California Women Lead has ramped up our overall efforts to campaign aggressively for increasing women in elected and appointed positions. We are broadening our efforts to reach all women in California and we are bringing Appointment Training workshops to Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego before the end of this year, as well as presenting the first ever Women's Empowerment Day in Orange County and Oakland, followed by what is sure to be an eye opening report to be released later this year that will detail the number of women currently serving in local city council offices across the state. This report will be part of a larger look into where women stand in leadership positions in California and help us to assess just how far we still need to come to ensure our voices are heard at all levels of government. 


I want to thank our current members for renewing their membership and our newest members for joining CA Women Lead. Your support helps us to continue fulfilling our mission to * ENGAGE * EMPOWER * ELECT more women in leadership positions across the state.


Corporate Level
Advocate Level
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Abigail Lovell; Mission Viejo
Benefactor Level
Supporter Level
Fran David; Oakland
Janet Mulder; Jamul
Supporter Level
Pamela Wells; Toluca Lake
Sharon Runner; Sacramento
Frieda Edgette, Oakland
Roxanne Gould; Sacramento
General Level
Fiona Ma; San Francisco
Barbara Blake; Los Angeles
Marilyn Buchi; Fullerton
Shelby McNamara; Danville
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, Alamo
Sherri Loveland; Tustin
General Level
Connie Buenaventura; La Habra
Karriann Farrell Hinds, Los Angeles
Carol Jong, Sacramento
Marissa Allen, Sacramento
Melissa Washington, Lincoln
Marcia McKenzie, Redding

Joy Picus, Reseda

Diane Fishburn, Sacramento

Emily Andrews, Sacramento

Lacey Keys, Sacramento

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, Concord

Cindy Peterson, McClellan


An additional thank you to all of our corporate sponsors who make CA Women Lead and all of our events and activities possible. 


BP | Bridgepoint Education | CA Association of Realtors | Chevron 

 Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA)

 Comcast |  JP Morgan & Chase | Kaiser Permanente | Lilly | Sempra Energy

State Farm | Walmart | Charter Communications | Time Warner Cable 


If you are not a member or you have not yet renewed, I hope you will considering doing that today!

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor of CA Women Lead please email us at Admin@CAWomenLead.org





Rachel Michelin 

Executive Director/CEO 

California Women Lead


CA Women Lead Featured on The California Channel and Working Motherhood Podcast


In case you missed it, Rachel Michelin, CEO and Executive Director of CA Women Lead has recently been featured on two prominent media forums: The Charter California Edition, which airs on The California Channel in every home served by cable in the state and Dr. Portia Jackson's Working Motherhood Podcast. The California Channel airs not only on Charter, but also on Brighthouse, Comcast, Cox, MediaCom, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable and Wave Broadband reaching close to six million homes in the Golden State.

Working Motherhood is a daily podcast, founded and hosted by Dr. Portia Jackson, interviewing today's most successful and inspiring working moms. The Working Motherhood includes everyone from CEOs, teachers, entrepreneurs, real estate investors, cashiers- basically any mom that produces income.

During The Charter California Edition interview, Michelin and CA Women Lead Board Director and Vice President of APCO Worldwide Casandra Pye discussed CA Women Lead's mission to Engage, Empower and Elect more women in leadership positions across the state. Michelin and Pye also recapped the June Primary Election results, discussed the exciting Controller's race and summarized the current state of women serving in appointed and elected positions.

Michelin and Pye's interview with the California Edition is airing on the California Channel this week. California Edition airs Monday through Sunday at 8:00AM and 8:00PM.
In Southern California - on Charter, the California Channel is broadcast on Channel 177. On Time Warner Cable, the California Channel broadcasts on Channel 233. In Central California, on Charter, the California Channel is broadcast on Channel 90. In Sacramento, the California Channel is broadcast on Comcast Channel 108. Through Cox Communications, the California Channel airs on Channel 3, 18 or 23.  

Otherwise, for local listings, please check www.calchannel.com/local-listing/.

Michelin's podcast can also be downloaded on itunes and listened to on Stitcher.


This one-day conference will give women from throughout the state the skills and tools to be empowered leaders.

Friday, September 19 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Orange County

Interested in gaining the skills and tools needed to be an empowered leader in your community? Join us for California Women Lead's first Women's Empowerment Day in Orange County, a one-day event designed to empower women.

