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Paid GAIN members get a discount to Netroots Nation!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hey folks - I just got word that dues-paying members of Democratic GAIN can get a $50 discount to attend this years Netroots Nation Convention in Pittsburgh next month!

At Netroots Nation, thousands of progressive activists meet to discuss important topics from the environment to the economy and strategize about how to organize and affect change.

And dues-paying Democratic Gain members can attend this grassroots convention for just $225—$50 off the current rate.

Dues paying members should log in and click here to learn the promo code to get $50 off your registration (paid members only). 

Each year, some of the brightest minds and most influential leaders in our country come to Netroots Nation -- past speakers have included President Barack Obama (during his Senate tenure); Vice President Al Gore; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (during her Senate tenure); Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid; and thought-leaders like Lawrence Lessig and Van Jones.

This year's convention will feature the Pennsylvania Leadership Forum with Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak, as well as more than 70 panels and 20 training session, five keynotes, numerous social events, even a film screening series.

Visit to check out the confirmed sessions for 2009 (and check back often, as the Netroots Nation team is adding panels daily).

Some of the panelists for 2009 include Chris Hayes, Rinku Sen, Nico Pitney, Darcy Burner, Jay Rosen, Jamal Simmons, Pam Spaulding, David Sirota, Brad Miller, Digby, Nate Silver, Lawrence Lessig, Howard Dean, Patrick Murphy, Donna Edwards, John Yarmuth, Carol Shea-Porter and many more.

From healthcare to energy and security, there's no better place to strategize our priorities and plan how to make them a reality than at Netroots Nation. Join us in Pittsburgh August 13–16.

In addition to the great panelists, Democratic GAIN is teaming up with career management counsultants, Paths & Bridges, to give your career a quick boost with free Speed Coaching at Netroots Nation 2009!

Come to our booth in the Exhibit Hall and get answers and immediate feedback on your resume, career strategy, personal communication skills or other job-search issues. A lot can happen in 15 minutes. To find out how to sign up for your Speed Coaching session, send and email to with “Speed Coaching” in the subject line.

Hopefully we'll see you there!

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Project New West Conference - Register Today!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This August 12th - 14th, Project New West, the leading authority on the values, issues, and demographics that define America's "New West," is bringing together the region's top national and local elected officials, strategists, and organizers for the first time ever, all in one place.  The 2009 Western Summit will feature a wide-array of Western notables who will help participants to understand who and what define the New West.

REGISTER TODAY!  Spaces are filling up quickly!

Visit to register online or call Project New West at 303.405.8502 for details.

Key Western leaders Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, U.S. Congressman Ben R. Luján of New Mexico, U.S. Congressman Walt Minnick of Idaho, New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish, New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas, Colorado Speaker of the House of Representatives Terrance D. Carroll, Utah Senate Minority Leader Patricia Jones, Arizona Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema, and Chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Chief J. Allan will join Robert Redford and top strategists from across the New West region to discuss progressives' success in the region and the challenges ahead.

The Summit will also cover a broad array of political and policy issues facing the New West region. Top strategists will discuss the region's political trends and help participants craft smart strategies for maximizing success in the unique political environment of the New West. Experts will address policy challenges like water, clean energy, and smart growth that define the Western political landscape. Key organizational leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead and strategies for meeting them.

(NOTE:  this is not a Democratic GAIN event, but it is a good networking and skills building opportunity, so I am passing the information along to you)

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Handfull of slots left for next week's Resume & Jobs Tips Workshop

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Just a quick heads up that we only have a handfull of spaces left for next Friday's (July 31) Resume Tips & Job Search Advice Workshop, so if you'd like to get in on this great advice, register now!

In this 2-hour workshop, I cover:
  • Building your political resume to make sure it gets noticed
  • The Art of the Cover letter and Writing Samples
  • Interview Tips
  • Networking Advice - how to build and use your network
  • Individual 1 - 1 time following the group seminar
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but folks who have gone through this workshop have said it was an invaluable experience and extremely helpful.

Hopefully I'll see you there!

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Bootcamp Was Awesome!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, July 20, 2009
Hey - just a quick note to let folks know that the Bootcamp was AWESOME!  The panelists were all so knowledgeable and helpful - and FUN!

I'd like to thank the George Washington Graduate School of Political Management for being fabulous co-hosts and helping make the event a huge success. 

I'd also like to thank Robert Foley and Blair Mathias - the best interns anyone could ask for - for all their hard work in the past weeks.

And, I'd especially like to thank our amazing panelists for lending their time, their experience and their advice to help the next generation of political professionals.

For those of you who weren't able to join us, the themes of the day can be summed up as follows:

1) Do Good Work (and don't whine or complain or thing you're above anyone or anything)
2) Build and Use your Network
3) There is no "right path" only "your path" so stick with it and somehow it will all work out.

Don't forget about our next Resume Tips & Job Search Advice Workshop coming up on July 31st.  Register Today if you've not yet been to one of these workshops!

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Career Bootcamp is Nearly Full - Sign Up ASAP to ensure a spot!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Hey folks -

Just a quick note to let you know that the Progressive Political Career Bootcamp is NEARLY FULL, so if you're interested in attending, please register today to make sure you can get in! 

Panels include:

Working in Advocacy
Working on the Hill
Working in Campaigns
Working in the Administration (this is not a typo!)

