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Real Women Run Spring Training

May 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Hinckley Institute of Politics, The University of Utah
260 Central Campus Dr #2455
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

RWR Spring Training

Practical training and campaign-specific consulting for candidates, campaign staff and volunteers.

Real Women Run Spring Training
Saturday, May 18, 2019
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah
260 South Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Registration is now closed.

Real Women Run’s annual nonpartisan Spring Training is an opportunity for practical training and guidance for declared candidates, or those who are considering filing to run in the 2019 municipal elections, and their campaign staff or volunteers. This training will be focused on the core skills, strategies, and information needed to run a successful municipal campaign. Featuring workshop sessions as well as time for individualized consulting with Utah-based campaign experts.

Campaign Consulting Topics

  • Getting started
  • Master planning and field strategy
  • Branding and messaging
  • Fundraising
  • Social media
  • Campaign website
  • Personal image
  • Town halls/cottage meetings
  • Get out the vote strategies
  • Ranked choice voting (recommended for candidates in municipalities piloting this new voting system for the 2019 election: Payson and Vineyard)


Includes a light breakfast and lunch.

General Registration $25

Student Registration $15


8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-8:40: Welcome

8:40-9:30: Tales from the Trail

Moderator: Morgan Lyon Cotti, Associate Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics

Shireen Ghorbani, Salt Lake County Council
Michelle Kaufusi, Provo City Mayor
Katie Witt, Kaysville City Mayor

9:30-10:15: Municipal Campaign Master Planning

Kitty Dunn, Political Consultant

10:15-10:45: Consulting 1

10:45-11:35: Campaign Fundraising & Finance

Matt Lyon, Political Fundraising Consultant
Shelly Jackson, Davis County Deputy Clerk Manager

11:35-12:20: Consulting 2 & Lunch Networking

12:20-1:05: Door-to-Door Scenarios & Public Speaking

Jason Spelbring, Associate Professor, Utah State University Department of Theatre Arts

1:05-1:35: Consulting 3

1:35-2:15: Reaching Your Voters

Sophia DiCaro, Commissioner and Former State Representative


Attendees will be matched with consultants based on their preferred campaign topics selected in registration form. The following Utah-based campaign experts have generously volunteered their time to meet with Spring Training participants:

Lisa Watts Baskin
Eugenia Battaglia
Jackie Biskupski
Kate Bradshaw
Karina Andelin Brown
Silvia Catten
Yándary Chatwin
Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Renae Cowley
Corey P. Cronin
Jen Dailey-Provost
Sophia DiCaro
Kitty Dunn
Abby Evans
Amy Fowler
Max Hunsaker
Lara Jones
Lorene Miner Kamalu
Brittany Karzan
Marla Kennedy
Jeff King
Brittany Larsen
Matt Lyon
Katie Matheson
Breanne Miller
Becca Olea
Sui Lang Panoke
Frank Pignanelli
Stephanie Pitcher
Grace Ramsey
Andrew Roberts
Sarah Baytop Scott
James Singer
Jason Spelbring
Marcus Stevenson
Bev Uipi
Crystal Young-Otterstrom


Learn more about Real Women Run

Questions? Contact us at realwomenrun@ywcautah.org or 801-537-8603.