October 2018
Top Ten Lessons Learned from Running for Office and LOSING!

By  Rachel Michelin, Executive Director/CEO, California Women Lead

On June 3, 2008, across the state, women ran for office at the local, state and national levels. I was one of those local candidates. I threw my hat in the ring and ran for a seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. While I did not make the run off, I did learn a number of valuable, "first time candidate" lessons that I would like to share.

In This Issue

Sips + Bites + Results

Tuesday November 6, 2018
7:00 PM
The Diplomat Steakhouse
1117 11th Street, Sacramento CA 95814

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Registration Now Open for the  2019 Women's Conference!

Join us for the 2019 California Women Lead Women's Conference on April 22 - 24, 2019 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Last year we SOLD OUT and we are hard at work putting together an amazing program that will inspire YOU on your leadership journey - personally and professionally. Join women from throughout the state as we network, learn, encourage and inspire each other. Now, more than ever, we NEED women to LEAD!

Like last year, we are hosting powerful speakers throughout the conference and will offer learning sessions focused on Professional Development; Personal Development; Leadership Development; and Changemaker Conversations.
to learn more, register and consider sponsoring!

Check out a slideshow of pictures and video taken during this year's conference (click on the image below to watch)

2019 MOVER Award Nominations Due Nov. 30

California Women Lead is successful today because of the remarkable women (and men) who have left their mark on the organization, leaders who not only believe in our mission, but live it. Our MOVER awards recognize leaders who have and continue to be trailblazers, leaders who not only inspire, but work to help women be successful.

The California Women Lead Board of Directors is accepting nominations for our 2019 "Making our Vision of Equality a Reality" (MOVER) Awards. The MOVER Awards will be presented February 6, 2019 at the California Women Lead Annual Legislative Reception at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento. The Board will be considering nominations and will announce honorees the first week of January. We ask that anyone who is nominated commits to attending the reception on February 6, 2019 in Sacramento.

Click below for a description of each award and to submit your nomination.

Recipients will be selected by the California Women Lead Board of Directors. Finalists may be contacted for more information. The board reserves the right to change categories of nominees.

All nominees must be a current member of California Women Lead. Nomination deadline -- November 30, 2018.

Congratulations to California Women Lead Members
Running for Office in the 2018 General Election!
 "Women have begun to see that if I go through that doorway,

I take everybody through it."

Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator 

We are proud of all of our members running for office in November.
Thank you for being an example of leadership.

We wish you the best of luck and look forward to hearing about your success.
Win or lose, you are all winners in the eyes of California Women Lead!

Click here to read about a few of our members who are on the 2018 November Ballot!

California Women Lead does not endorse or contribute to political candidates or initiatives. This is for informational purposes only. Women submitted candidate information to California Women Lead. The project was open to all current members of the association.
Politeness in Politics

With Election Day just a week away, the issue of Politeness in Politics is front and center. Read this CEWAER (now California Women Lead ) newsletter article that is still, if not more, relevant today than it was in 1996, written by Miss Manners (AKA Judith Martin). Former State Senator Dede Alpert's (president of the CEWAER board) message to our membership that same year also still resonates in our political climate today. Click here to read.

Can we bring civility back to politics? Have we gone too far to change the tenor of our political campaigns? 

Like and share/re-tweet CA Women Lead's posts on social media if you agree that something needs to change in California and beyond.

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We applaud both gubernatorial candidates 
for supporting the project
California Women Lead's Nonpartisan Appointments Project is officially launched! The purpose of the project is to encourage and recruit women statewide to apply for an appointment on boards, commissions, or in agencies within the new gubernatorial administration that will be elected this November. It is the goal of California Women Lead, and this project, to ensure we have a rich, diverse pool of women from all corners of the state included. 

Catharine Baker and Elizabeth Ashford 
Join CA Women Lead Board of Directors
California Women Lead is pleased to announce Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and Elizabeth Ashford are part of a growing list of women leaders joining CA Women Lead Board of Directors in January 2019. Asm. Baker has represented California's 16th Assembly District since 2014. Before joining the Assembly, she worked as an attorney, advising small businesses, individuals, and non-profits. Ashford served as Attorney General Kamala Harris' Chief of Staff, Governor Jerry Brown's Chief Deputy Press Secretary, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Chief Deputy for Cabinet and Communications. Click here to read more.

Congrats to Governor Jerry Brown's latest statewide appointees! Click HERE to view the full list of appointee announcements.

And congrats to these women on the rise!
  • Debra Perelman, Revlon's new CEO, the first woman ever in history of the company to serve as CEO. 
  • Donna Strickland, first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 55 years. Strickland is only the third woman in history to win the physics prize, and the only living female physics laureate. 
  • Col. Rebecca O'ConnorOhio Air National Guard's first woman Brigadier General, a position held by just 150 Air Force members across the country.
  • Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer- First female duo to call NFL games.
  • CA Women Lead member Emelyn Rodriguez, Californians Aware (CalAware) new Executive Director.

In Case You Missed It...

Thank you to KQED for including California Women Lead in their Science of Empowerment feature, presented by Perricone MD. Watch our CEO Rachel Michelin explain what empowerment means and how to grasp it. 

California Women Lead's CEO Rachel Michelin also sat down with KQED's Forum to discuss "Year of the Woman" in Politics. Listen here.


 interviewed  California Women Lead 's CEO to discuss social media spending for campaigns. See why she says it's how you spend your money not how much you spend by clicking HERE.

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Is our country prepared for this year's flu season? What is being done to protect our health in the medical and pharmaceutical communities? Are your state leaders on the front line and ready to battle the 2018 flu bug? And, what can you do to protect your family's health?

Join Moderator and Alaska State Representative Geran Tarr on this PodCast, as we find out who is most at risk of contracting the flu and what is the most affective defense against the virus.

Coming Up...

California Women Lead will be providing post election analysis and a comprehensive report on the current number of women serving in elected office at the local, statewide and Congressional levels AND launching our California Women Lead weekly podcast following Election Day. Stay tuned!


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