before coming to Emerge, she worked with three women candidates – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Governor Kate Brown and, most recently, managed Deborah Kafoury’s campaign for Multnomah County Chair. She also has worked for two members of Congress and two governors - for Governor Ted Kulongoski during his second term in office and as Governor John Kitzhaber’s spokesperson during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

In addition to her work for Emerge, Jillian is a fierce advocate for women's reproductive health, including that all have access to contraceptive care and safe, legal abortion services. She is Board Secretary for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.

Follow Hillary's Lead: What Does It Take to Run for Law Enforcement Offices?

Emerge America's second training webinar of our "Follow Hillary's Lead" campaign is targeted towards women considering a run for elected law enforcement positions. Brenda Choresi Carter, Director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign,  Emerge Virginia alumna Sheriff Stacey Kincaid, and Emerge Maine alumna Maeghan Maloney District Attorney for Kennebec and Somerset Counties and an Emerge Maine alumna speak to the dire lack of women in these offices and  why we need more women in them!

Making the Case for Reflective Democracy with Celinda Lake

Last summer, Women Donors Network (WDN) created Who Leads Us to expose the lack of real representation in our democracy, showing who holds power and who is excluded at every level of government. To create effective messaging for the campaign, WDN enlisted acclaimed Democratic strategist Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners, to analyze polling data about how Americans respond to ideas of diversity and reflective democracy—and the results are fascinating!

"Unfinished Business": Renewing the Fight for Paid Leave

In his State of the Union speech this past January, President Obama addressed the issue of paid family leave, arguing that it's not a "women's issue" but a "national economic priority." As paid leave continues to be a heavily debated policy, it's important to know where this movement started, what is happening at the state and local level, and what you can do to support a national coalition for paid leave. Our June webinar featured Executive Director of Family Values @ Work Ellen Bravo, Rhode Island State Senator and sponsor of paid leave in her state, Gayle Goldin, and Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, whose ordinance providing 6 weeks of paid leave to municipal employees was passed unanimously in May 2015. Learn about paid leave from the women at the front lines of this issue and access their slides and other materials below. 

The Power of Latino Leadership
Featuring activist and award-winning author
There are over 50 million Latinos in the United States, the largest minority group in the country and it's estimated that by 2050 one in three of the US population will be Hispanic. In 2004 Latinos comprised 8% of the electorate, in 2008 9% of the electorate, and in 2012 10% of the electorate. This figure is expected to double by 2030.* 
And in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles, Emerge watched three alumnae become the first Latina representatives in their state legislatures. Now, with the number of Emerge-trained Latinas on the rise, Latina political representation is poised to jump across the country.     
Join us as longtime Latina leader Juana Bordas examines the ten principles of inspiring and effective Latino leadership that comprise the heart of her newest book released this month,
The Power of Latino Leadership. Bordas will discuss what women leaders can learn from the inclusive, intergenerational and activist traditions of the Latino community.
Moderated by:
Owner & CEO
Board Member
Juana Bordas is president of Mestiza Leadership International in Denver and vice president of the board of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and a trustee of the International Leadership Association. A former faculty member for the Center for Creative Leadership, she taught in the Leadership Development Program (LDP) - the most highly utilized executive program in the world. Juana is a founder of Mi Casa Women's Center and served as executive director. She is founding president/CEO of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, the only program in America that prepares Latinas for national leadership. In 2000, she founded The Circle of Latina Leadership to train "the next generation of Latina Leaders.
Christina Martinez is a resident of the Valley of Phoenix, Arizona and the Owner and CEO of Adelante Public Affairs and Communications, a company specializing in corporate and community positioning, government advocacy and multi-media solutions at the local and national level. Christina’s passion for politics and community services takes her around Arizona and the country as an advocate for her diverse portfolio of clients. She serves on the board of Emerge Arizona and is a volunteer for the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. Christina is currently a National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow and a part of the institute’s historic 25th anniversary class. 
To download a pdf file of Juana Bordas' accompanying power point presentation, please click on the link below.
Female Political Leadership and Athletics: How Title IX and Political Parity Intersect - Emerge April Webinar
June 21st will mark the 41st anniversary of the passage of Title IX - key legislation passed to prohibit sex discrimination in education and athletics for women and girls. 
Athletic participation has become a social eligibility factor in the success of candidates for elected office. Join us as Leanne Doherty, author of Level Playing Field for All? Female Political Leadership and Athletics, examines the role participation in athletics played for women looking to run for office. As we measure the impacts of Title IX four decades later, will potential cutbacks and already limited opportunities for women in sports further affect their opportunities to attain viable candidate status? 
Associate Professor of American Politics;
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Curriculum & Programs 
Moderated by:
Board Member; Vice President
Leanne Doherty is an associate professor of American Politics in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Her book, Level Playing Field for All? Female Political Leadership and Athletics explores the idea of athletes as elites in American society and how the disparity between male and female athletes decreases women's status in the social eligibility pool, a key factor in successful achievement of political office. She was named Professor of the Year in 2008 and received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising in 2009.
Amy Cookson is an alumna from the Emerge Maine Class of 2011, and the current Vice-President of the Emerge Maine Board. She spent two years as Senior Budgeting Analyst in Albany, New York, before returning to Maine. In addition to her policy experience, Cookson has volunteered and worked on several political campaigns, most recently as the Field Director for the Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. She is currently the Deputy Communications Director for the Maine Senate Democrats.  
For more information about Title IX, please click here.
Post-Election Digital Strategies: Digital Strategies to Showcase Your Legislative Successes

