The Picker Center for Executive Education, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, is pleased to offer a leadership development program tailored to support women interested in exploring public policy, politics and running for public office in New York. 


Course subjects will include topics such as: 

• How Policy Gets Done in New York

• Campaigning 101

• Policy Agenda Development

• Influencing Policy Decisions

• Diversity & Inclusion in Politics

• Fundraising Strategies 

• Getting on the Ballot in New York

• Media Training 

• Digital Organizing and Social Media

Women are less likely to run for public office and less likely to be asked by peers and gatekeepers to run, but research shows they are just as likely to win as a male candidate.



Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Columbia SIPA

Liuba Grechen Shirley

Founder and CEO, Vote Mama

Bill Hyers

Partner, The Win Company

Karine Jean-Pierre

Lecturer in International and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA

Mayor Michael Nutter

David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs

Jeri Powell

Adjunct Research Scholar, Columbia SIPA

Assemblymember Tremaine Wright

New York State Assembly, District 56

As of 2019, the United States ranks 76th in the world in gender parity based on the number of women serving in the US House of Representatives.


On January 9-11th, 2020, this leadership development course will give students an opportunity to build confidence by sharpening skills relevant to political engagement, including fundraising, message development, media training and more. 


• Review core concepts related to public policy and political campaigns

• Engage in dialogue with leading practitioners and scholars around policy and leadership

• Sharpen critical skills such as fundraising, working with the media, and leading a team

• Build relationships with mentors in the New York political and policy community 

• Grow a network of high achieving peers with an interest in making a difference for women through public service

• Develop new tools to expand career paths and deepen engagement in activism and community leadership, including running for public office


Applicant Profile

This course is open to all with a clear interest in pursuing a career path to politics and public policy. Students with a history of significant achievements in other career paths, academic disciplines and volunteer engagement will find this training particularly valuable, as previous experience in politics is not assumed or required. 

Course Dates

January 9 - 11, 2020  I  Tuition: $1,400
Columbia University Campus

Professional Benefits

• Earn a Columbia University awarded Certificate of Participation

• Participate in a highly customized program responsive to the latest research regarding women and running for public office

• Refine skills necessary to be an effective leader

• Learn the basic mechanics of running for public office in New York 

• Develop a lasting network of professionals committed to gender equity and the advancement of women


*subject to change

Day 1

Thursday, January 9

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Registration Materials Available

5:15 pm
Course Open / Course Welcome

5:30 pm
Gender Equity in American Politics

7:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Women with a Seat at the Table

8:00 pm
Networking Reception
Course Dismisses



Friday, January 10

8:00 am
Breakfast Available

8:45 am
Session Opening

9:00 am
Setting Your Policy Agenda

10:30 am

10:45 am
Influencing Policy Decisions

12:15 pm
Networking Lunch

1:30 pm

1:45 pm
Policy Masterclass

3:15 pm

3:30 pm
Strategic Communications

5:00 pm

5:15 pm
Making Tough Decisions

6:45 pm

7:00 pm
Diversity & Inclusion in Politics

8:30 pm
Course Dismisses



Saturday, January 11

8:00 am
Breakfast Available

8:45 am
Session Open

9:00 am
Campaigning 101

10:30 am

10:45 am
Getting On The Ballot In New York

12:15 pm
Working Lunch Panel Discussion: Strategists and Gatekeepers in NY

2:00 pm

2:15 pm
Fundraising I

3:45 pm

4:00 pm
Fundraising II (Digital Organizing)

5:30 pm
Media Training Workshop

7:30 pm
Course Completion Cocktail Networking Reception
Dress Code: Business Casual

8:45 pm
Cocktail Reception Ends

Contact Info

420 W 118th St Room 400 | New York, NY 10027 (212) 854-2710

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