legislateHer®| Private Intelligence Network


About legislateHer®

Members of the Drake Institute Intelligence Network for Women Experts have the exclusive opportunity to experience the Institute’s online platform, legislateHer®

legislateHer® is a new state-of-the-art virtual research arena featuring everything researchers and policy leaders need for developing and presenting cutting edge initiatives that change lives. Features include an e-publishing house, e-lecture hall, e-conference center, e-briefing room, e-library, and an e-scheduling calendar. 



E-publishing house | Members are permitted to publish an unlimited number of op-eds, briefs, memos, commentary and other research documents on the platform. Select documents will be included in the first edition of The Drake Legislative Review journal, an annual publication that is circulated in print to congresswomen and digitally to more than 5,000 policy leaders and experts nationwide.

E-lecture hall | Members are permitted to host and attend 30 minute online lectures to educate the intelligence community on policy issues developing in their respective fields. 

E-conference center | Expert-level Members are permitted to join and potentially lead one of our 18 policy collaboratives where national initiatives are developed and implemented online and off. Emerging Experts will not be appointed to a research and policy collaborative but will have an opportunity to participate in one of the three Emerging Experts collaboratives. For a full list of collaboratives along with their descriptions, please click here. 

E-briefing room | Members are permitted to participate in Q&A sessions led by leaders of the 18 collaboratives to stay engaged and informed on developing research and policy issues. This space also offers the opportunity to break away from nearly 7 million other highly qualified scientists working in the United States and build rapport with legislators serving nationwide.

E-library | The e-library features documents published via the legislateHer® e-publishing house. Members are permitted to browse and critique available documents to help shape national discourse.



How it Works

Each year, a maximum of 1800 subject matter experts  and 300 emerging experts from across the nation will be granted credentials to join one of our 21 policy collaboratives and will gain access to legislateHer® , a web based application designed exclusively for our private intelligence network of research and policy experts. Once legislateHer® has reached capacity, new applicants will be waitlisted and offered the opportunity to register for membership on a first come first serve basis.

There are no restrictions on the number of memberships extended to current legislators. The goal is to keep legislateHer® from becoming over saturated with “experts.” This will allow our experts to capture more exposure to potential legislators on the platform and to emerge as go-to authorities in their respective fields. 

Members are carefully vetted to ensure the safety and security of our intelligence community. To be approved for an expert-level membership, prospective members must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of professional experience in her respective field. All information will be verified prior to approval. 

If a prospective member does not meet the basic qualifications, she will be granted credentials for an “Emerging Expert” membership. An annual membership fee is required at the time of registration. Current legislators may inquire about fee waivers for the first year of membership.

Newly credentialed applicants will have 30 days to register before being waitlisted. This allows other credentialed applicants to secure a membership while space is available. 

Credentialing Form for Prospective Experts

To complete the credentialing process, applicants must register with an email address ending with one of the following domain extensions: 1) .edu, 2) .gov, or 3) .org. 

  • Please request a fee waiver only if you cannot afford to cover your own fees. Funds are limited for this assistance program and should be reserved for those who are most in need.
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree paired with at least 10 years of professional experience in a specific field of study/practice is required for approval.
  • Please provide the URL for your professional profile or website to help expedite the screening process.
  • Upon approval, you will be granted access to only one collaborative.
  • The image must be high quality, unobstructed, and uncropped.
  • An unofficial transcript is acceptable.

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