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Training Women Leaders In Politics


As the number of female elected officials has steadily increased, so has the interest in training women to follow in their footsteps.

On Monday's Up to Date, we'll talk with Carol Marinovich, Betty Knight and Dr. Julie Warm about Campaign 101, a nonpartisan "bootcamp" for women interested in running for office.

Some of of the subjects on their list are articulating a campaign platform, campaign logistics and having an absentee voter strategy.

Carol Marinovich was mayor and CEO of Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas for 10 years. Prior to that, she served on the Kansas City, Kan. City Council for six years. She has a B.A. from St. Mary’s College and an M.A. from the University of Kansas Betty Knight led the Platte County Commission as its presiding commissioner for 16 years. Before that,  she worked in the treasurer’s office. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Julie Warm is the director of UMKC Civic Engagement Program at the Institute for Human Development. She is a member of the Kansas City Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities and a board member of the Business Leadership Network, a business-to-business organization supporting businesses that wish to expand and deepen their employment of people with disabilities. Dr. Warm is also the Executive Director of EXCEL: Expanding College for Exceptional Learners which is dedicated to expanding post-secondary opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities.


When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.