Kansas City Regional Cohort

Discover and Cultivate Your Leadership Potential in Kansas City, MO!

The Kansas City Regional Cohort provides you with education and resources to demystify the myths around running for office, a judgment-free zone where women can explore a future run for office without intimidation, and a local community of supportive women.

Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for future events!

She Should Run is a nonpartisan nonprofit promoting leadership and encouraging women from all walks of life to run for office. We are driven by a vision of seeing 250,000 women run for office by 2030.

About the Regional Cohort

The Regional Cohort is a combined virtual and in-person program led by women leaders with significant, first-hand political experience. In the Regional Cohort, women from a locality come together to cultivate their leadership, build their networks, foster their communication skills, and find their own pathway to elected office. The structure of the Regional Cohort is one virtual pre-session, one full day in-person session, and one virtual post-session.

During the in-person session, Cohort members have an opportunity to network face-to-face with each other and hear from women leaders in their own community about their path to public office. After completing the Regional Cohort, each woman will walk away having discovered their “why” they want to run for office, a supportive community to encourage them on their journey, and increased confidence around taking that first step.

Regional Cohort Costs: A $50 registration fee is required upon acceptance into the Regional Cohort.

Who Should Apply

You are a woman who cares about her community, sees a problem, and wants to make a change. You are curious about the pursuit of political office and may be unsure about how to take that first step. You may not see yourself running in 5 or 15 years, but by the end of the Regional Cohort, you will know that it is a possibility within reach. You are excited about joining a community of women from all backgrounds and all across the political spectrum as you start your journey. Preference will be given to women who live in the area that the Regional Cohort is taking place in.

Our Curriculum

  • Cultivating Leadership
  • Articulate leadership vision and style
  • Understand motivations and overcome fears
  • Own your qualifications
  • Building Networks
  • Map out existing network for future run for office
  • Authentically create broader network
  • Champion your own cause
  • Learn comfortable approach to fundraising
  • Fostering Communication
  • Learn to share your story and how it connects to why you want to lead
  • Be able to pitch yourself to anyone
  • Public and digital branding
  • Develop listening skills
  • Finding Pathways
  • Reinforce everyone’s path to leadership is unique
  • Understand importance of taking risks
  • Accept rejection
  • Face sexism head-on

Dates and Times for Kansas City Regional Cohort

Pre-session: Wednesday, August 7th at 11 AM CST
In-person session: Saturday, August 17th 9 AM - 3:30 PM CST
Post-session: Wednesday, August 28th at 11 AM CST

*Attendance at all sessions is required to receive a certificate of completion.

Applications are now closed. Sign up to receive details about upcoming Cohorts.


Your Facilitator

Joni Wickham
Joni is all about grit, grace, and getting things done. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Joni and her indisputable southern accent arrived in Kansas City almost 10 years ago after leading initiatives within state and federal government as well as advocacy organizations. In her eight years with the mayor’s office—the majority of them spent as Chief of Staff—Joni has proven herself as an accomplished political strategist, communications expert, and organizational leader. She directed public policy initiatives, communications tactics, and administrative decision-making during her tenure, all while promoting women’s leadership and empowerment issues. Prior to her time at City Hall, Joni worked with the American Federation of Teachers, the Missouri Department of Transportation, and in the office of Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.