Featured Speakers include:

  • Fiona Ma, President, CA Women Lead     
  • Cassandra Pye, Senior Vice President, APCO Worldwide
  • Mona Pasquil, Secretary of Appointments, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
  • Karen Moore, CEO, Moore Communications
  • Carrie Nocella, Director, Government Relations, Disneyland Resort
  • Abigail Lovell, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Experian
  • Debra Hotaling, Western U.S. Communications, Ford Motor Company
  • Kim Sentovich, Senior Vice President, Pacific Region, Walmart  

The program and speakers list is developing. Please check back frequently for updates.
Sponsorships are available!  Contact admin@cawomenlead.org for more information.
Tickets go on sale August 1st and space is VERY limited!

Click here to download the save the date»   



CA Women Lead is hosting a suite at this year's annual BlogHer Conference in San Jose. If you are attending the conference or just want to stop by our suite on Friday evening, July 25, we would love to see you. Everyone is invited to stop in during the conference Open House, which starts at 8:00PM and runs through 11:00PM. We will have some exciting news to announce during this time.

If you are registered to attend BlogHer, you may also join us in a Friday morning appointments panel beginning at 10:15AM discussing why women should be more civically engaged.

On Saturday, July 26, we will be hosting a panel on Women's Health in California starting at 11:00AM followed by the Girlfriend's Guide to CA Politics at 2:30PM, which will provide an insider's discussion on politics in the state. 

Again, you have to be registered for BlogHer to attend everything in the CA Women Lead suite with the exception of the Open House on Friday July 25 at 8:00PM and the Girlfriend's Guide to CA Politics on Saturday July 26 at 2:30PM. Learn more by visiting our website at http://www.CAWomenLead.orgIf you cannot attend the BlogHer event, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates!  

There are 9 days left to register for BlogHer. 

California Women Lead is looking for applicants for boards that Governor Brown is looking to appoint to:

1. The Del Mar Fair Board has a vacancy. In order to apply for this position you must be a resident of the City of Del Mar. 

2. The Designated Local Authority Los Banos/Merced. The DLA is responsible for winding down the affairs of a dissolved local redevelopment agency (RDA) when the sponsoring entity chose not to be the successor. The duties of the DLA include: (1) paying enforceable obligations; (2) maintaining reserves to protect bondholder; (3) following through on enforceable obligation; (4) disposing of the former RDA's assets; (5) enforcing former RDA rights for the benefits of bondholders; (6) overseeing properties until contracted work has been completed; (7) overseeing staff of the former RDA to accomplish these aforementioned duties; (8) communicating and working with the Governor's Office, state agencies and an oversight board. You must live in Los Banos or Merced to be considered for this position. 

3. The Area Boards on Developmental Disabilities Board - Area 10
(Los Angeles). This board is responsible for protecting and advocating for the rights of all persons in the area with developmental disabilities. There are two self-advocate (Consumer) positions available. You must live in Los Angeles County to be considered.

If you have any questions about these positions please contact us at admin@cawomenlead.org.


Another ICYMI:


Assembly Republicans voted CA Women Lead Board Member Kristin Olsen to be their next leader-elect making her California's Assembly Minority Leader in November. 

Assemblymember Olsen joins Speaker Toni Atkins who was sworn in as Speaker of the Assembly earlier this year. CA Women Lead thanks both of these women for helping pave the way for more women serving in public office and applauds current Assembly Minority Leader (and CA Women Lead State Board Member) Connie Conway for mentoring and supporting other female leaders and setting an example for women everywhere.

Read more on Asm. Olsen's election here. 



Application filing period is closed


The If Not You, Then Who? leadership training series has kicked off in Los Angeles and is almost halfway through. The series includes leadership training that is dedicated to giving future candidates the skills and tools needed to run and win a successful political campaign.  

Trainings are limited to a select number of women.

We accept applications on a rolling basis.

* If you are interested in having a If Not You, Then Who?  training in your area, please contact us at admin@cawomenlead.org.

We are open to hosting trainings in areas of the state where there is a number of women interested. Please contact CA Women Lead at admin@cawomenlead.org for more information. 


We will also be hosting a training series in Sacramento and Orange County. 

Click here to apply» 


Tuesday, July 22 


Appointments Training


San Diego 

Friday, July 25 - Saturday July 26
San Jose 
Women's Empowerment Day

Friday, October 10


Appointments Training
Tuesday, September 9
General Election

Tuesday, November 4 


Friday, September 19
Orange County


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.