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Feb. 27, 2006
Contact: Bill Lacy, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-4900.

Dole Institute invites women candidates to one-day campaign workshop March 4

LAWRENCE — The Dole Institute of Politics has announced that it will sponsor a one-day campaign workshop for women interested in running for office and for men and women interested in helping a woman candidate from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 4, at the institute on the University of Kansas campus.

Although registration is required, the event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the community. To register, e-mail your name, address and phone number to or call (785) 864-4900. For more information, go to

“This isn’t a garden variety campaign school,” Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy said. “It’s specifically designed to help women understand the challenges to a campaign before they make the race.”

“Women’s Campaign 101: What to Know Before Tossing Your Hat in the Ring” will feature three one-hour panels. In the 9 a.m. session, “woManpower, Money and Message, Oh My!”, participants will hear from consultant Emily Booker, former political director of the Fred Thompson for U.S. Senate campaign; Lori Ann Plank, a political fundraiser with the Overland Park-based Dublin Group; and communications studies professor Mary Banwart, an expert on the influence of gender in politics.

In the next session, “Been There, Done That,” participants will have the opportunity to hear from women who have run for office about what advantages and disadvantages they faced.

The final session, “Feasibility Checklist: Should You Make the Race?”, will feature Diana Carlin, dean of the Graduate School and International Programs, and Lacy. They will discuss a pre-campaign checklist every woman should go through before making her final decision to run.

The workshop is the final part of the Dole Institute’s Presidential Lecture Series “The First Woman President,” which features former Govs. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Jane Swift, R-Mass., in a roundtable discussion moderated by political activist Barbara Lee at 7.30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28.


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