Testimonials

Emerge Vermont gives alumnae the skills, tools, and network to run--and win.

“I strongly believe we need more women in government if we are going to solve our big problems such as the climate crisis, income inequality, and our racial issues. We need women at the table at every level of government. Emerge trains and empowers women so they are ready to lead.” —Mary Sullivan, Former State Legislator and DNC National Committeewoman, Recipient of the 2020 Kunin Achievement Award 

“The Emerge Bootcamp was a transformational three days for me. I started the weekend with the vague hope of running for office someday. I ended the three day training armed with the knowledge, tools, confidence, and sisterhood to make that hope a reality. I would enthusiastically recommend the program to any woman considering a future in Vermont politics.”—Kate Maclean, 2020 Candidate Boot Camp alum, candidate for State Representative for Orange-1 in 2020

“The skill-building with experts, networking, and solidarity with my sisters was transformative. Emerge Vermont played a huge part in my success in fundraising, in engaging voters through strong messaging, in building a highly capable campaign team, and ultimately winning ‘this woman’s’ election by flipping a male, red incumbent seat blue.” —Mari Cordes, 2018 Candidate Boot Camp alum, elected State Representative for Addison-4 in 2018

“Emerge Vermont [was] a tool that helped [me] gain the skills needed to run [my] campaign for state representative….having mentorship and support from [my] fellow Emerge peers made running for office possible.”—Becca White, Emerge Vermont class of 2016, elected State Representative for Windsor-4-2 in 2018