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Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Pennsylvania Representative Jessica Benham to Speak at Elevate 2021

The National Council on Independent Living is excited to announce our speakers and trainers for Elevate 2021! Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities will happen October 14th through November 4th, 2021. We will be joined by guest speakers including Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and Pennsylvania State Representative Jessica Benham. We will also hear from many people with disabilities about their own experiences with running for office, working on a campaign, and organizing. We will hear from Vilissa Thompson of Ramp Your Voice, Dom Kelly of Fair Fight Action, Tory Cross of Be a Hero, Atima Omara of Omara Strategy Group, and many more!

Join us for seven 90-minute, nonpartisan webinars on campaign topics led by experienced campaign trainers and guest speakers. Each webinar will have CART captioning and American Sign Language interpreters.

Register for Elevate 2021

Elevate 2021 Course Schedule

Introduction to Campaigns, Self and Opposition Research for Candidates
October 14, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern
Trainer: Allen Nesbitt, Founder and CEO, Nesbitt and Parrinello, Inc.
Guest Speaker: Rebecca Lamorte, Former Candidate for New York City Council District 5

Your Story. Your Campaign. Your Brand Online.
October 14, 2021
3:30 to 5:00 PM Eastern
Trainer: Atima Omara, Founder and President, Omara Strategy Group
Guest Speaker: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts District 7

POWER Fundraising: 5 Keys to Raising Money Confidently and Effectively (Even If You’re a First-Time Candidate and Never Fundraised Before!)
October 21, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern
Trainer: Domonique James, Founder and CEO, Politics with Purpose
Guest Speaker: Representative Jessica Benham, Pennsylvania 36th Legislative District

Organizing Post Obama, Trump, and COVID
October 21, 2021
3:30 to 5:00 PM Eastern
Trainer: Khalil Thompson, President, Strategies for Change Group
Guest Speaker: Ashley Everett, Organizer and Strategist

Harnessing Your Power to Advocate for Change
October 28, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern
Trainer: Dom Kelly, Senior Fundraising Manager and Disability Council Lead at Fair Fight Action
Guest Speaker: Vilissa Thompson, Founder and CEO of Ramp Your Voice

Fundamentals of Digital Media
October 28, 2021
3:30 to 5:00 PM Eastern
Trainer: Loryn Wilson Carter, Principal, Jefferson Park Consulting
Guest Speaker: Tory Cross, Senior Policy Advisor, Be a Hero

Campaign Outreach Methods: Paid, Earned and Owned Media, Direct Mail, and Email Marketing
November 4, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern
Paid, Earned, and Owned Media Trainer: Stuart Rosenberg, Principal and Account Lead, Foundation Blue Media
Direct Mail Trainer: Kara Turrentine, Founder, Turrency Political

Email Marketing Trainer: Phil Perry, Vice President of Client Services, Woolf Strategy

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