Signature Program

75-hours of training that gives women all the skills they need to run and win.

Our Program

The Emerge Maryland candidate training program is a unique opportunity for Democratic women who want to run for public office. It is the only in-depth, 75-hour, training program that inspires candidates to run and gives them the tools to win. As a program member, you will be exposed to a variety of campaign and election experts. You will meet an array of dynamic women who hold elected and appointed office. Through Emerge, you are given specific opportunities to expand your political network. As an Emerge Maryland program member, you become a part of a supportive network which includes a national network of Emerge alumnae, Emerge board and advisory council members.

Our Curriculum

Participants meet one weekend a month for six months and receive comprehensive training on the following topics:

Public Speaking and Communication
Fundraising
Media and Messaging
Networking
Campaign Strategy
Endorsements
Technology and Media
Cultural Competency
Ethical Leadership

Who Trains?

Emerge Maryland trainers are comprised of a premiere team of campaign consultants, advisors, alumnae and staff from all over the country. Many of them have been involved in some of the most successful campaign and initiatives we’ve seen in recent election cycles. They come from backgrounds that span over fundraising, direct mail, field strategy, communications, press management and campaign messaging. They have won races from the city council to the governor’s mansion.

Application Process

Emerge Maryland will select a limited number of women who meet the criteria listed below and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.
Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all women regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or physical abilities.
Emerge Maryland will review completed applications and select finalists for the program.
Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with a selection committee. From these interviews, the program members will be selected.
Emerge Maryland’s program will deliver approximately 75 hours of training. Your success in the Emerge program depends upon your commitment to the program’s entire schedule. Some time outside of regularly scheduled seminars will be necessary for class preparation and homework.
Time Commitment
Your success in the Emerge Maryland candidate training program depends upon your commitment to the program’s entire schedule.  Over several months, approximately 75 program hours are scheduled.  Some time outside of regularly scheduled seminars will be necessary for seminar preparation. 
Attendance for all classes is mandatory. Absences may result in dismissal from the program.
 
Save these dates for the 2019 program
Applications close on November 4, 2018.
December 8th and 9th – Interviews for the potential members of the Class of 2019
Jan 5, 2019
Jan 19
Jan 30- this is a weekday
Feb 16
March 2
March 16
March 30
April 13
April 27
Snow days- February 5th (weekday) May 4th and May 11th.

You will learn best practices in fundraising, networking, and coalition building, honing your message, writing a field plan and stump speech, how to seek endorsements, public speaking, dealing with the media and the press and much more! All of these skills will make you a better and more polished candidate, giving you an edge!

During the course of the program, participants are also required to participate in fundraising activities that will benefit Emerge Maryland.
Arrival 8-8:30am. Dismissal varies, plan on 5:00 pm

Application

• A non-refundable application fee of $35. No late applications will be accepted.
Your application will be complete once you have:

1) completed and submitted the online application,
2) submitted the application fee, and
3) Emerge Maryland has received two letters of reference directly from your references.

You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete. Your non-refundable application fee must be paid for your application to be considered.
The link to pay the fee is included in the application, or mail a check to:
Emerge Maryland
P.O. Box 185
Monrovia, MD 21770. 

Cost

Participation in the Emerge Maryland program requires a tuition of $500 which includes material fees, meals etc. Please note that travel expenses are not included. There is another $500 obligation to be raised through each program members fundraising efforts for the program. The total obligation is $1000.00.

This money offsets but does not nearly cover, the cost of Emerge Maryland’s out-of-pocket costs for providing the training sessions. Emerge Maryland believes that individual circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the program.

Partial financial aid up $150 may be awarded after admission to the program. A completed application for this aid will be required. This does not cover the fundraising requirement.

Selection Criteria (keep these in mind as you fill out the application)

Emerge Maryland seeks bright, self-motivated women who are committed to effective and ethical political leadership.
Criteria for selection include:

• evidence of political leadership experience and meaningful involvement in your community;
• demonstrated an ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal;
• ability to build effective networks;
• ability to articulate a personal political vision;
• demonstrated an ability to inspire others;
• commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the training.

We are here to help you, whether you are trying to decide if running for office is for you, or you need help completing your application, or you have questions about the program.  Please contact us at contact@emergemaryland.org or call Diane Fink, Executive Director at 301-788-1661

It’s Time to Step Up!

We need your participation to start a revolution! We’re looking for women who are engaged in their communities and want to effect change. It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of running for local school board or the U.S. Senate. We can help you get ready to run!