Dear Friends,

On behalf of the LUPE Fund, Inc. and the Center for American Women and Politics, I invite you to register for Elecci�n Latina and Ready to Run™. All women who want to learn more about public life and government, run for office, work on a campaign, or get appointed to public boards are strongly encouraged to attend. More details are below.

In addition, we have a limited number of scholarships available! Participants will be able to attend the entire conference for a reduced rate. This is a great deal and is only available until scholarship funds are exhausted. For more information, contact Deanna-Marie Norcross at or (732)932-9384, x223.

I hope to see you at the program!


Martha L. Bahamn
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Elecci�n Latina 
Empowering Latinas in the political arena and increasing their numbers in elected and appointed offices at all levels

Co-hosted by LUPE Fund, Inc. and the Center for American Women and Politics


Friday & Saturday, March 22-23, 2013
Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers-New Brunswick

About  Elecci�n Latina and Ready to Run   

The Center for American Women and Politics and LUPE Fund,Inc., together with a steering committee of leaders in the Latino/a community, sponsor Elecci�n Latina, a pre-conference session of the New Jersey Ready to Run™ Campaign Training for Women.

Elecci�n Latina participants attend a half-day session that targets issues of particular interest to Latinas running for political office.  Elecci�n Latina participants then attend
ELLA Ready to Run™ the next day to learn about the nuts and bolts of working on a campaign. 

Ready to Run™ offers real-world training and advice from experts on how to launch a campaign and or get involved in public life.

Participants will walk away with: "how-to" instructions on running for office; fundraising and media skills; strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership; a better understanding of party politics; and effective internet strategies for campaigns and advocacy.

The conference features two tracks for women at different points in their political careers: Track 1 - I'm Ready to Run, Now What? and Track 2 - I'm Not Ready to Run Yet, But... 


Preliminary Agenda
March 22 
Elecci�n Latina

11:00 am             Registration opens   

12:00 - 1:30 pm    Opening Keynote Lunch  
     Keynote: Shirley Franklin, Former Mayor, City of Atlanta

1:45 - 2:15 pm      Welcome Participant Introductions   
     Welcome: Martha L. Bahamn, President, LUPE Fund, Inc.  
2:15 - 4:00 pm      Roundtable: Latinas Make A Difference

This roundtable features women who have held various appointed and elected offices. They will discuss why Latinas should think about running for office and why it is critical to have more Latinas engaged in public life.  



Margarita Mu�iz, LUPE Fund, Inc. and Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement, City of Newark



Flora Castillo, Board of Directors, New Jersey Transit
Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, New Jersey Assembly

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council

Arlene Quiones Perez, LUPE Fund, Inc. and the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey  

Nuris Portuondo, former Councilwoman, City of Summit

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, New Jersey Assembly  


Ready to Run
4:15 - 6:00 pm       Plenary: Internet Strategies for Candidates, Campaigns, and Advocates

6:15 pm                Networking Reception

Saturday, March 23

Ready to Run
7:30 am                 Registration opens

8:15 - 9:45 am        Keynote: What Women Candidates Need to Know  

10:00 am - Noon    Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: Launching Your Campaign

Track 2: Political Parties, Appointments, and Advocacy - Tools and Tips for Getting Started


Noon - 2:30 pm      Luncheon Plenary: Conquering the Camera - An Interactive Media Training

2:30 - 3:45 pm        Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: Navigating New Jersey's Political Parties as a Potential Candidate

Track 2: Laying the Groundwork for Public Life   


4:00 - 5:30 pm        Plenary: Fundraising for Success 

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships is available. Please contact Deanna-Marie Norcross at (732) 932-9384, x223, or

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Center for American Women and Politics
Eagleton Institute of Politics
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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