Build Blue Week - National Democratic Training Committee
In Order to
Win
Blue

We Need to
Build
Blue

Join the National Democratic Training Committee and leaders from across the nation to learn, prepare, connect, and build during this week of events.

Are you a current or aspiring Democratic candidate, campaign staffer, or local leader?

Are you driven and dedicated to build a brighter future for your community?

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD BLUE?

A Representative Community of Leaders. Unmatched Access to Top-Level Training

Join leaders from across the country to:

  • Build the skills that win through expert-led, interactive training sessions.
  • Get your questions answered during live panels and Q&As with Democratic party leaders and elected officials.
  • Collaborate and connect with other passionate Democratic leaders and fellow learners throughout the nation.
The Events
Build Blue Week brings together a diverse and representative lineup of elected officials, top campaign experts, and leaders of Democratic organizations to provide the tools, training, and first-hand experience needed to help you successfully run for office and further Democratic values in your community.
Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Sep 18
Sat · 10:00am
Candidate Bootcamp
Description

Calling all 2022 candidates and campaign teams! You’ve stepped up to support your community, so we want to make sure you have everything you need to win. Join the National Democratic Training Committee’s Candidate Bootcamp on Saturday, September 18th from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm ET! This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, and you can find more upcoming events here. 

This full day of intensive training will train you how to build an effective campaign plan and chart your journey to a successful election day! It’s also a great way to lay the foundation your campaign needs to maximize the opportunities offered during the rest of the Build Blue Week line-up. 

Space is limited in order to provide maximum opportunity for feedback and networking with campaign experts, community stakeholders, and your political peers. Sign up today to reserve your spot. Please contact [email protected] for any questions.

Sep 18
Sat · 5:00pm
Home Stretch Success: GOTV Q&A for 2021 Campaigns
Description

Are you in the home stretch of a 2021 campaign? 

If so, we invite you to join the National Democratic Training Committee on Saturday, September 18  from 5:00-6:00 pm ET for a virtual Q&A on GOTV and the final moments of your campaign. Get your questions answered and talk to expert campaign pros about getting through the last stretch effectively. This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, and you can find more upcoming events here. 

During this Q&A, Our trainers will answer your questions on GOTV and the crucial voter mobilization stage of your campaign.

A recommended (not required) course to take in our Online Academy is GOTV.

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 19
Sun · 12:00pm
Community Building for Collective Action
Description

Change only happens when communities align and work together to drive collective values and inspire action. Join union leaders to discuss how to unite progressive organizations community-wide to drive meaningful change and reach your goals.

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 19
Sun · 1:30pm
Non-Electoral Organizing for Your Local Democratic Party
Description

If you are working to build your local party’s or organization’s infrastructure, you know that building relationships and connecting with voters happens year-round, not just during a big election year. But that’s sometimes easier said than done, especially depending on your community. We’re here to help! 

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Sunday September 19, 2021 from 1:30-3:00 pm ET for a free virtual live training: “Non-Electoral Organizing for Your Local Democratic Party.” This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, and you can find more upcoming events here.  

You will learn the following in this training:

  • Understand why campaign-based organizing works
  • Identify ways to develop local campaigns
  • Understand how various layers of Democratic infrastructure work together to plan and execute local campaigns

What May Help You Before this Training:

A recommended (but not required)course for this training is Stepping Up For Organizational Leadership

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 19
Sun · 3:00pm
How to Find Leadership Opportunities for Your Volunteers
Description

Volunteers are the backbone of your organization, and good volunteers are one of your most valuable resources available. That’s why you want to make sure you know how to effectively cultivate and support your stellar volunteers into equally awesome leaders. 

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Sunday, September 19th from 3-4 pm ET for a free virtual live training: “How to Find Leadership Opportunities for Your Volunteers”. This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, and you can find more upcoming events here. 

You will learn the following in this training:

  • Evaluate how to give a volunteer a leadership opportunity using the ladder of engagement.
  • Review components of one-on-one conversations. 

