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2022 Summit

February 26 & 27, 2022

Our staff and volunteers from around the country got together to celebrate our successes, learn from each other, and strategize for the 2022 midterms.

Video, slides, and other materials can be found below.

Thank you for a great summit!

The Sister District 2022 Summit took place in February of 2022. Sessions included: 

  • Sister District’s 2022 Political Strategy
  • Panel discussion with Sister District alumni, including MI Sen. Mallory McMorrow, VA Sen. Ghazala Hashmi, NC Sen. Sydney Batch, and VA Del. Briana Sewell
  • Panel discussion on election subversion with leading scholars and journalists
  • Workshops focused on Messaging for Recruiting in 2022 & Winning Fundraising Tactics
  • Networking and discussion time on both days
  • The latest in our experimental research on voter and volunteer engagement
  • Insights into the Sister District Candidate Services program
  • And lots more!

Keynote Address
DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison

We were joined by DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison for a keynote address.

About Chairman Harrison

Jaime Harrison has served as Chairman of the DNC since January 2021, and has a nearly 20-year career in Democratic politics. He served as an aide to legendary South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn. In 2013, Jaime was elected the first African American chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, a position he held until 2017, when he was appointed by DNC Chair Tom Perez as an Associate Chair of the DNC. In 2020, Jaime ran for the U.S. Senate from South Carolina, building a national grassroots movement and setting a fundraising record for the most raised by a Senate candidate.

Introduction by:

EMILY’s List President Laphonza Butler

Featured Speakers

In addition to Chairman Harrison, we are excited to welcome speakers including: 

Laphonza Butler

President of EMILY’s List

Maria Teresa Kumar

President of Voto Latino

Is there a cost?

As the Summit is a virtual event this year, there is no required ticket purchase. However, if you’re able, please consider a donation of $20.22 to help us cover the costs of the event and so that we can continue our work building progressive power in the states.

Schedule

Summit Agenda, Saturday, February 26th

All times Pacific Standard Time. There is only one Zoom line for each day.  You can join Sunday HERE at any point in the Summit.

TIMETOPICDESCRIPTION / SPEAKERSZOOM LINK
CompletedSettle In
CompletedOpening Remarks & Keynote AddressEMILY's List President, Laphonza Butler, DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison
CompletedWelcomeLyzz Schwegler, Director of Communications
CompletedBreakouts
CompletedState of Sister District
Lala Wu, Executive Director
Completed2022 Strategy and Q&AGaby Goldstein, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, SDAN
CompletedBreak
CompletedOrganizing Workshops & DiscussionsBreakout 1: Workshop: Winning Fundraising Tactics
Facilitated by Madison Thomas Sister District Organizing Manager
Panelists:
Auctions with Doug Wilkins, Sister District San Francisco
Garden Parties: Hosting a Successful Outdoor Event with Maureen Sheehan, Sister District South Bay
Fundraising for Teams of Any Size: Setting Goals and Cultivating Donors with Bonnie Henderson, Sister District Eugene

Breakout 2: Workshop: Messaging for Recruitment in 2022
Facilitated by Neal Morgan Sister District Head of Organizing

Breakout 3: Discussion: Communications & Social Media
Facilitated by Lyzz Schwegler Sister District Co-founder and Director of Communications & Ariana Rodriguez Sister District Social Media and Content Manager

Main Room: Ask Me Anything with Sister District Staff
Staff include Lala Wu Sister District Executive Director, Jarvis Houston Political and Organizing Director, and Debbie Winstead Head of Operations
CompletedPlenary Panel: The First Five Years - Checking in with our AlumniPanelists:
MI Sen. Mallory McMorrow - 2018
VA Sen. Ghazala Hashmi - 2019
NC Sen. Sydney Batch - 2020
VA Del. Briana Sewell - 2021
CompletedClosing

