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IGNITE invites you to Austin for two full days of political leadership training, advocacy, empowerment and community-building!

Limited spots available - register by 2/8

Date: February 24, 2023 - February 25, 2023
Location: 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX

There is a $10 refundable* confirmation fee to hold your spot at this event. If you need support in paying this, please complete this form.

*Only refundable if cancellation is received by February 1, 2023, 5:00 pm CT. To cancel, email to request a refund.

Keynote Speakers

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Sarah Eckhardt

State Senator, TX



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Emily Flores

Founder & Editor in Chief, Cripple Media



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Gabriela Garcia

Project Coordinator, BASTA



Donna Howard

Donna Howard

Representative, TX



Why Attend?

The Norma K. Stone Young Women Run Conference 2023 is coming to Austin, Texas! This two-day premier event will help you develop your political leadership skills, give you special access to elected leaders and expand your network of politically ambitious peers. The conference includes one day of training in legislative advocacy at the Texas State Capitol where participants can step into the policymaking process and champion causes impacting their communities. 

Featured bill: HB70 

HB70 would eliminate the tampon tax in Texas, making period products more accessible. During the legislative advocacy day, you'll learn more about this bill and how to advocate for menstrual equity before meeting with legislators. 

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This event kicks off with IGNITE the Capitol, a full day of training in legislative advocacy and the legislative process. You’ll: 

  • Experience the policy making process firsthand
  • Learn how to champion causes impacting you and your community
  • Tap into a platform that will empower you and amplify your voice
  • Begin to envision yourself at the policy-making table


Guest Speakers Senator Sarah Eckhardt & Senator Donna Howard 


On Day 2 hone your political skills, join policy discussions, and participate in roundtable lunch discussions with elected women.  You'll:  

  • Develop your political leadership and legislative advocacy skills
  • Build your confidence as a leader and create space for community 
  • Gain access, mentorship  and networking opportunities with women in politics
  • Engage with local elected leaders and policymakers 


From Representation to Influence: Exploring the Power of Media for Social Change

Hands-on advocacy training and practice with PERIOD. 

“Your Money, Your Plan”: A Roadmap to Achieve Your Budgeting and Savings Goals

Legislative team meetings

Passion to Progress: Multifaceted Coalition-Building from the Lens of Housing Justice

Check out the full agenda here

Thank you, Sponsors

The Norma K.

Stone Family 


For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Amy Zucchero, Chief of Resource Development & Communications. Call 510-542-9208 or send an email to

Thank you, Media Partners 

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COVID safety policy for the Norma K. Stone Young Women Run Texas Conference

As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of this pandemic, IGNITE will continue to play a key role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We will stay committed to our movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders while we balance staying healthy by practicing COVID-19 safety measures and implementing the following Safety Plan for our in person events in the 2022-23 program year. 

As a rule of thumb, we will follow IGNITE’s Internal COVID-19 Policy and local and state guidelines as they pertain to COVID-19 safety precautions, as well as up-to-date recommendations from the CDC. Additionally, the following measures will be implemented to keep our participants and staff safe during in-person events:

During the event: 
  • We plan to operate at full capacity for events in 2022-23. IGNITE staff retains the right to assess current health and safety guidelines and adjust registration capacity on a case-by-case basis.
  • All staff and participants will be required to show proof of a negative test each day before being permitted to enter the event. Tests will be provided by IGNITE. If a positive test is received, the individual will be immediately removed from the event and isolated according to CDC guidelines. IGNITE will contact the individual's emergency contacts, make accommodations for the isolation period, and rebook any travel accommodations for after the isolation period ends. 
  • All staff and participants are highly encouraged to wear a mask (preferably N95 or KN95) at all times while indoors except when actively consuming food or beverages. All staff will be provided with KN95 masks for maximum protection. 
  • Social distancing will be highly encouraged.
  • IGNITE will provide hand sanitizer to all participants and encourage regular hand washing with soap and warm water. 
  • For multi-day events, sleeping arrangements will be double occupancy for participants. Participants may choose their own roommate to ensure comfortability. Participants are not permitted to change their sleeping arrangements or room with individuals other than their assigned roommate without the permission of IGNITE staff.
  • Persons who begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19 during the course of the event will be removed from the event and accommodations will be made to protect other participants. If, during the course of the event, a staff member or participant tests positive, IGNITE personnel will evaluate the exposure and risk of all remaining staff and attendees to determine how to proceed under IGNITE’s established safety protocols. Staff and participants whose exposure is deemed high risk, may be asked to leave the event, and IGNITE personnel will arrange any necessary travel and accommodations. 

By registering for the event, participants acknowledge that they understand and agree to abide by the rules described above, and any applicable laws or regulations, at all times.