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What a busy summer for California Women Lead! In June, we hosted a great event in Los Angeles to discuss the declining trend of women serving in citywide elected office and followed with an Appointments Training in partnership with the Latina Lawyers Bar Association.

July didn't slow down. We hosted our Capitol Appointments Training with representatives from offices of the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Senate President Pro Tem. We kicked off our 3rd If Not You, Then Who? Leadership Training Series in Sacramento. Thank you Paul Mitchell, VP of Political Data and Sam Harrod, Social Media Director, California Women Lead for volunteering their time to present at our first two classes. 
August proved to be an eventful month for California Women Lead. Thank you John Bovee of Capitol Development Strategies and Diane Fishburn with Olson, Hagel and Fishburn for leading the discussions for our final If Not You, Then Who? classes on effective fundraising and complying with campaign finance law. In the East Bay, we hosted a successful a discussion with Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen and former Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Fiona Ma as part of our How Women Lead series.  Thank you to Miller Starr Regalia for hosting us in your office! We topped off August with our Summer Reception recognizing the recipients of our MOVER Awards - Making Our Vision of Equality a Reality. We celebrated five amazing women leaders who promote the mission of California Women Lead to engage, empower and elect.  We also applauded our graduates of our If Not You, Then Who? class and were thrilled with a record turnout of Legislators, sponsors and California Women Lead members and friends.  A HUGE thank you to the sponsors who made the successful this event possible! 
The fall is proving to be just a busy. Already we have hosted an Appointments Training in San Jose in partnership with the Latina Business Coalition of the Silicon Valley, a roundtable discussion with Jan Perry and women business leaders in the Los Angeles area and 
How Women Lead: Policy Matters with Assemblymembers Joan Buchanan & Susan Bonilla and Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen.

We have a number of events planned for the remainder of the year that include: Women's Empowerment Days in both Redding and Los Angeles; Appointments Trainings in Pismo Beach, Natomas and in Mountain View; and our annual breakfast as part of the California School Board Association Annual Education Conference with Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil; and our annual Sacramento Holiday Mixer.  
I will host a session as part of Assemblymember Beth Gaines' Northern California Women's Forum on October 5th and Corona City Councilwoman Karen Spiegel's women's conference in Ontario on October 30th
Be sure to check our calendar of events on our website often for the most up to date information and to like us on Facebook for the most up to date information. 
As always, I am so appreciative of our members and partners who support our mission to empower women to be leaders in their community and state. If you are not a member, I hope you will consider joining today and join us in increasing women's voices in the political process.


See you at a California Women Lead event soon,


Rachel's Signature  


Thursday, October 3, 5:30-7:30PM

SeaVenture Hotel and Resort

100 Ocean View Avenue, 3rd Floor, Pismo Beach map


Join Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil for an Appointments Training Workshop to teach you how to apply for an appointment to boards and commissions. Additional speakers include California Women Lead State Board Member and Candidate for 2014 Board of Equalization Fiona Ma, California Women Lead Executive Director Rachel Michelin, and California Tourism Board Member Noreen Martin of Martin Resorts.  Click here for more information»


Friday, October 18, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

McConnell Foundation, 800 Shasta View Drive, Redding map


Interested in gaining the skills and tools needed to be an empowered leader in your community? Join us for California Women Lead's first annual Women's Empowerment Day - Redding. This one day event is designed to empower women. Speakers include:

  • Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
  • Betty T. Yee, Member, Board of Equalization & 2014 State Controller Candidate
  • Fiona MaFormer Member, CA State Assembly & 2014 Candidate for Board of Equalization
  • Cyndy GordonCEO, Shasta Regional Medical Center
  • Missy McArthurCouncilmember, City of Redding
  • Maggie Redmon, President, Mercy Foundation North
  • Kristen SchrederTrustee, Shasta Union High School District
 Click here for more information»  


Saturday, October 5

William Jessup University

333 Sunset Blvd, Rocklin map


Join Assemblymember Beth Gaines for an inspiring, engaging and informative conference! That is what you can expect from this year's featured speakers including California Women Lead Executive Director/CEO Rachel Michelin. From how to grow your small business, dressing for success, working with elected officials to meal planning and social media trends, you will have an opportunity to participate in a number of exciting sessions. Click here for more information»  

Monday, October 21, 5:30-7:30PM

Natomas Unified School District

1901 Arena Blvd, Sacramento map


Ever considered getting involved in your local community as an appointee to a board or commission? Want to know more about how the process works? How do you access the application? Where to find vacancies? How do you navigate the process? Who can help? Natomas Unified School District Trustee Lisa Kaplan and Sacramento Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby will explain why you should consider applying and California Women Lead Executive Director Rachel Michelin will provide tips on how to successfully navigate the process. Click here for more information»


Friday, October 25, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

The RAND Corporation, 1776 Main Street, Santa Monica map


Join California Women Lead for a one-day conference to empower women to be leaders in their communities. Speakers include:

  • Betty T. Yee, Member, Board of Equalization & 2014 State Controller Candidate
  • Fiona MaFormer Member, CA State Assembly & 2014 Candidate for Board of Equalization
  • Cristina Garcia, Assemblymember, State of California
  • Holly Mitchell, Assemblymember, State of California
  • Karen Moore, CEO, Moore Communications

 Click here for more information»  





Thursday, November 7 - Appointments Training in Mountain View


Thursday, December 5 - Holiday Mixer in Sacramento


Saturday, December 7 - CSBA Annual Education Conference Breakfast in San Diego


Wednesday, January 29 - Legislative Welcome in Sacramento


California Women Lead's mission is increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office at all levels of California government - state, county and city.  We are a statewide non-partisan network of citizen, business and government leaders.