New Mayors Cohort: Part 1

Unfortunately, due to concerns over COVID-19, we have cancelled this event. We will be in contact with participants about alternate plans.

March 19-20, 2020

Dallas, TX

Transitioning from running a campaign to leading a city is a huge challenge.

While some skills are transferable, newly elected mayors must immediately tackle challenges unique to the role of mayor. In particular for women and people of color, challenging the status quo and creating institutional change once in an executive role of power is easier said than done. Governing as mayor, with a focus on equity, sustainability, and democracy, requires a new set of skills.

This event is the first in-person training in a two-part cohort series, and is by invitation only. Attendees must commit to the full cohort to participate.

On the Agenda

The Cohort will be grounded in our focus on inclusion across race, gender, and economic status and is open to mayors of cities of all sizes. The primary goals are to help newly-elected mayors build capacity needed to enact their agendas while avoiding potential missteps and to develop a supportive network other mayors within the cohort. Session example include:

  • Envisioning Success: You Can’t Be What You Can’t See
  • If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Words of Wisdom from Current and Former Mayors
  • Communicating Your Priorities: Developing Your Elevator Pitch
  • Staying on Track: Avoiding Pitfalls that Derail Your Agenda

Thank you to Mayor Eric Johnson for hosting us!

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Day 1: Equitable Leadership

2:00 – 2:45pm ​Welcome & Cohort Introductions
2:45 – 3:15pm Cohort Community Building
3:15 – 4:00pm Session 1
4:00 – 5:30pm Session 2
6:00pm Reception & Dinner

Friday, March 20, 2020
Day 2: Communicating Your Agenda and Keeping it on Track

8:00 – 8:30am Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00am Day 1 Recap & Reflections, Cohort Exercise
9:00 – 9:45am Session 3
9:45 – 10:00am Break
10:00 – 11:30am Session 4
11:30 – 12:15pm ​Session 5
12:15 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:00pm Session 6
2:00 – 3:00pm Peer to Peer Learning: Addressing Your City’s Biggest Challenges
3:00 – 3:30pm Cohort Reflections & Commitments for Next Steps
3:30pm Adjourn


This event is by invitation only for newly-elected mayors in the first two years of a 3+ year term who have a firm commitment to the high road principles of equity, sustainability, and democracy. There are no registration costs for invited mayors.

This event is part of a larger cohort – all invited attendees must commit to participating in the cohort as well. Learn more about and sign up for the full cohort here. To learn more, or see if you qualify, please contact Matthew Braunginn (, 608-262-6585).

Travel & Hotel

Travel & hotel support will be available eligible attendees. Please contact Michelle Bright (, 608-890-2543) to learn more.