We sat down with League of Our Own Coach, Eva M. Pusateri recently to catch up with her team and learn more about her background.

Check it out below!


LOOO: What is your background?

Eva: I started out as a campaign volunteer, and over the years worked my way up to manager. Next, I moved to Washington DC to serve as a campaign consultant providing campaign general strategy, and paid and earned communications to include tv, radio, mail. Been winning campaigns for over 30 years and have also been providing training and coaching to candidates, specializing with women candidates. For the League, I have provided three training sessions on:

  1. Is running for office for you?
  2. Branding
  3. Delivering your message


LOOO: Biggest issue facing women interested in politics?

Eva: For women “interested” in politics, as opposed to already in politics, I think we suffer the “tiara effect”. This means we think doing the work is enough and someone will reward us with the ultimate job/elected position. It doesn’t happen that way, instead it requires women to be able to promote themselves, stand tall doing it and fight for what they want.


LOOO: What is your favorite campaign memory?

Eva: There are lots of fun and interesting memories, including winning the campaign the first time I served as a campaign manager when everyone was positive my candidate was going to lose. Lesson learned: Keep fighting to fight because it ain’t over, until it’s over!


LOOO: What are you reading or listening to via podcast?

Eva: I switch back and forth from “To Live and Die in LA” (off topic) to more applicable topics of leadership speeches on TedTalks with a little “She Said, She Said” which talks with and promotes GOP women.


LOOO: What is your favorite baseball team?

Eva: The Cubs!


LOOO: What do you do for fun?

Eva: Watch/listen to political talk shows. Travel, enjoy Chicago’s lakefront (in the summer of course) and outdoor concerts!

Thanks for chatting with us, Eva!

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There’s a misconception that men govern better than women. I’d like to change one word in that sentence. Men govern differently than women. During my time at the Michigan Legislature, I gained first-hand experience working with both men and women and there is a difference between the two genders. But, nothing that one gender governs better than the other.


What I do know is everyone can get in a room and talk about ideas and big picture items, but when it comes to taking those ideas and creating a plan to execute, women have the advantage. Women are organized, detail-oriented and we follow through. I’ve attended countless planning meetings with women who are elected to office. During these meetings we come up with a plan and execute that plan. They bring in idea-makers and experts to deliberate and implement the plan. Men, women, republican, democratic, conservative or liberal, those adjectives are left at the door because when it comes to solving problems and implementing real change, it takes a village.


Pew Research Center recently released a study about the gender gap and party gap in regard to female leadership and women running for higher office. “Women are better at being compassionate and empathetic (61%), working out compromises (42%), and serving as a role model for children (41%).” However, we still have characteristic disadvantages when it comes to running for office, including men “being assertive, being decisive, being ambitious and showing emotions.”


Showing emotion? I don’t know about you, but I have no problem showing emotion. In the past I’ve been told by men that I’m “too emotional.” Somehow our positive attributes of being compassionate and empathetic aren’t translating into emotion with voters. That’s something we continue to battle even as more women are elected to higher office.


In 2018, there were more women on the ballot in Michigan than ever before. It’s not about the party you’re running to represent. It’s about women having a seat at the table and impacting real change. The days of letting someone else make the decisions for us are over. My experience has been that women are not only more open to collaborating, but willing to work across the aisle to do make change happen. It’s not always about who gets the PA (public act) but instilling real change in Michigan that affects our children, seniors and everyone in between. When women are elected to office, we don’t just work for the people who voted for us, we work for everyone.


Now’s the time to get involved and make a difference. I got involved with politics more than ten years ago by chance and haven’t looked back since.

-Nicole Hankwitz

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As a woman, I have friends that are women. Sure, I don’t know all the women in the world, but I do know several of them – and we talk, a lot. We talk about our day-to-day lives, relationships, careers, interests and so much more. Yet when it comes to talking about life’s next adventure, or a step in an unknown direction, there is a considerable amount of apprehension – among most of my female friends.


Why is it that as a woman we are so afraid of failing?


At the League, we talk about this a lot. More specifically, we talk about why women put up artificial barriers to running for an elected office. To them, these barriers are very real; however, from an outsider looking in, the barriers do not even exist.


I think it’s safe to say those barriers are created out of fear and apprehension. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failing.


Yes, it’s true that campaigns are hard. Campaigns are all-encompassing, time consuming, dragging-on-your-feet hard-work. To be successful, a candidate must know a lot about many different issues. As a candidate, you are bound to get questions on very important local, state, and federal public policy issues. You are also likely to get questions on several obscure local, state, and federal public policy issues. When questions like this arise, it’s important you know how to think on your feet and not question every move you are scheduled to make. You must be bold, knowledgeable, well-spoken, confident, sharp, passionate, convincing, put-together, and sure of yourself. All the while managing additional stress, a household, and your personal and professional life balance.


Doesn’t that sound like fun? Or perhaps this is where your fear kicks in.


That’s why the League is so valuable. We are here to take the fear out of the process. With lessons on time management, public policy issues, campaign organization, fundraising – and more – our goal is to familiarize prospects with the process to make running for office seem less scary.


