Southern Regional Signature Program

Southern Regional Signature Program

Six-months and 70-hours of training that gives women all the skills they need to run and win in the south.

Our Program

The Emerge Signature Program is a unique opportunity for Democratic women who want to run for public office in the south. It is the only in-depth, six-month, 70-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 who live, work, and win campaigns in the south. 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. As an Emerge program member, you become a part of a supportive network which includes a national network of Emerge alums, Emerge board, and advisory council members.

Our Curriculum

Participants meet one weekend a month for six months and receive comprehensive training on the following topics:

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

Who Trains?

Emerge trainers are comprised of a premiere team of campaign consultants, advisors, and staff who have worked on winning campaigns in the south. Many of them have been involved in some of the most successful races 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 the city council to the governor’s mansion.


Committed to training Democratic women to build power in the south, Emerge has affiliates in the following southern states: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia. If you live in one of these states, use the hyperlinks to apply to train there so you can learn how to win in your state.

If you live in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or North Carolina, the Southern Regional program is for you.

Where We Train

Our signature program is currently offered in the 27 states where we have affiliates, and where we have full-time staff on the ground to support our alumnae. If we don’t currently have an Emerge affiliate in your state, consider checking out one of our candidate boot camps. You can also click here to find out how to bring an Emerge affiliate to your state.


No Emerge affiliate in your state? Find out how to bring us there!


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. It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of running for the local school board or the U.S. Senate. We can help you get ready to run!