Signature Program

Four-months and 65-hours of training that gives women all the skills they need to run and win.

Our Program

The Emerge Connecticut training program is a unique opportunity for Democratic women who want to run for public office. It is the only in-depth 65-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 will be given specific opportunities to expand your political network. As an Emerge program member, you will 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 on the weekend (mostly Saturdays) over four months to receive comprehensive training on the following topics:

Public Speaking and Communication
Media and Messaging
Campaign Strategy
Labor and Endorsements
Field Operations
Technology and New Media
Cultural Competency
Ethical Leadership

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Connecticut program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant. Over an approximately four-month period, 70 program hours are scheduled. Time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework and training preparation. While emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first day of training is mandatory and absence for any reason will result in a deferral to the following year. Virtual orientation will be 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 followed by a Saturday, February, 3rd In Person 1st Day of Training from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Hartford. Below is a full list of tentative 2024 Training Dates:

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 – Virtual Orientation 7- 9 p.m.

Saturday, February 3,  2024 – First Day Training in Hartford 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 24, 2024 – Virtual Training Day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 2nd – Virtual Equity & Justice Training, Time 12 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 23rd – Virtual or In-Person Training Day TBD

Saturday, April 6th – Virtual Training Day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 20th – In-Person Training Day 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

April 29th – May 1st – Shadow Training Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hartford

Saturday, May 18th – In-Person Training Day 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 30th – Graduation 6:30 p.m.

A handful of evening enrichment sessions will be added to this schedule. Dates will be chosen in conjunction with the Class of 2024.

Who Trains?

Emerge trainers are comprised of a premier team of campaign consultants, advisors and staff from all over our state and the country. Many of them have been involved in some of the most successful campaigns 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 town councils to the governor’s mansion.


Tuition for the signature program is $800. Emerge Connecticut will assist program members with fundraising their tuition. Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

The program will take place in various parts of the state on Saturdays and online via Zoom.  Travel costs are not covered by the program.

If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, please reach out to our Executive Director Mae Flexer at Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

It’s Time to Step Up!

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