What May Help You Before this Training:

A recommended (but not required) (course) for this training is Stepping Up For Organizational Leadership

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 19
Sun · 4:30pm
Community Builders Building Community: Local Leader Networking Event
Description

Leading a local Democratic organization is hard. Friends make it easier. Come meet, network, and collaborate with leaders from across the nation.

Sep 20
Mon · 12:00pm
Keynote Kickoff With Cristóbal Alex and Erin Wilson
Description

Erin Wilson, Former National Political Director, Biden for President and Cristóbal Alex, Former Senior Advisor, Biden for President and Founding President, Latino Victory Project will be our special guests at Monday’s Build Blue Week’s Keynote Kickoff Event!

Erin and Cristóbal will be joined by NDTC Founder and CEO Kelly Dietrich for a town hall discussion on how we can build a better (and bluer) nation to kick-off this exciting week of training, networking, and inspiration.

Sep 20
Mon · 1:00pm
Do You Want to Run for Office?
Description

Are you considering running for office? Do you want to know what it means to run and how to learn more? We’re here to help! 

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Monday, September 20th from 1:00-2:00 pm ET for a free virtual live training: “Do You Want to Run For Office?” 

This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, and you can find more upcoming events here. 

You’ll learn to:

  • Evaluate if you want to run for office.
  • Practice sharing your news and what you need from your support team.
  • Distinguish what you need to research to run for the office you want to pursue.

Please note that each “Do You Want to Run for Office?” training has a maximum capacity to increase opportunities for discussion and participation, so make sure you sign up early. These sessions fill up quickly. 

A recommended (but not required) course is So You Think You Want to Run?

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 20
Mon · 2:00pm
Panel Discussion - So You Want to Run for Office
Description

If you are considering running for office or are already heading full force into the 2022 election cycle, our So You Want to Run for Office panel gives you the opportunity to tap into the minds of a diverse group of elected officials and party leaders to help you learn more about running for office. They’ll share their insight, on-the-ground experiences, and answer your burning questions in this interactive session.

This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, and you can find more upcoming events here. 

You’ll learn:

  • The myths and facts around what it’s really like to run for office.
  • What they wish they knew then the tips elected officials wish they had known when they launched their first campaigns.
  • How to best prepare yourself (and those around you) for the journey ahead.

Come prepared with your questions for this interactive presentation and leave with the tools you need to run for office.

While this event is designed for candidates, it’s a great one for your friends and family to join as well, so they can hear firsthand what campaign life is like

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 20
Mon · 6:00pm
Lived Experiences as Candidates
Description

While campaigns share many similarities, your individual journey as a candidate will look very different depending on your background, race, culture, geography, and overall identity. Our Lived Experiences as Candidates panel gives you the opportunity to tap into the minds of leaders across a broad range of backgrounds and communities. They’ll share their insight, campaign experiences, and answer your questions..

This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, and you can find more upcoming events here. 

You’ll learn:

  • How to navigate the different obstacles and opportunities faced by non-majority communities. 
  • The importance of representative leadership and the important role candidate diversity plays in our democracy. 
  • Resources candidates can turn to for support as they chart their path to office. 

Come prepared with your questions for this interactive presentation and leave with the tools you need.

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 20
Mon · 7:30pm
Calculating Your Vote Goal
Description

The goal of your entire campaign is to earn the votes you need to win. So calculating the number of votes you’ll need should be one of your very first steps. Everything else in the campaign stems from this one number — your vote goal.

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Monday, September 20th from 7:30pm-8:30 pm ET for a free virtual live training: “Calculating Your Vote Goal”. This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, and you can find more upcoming events here. 

You will learn the following in the training:

  • Calculate your key field numbers
  • Understand how metrics factor into your field strategy

A recommended (not required) course to take before this webinar in our Online Academy is “Calculating Your Vote Goal.”

