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February 2016 

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Upcoming Events
Leadership in Appointed Office Training
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim

50/50 Bootcamp
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim

Women in Public Service Reception
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim

Women's Empowerment Conference
Friday, April 22, 2016
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim

Women's Empowerment Day
May 9, 2016

Appointments Training
May 12, 2016
Santa Clarita

19th Annual Networking Luncheon
May 20, 2016
San Diego

Primary Election
Tuesday, June 7, 2015   

Click here to view our calendar of events.
CA Women Lead's New Capitol Career Center
Featured jobs

Director of Communications -
Oakland, CA

Assistant Canvass Director -
Berkeley, CA

Assistant Campaign Director -
Boston, MA

Senior Director of Wired Communications -
San Jose, CA

Thank you to our 2016 new & renewing members! 
Lita Abella, State Bar of California
Allyn AllFeci, Van Hooser    
Angel Arrington, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Laura Braden Quigley, LBQ Strategies
Cynthia Bridges, State Board of Equalization
Linda Budge    
Jeanne Cain, California Chamber of Commerce
Vilma Dawson, University of California, Los Angeles
Julie Elginer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Sandra Fluke, Voices For Progress
Krystin Herr, Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region
Sarah Kagan, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Cindy Marks    
Natasha Minsker, ACLU of CA Center for Advocacy & Policy
Gail Murray    
Everlena Oliver, Beta Epsilon
Maxine Oliver-Benson, A Lift To Freedom
Ciera Payton, Actress/Activist
Lezlie Puglia, Independent
Nancy Sappington, Inland Urban Forest Council
Genevieve Shiroma, SMUD/ALRB
Lisa Silverman, Department of General Services
Angie Simpson, Allergan
Katherine Van Horn, California Special Districts Association
Qiuana Williams, CA State Board of Equalization
Nicole Wordelman      

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Message From the President 

Time for Women to step up our Game
Cassandra Pye, President, CA Women Lead
President, 3.14 Communications
Last month, I stepped into the role of President for California Women Lead (, the only statewide, nonpartisan women's organization in California with a commitment to providing women with the training and support they need to be successful in the political arena. It's an honor I don't take lightly and, while the title sounds impressive and my-mother-would-have-been-proud, it's mostly a lot of work. Pressing for equity in the political marketplace remains a heavy lift. If you take a quick glance at our state board, though, you'll understand why I'm optimistic. It's full of political rock stars.

Continue reading... 


Women's Empowerment Conference  
Coming To Anaheim 

Join Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil, State Controller Betty Yee, Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen, BOE Member Fiona Ma, Congresswoman Mimi Walters and Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye at California Women Lead's Women's Empowerment Conference at the Disneyland Resort on April 21-22. 
  • Learn to be a successful candidate at our 50/50 Bootcamp
  • Learn valuable leadership tools and network with other appointed women at our Leadership in Appointed Office Bootcamp.
  • Join us for our powerful sessions on leadership for women in California.

Contact Connie at for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Download our sponsorship flyer.


Running for Office?
Apply for our Campaign Bootcamp

This bootcamp will empower, educate and support women who are looking to continue to break those boundaries and run for office in the 2016 cycle, challenging women to remember,  
'if not you, then who?'

* Bootcamp sessions are taught by top professionals from both political parties. 
* Session participation is limited to 40 registrants, and all attendees will receive a campaign bootcamp binder.

Download the event flyer 

For questions regarding campaign bootcamp, please contact Danielle Roe (925) 890-5724 or


Become a Leader in YOUR Appointed Office

This bootcamp will engage attendees with valuable insight and skills, empowering them with the education, relationships and networks they need to help become a successful appointed leader.

* Bootcamp sessions are taught by top professionals from both political parties.
* Session participation is limited to 40 registrants, and all attendees will receive a bootcamp binder.

Download the event flyer

For questions regarding the leadership in appointed office bootcamp, please contact Danielle Roe (925) 890-5724 or


Annual Legislative Reception - A Huge Success! 

Thank you to all of our supporters who attended and contributed to our Annual Legislative Reception honoring Governor Edmund G. Brown's Executive Secretary Nancy McFadden, Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins and Former Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen, the recipients of our MOVER Award: Making Our Vision of Equality a Reality.

