Erin Vilardi’s road to co-founding Vote Run Lead began with a college internship. The internship turned into a job offer, which turned into an opportunity to spearhead a new initiative aimed at increasing women’s representation in government. When the initiative was closed 10 years later, Vilardi and a group of fellow political organizers around the US banded together to revive it, this time with a focus on training women to run for office.
Since 2014, the new look Vote Run Lead’s content and workshops have reached a phenomenal 35,000 women, including Ilhan Omar and Lauren Underwood. Since 2016, over 55% of Vote Run Lead’s first-time candidates won their races - a staggering improvement on the typical 10% first-time candidate success rate. Now they’re working to “gender flip” the state legislatures of Minnesota, New York, and Georgia.
Join Erin and feminist author Rachel Hills at Powerbitches’ February Salon, for a deep dive look at her experiences building a successful non-profit and political movement, what it takes to run for office, and the 2020 election season so far.
Powerbitches Salons offer a unique seat the table with womxn whose work is transforming culture and disrupting old power dynamics, held over an intimate three-course vegetarian dinner.
In order to maintain the intimacy of the Salon, only 12 tickets will be put on sale - so get in early to secure yours.
NB: This event will be held at a private home in Williamsburg. Apartment number and contact details will be sent to attendees 48 hours before the event. Please let us know any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to meet them.