Helping progressive women candidates find their Power & Voice
Women’s Political Leadership Circles are peer groups for progressive Ohio women. Led by executive leadership coach, Janine Moon and psychogist-political activist, Bobbie Celeste the Circles offer strong support, guidance, and problem-solving. Circles meet monthly in Columbus.
Our initial Women’s Political Leadership Circle in 2018 was a huge success with 8 outstanding women seeking county, state, or federal offices. All but one were first time candidates and 3 went on to win their elections. Those in districts that were heavily stacked against them, did an amazing job of telling their message and organizing in their communities. All continue to be engaged in politics and most will run again.
In 2019, Circles are available for progressive women who are 1) Candidates for office in 2019 or 2020 2) Elected office holders 3) Women who campaign or work for progressive candidates. Please contact us in the Let’s Chat box to express your interest in any of these Circles.
Beginning or in the midst of a campaign? JOIN Circle #3 in June, 2019
The next Candidate’s Circle begins in late June, 2019-November, 2019. Sign up in the Let’s Chat box and indicate your desire for an Application.
Individual Circles accept 8-10 women per Circle and meet monthly for 3 hours in Columbus, Ohio. Circles go beyond most political trainings by focusing on the unique experiences of women in politics. Women’s Political Leadership Circles focus on supporting and guiding you as you navigate the hurdles of being a woman in a male-dominated space.
Running for office is a life altering decision. As a woman, you are already juggling multiple roles and may or may not have strong support systems in place, adding emotional stress to an already difficult decision. And, if you’ve never considered a run before, you really ‘don’t know what you don’t know.’
A Women’s Political Leadership Circle is your competitive advantage. The Circle is your peer group experiencing the same campaign challenges at the same time. The wisdom of the Circle supports your emotional and mental needs throughout the campaign. A Circle allows you to raise and work through issues that are discussed no where else. Going into new situations, learning to juggle multiple roles with political party expectations, and having a safe space to discuss the mental and emotional toll of campaign life is the source of your Power and strength of your Voice during your campaign.
Once elected and your campaign is behind you, there are ‘ropes’ to learn. Whatever that office and regardless of the level, you are in a world dominated by men who are often not used to having women as their equals. This Circle provides you with a safe Circle of peers who know the challenges you’re facing as an elected office holder.
You’ll have the chance to be guided by a corporate leadership coach, Janine Moon and a psychologist experienced in politics, Bobbie Celeste. Together we can provide counsel and expertise as you navigate your political and personal life and create healthy support systems. Your peers can help you expand perspectives and “see” political landscapes more clearly as you wisely consider your steps and voice in your chosen political arena.
➤ Columbus, Ohio
Bobbie Celeste, Founder/Co-Director
Janine Moon, Co-Director
Use the form below to contact co-directors, Bobbie or Janine, to express interest in a future Circle; to RSVP for an Event; or arrange to talk with Bobbie or Janine by phone or in person. We’re happy to let you know what we’re about and answer questions about our Circles.