December 2018
A Toast to 2018!

Rachel Michelin, CEO, California Women Lead

Can you believe 2018 is coming to a close? Seems like the year just kicked off and what a year it has been! From women winning elections across the state, to a new Governor who is filling his new administration with dynamic women leaders, to our successful 2018 Women's Conference and our work around the state inspiring women in leadership, it is no wonder that we are a little tired!

I am personally appreciative for the women who serve on the California Women Lead Board of Directors and to our president, Cassandra Pye.  Click here to continue reading...
In This Issue

Early Bird Price Deadline Fast Approaching!

Have you purchased your ticket to our signature event? Ticket prices increase December 22.  Click here  to secure the early bird rate. Join us as we welcome Mona Pasquil Rogers as the new president of California Women Lead!

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

Are you a current member of California Women Lead? Email  to find out if you qualify for member only comped registration for this event.

Thank you for your nominations! 

The California Women Lead Board of Directors is currently reviewing 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.  Honorees will be announced the first week of January, 2019. 

Table Sponsorships Still Available!

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 .

Secure your table of eight including eight complimentary tickets to our Conference and table signage! Click here to learn more and email to confirm.

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

in 2019!

Ever thought how you can be part of increasing women's participation in civic engagement? 

Want to tie your brand to a brand that inspired thousands of women to run for office or apply for an appointment to a regulatory board? 

Want to engage with women on their successful leadership journeys? 

Want to be involved in  RESULTS DRIVEN  programs that moves the needle for women in California and beyond? 

Want to be part of a movement for women leaders in a positive environment that is diverse and inclusive of  ALL women?

If so, please consider making California Women Lead your partner in 2019!


To our California Women Lead Members recently elected to office!
  • Betty Yee- State Controller
  • Fiona Ma- State Treasurer
  • Eleni Kounalakis- Lieutenant Governor
  • Ann Marie Johnson- Dublin San Ramon Services District
  • Kristen Schreder- Redding Mayor
  • Lori Anzini- El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Director, Division 4
  • Linda Budge- Rancho Cordova City Council
Are you a member of California Women Lead and recently were elected or appointed? Let us know so we can celebrate you in our next newsletter. Email us at

To Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom's first round women appointees!
  • Ann O'Leary- Chief of Staff
  • Ana Matosantos- Cabinet Secretary
  • Catharine LhamonLegal Affairs Secretary
  • Angie Wei, Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary
  • Priscilla Cheng, Director, External Affairs
  • Maricela Rodriguez, Director, Civic Engagement & Strategic Partnerships
To Governor Jerry Brown's latest statewide appointees! Click here to view the list.

To Former California Women Lead Board Member   Teri Burns for her retirement from 36 years working in the Capitol community! 

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.
Thank you to all those who submitted information to California Women Lead's Nonpartisan Appointments Project. We are honored to be assisting Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom in building his Administration's team.  CLICK HERE  to visit the official "All in California" gubernatorial transition website to learn more about how to get involved and apply for an appointment.

California Women Lead has already been in conversations with the transition team and will be working with the new Administration in sharing our Project submissions in 2019. We will be in touch with all of our applicants soon.

Last month, California Women Lead, in partnership with Close the Gap CA, Equal Rights Advocates and How Women Lead, announced #WomenWednesday, a day to raise awareness, generate resources and inspire activism to support women's leadership in both private and public sectors in California.
Women from all over the state joined us the inaugural year by donating to one of the founding #WomenWednesday partners, or a partner of their choice that shares our vision of equality for women in California. Our shared goals include:
  • Achieving gender equality in elected office by building on the wave of women elected to Congressional, state and local offices on November 6th;
  • Increasing the numbers of women in executive positions, as founders and entrepreneurs and on corporate governing and management boards;
  • Ending the gender wage gap across all sectors.
With #WomenWednesday, we hope to channel the outrage of #MeToo and #TimesUp into positive lasting change.
Look for more updates on this movement next year.

In Case You Missed It...

In case you missed it, California Women Lead's CEO was featured on several news outlets leading up to and around the General Election. Check out Rachel Michelin's insight on the election below. 

Also, have you noticed anything different lately with our website? We recently rolled out a new look and feel to our online hub, streamlining information and improving responsiveness. Let us know what you think. Send an email with your feedback to

CA Women Lead CEO in : "Regardless of which party declares victory Tuesday night, Michelin predicts a measure of success for women entering the political fray in California. Currently there are 17 female delegates among California's 53, said Michelin."

Election 2018: Was It the Year of the Woman in California? 
KQED The California Report

KCRW Morning Edition
Rachel Michelin: The sheer number of women candidates has the potential to be significant. Click here to listen.

Gavin Newsom has to staff up his administration fast. Here are the key jobs to watch


California Women Lead Partner Spotlight

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California Women Lead is proud to partner with companies who salute the women and men who served and continue to serve this great country. In honor of our veterans, we are sharing the wonderful work our statewide partner Comcast NBCUniversal has been doing for the veteran community. Click here to learn more.
Welcome to our new and renewing Statewide Partners for 2019!



Thank you to our statewide partners who support our mission on an annual basis. Their support enables us to be successful in inspiring women leaders in their community and state.   |   916-551-1920   |