Participated in panel on diversity in office

WASHINGTON, DC – Speaker of the House Sara Gideon was a featured panelist at the Emerge America National Convening in Washington, DC. Emerge America is a national organization working to double the number of Democratic women in all levels of elected office. Every two years, Emerge America brings together the state directors and board members from their 22 affiliates, as well as their national staff and board, to share best practices, strategize for future growth, and strengthen the work of their organization at a national convening.

Gideon, an Emerge Maine alumnae, was invited to present to conference attendees on a panel with Speaker of the Colorado House Crisanta Duran and Amanda Renteria, Chief of Operations, California Department of Justice and a candidate for Congress.

“Emerge has made such an enormous impact on my leadership, my public service and my legislative agenda,” said Gideon. “The entire country benefits when we have more women in elected office. Our legislatures work better and we are able to forge important agreements. Everyone wins. It is an honor to be featured at this event and surrounded by such dynamic elected officials from across the country.”

Emerge America offers Democratic women who want to run for public office a unique opportunity. They are the only in-depth, six-month, 70-hour, training program providing aspiring female leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system. Emerge America’s role is to serve their affiliates, open new state programs and build capacity to train more women.

“Speaker Gideon sets a powerful example for women leaders, not just in Maine, but across the country,” said Sarah Skillin Woodard, Emerge Maine Executive Director. “She cares deeply about serving her community and is committed to increasing the number of women in elected office. We’re so proud to have her as an alumnae.”