HomeFront Rising - A Ground Breaking Seminar for Military Spouses
tagged: HomeFront Rising, politics, campaign, military spouse, education, DC, careers
Photo Credit: Sarah Butcher
HomeFront Rising promised to be a ground-breaking seminar introducing military spouses to a crash-course in politics and campaigning, and last Tuesday, it delivered.
The powerhouse event, co-conceived by InGear and MSJDN, was attended by close to seventy military spouses at the Reserve Officers Association in the heart of DC. With the number of panels, speakers and valuable knowledge and insight presented by the speakers, the event could have easily spanned a week, but instead, the turn arounds were fast and speakers often ushered from the panel or podium to make way for other equally impressive names, fitting the seminar nicely, if a bit hurriedly, into an 8:30am-5pm day.
In case you missed the star-studded lineup of political heavy weights and DC insiders, here are some highlights of the day and the major takeaways the day’s speakers and panelists.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas: “Women can’t win if women don’t run”
The representative from Massachusetts set the tone for the day by starting out strong. Encouraging spouses to run, she fielded a question from the audience asking how military spouses can go from ground zero to running for political office given the transient nature of military life. Her response: “No matter what we’re doing at the policy level, we can make an extraordinary difference on the ground.”
Crafting Your Pitch Panel: Joel Silberman, Democracy Partners
Mr. Silberman, a media trainer and message strategist, encouraged military spouses to remember that values unite, while issues divide. Regardless of your resume, as a military spouse, you can connect to voters through the values you all share, he adds. Use the issue to build your sixty second “elevator pitch” that explains who you are and what you stand for, and build relationships everywhere you go.
Sign up for our emails & get our best articles delivered right to your inbox!
Beyond Skype: Staying Connected Through The Holidays
His favorite meal is almost ready, the warm and familiar aroma filling the house. His favorite cookies sit waiting for him--the ones his grandma used to make. She glances at the table, his place ...
The Psychology of Stereotypes: Why Do We Create Them, and How Do They Hurt?
After the conversation starters posted this week, MSM went to trusted and professional sources for information into what prompts stereoptypes, why we believe them, what they say about US... the psy...
A: My husband comes home from his first deployment soon. We have only been married a little over a year and he has been deployed most of that time.... Read more.
A: My husband is deployed and they are scheduled to be coming home soon. I keep seeing other spouses in the unit posting stuff like dates and locatio... Read more.
A: I know lots of people who hate base housing, but I really like living on base. Well, I did until my new neighbors moved in... they are driving me... Read more.
A: At what point should we let our kids have a say in whether or not we accompany their dad on his next PCS? Our children, ages 15 and 17, have really... Read more.
A: Dear Sally, My friend dumped me because my husband was promoted and hers was not, how do I deal with this? -- Rank Ruined Friendship Dear Rank Ru... Read more.