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 21
Tue · 12:00pm
Expert Q&A: Running in a Red District
Description

Running in a red district or swing community requires special skills and strategy. And while it can feel intimidating, success in a red district IS possible. You just need the right plan to get you there. 

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Tuesday, September 21 from 12:00-1:00 pm ET for our virtual question and answer with elected officials and top party leaders on running in a red district. 

This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, you can find more upcoming events here. 

During this Q&A, our panelist will answer your questions about running in a red district and how to flip seats Blue (since they’ve done it themselves!) 

A recommended (but not required) course to take in our Online Academy is GOTV

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 21
Tue · 1:00pm
How to Persuade Voters in a Red District
Description

You CAN persuade voters in a red district. But it requires a different strategy and message than you’d use if you were safely in a blue area.

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Tuesday, September 21st from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET for a free virtual live training: “How to Persuade Voters in a Red District.” This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, and you can find more upcoming events here. 

You will learn to:

  • Understand the context of direct voter contact in a red district.
  • Evaluate components of effective persuasion conversations for swing voters.

What May Help You Before this Training:

A recommended (but not required) blog for this training is “Running in a Red District.”

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 21
Tue · 6:00pm
Flipping Seats, Flipping Voters: Campaign Lessons from Red Areas
Description

Campaigning in a red district can feel overwhelming and disheartening at times. Which is why it’s all the more important to hear stories about red seats flipped blue straight from the campaign trail! You’ll hear directly from leaders of state parties in red and swing states, all while learning from their experiences. By the end, you’ll be able to build a plan of attack based on their insight. 

This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week,and  you can find more upcoming events here. 

You’ll learn:

  • How state parties navigate red district voters.
  • Different tactics needed when campaigning in a red area.

Come prepared with your questions for this interactive presentation and leave with the tools you need to navigate campaigns in red states.

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 21
Tue · 7:30pm
How to Maximize Call Time and Raise More Money
Description

Ready to start raising money for your campaign?  

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Tuesday, September 21st from 7:30-8:30 pm ET for a free virtual live training on “How to Maximize Call Time and Raise More Money.” 

This training focuses on a crucial part of any campaign’s fundraising strategy: call time. You’ll learn how to build your list, make an effective ask, and organize your call time plan.

You will:

  • Recognize how to rolodex, organize, and prioritize
    your donor list
  • Practice a fundraising hard ask
  • Understand call time best practices

A recommended (but not required) course is Making the Ask.

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 22
Wed · 12:00pm
Q&A Session: Relational Organizing
Description

Relational organizing became the campaign buzzword of the 2020 election and for a good reason. If done correctly, it can be a game changer for your campaign. 

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Wednesday, September 22  from 12:00 -1:00 pm ET for a virtual Q&A where you can tap into the minds and hear real campaign experiences of some of the best Democratic organizers in the country. 

This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, you can find more upcoming events here. 

During this Q&A, a panel of elected officials, top organizers, and campaign experts will answer your questions about relational organizing. It’s not often you have this type of access to the dynamic of a group of organizing masterminds, so come ready to get your top questions answered.. 

A recommended (not required) course to take in our Online Academy is Relational Organizing 101

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 22
Wed · 1:00pm
Using Relational Organizing to Drive Your Campaign Goals
Description

Relational organizing can produce real, lasting results for progressive candidates and causes. And while it’s a relatively easy strategy to understand, maximizing its impact takes systemic thinking and long-term effort.

We’re here to help!

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Wednesday, September 22nd from 1-2:30 pm ET for a free virtual live training: “Using Relational Organizing to Drive Your Campaign Goals.” This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, you can find more upcoming events here. 

You will learn the following in this training:

  • Understand the impact of relational organizing
  • Recognize key components to build an effective program
  • Evaluate a value-based conversation flow.

A recommended (but not required) course for this training is “Maximizing Your Volunteer Capacity.”