Too often after a successful election, elected officials let their campaigns go dark. But when it comes to online, it's critical to keep up the conversation with your supporters - to demonstrate how their support is paying dividends, and to ensure that your next campaign hits the ground running. Join Kari Chisholm of Mandate Media as we explore social media strategies that spotlight your legislative accomplishments and illustrate to your supporters the value of their investment in you.

Mandate Media

Moderated by:
Alisha Woodward
National Director
Emerge America

Kari Chisholm is an experienced campaign staffer, media strategist, political consultant, and interactive web developer. Over the last decade, Kari has worked with nearly 200 campaigns in over 20 states at every level. Before Mandate Media, Kari was on the staff of Darlene Hooley's first Congressional campaign in 1996 and managed David Bragdon's campaign for the Metro Council in 1998. During a hiatus from politics, Kari was the creative director for new media at Lewis & Clark College. He became a nationally-recognized speaker - teaching hundreds of higher-ed professionals how to strategically use new media to communicate with a new generation of college-bound students.
Alisha Woodward came to Emerge America in March 2010 and is currently Emerge America's National Director. Alisha started her political career as the Training Assistant for EMILY's List during the 2008 election cycle. Before coming to Emerge, she was on the finance team for a U.S. Senate campaign where she managed the call time and low dollar fundraising program. Alisha graduated from the University of San Diego in 2002 with a B.A in Political Science and has a deep seated passion for politics and getting more women elected to all levels of office.
This webinar marks the third in our 2013 webinar series. Stay tuned for future webinars occurring typically on the 4th Wednesday of every month. Please contact Meredith at meredith@emergeamerica.org with any questions or suggestions.
Pitch Perfect: Winning Strategies for Women Candidates
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation’s latest research helps to decode the idea of a qualified woman candidate. It reveals what makes a woman “qualified” in voters’ minds, and how one establishes qualifications and likeability at the same time.
What do people mean when they say they’ll vote for a “qualified” woman? Pitch Perfect: Winning Strategies for Women Candidates answers this question, and provides a clear road map for women who are running for major statewide office: how to introduce themselves to voters to demonstrate their qualifications; what language contributes to voters believing they are qualified; and how to present themselves in a way that conveys they are qualified. 
Women still have higher hurdles to clear than the guys. But The Barbara Lee Family Foundation's research provides clear strategies to get them there.
Executive Director
Moderated by:
Vice President
As Executive Director of The Barbara Lee Family Foundation, Adrienne Kimmell leads the Foundation’s nonpartisan efforts to advance women’s political equality and increase women’s representation in the field of contemporary art. A career advocate for reproductive justice, Adrienne served as the executive director of the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates and the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, where she led Planned Parenthood in advancing their public policy agenda through legislation, organizing, and electoral work. Adrienne holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and a Master’s degree in public policy from Tufts University.
Judy Pineda Neufeld is Vice President at Emerge America and is an alumna of the Emerge Massachusetts Class of 2009. Prior to her current role, Judy served as the Executive Director of Emerge Massachusetts for nearly three years. Before starting as the Executive Director of Emerge Massachusetts, she was the Manager of Recruitment and Community Partnerships at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the largest and oldest mentoring organization in Greater Boston exclusively serving girls. Judy is the former Co-President for the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women and chaired their Political Action Committee in 2010. 
Changing the Debate and Forging Solutions: How to Lead the Dialogue on Guns in America
Each year, more than 30,000 people die from gun violence.
That's 85 people a day.
Since 1990, the gun lobby has given Congress over 21 million dollars in campaign contributions to prevent the enactment of common sense gun control legislation and maximize profits in their industry.
Changing the Debate and Forging Solutions: How to Lead the Dialogue on Guns in America 
Featuring Janet Fitch of the award-winning film series Guns, Grief and Grace in America 
The gun reform debate has been ongoing yet we have not sustained consistent legislative victories. Join our panel of experts as they look at the recent history of gun violence in America and re-frame the debate in terms that will help win the crossover support necessary to achieve lasting and effective policy solutions. 
Senior Vice President for Policy & Co-founder