The truth is that your voice is valuable. Your life experiences and input on public policy will make a difference. We don’t guarantee that you will come out at the end without bumps and bruises. However, we do know that nobody expects perfection. And nobody expects you to know it all. Campaigns are an art and a science, which is why we have dozens of coaches from around the state – and country – with decades of experience willing to teach and mentor you. We are confident that with these coaches and their insights, and the network we are building, you will be better off than those who are not part of the League.


So, embrace that apprehension and fear. Channel your energy all the way to our website: where you can sign up. Let’s get YOUR name on the ballot.


-Kristin Fair, Training and Mentoring Manager, League of Our Own

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Just because a candidate committee has been granted a Reporting Waiver, it does not mean the candidate committee is completely released from all obligations to report. Certain actions during the course of the campaign can revoke the waiver automatically and it is up to the candidate committee to recognize that these triggers have occurred and file the required disclosures.

In Michigan, a Candidate Committee that does not expect to receive or expend more than $1000 in an election cycle can ask for a reporting waiver which relieves them of the requirement to file financial disclosures either quarterly, or pre or post election. If the candidate raises or expends more than $1000 during an Election Cycle the candidate must report. The Election Cycle is calculated from the first day after the last election to the date of the upcoming election for an office. The candidate committee will need to go back to the last report where expenditures were made under $1000 or receipts came in under a $1000 and bring the report current, but the report can be the current report due dated back to the last report filed.

THIS IS CRITICAL FOR CANDIDATES TO REMEMBER: The date that the expenditure or receipt occurs is the date that the committee loses its waiver.  There are no letters or emails from the Bureau of Elections, the requirement just begins.

One type of expenditure that is a frequent source of confusion is when the candidate uses his or her own funds to purchase items or services during the campaign. The candidate’s own funds count toward the $1000 threshold. So, charges made to a credit card, for example, are considered receipts to the campaign–In-Kind– and must be reported. (Note:  Charges to a credit card over the threshold must also be reported as 48-hour late contribution reports!)

Once an election cycle is complete, following the General Election, Candidate Committees of Judicial candidates who are successful in their election are automatically granted the Reporting Waiver and the Statement of Organization for this successful judicial committee does not need to be amended to obtain the waiver. It is good practice to check with the Bureau that they have actually awarded the waiver to the committee though, before assuming the Bureau has granted it.

Although the waiver allows the Candidate Committee not to have to file pre or post election reports, quarterly or annual reports, it does not waive the need to update a Statement of Organization with correct information, file 48-hour late contribution reports, or waive the requirement to keep detailed records.

After an election, any debt on the books of a candidate committee that exceeds $1000 will automatically result in the denial of a reporting waiver. Lastly it should be noted that a reporting waiver cannot be granted retroactively to avoid paying fines for failure to report, much to the dismay of many candidates–especially those who have lost their race and now find raising any campaign funds next to impossible.

Questions regarding whether your candidate or PAC is compliant or need assistance with your filings? Contact us today.

– Jean Kordenbrock, Entrepreneur, CEO, Attorney, Athlete

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I have said it before, and I will say it again: Women make up 51% of the population but come nowhere near that when it comes to political representation. Gender parity is important. It is important for our legislative bodies to look like our sidewalks and diversity in our public officials means diversity in the life experiences of those public officials. There is no question that doesn’t lead to better public policy.


Because more women need to run, we created League of Our Own. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you have seen the articles. Women are underrepresented and as women, we know that women approach running for office differently. Not only do they need to be asked more than men, but they need to feel supported. They need confidence and credentials. League of Our Own is taking a comprehensive approach to getting women involved in the political process. We are providing them training, support, mentorship, and a COMMUNITY. The League if made up of volunteers who serve as:


Fans: the heart and soul of the League. Fans are the backbone of every campaign operation-they support candidates by hosting meet and greets, going door to door, and volunteering on campaigns.


Scouts: are the boots on the ground. They are active in their communities and know what qualities a good candidate possesses. They attend community functions often and meet knew people regularly. This is why they are the best resource at finding new talent. They are regularly meeting potential prospects.


Prospects: are what this is all about. Talented women who want to run for office, now or in the future. From local office all the way to federal, the League is here to support these prospects.


Coaches: are the best and brightest minds in their field and they share in our belief that getting more women elected is important. That’s why they have agreed to coach or prospects and mentor them as they go through the campaign.


By working together, our network is going to get more women involved and elected.


Here is how it works: we recruit scouts around the state to find prospects. The scouts invite the prospect to join the League. Ideally, this happens long before a woman is ready to put her name on the ballot. Then, we meet with the prospect and learn more about what is driving them to run and what their experience is. After this assessment we pair them up with coaches and curriculum to help them where they think they most need it. Our system allows them to learn and grow in a safe, supportive community over the long term. It is truly the first of its kind.


Confidence, credentials, coaching, community, curriculum.


Welcome to League of Our Own. Sign up at an follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ourownleague


-Kristin Fair, Training and Mentoring Manager, League of Our Own

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When you are a woman, every day can be a fight. We fight to keep our home lives and work lives balanced. We fight for respect in the workplace. But most importantly we fight for better lives for our families. It is these struggles that define who we are and that is why it is so important that we have women fighting in the political arena.