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 23
Thu · 12:00pm
Q&A Session: Inclusive Campaign Practices
Description

Effective equitable and inclusive campaigns practices must be part of the foundation every campaign is built upon, but what does that look like in action? 

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Thursday, September 23 from 12:00-1:00pm ET for a virtual Q&A on inclusive campaign practices. 

We’ve brought together elected officials and top party leaders to share their insight and on-the-ground experiences around how to build an equitable campaign. Come ready with your questions for this one of a kind opportunity. 

This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, you can find more upcoming events here. 

You’ll learn:

  • Why equitable campaigns are effective campaigns and where many fall short. 
  • What an equitable and inclusive campaign looks like in action. 
  • Tools and strategies to build an equitable campaign from the ground up.

Come prepared with your questions for this interactive presentation and leave with the tools you need. 

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 23
Thu · 1:00pm
Trust the Team: Knowing and Responding to Communication Styles
Description

Successful campaign teams are built on a culture of trust, respect, and clear communication. In order to operate effectively during a rapidly moving election cycle, leaders need to build this foundation and a framework to maintain it from day one. 

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Thursday, September 23  from 1:00 -2:00pm ET to learn the skills and tools required to build this type of winning campaign team.  

This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, and  you can find more upcoming events here. 

You’ll learn: 

  • Reflect on personal experiences and challenges 
  • Apply the “provide, know, do, feel framework” to team scenarios 
  • Discuss and share best practices for dealing with challenges within your team and with direct reports 

A recommended (not required) course to take in our Online Academy is Creating a Culture of Inclusivity and Accountability. 

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 23
Thu · 6:00pm
Adapting Campaigns When Voting Rights are in Peril
Description

Voting rights legislation WILL affect your campaign, even if it doesn’t target your community directly.This means you need to adapt your campaign and message to empower voters and you need to do it early and often. 

Our panel of elected officials, electoral behavior researchers, and voting rights organizational leaders will discuss how voting rights legislation will change your campaign and what  you can do about it. 

This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, you can find more upcoming events here. 

Come prepared with your questions for this interactive presentation and leave with the tools you need.

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 24
Fri · 12:00pm
Q&A Session: Volunteer Teams that Win
Description

Successful recruitment and management of volunteers can be the difference between a winning and losing campaign. 

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Friday, September 24  from 12:00-1:00pm ET for a virtual question and answer series:
“Volunteer Teams that Win.” 

This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, you can find more upcoming events here. 

During this Q&A, Our panel of elected officials, party leaders, and top volunteer organizers will answer your questions about volunteers and how to recruit, manage, and empower them.

A recommended (not required) course to take in our Online Academy is Building Your Volunteer Team

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 24
Fri · 1:00pm
How to Recruit and Maintain Volunteers for Your Campaign
Description

Your volunteers are your campaign’s most valuable resource. That’s why effective recruitment and management of them is so important (and, at times, so tricky). 

Join the National Democratic Training Committee on Friday September 24th from 1-2pm ET for a free virtual live training:  “How to Recruit and Maintain Volunteers of Your Organizations’.

This is part of NDTC’s Build Blue Week, you can find more upcoming events here. 

You will learn the following in the training:

  • Recognize how to recruit new members 
  • Distinguish how to maintain member relationships

A recommended (not required) course to take in our Online Academy is Intro to Volunteer Recruitment and Management

Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

Sep 24
Fri · 2:00pm
Building the Future with Rep. Nikema Williams
Description

Join us for an aspiration and actionable send off after our week of events. It’s a closing for Build Blue Week but an opening for each participant to go off and build the future for their communities. Rep. Nikema Williams (GA-5) will join us to share her insight and experiences around organizing and empowering collective action and help you tap into your own power to drive change and build the future through grassroots organizing, power building, and community mobilization.

Meet the Partners

Building Blue means uniting as a progressive community. We are proud and grateful for the sponsors and partners who have joined with us to build community, build representation, build blue.