Moderated by:
Executive Director

Technical Support:
Alden Hoot
Documentary filmmaker and community-engagement specialist Janet Fitch is the director of an in-depth look at gun violence in the United States. Her award-winning 3-part series, Guns, Grief and Grace in America, is a unique multi-purpose body of work. The series views gun violence through the lenses of local, state, and national communities, and reorients the discussion towards a solutions-based public health issue. With a focus on prevention, the film series serves as a highly-useful tool that spurs community engagement and civil dialogue.
Jim Kessler brings a wealth of knowledge and insight on economic and social issues across the policy spectrum. A longtime veteran on Capitol Hill and in campaigns, he served as Legislative and Policy Director to Representative/Senator Charles Schumer where he helped pass landmark legislation on crime, gun safety, and domestic violence. From 2001 to 2004 he served as Director of Policy and Research for Americans for Gun Safety. He has appeared frequently as a commentator on television, radio, on the web, and in newspapers—including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, 60 Minutes, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Financial Times, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, ABCWorld News Tonight, The CBS Evening News, NPR’s Morning Edition, Bloomberg and Marketplace Radio. A prolific writer, his columns have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, POLITICO, Roll Call and DEMOCRACY: A Journal of Ideas.
Wendy Strout is the Executive Director for Emerge Wisconsin and has been working in Democratic politics since 1992.  Wendy has worked on Congressional Races in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas in various roles, including Finance Director.  Wendy also worked as a fundraiser in 2002, for Governor Doyle’s successful gubernatorial campaign.  She has also worked as the political organizer for AFSCME in Southeast Wisconsin where she also coordinated several labor coalitions.  Before joining Emerge Wisconsin, Wendy served as the Director for the Wisconsin Civic Engagement Project (now Wisconsin Voices).
*We would like to offer a very special thanks to Alden Hoot for his sustained technical support, and for putting together the following Youtube playlist of video clips from Janet Fitch's presentation which you can view by clicking this link.
  • To download Janet Fitch's "Changing the Conversation - America's Gun Violence Epidemic" powerpoint and / or Jim Kessler's "Guns by the Numbers", please click on the appropriate link below.
What's At Stake in the Lame Duck Session of Congress
The lame duck session of Congress is quickly drawing to a close and it's time to decide - 
Should the richest 2% contribute to a deficit their tax cuts helped create?
The Bush tax cuts are set to expire on December 31st and the Republicans are holding middle class tax cuts and tax credits hostage in effort to extend tax cuts for the rich. And it doesn't stop there. 
The 'fiscal cliff' includes painful cuts under sequestration to middle class priorities that include education, law enforcement, and public infrastructure - all of which will greatly impact state budgets. As well, if Congress attempts further cuts without asking the wealthy to pay their fair share, Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare could be on the chopping block. Join us to learn how you can become part of the fight to put the nation back on track, and have Americans who have prospered pay their fair share.
Campaign Manager
Moderated by:
Co-Founder & Board Member
Frank Clemente helped found Americans for Tax Fairness earlier this year. Previously he was Campaign Manager for the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition of 320 organizations. Prior to that he managed a health care campaign for the Communications Workers of America in support of the Affordable Care Act. He was Issue Campaigns Director at the Change to Win Labor Federation and Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, a national consumer watchdog organization. Frank also has been senior policy advisor to the U.S. House Committee on Government Operations and Issues Director for Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign. Frank edited Keep Hope Alive: Jesse Jackson’s 1988 Presidential Campaign.
  • To download Frank Clemente's "Winning the Budget Showdown" power point presentation from the webinar, the abbreviated "Tax Fairness" version of this power point, the Americans for Tax Fairness message briefing booklet, the ATF "Talking Points" one-pager, or the ATF "Bush Tax Cuts" info sheet, please click on the appropriate link below.

Why She Runs

Have you thought about putting your name on the ballot? Learn about the Emerge program and why you should run!

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