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Effective Advocacy Skills for Political Enagement

  • League of Women Voters of Wake County 3509 Haworth, Suite 306 Raleigh, NC 27609 (map)
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  • When: Monday, January 8th at 12:00pm until 3:00pm
  • Where: League Office
  • Registration: Seating is limited and registration is required.
  • Who: LWV-Wake Members Only

Do you want to learn how to become a more effective advocate for the issues you care about? This three-hour workshop is appropriate for both the beginner advocate and the experienced activist ready for some additional skills. The session will cover the following:

  • Setting priorities and getting informed
  • Identifying the appropriate decision makers
  • Knowing who represents you
  • Avoiding "slactivism"
  • Writing letters to the editor
  • Making statements at government hearings
  • Calling and writing effective emails to elected officials
  • Effective meetings with your elected official
  • Building a relationship with your elected official
  • Conforming to the nonpartisan policy when acting on behalf of the League

The trainers for this workshop are Dianna Wynn and Janis Ramquist.

Janis Ramquist

Janis Ramquist provided lobbying services for numerous organizations and companies for over thirty-five years. Her clients ranged from Duke University and Westinghouse Corporation to the Association of Nurse Anesthetists. She began her lobbying career as a volunteer for the League of Women Voters working on a variety of issues, including environmental and tax policies.

In 1991, the Raleigh News & Observer named Jan “Tar Heel of the Week” describing her as a “tough, tenacious and effective advocate for women’s issues, social change and fairer taxes.” In a 1992 survey of 500 fellow lobbyists, she was rated as one of the top-20 lobbyists in the state and maintained a top ranking for many years. Jan now trains and coordinates League of Women Voters volunteers engaging in advocacy in the NC General Assembly.

Jan has a BA in psychology and a teaching certificate from California State University Sacramento. She has three adult children and three grandchildren. Jan is an avid sailor and yoga teacher.

Dianna Wynn

Dianna Wynn is a communication consultant, the author of several textbooks, a former college professor in communication studies, and a former debate coach. In addition to teaching college courses in argumentation and advocacy skills, she has provided advocacy training to litigators, Department of Justice employees, pre-law students, and citizen activists.

Dianna is a member of the Leadership Team for the League of Women Voters of Wake County where she serves as the Communications Coordinator. She previously served on the board and as President of the ACLU of North Carolina. Dianna currently also serves on the board of Artspace in Raleigh.

She has an M.S. in Communication and Public Address from the University of North Texas and a B.A. in Speech Communication with a minor in Political Science from California State University Fullerton.




Earlier Event: December 10
Annual Holiday Party
Later Event: January 16
Discussing the Future of North Carolina