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Happy Holidays from California Women Lead! As we reflect on a successful 2013 we want to thank our members and partners for their support of our programs and mission to engage women in the political process. If you are not a member, I hope you will consider joining us or consider becoming a financial partner by sponsoring one of our programs.


In 2013, we hosted events from Redding to San Diego, we worked with women on navigating the appointments process, and were successful in getting a number of our members appointed by Governor Brown. We have members running for local office in 2014 and have been working closely to train and empower women candidates for the State Legislature in 2014. Yes, 2013 was a great year for us, but 2014 will be even better as we celebrate 40 YEARS of California Women Lead (at that time CEWAER) and the work we have done to empower California women leaders.


As we take time to reflect on this holiday season and another successful year comes to an end, I want to extend a personal heartfelt thank you to the members and partners of California Women Lead. Without you, we could not have the impact we do on empowering women leaders. We are making a difference, working across political party lines, engaging women who never thought they could serve and we are inspiring the next generation of women leaders.


On behalf of the State Board of Directors and staff we wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season and a very happy 2014!


Happy Holidays, 


Rachel Michelin photo 

Rachel's Signature  

Rachel Michelin


On Thursday, December 5th, California Women Lead hosted their annual Holiday Mixer in downtown Sacramento at Tequila Museo Mayahuel. Guests brought donations to benefit Stand Up Placer, a local nonprofit that provides victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with a safe environment. 


We also honored Cynthia Moore and Jessie Mapes-Yoas, for their work and commitment to helping California Women Lead grow within the Sacramento region and across the state. Click here to view more photos from the Holiday Mixer» 


Thank you to the women and men who stopped by the California Women Lead booth at the California School Board Association Annual Education Conference and Trade Show. We look forward to seeing you again at the CSBA AEC in San Francisco next year! 



On Saturday, December 7th California Women Lead and CSBAhosted a breakfast with Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil, Office of Edmund G. Brown, Jr.. Thank you to Mona Pasquil for encouraging women to apply for appointments to boards and commissions! Click here to view more photos from the breakfast» 

Wednesday, January 8 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Rainey House | Junior League of Los Angeles
630 N Larchmont Blvd | Los Angeles | map

Would you like to have a voice in how government makes policies that affect your pocketbook, your health, and your community? Well, you CAN be part of the decision-making process by serving on a public board or commission that makes these policies. Join us and hear how to apply and open up a door to wonderful opportunities.  Click here for more information»

Thursday, January 9 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Sally Griffin Senior Center
700 Jewell Ave  | Pacific Grove map

Please join the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe for an appointments training with California Women Lead Executive Director Rachel Michelin. She will share her experience and the process that one should take to be appointed to a board/commission/committee at the local and state level. Click here for more information»

Leg Wel 2012

Wednesday, January 29 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Park Ultra Lounge

1116 15th Street | Sacramento map


Join the California Women Lead State Board of Directors and community leaders as we honor the California's 2014 Legislative and statewide women candidates. Click here for more information»  


Thursday, February 27 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Riverside City Hall
3900 Main Street
Mayor's Ceremonial Room, 7th Floor | Riverside map


Assemblymember Jose Medina and City of Riverside Assistant City Clerk Sherry Morton will explain why you should consider applying. Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil will provide tips on how to successfully navigate the process. California Women Lead Executive Director Rachel Michelin will discuss her experience with being appointed. Click here for more information»  



Book Signing with Journalist Jane Pauley

Monday, January 27

Los Angeles


Appointments Training with Junior League of Sacramento

Tuesday, January 21



Appointments Training

Thursday, March 20

Long Beach 


Leadership Training

Thursday, March 22 

Los Angeles


Appointments Training

Saturday, March 29 

Silicon Valley



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.