Candidate & Campaign Trainings

“It was a whirlwind of four-days, intense, 7:30 in the morning till one the next morning. Learning how to run a campaign, how to do an ask and creating a platform. Victory gave me the skills that I needed to be prepared to address the issues head on.”

Charlotte, NC City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield

Our intensive four-day Candidate & Campaign Trainings provide comprehensive, non-partisan best practices to present and future LGBTQ candidates, campaign staff and community leaders. Trainees learn necessary skills and strategies by engaging in tough, realistic campaign simulations, and work with peers to develop a plan to run for office and win.

Thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates, campaign workers and other leaders learned how to build winning campaigns through this training, which takes place several times each year.

Victory Institute’s Candidate & Campaign Trainings are generously supported by the Donald A. Burns Foundation.

Trainees are generously provided airline ticket vouchers to and from the training courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

Upcoming Trainings

Notable Alumni

Most openly LGBTQ elected officials serving today have completed a Victory Institute training.

Jared Polis

Jared Polis

U.S. Representative (CO-2)
Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia

Mayor, Long Beach (CA)
LaWana Mayfield

LaWana Mayfield

Councilmember, Charlotte (NC)
Annise Parker

Annise Parker

Former Mayor, Houston
Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator, Wisconsin
Nicki Antonio

Nicki Antonio

State Representative, Ohio (District 13)

Tell Me About Future Trainings

We can let you know when we announce new Candidate & Campaign Trainings.