We had a packed house! Click here to view photos of the event.
We'd also like to give a special thank you to our sustaining partners who support our mission statewide - Kaiser Permanente, AT&T, State Farm Insurance, Bridgepoint Education, CA Dental Association, Lilly, Sempra Energy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, United, Walmart, Comcast and Qualcomm.
Thank you, again, to our reception sponsors.

In Case You Missed It...

The Sacramento Business Journal featured our event. Many thanks to our photographer Tia Gemmell for taking amazing photos!


Women's Empowerment Day at the Capitol
Monday May 9, 2016 I 10:00am - 4:30pm
Residence Inn Sacramento I map

Appointments Training - Santa Clarita
Thursday, May 12, 2016 I 6:00pm 
Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center  
College of the Canyons I Room UCEN-258 
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road I Santa Clarita I map 

19th Annual Networking Luncheon
Friday, May 20, 2016 I 11:30am
The University Club Atop Symphony Towers
750 B St #3400 I San Diego I map  


Appointments Vacancies
A new appointments vacancies list has been recently issued by the Governor's office. Click here to view our appointments training page which includes:
  • The most recent gubernatorial appointment vacancy list.
  • Governor's Appointments Unit contact list.
  • Governor's Appointments Assignments.
  • Appointments Package for download, which contains:
    • A step-by-step guide to getting a local appointment
    • A personal inventory checklist
    • A personal action plan
    • Frequently asked questions
    • Information about letters of recommendation
    • 10 tips for women seeking government appointments

You must be a member of CA Women Lead to access our appointments training page. Click here to view the page and click here to join our network!


Congratulations to our Treasurer and Past President Fiona Ma on her recent appointment to the California Film Commission. Read the press release here. Fiona is also an Elected Member of the State Board of Equalization.

Also, our Vice President and Gov. Brown's Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil was recently featured in the Asian Journal: "Filipina in charge: California Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil" Read more here.


California Women Lead In The News 
In Case You Missed It...

Our CEO Rachel Michelin was quoted in a great piece this week that appeared in Calmatters, a nonprofit start-up that covers politics, parties and personalities in Sacramento. The feature, entitiled "Female lobbying firm thrives in male-dominated Capitol" written by Former Sacramento Bee Reporter Laurel Rosenhall highlighted an all-women lobbying firm in Sacramento that has risen among the top 20 lobbying firms out of 300 registered in California. Still, however, politics continues to be very much an insider ball game and most of those insiders are men. Read more here.  


New Year, New Website!  
With the New Year comes exciting changes for California Women Lead. Our organization has launched a new website along with a state of the art membership services platform in a continued effort to grow with the advancement of technology and provide the highest quality of services to our members. The new website and membership services platform is now live!
Members will now have a more robust website to navigate along with a full membership profile. 

Not yet a member of our network? Join today and take advantage of all CA Women Lead has to offer. Visit our website to sign up or call our office at 916.551.1920 or send an email to


Take Our Survey
California Women Lead has a survey we are asking everyone to take a few minutes to fill out. Your responses will help us plan for the rest of 2016 as well as current events and trainings underway. Thank you for your time - your feedback is important to us!

We are considering hosting a series of campaign boot camps as part of our 50/50 Project to increase the number of women in elected office. The California 50/50 Project, a nonpartisan project under the California Women Lead brand, is focused on increasing the number of women serving in elected office.

Sessions, taught by political professionals from both parties, cover topics such as - The Elements of a Successful Campaign, Social Media, Fundraising and Grassroots Organizing. Sessions provide candidates with vital information to develop, manage, and execute a successful campaign, and allows candidates to extend their networks throughout the state.

Women who attend The California 50/50 Project boot camp will also be eligible to attend follow up, on-line trainings focusing on Media Training, Advanced Grassroots Campaign and Preparing and Mastering Campaign Questionnaires and Interviews. Only women who attend a boot camp can attend the advanced sessions. Each session is limited to 30 participants and members of California Women Lead will be given priority registration.


California Women Lead is a nonpartisan 501c3 non-profit organization. As such we do not endorse or contribute to political candidates. Our goal is to empower women to seek their full leadership potential through education, training and network development.

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Sacramento, CA 95814 

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