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October 2012

California Women Lead Newsletter

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Los Angeles

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December 11


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Holiday Networking Mixer
December 12
San Diego


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Legislative Welcome 2012
January 30


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Women's Empowerment Day
April 29

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16th Annual Networking Luncheon
May 10
San Diego


Click here to view our calendar of events.    


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California Women Lead would like to thank Walmart for their continued support. Walmart has started a major global initiative to help empower women economically across its supply chain. Over the next five years, Walmart will lead an effort with specific goals to open markets for women- owned businesses and increase training and career opportunities for women on farms and in factories. The goals were developed with NGOs and other partners and are designed to leverage the company's size and scale to help women and their families live better. Like its work on sustainability, hunger and healthier foods, this initiative is another step forward in the company's commitment to leading on social issues and building the next generation Walmart.  


Thank you to our Women's Empowerment Conference Sponsors!






BP America, Inc.


Sempra Energy


California Dental Association

Community Financial Services Association of America

Civil Justice Association of California

Kaiser Permanente

Lilly USA


Pacific Earth Resources


Assembly Minority Leader 

Connie Conway 


This newsletter helps keep you apprised of the happenings at California Women Lead. Please forward along to a friend! 

A Message from 

Executive Director/CEO Rachel Michelin

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Election Day is quickly approaching and Campaign 2012 will come to an end. I must confess, as a veteran of political campaigns, this cycle has been tougher and uglier than most. The commercials, mail pieces, Facebook posts and tweets took on a very negative tone and don't get me started about the media coverage!

The tone of this campaign cycle had me thinking about a project California Women Lead spearheaded years ago when we were CEWAER... Click here to read more»

October CA Women Lead Events

October 23: The Sacramento Regional Chapter held an Appointments Training Workshop for Women on October 23 at the Rancho Cordova City Hall. 
October 23: California Women Lead, USC Dornsife and the Women's Student Assembly hosted Women and the 2012 Election at USC. 
October 24: The East Bay Chapter hosted a Candidates Reception in Danville with Contra Costa County Supervisors Candace Andersen and Karen Mitchoff. 

Click here for more information about these events»

 Women's Empowerment Conference

 "Empowered!" "Ready to get involved!"

"Already planning to come next year!" "Inspired to take action!"


Women's Empowerment Conference 2012 Those are a sample of the comments from attendees of our Women's Empowerment Conference in San Diego.  Participants networked with women leaders from throughout the state and honed their leadership skills in sessions like:  Empowering Your Voice, Empowering Your Personal Brand and Empowering Your Vote.


Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore (and 2014 candidate for State Board of Equalization) Fiona Ma kicked off the conference with her top ten things she learned from serving in elected office.  She pointed out that in politics women need to channel their inner Honey Badger!  Board of Equalization Member (and 2014 candidate for State Controller) Betty Yee shared why the work California Women Lead does to  ENGAGE EMPOWER ELECT is so important - especially as we see a decline in the number of women running for and getting elected to public office in California.


Thank You San Diego was the perfect backdrop for a weekend focused on personal, professional and political development and the empowerment of women leaders.  A big thank you to the Conference Planning committee and especially Kim Sentovich, Senior Vice-President, Pacific Region, Walmart for chairing the committee. Also thanks to Kaiser Permanente's generous sponsorship, two women from the Ocean Discovery Institute, Carla Pisbe and Carolina Barraza (pictured right), were able to attend the conference. Plans are already underway for next year's conference so visit for photos from the 2012 conference and updates on 2013.

 If Not You, Then Who?

Learn how to be a successful candidate


California Women Lead is currently accepting applications for our 2013 If Not You, Then Who? six week leadership training.  Classes will take place in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego.  The trainings are taught by top professionals in the political arena and focus on four key areas:

  • Campaign Plan
  • Fundraising
  • Campaign Finance Law
  • Social Media

Graduates of the program have gone on to run for City Council, School Board, Special Districts and are serving as appointees in their local communities and as part of Governor Brown's administration. Click here for more information or to apply»

 November Election

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Good luck to all the women running in the November Election!


The numbers of women in elected office in California is not good. While we can boast some phenomenal women leaders who call California home, there is still much work to be done and it starts by having more women put their name on that ballot.  


Win or lose, the women on the ballot are a role model for women across the state who aspire to one day run for office too. 


Be on the lookout for the California Women Lead post-election analysis that will be sent via email on posted on our website.

Women's Empowerment Day 

at the Capitol




Last year we SOLD OUT, so be sure to purchase your tickets early. California Women Lead members will get priority once registration opens so if you are not a member click here and join today!


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Betty Yee, Member, State Board of Equalization and Candidate for State Controller 2014
  • Courtney Ruby, Auditor, City of Oakland
  • Karen Moore, CEO, Moore Communications (she is returning to California Women Lead after her VERY successful sessions at the Women's Empowerment Conference - she will focus on public speaking and presentation skills)
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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.


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