Along with Breakout Specialty Panels in:

Campaign Management
New Media

I'm not going to lie, we have some amazing panelists lined up ready to share their stories and advice.  You'd be silly not to put yourself in the same room with these folks! 

Register today

If you've already forged your path, but know of interns or staffers who are still trying to make there way, please forward this information along to them and encourage them to take advantage.  Thanks!

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Networking after Bootcamp at the Progressive Summer Happy Hour

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Immediately following the Career Bootcamp - whether you've attended or not - join us to meet fellow progressives and professionals with great music in a great setting!

Generation Obama-Washington, DC & Democratic GAIN present:

Progressive Summer Happy Hour:
FREE Jazz & Networking @ National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden

"Let's celebrate summertime while expanding our networks and meeting new friends!"

6:00-9:00pm Friday, July 17th (Live Jazz from 5:00-8:30pm)
National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden on the National Mall    

What better way for sophisticated progressives to celebrate summer and meet one another than at the great DC tradition of Jazz at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden?

Conveniently located between Downtown and Capitol Hill, all "Generation Obama" ages from interns/students to twenty and thirty-something young professionals to even the "young-at-heart" are welcome to enjoy this outdoor socializing event.


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Just confirmed: The Art of Research Training Seminar!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I just wanted to announce the latest session in our on-going effort to provide our members access to knowledge, tips & tricks from senior level professionals with our Advanced Specialty Workshops:

Democratic GAIN is proud to present Mike Rice of VR Research for a Training Seminar on:
The Art of Research: How to Do It and How to Use It!

In this 3 hour seminar, Mike will cover:
  • Basics of a career in research and what that means
  • A researcher’s role on a campaign and how to work with your Campaign Manager or Project Director (and how a C.M./P.D. best utilizes a researcher)
  • Research’s role in various levels of campaigns – from local to presidential
  • Brief overview of conducting a research project and what the end result should look like
This training is for individuals at all levels who wish to learn more about research - both those looking to research as a career specialty, and for campaign managers and other professionals who want to learn how to best use a research professional on their team.

This seminar is $25 for non-dues-paying members and FREE for paid members!  Membership starts at just $25, so you may as well join before registering!

Space is limited, so Register Today to reserve your spot!

Tags:  career development  training 

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Careers in the Administration Panel Confirmed at the Career Bootcamp!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, June 29, 2009
Great news:  We just got confirmation on adding a "Careers in the Administration" Panel to our Progressive Political Career Bootcamp agenda! 

So, make sure you sign up ASAP to join top political operatives sharing their tips & tricks for forging a successful career in politics.


12:00 pm:    Careers in Advocacy with:
Georgie Aguirre-Sacasa, Political Director at America Votes
Seth Johnson, Political Campaign Manager at AFSCME
Nicole Derse, Training Director at Organizing for America

1:00 pm:     Careers on The Hill with:
Jill Allen Murray, Deputy Chief of Staff to Rep. Dan Maffei
Mike Lynch, Chief of Staff to Sen. Chuck Schumer

2:00 pm:     Careers in Campaigning with:
Marlon Marshall, Field Director for the DCCC
A senior staffer at DSCC

3:00 pm:     Careers in the Administration with:
Paulette Aniskoff in the White House Office of Personnel
Bill Hyers, White House Liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs

4:00 - 5:00 pm:  Career Counseling Specialty Breakout Panels*:
5:00 - 6:00 pm:  Career Counseling Specialty Breakout Panels*:

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Portland Happy Hour was Awesome

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Thursday, June 25, 2009
I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to Jake Weigler and our amazing list of co-hosts at Tuesday's Networking Happy Hour in Portland.

There were over 100 people in attendance (in Portland!) and the comments as folks were walking out were all positive and appreciative.

For those of you in the area who were able to make it out - thank you!  I hope you found it worth your while.

Make sure you thank Jake Weigler and all the great hosts when you bump into them:

Along with these additional sponsors:

We'll keep trying to bring more events like these to fruition, but we can only do it with on-the-ground help.  If you 'd like see a Political Networking Happy Hour in your city, please check out our Networking Event Toolkit and make it happen!

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Oregonians - Make sure you attend the Networking Happy Hour!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, June 22, 2009
Calling all Oregonians -

Just a friendly reminder that one of our very popular Democratic GAIN Political Networking Happy Hours is happening in Portland tomorrow night!

Whether you are interested in a career in progressive politics, are having trouble finding good job prospects or currently employed and wanting to build your professional network, this happy hour is the place to be tomorrow night.

Join us at Ron Tom’s from 5:00 - 7:30pm for a chance for those working in, or wanting work in progressive politics, to meet and mingle with other political professionals. Free food and a fun atmosphere guaranteed!

GAIN is proud to be teaming up with these co-sponsors of the Portland Happy Hour:

Along with these additional sponsors:

In addition, expect folks from the offices of local public officials, labor organizations, advocacy groups and other progressive political types.

Come out for a fun evening to meet political professionals from Portland and around Oregon. Who knows, you just might meet your next co-worker or colleague. At a minimum, you’ll make some great new friends!

The event is FREE, but you must RSVP.

Thanks and we'll see you tomorrow night!

PS - Please forward this message to anyone else you think should be there.  Thanks!

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