WIN Leadership Academy



The WIN Leadership Academy is an annual year-long program to develop future women leaders for Georgia. With 21 members, the 2016 class was the largest and most diverse ever, but 2017 offers the opportunity for an even larger group.

WIN endorsed Brenda Lopez, who won her 2016 bid for a Gwinnett County House seat, is the first WLA graduate to win a seat in the Georgia General Assembly. We certainly hope she is the first of many. The WLA program also prepares women to run for local offices at the city, county and school board level as well as for leadership roles in campaigns or appointed positions which affect public policy such as state or local boards and commissions or judgeships.

WLA is for all ages and recruitment for the 2017 class specifically targets women from each stage of life. WIN List recognizes that women make decisions to run for office or participate in the political process at different times in their lives.

Sessions meet monthly in Atlanta for evening classes taught by state and national experts.  Each month’s topic has an accompanying reading or video assignment for preparation.  Class members from outside the metro Atlanta area participate electronically.

In a group of their peers, WIN Leadership Academy class members study a curriculum offered by WIN List staff, local and national guest trainers which include:

  • Campaign Planning & Budgeting
  • Fundraising
  • GOTV/Election Day Strategy
  • Messaging and Communication
  • Field Operations and Strategy
  • Campaign & Finance Compliance
  • Volunteer Management and Cultivation
  • Research and Polling
  • Policy Development

Class members also commit to 20 hours 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.