Summit Agenda, Sunday, February 27th

TIMETOPICDESCRIPTION / SPEAKERSZOOM LINK
CompletedWelcome
CompletedBreakouts
CompletedCandidate Services: How we help campaigns-Jarvis Houston, Organizing and Political Director
-Taylor Hogeland, Field Manager
CompletedSDAN Research RecapMallory Roman, Director of Research (SDAN)
CompletedBreak
CompletedBreakouts
CompletedPlenary Panel: Democracy in Peril & the Role of State Legislatures in the Fight Ahead- Charlotte Hill, Researcher & Lecturer at Goldman School of Public Policy
- AZ Sen. Martin Quezada
- David Daley, Senior Fellow at Fair Vote
CompletedOrganizing Workshops & DiscussionsBreakout 1: Workshop: Creative Fundraising Successes from 2021
Facilitated By Madison Thomas Sister District Organizing Manager
Panelists:
Fundraising Blitz Fundamentals with Kelly Wilkerson, Sister District CA-3
Fundraising Blitz Momentum with Jim Harper, Sister District Greater Chicago
Friendraising with John McConnell, Sister District Portland
Donor Management and Re Engagement with Lisa Rosenthal, Sister District CA Peninsula

Breakout 2: Workshop: Messaging for Recruitment in 2022
Facilitated by Neal Morgan Sister District Head of Organizing

Breakout 3: Discussion: Communications & Social Media
Facilitated by Lyzz Schwegler Sister District Co-founder and Director of Communications & Ariana Rodriguez Sister District Social Media and Content Manager

Main Room: Ask Me Anything with Sister District Staff
Staff include Lala Wu Sister District Executive Director, Jarvis Houston Political and Organizing Director, and Debbie Winstead Head of Operations
CompletedMessageVoto Latino President Maria Teresa Kumar
CompletedClosing

Summit Materials

Session Title SpeakerVideo Supplementary Materials (If applicable)
Keynote AddressEMILY's List President, Laphonza Butler
DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison
Video
State of Sister DistrictLala Wu, Executive DirectorVideo
2022 Strategy and Q&AGaby Goldstein, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, SDANVideoSlides
Winning Fundraising TacticsFacilitated by Madison Thomas Sister District Organizing Manager
Panelists:
-Auctions with Doug Wilkins, Sister District San Francisco
-Garden Parties: Hosting a Successful Outdoor Event with Maureen Sheehan, Sister District South Bay
-Fundraising for Teams of Any Size: Setting Goals and Cultivating Donors with Bonnie Henderson, Sister District Eugene
VideoFundraising Panel Notes
Plenary Panel: The First Five Years - Checking in with our Alumni
Panelists:
-MI Sen. Mallory McMorrow - 2018
-VA Sen. Ghazala Hashmi - 2019
-NC Sen. Sydney Batch - 2020
-VA Del. Briana Sewell - 2021
Video
Candidate Services: How we help campaignsJarvis Houston, Organizing and Political Director
Taylor Hogeland, Field Manager
VideoSlides
SDAN Research RecapMallory Roman, Director of Research (SDAN)VideoSlides
Plenary Panel: Democracy in Peril & the Role of State Legislatures in the Fight Ahead- Charlotte Hill, Researcher & Lecturer at Goldman School of Public Policy
- AZ Sen. Martin Quezada
- David Daley, Senior Fellow at Fair Vote
Video
Winning Fundraising TacticsFacilitated By Madison Thomas, Sister District Organizing Manager
Panelists:
-Donor Management with Lisa Diaz Nash, Sister District CA Peninsula
-Friendraising with John McConnell, Sister District Portland
-24hr Fundraising Blitzes with Kelly Wilkerson, Sister District CA-3 and Jim Harper, Sister District Greater Chicago
VideosFundraising Panel Notes
Recruitment & Messaging in 2022 Facilitated by Neal Morgan, Sister District Head of OrganizingVideoMemo: Recruitment & Messaging in 2022
MessageVoto Latino President Maria Teresa KumarVideo