Like most public officials, it was my family and the deep love I have for this nation that got me into public service. I have had the great privilege of campaigning across Michigan, and I am always astounded by the strength of our people. No matter if times are good or bad–we find a way to come together and get the job done. We are the hardest working people in the world and it is vital that we have people in office who will work just as hard for them. Hopefully, we have more woman like me and you who consider running.


My experience as a woman has helped me to bring a unique perspective to each of the roles I have been elected to. A perspective that has allowed me to accomplish many great things for my constituents. I am especially proud of the fact that I was able to bring a whole new perspective to the house appropriations committee where I served as its first female chairperson.


I now have the great honor to serve as the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. I am thankful to stand on the shoulders of the great woman who have come before me. Women like Ronna Romney McDaniel, Betsey DeVos, and Susy Avery. Like these phenomenal republican women, It is my sincere hope that I will be able to use my position as Michigan Republican Party Chair to be a resource for other women that want to serve. If you are thinking about running, and believe in conservative values please contact us. You can make a difference in our state and I highly encourage you to get active. Becoming part of “A league of our own” is a great start!

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Every two years, Republican delegates convene to elect a new state party chair to lead us through the upcoming election cycle. Prior to casting their votes, delegates carefully consider each candidates’ leadership ability and past experiences.


This year, delegates convene on February 23rd and will witness something a little unusual: the choice between two female candidates.


While the Michigan Republican Party has been led by a female in the past – most recently Ronna Romney McDaniel – it is rare that the only candidates for state party chair are female. In other words, no matter the outcome on February 23rd, the Michigan Republican Party will be led by a woman for the next two years – and we cannot be more excited.


With two women vying for the highest leadership position within the Michigan Republican Party, it is no secret there is momentum in our state– and it’s growing every day. More women are feeling empowered to run for leadership positions, public office or simply become more involved in the cause.


So, while some say the future is female, we say the future is now.


We hope to see you in Lansing for the 2019 Michigan Republican State Convention on Saturday, February 23rd to congratulate our new leader, and thank both candidates for being a strong voice for women across the state – and country.



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League of Our Own. The name instantly reminds us of the hit 1992 movie “League of Their Own” about women playing major league baseball during WWII. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell. The movie leaves viewers with a feeling of female empowerment, reminding us of the critical time in America when women moved into roles that were not traditionally open to them as their husbands, brothers, and sons fought overseas. League of Our Own, a Michigan-based organization, has taken this concept of female integration into a male-dominated field and applied it to government. The first thing you see on their website is the statistic that 51% of the US population is women but women only occupy 25% of Congressional seats. However, after the latest election cycle, that number has shrunk to 24% of congressional seats. There is no debate that women are under-represented in every state in the nation and the League believes this is crucial since multiple studies have shown that women govern differently. “Women govern differently; not better than men, because each gender has their strengths and both govern in fine ways, but we believe that difference is important and should be represented,” says Kristin Fair, Training and Mentoring Manager for the League.

Female empowerment is not the only thing the League has in common with the movie. League of Our Own believes that the making of a candidate starts long before they put their name on a ballot. The League is modeled after how the MLB recruits its prospective players. There are several levels of involvement in the organization. There are the Fans, who are the boots on the ground. They are volunteers who organize fundraisers, go door-knocking, and support the candidates once they announce their campaign. Then there are Scouts who are trained to look for potential female candidates in their communities, directing them to the League and its resources. There are Coaches, who are professionals from across the country that help the candidates prepare and strengthen their weaknesses. Some of these Coaches include Edith Jorge, the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the RNC and numerous state and national political operatives. Finally, there are the Prospects themselves, women who have the potential to run for office someday. In total, there are approximately 7000 people involved in the League’s relationship management system, only after 2 years of operation.

The League’s goal is to not push women to run, but build a bench of women who are capable of running when they feel ready and to support then when it is their time. The League simply wants to remove the obstacles from women’s lives that hold them back from running. “Often when women are asked if they ever thought about running it is met with things like ‘My kids are too young’ or ‘I don’t know enough about policy’. Our mission is to try to remove those barriers so when the opportunity presents itself, those women are ready to run,” says Terri Reid, President of the Michigan Freedom Fund.

Since its start in 2017, the League has grown tremendously. In the last election, the League’s goals were to perfect their custom technology and begin recruiting conservative women to become prospects. They easily met these goals and overwhelmingly exceeded them. Wanting to recruit 40 scouts and 120 prospects, the League ended up recruiting 45 scouts and 135 prospects. When asked where they hope for the League to go next, Kristin Fair says the goal right now is to expand. “Our home base is Michigan, but we are looking into the potential of expanding into four additional states in 2019,” she says.

It is easy to see that a critical gender disparity exists within elected positions, especially in Congress. Armed with their clever baseball-style recruiting techniques, League of Our Own is changing the way women are scouted for office. The League believes that women should not run simply because they’re women, but run (and win) because they are qualified and ready. Visit their site and see how you can be involved in an organization that is bound to change the gender makeup of our elected offices.

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