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WIN Leadership Academy

The WIN Leadership Academy (WLA) is our flagship training program to develop the next generation of Democratic women leaders in Georgia.

The annual program focuses on preparing women to run for office, hold leadership positions in campaigns, or seek appointed positions which affect public policy such as state or local boards and commissions or judgeships.

Women of all ages, races, backgrounds, professions, and geographical areas within the state of Georgia are invited to participate. WIN List recognizes that women make decisions to run for office or participate in the political process at different times in their lives and for various different reasons.

In a group of their peers, WIN Leadership Academy class members will study a curriculum offered by WIN List staff and local or national experts. The curriculum includes, but is not limited to:

  • Campaign Planning & Budgeting
  • Fundraising
  • GOTV and Election Day Strategy
  • Messaging and Communication
  • Field Operations and Strategy
  • Campaign & Finance Compliance
  • Volunteer Management and Cultivation
  • Research and Polling
  • Policy Development
  • Leadership Development
  • A “Day at the Dome” for Lobby Training & Experience
  • Reaching Across the Aisle

The WLA program meets once a month on Sunday afternoons and lasts for a total of 10 classes. Classes are generally held within Metro Atlanta, but participation is available both in-person and remotely via web conference. 

All WLA class members must commit to 20 hours of volunteer time during the course of the year to work on a WIN-endorsed campaign, assist with WIN List events, or work in some fashion to assist WIN List endorsed members of the Georgia General Assembly.

RECRUITMENT

We are currently recruiting for the 2019 class. To find out more about the 2019 class and on how to apply, please click HERE

The deadline to apply for our 2019 class has been extended until Sunday, March 31st, 2019.

ALUMNAE SUCCESS STORIES

Representative Brenda Lopez, HD 99

  • Graduate of the 2015 WLA class
  • First WLA graduate to serve in the Georgia General Assembly after winning her 2016 election
  • First Latina to serve in the Georgia General Assembly
  • She won re-election in 2018 and is currently serving her second term during the 2019 Legislative Session

Senator Nikema Williams, SD 39

  • Graduate of the 2012 WLA class
  • Won her bid for Senate District 39 during the 2017 special elections
  • She won re-election in 2018 and is currently serving her second term during the 2019 Legislative Session
  • Serves as the Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia
  • First Black woman to serve as Chair of the state party

Senator Jen Jordan, SD 6

  • Graduate of the 2012 WLA class
  • Flipped Senate District 6, a long time Republican stronghold, during the 2017 special elections
  • She won re-election in 2018 and is currently serving her second term during the 2019 Legislative Session

Representative Donna McLeod, HD 105

  • Graduate of the 2017 WLA class
  • She made history with her election in 2018. After losing by approximately 200 votes in 2016, Donna went on to win by more than 2,000 votes in 2018.
  • Flipped a long time Republican district
  • First Jamaican-born immigrant to serve in Georgia’s legislature

Representative Angelika Kausche, HD 50

  • Graduate of the 2018 WLA class
  • Flipped a long time Republican district
  • The first Democrat to serve in HD 50
  • First German-born immigrant to be elected to Georgia’s legislature

Former Representative Deborah Gonzalez

  • Graduate of the 2017 WLA Class
  • Flipped House District 117 in the Athens area during the 2017 special elections
  • While she did not win re-election in 2018, Deborah plans to run again in 2020

In addition to these six success stories, there were also several other WLA graduates who ran for office in 2018:

  • Lindy Miller for Insurance Commissioner (Class of 2015)
  • Phyllis Hatcher for SD 17 (Class of 2017)
  • Jen Slipakoff for HD 36 (Class of 2017)
  • Luisa Wakeman for HD 43 (Class of 2017)
  • Karín Sandiford for HD 46 (Class of 2017)
  • Twitty Titus for HD 173 (Class of 2018)
  • Treva Gear for HD 175 (Class of 2018)
  • Julie Jordan for HD 179 (Class of 2018)