WeLead, a nonpartisan leadership training program run by the Women & Politics Institute, works to increase the number of women working in politics and running for office.
We Empower is made up of 4 women who believe in the power of transforming communities through diverse voices.
Kareen Sanchez is a native of Los Angeles County. She is empowered by civil rights legend Dolores Huerta because she continues to fight for the underrecognized.
Bianca Yarborough is a native of Oakland. She is empowered by Shirley Chisholm because she was “unbossed and unbought.”
Taylor Ware is a native of Prince George’s County. She is empowered by Stacey Abrams because of her fierce love for her community in Georgia and her perseverance.
Blaike Bibbs is a native of Pittsboro, North Carolina. She is empowered by Sheri Beasley because she is running to be the first black woman senator for North Carolina.
Kareen Sanchez has served her country with AmeriCorps in Los Angeles, Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, and currently works for the U.S. Peace Corps Office of Inspector General in Washington D.C. She was previously an External Affairs Officer with the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. Kareen holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Riverside and a Master’s degree in community and social change from the University of Miami. As a proud first generation Mexican-American, she is dedicated to electing more Latina women to run for office at the local, state and federal levels.
Bianca Yarborough has served in several communications, marketing and organizing roles across industries, including criminal justice reform, local political campaigns, advertising and entertainment. She served as an organizer during the 2019 Chicago mayoral race, as a community engagement associate for Organizing for Action, account management at a local multi-cultural communications firm, and in various roles throughout the entertainment industry. Bianca has also dedicated herself to service and lifting up women of color. In 2021, she founded The Hue PAC to support members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council who are seeking elected office. Bianca also serves as a parent rep on a Chicago Public School Local School Council, where she was recently elected Chair. Bianca is a native of Oakland, California and received a Master of Science in Communications from Northwestern University.
Taylor Ware is a policy professional and entrepreneur who is dedicated to connecting underserved youth to the resources that they need to thrive. In her current role as a Legislative Aide in the United States Senate, Taylor works to research and craft legislative solutions to some of America’s most pressing issues—including education, workforce development, and child care. Taylor attributes her passion for youth and student advocacy to her time as a Program Coordinator for the Prince George’s County Youth@Work Summer Youth Enrichment Program.
Taylor is also an avid proponent of career-readiness and mentoring programs for professionals pursuing careers in government. She currently serves as Vice President for a Capitol Hill staff affinity organization where she facilitates events and forums where staffers learn strategies for career advancement, social-emotional intelligence, and financial management. Taylor is a proud Prince George’s County native. She received Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and History from Pennsylvania State University. Taylor also holds a Master of Legal Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Blaike Bibbs is a young professional who is a native of Raleigh, NC. Blaike's involvement with politics began at the age of eleven when advocating for the Affordable Care Act. After that, she served in leadership roles for the North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats, College Democrats of North Carolina, and College Democrats of America. In addition to being a part of these organizations, Blaike has also worked with several North Carolina campaigns and worked as a political intern for the Democratic National Committee.
For the past year, Blaike has served as a scheduler and executive assistant for a congressional member. During her tenure in this role, Blaike has been hard at work. She manages her members' daily schedule, external/ constituent correspondence and keeps up with administrative duties within her office.
Before this, she worked at the Congressional App Challenge as the Congressional Operations Coordinator. In this role, she focused on synergizing Members of Congress around supporting constituents in their district to build a domestic pipeline of computer science talent. Under her leadership, as the sole congressional affairs worker, she enhanced the congressional program's participation by over 25 percent. She has done this by creating an effective outreach strategy, establishing their weekly e-newsletter, distributed to over 300 congressional offices. She hopes to continue fighting for legislation that helps disproportionally underrepresented communities.
Blaike is also a spring 18' initiate into the Mu Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
The Women & Politics Institute provides practical and academic training to women that encourages them to become involved in the political process and facilitates research by faculty and students that enhances our understanding of the challenges and opportunities women face in the political arena.
Only with your help can we offer more courses, enroll more students, train more young women to run for office, conduct more research, convene more special events, and ensure that women have a seat at all of the tables where the most important decisions are made.
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