Signature Program

70-hours of training that gives women the skills they need to run and win.

Our Program

The Emerge Arkansas training program is a unique opportunity for Democratic women and non-binary folks who want to run for public office. It is the only in-depth, 70-hour training program that inspires candidates to run and gives them the tools to win. As a program member, you will have access 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 are given specific opportunities to expand your political network while you hone your campaign skills. As an Emerge program member, you become a part of a supportive network which includes a national network of Emerge alumnae and the Emerge Arkansas Advisory Cabinet members.

Our Curriculum

Participants meet virtually and in-person for 70 hours of curriculum throughout 4-6 months and receive comprehensive training on the following topics:

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

Who Trains?

Emerge trainers are comprised of a premiere team of campaign consultants, advisors, and staff from all over 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 fundraising, direct mail, field strategy, communications, press management, and campaign messaging.

Application Process

We are in the process of training our Class of 2023 cohort, and applications for the Signature program are now closed. Our next training program will be the Boot Camp. Follow us on socials and sign up for our emails to stay in the loop. For more information, email Emerge Arkansas Executive Director Stephannie Lane Baker at

It’s Time to Step Up!

We need your participation to start a revolution! We’re looking for women who are engaged in their communities and want to effect change. If you’re thinking about running for local school board or state legislature or the U.S. Senate, we can help you get ready to run!