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Additional Upcoming Events  


Legislative Welcome

January 23



Appointments Training

January 25

Los Angeles


Appointments Training

February 1

San Diego


Save The Date

Susan B. Anthony Women of Distinction

February 23



Save The Date

15th Annual Networking Luncheon

March 23

San Diego


Save The Date

Women's Empowerment Day

April 30




News Around the State  


Article: Who Will Speak For Women? by Susan Rose


Article: Women Who Run For President by Judy Lloyd



Thank You To Our 

Legislative Welcome Sponsors 







BP America, Inc.



Kaiser Permanente

Lilly, USA

Sempra Energy



California Medical Association

California Teachers Association

Southern California Edison

State Farm Insurance



California Cable and 



California Hospital Association

Californians Allied for Patient 


Civil Justice Association of 



League of California Cities



Senator Jean Fuller

Senator Christine Kehoe

Senator Lois Wolk

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan

Assemblyman Jerry Hill

American Nurses Association 

California Federation of  Teachers

California Partnership to End 

  Domestic Violence


County Welfare Directors 


CSAC Finance Corporation

Deutschman Communications 


EFD & Associates

Hearing Healthcare Providers of   California

Nicholson & Olson, CPA's

Olson Hagel & Fishburn, LLP

Redistricting Partners

Supervisor Susan J. Rose, Santa 

  Barbara (ret.)

Tejon Ranch Company

The Doctors Company

Ziegler & Associates

Dear California Women Lead Member,


Last week I signed up for my first half marathon.  Running a marathon has always been a goal of mine, but I kept putting it off - coming up with excuse after excuse. This year I decided to take baby steps.  In November, I took the first step and signed up and ran a 5K, now I'm training for my first half marathon in order to eventually reach my goal of running the full 26.2 miles one day. 


So what do running a half marathon and California Women Lead have in common?  Sometimes we have to take baby steps - putting on your running shoes is like attending a California Women Lead networking event or appointments training. The next step might be a 5K or applying for an appointment at the local level.  Then you move on to a half marathon and apply for an appointment at the state level and finally make the decision to go all out and run the marathon or- RUN FOR ELECTED OFFICE.  


Across the state women are having the same initial excuses I had for putting off running a marathon. They question whether or not they have what it takes.  Will they be successful?  Are they prepared? And the answer is YES!  You should run, you have what it takes and Yes - you will be successful because win or lose you took a risk!  And that is really what it is all about.


I look forward to seeing you at a future California Women Lead event and maybe out on the running circuit!


Rachel's Signature 

Rachel Michelin

Executive Director/CEO

Legislative Welcome Logo
Monday, January 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
at the Park Ultra Lounge
1116 15th Street, Downtown Sacramento map

You're invited to just us for our annual Legislative Welcome. This reception honors the 2012 legislative and congressional women candidates. 

Tickets are $25 for California Women Lead members and $75 for non-members. 
Members click here to register. 
Non-members click here to register. 

Sponsorships are available. Click here to learn more.
California Women Lead is committed to helping women throughout the state to realize their full leadership potential. One of our most successful programs is our appointments trainings. Over the past three years, CA Women Lead has informed over 2,000 women on the nuts and bolts of the appointments process at the state and local levels. 
Upcoming Appointments Training Workshops:
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Hosted by CA Women Lead & Junior League of Los Angeles
630 North Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles map
Wednesday, February 1, 5:30 -7:00 pm 
Sempra Energy, 101 Ash Street, San Diego 92101 map
Click here to RSVP for these events. 
To view a list of available gubernatorial appointments, click here to download the most recent appointment vacancy list. 
If Not You Then Who Logo
This six-week training with two-hour sessions hosted by campaign experts is dedicated to giving YOU, the future candidate, the skills and tools you need to run a campaign and win. 

There are two upcoming If Not You, Then Who? Leadership Training Series
  • Downtown Los Angeles 
    • March 26 - May 3 
  • Downtown Sacramento 
    • May 8 - June 13 
Click here to learn more about If Not You, Then Who? Leadership Training Series.


California Women Lead is a 501(c)3 issue neutral association of women holding - 

or interested in holding - elected or appointed office. 

Our mission is to give California's women the tools they need to be successful in both their political and professional lives.