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BlogHer Recap

California Women Lead hosted a suite during BlogHer14, an annual conference that brings together bloggers from all over the world. It was a great networking opportunity for us and also an amazing vehicle for delivering the important message that we need to increase the number of women serving in elected and appointed positions at all levels of government and continue to Enage, Empower and Elect more women into leadership roles in not only California, but worldwide.

Our message was spread through social media with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts buzzing with updates from our events and panels held in the suite. These included

Why & How Women Can Engage in Civic Life
Featured Panelists included:

  • Cassandra Pye, former Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Rachel Michelin, CEO, California Women Lead; Appointee, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown

California Women Lead & The Plus 1 Project Open House

California Women Lead and Engender Media Group launched the Plus 1 Project. Bloggers and social media influencers were encouraged to post their “Plus 1″ to the voting booth, helping spread the importance that every vote counts.

Current Issues in Health Care for Women & Families
Women’s health issues are among the top policy issues facing women leaders and voters this year. CA Women Lead was joined by a panel of health care practitioners and advocates for a candid discussion on current issues in women’s health and how folks could use their blogs to affect change.

The Girlfriends’ Guide to California Politics

Featured Panelists included:

  • Betty Yee, Candidate for CA State Controller, Vice President of CA Women Lead and Member, CA State Board of Equalization
  • Mary Hughes, Founder, Close the Gap CA
  • Erin Kotecki Vest, Former Political Director, BlogHer & blogger at Queen of Spain
  • Cassandra Pye, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, APCO Worldwide

A full recap can be viewed in the image below or by clicking here.

BlogHer Recap

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Register Today for Women’s Empowerment Day – OC

featured speakersFriday, September 19 | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Experian
475 Anton Blvd. | Costa Mesa
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Interested in gaining the skills and tools needed to be an empowered leader in your community? Join us for California Women Lead’s first annual Women’s Empowerment Day in Orange County, a one day event designed to empower women.

This conference provides women with ACTION ITEMS in their personal, professional and political networks and empowers them to consider public service.

Featured speakers include:

  • Honorable Mona Pasquil, Secretary of Appointments, Office of California Governor, Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
  • Honorable Anna Caballero, Secretary of Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, Office of California Governor, Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
  • Honorable Fiona Ma, President, CA Women Lead State Board of Directors 
  • Cassandra Pye, Senior Vice President, APCO Worldwide

Session topics include empowering your leadership style, empowering your network, empowering your voice and empowering your community.

Additional speakers include:

  • Honorable Lucy Dunn, Member, California Transportation Commission
  • Honorable Cyd Brandvein, Member, California Board of Optometry
  • Honorable Charlene Zettel, Member, University of California Board of Regents (invited)
  • 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 Stores
  • Mary Stutts, Vice President of External Affairs, Comcast NBC Universal California

Click here to download the event flyer

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

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TICKETS

CA Women Lead Member

Early Bird (by August 29th) $75. Members, click here to register»

After August 29th $100. Members click here to register»

Non-Member

Early Bird (by August 29th) $125. Non-members, click here to register»

After August 29th $150. Non-members, click here to register»

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Support Women’s Empowerment Day – Orange County

California Women Lead invites you to support our First Annual “Women’s Empowerment Day – Orange County” on September 19, 2104 in Costa Mesa. Speakers include:

Honorable Mona Pasquil
Cabinet Secretary for Appointments,
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown
Honorable Anna M. Caballero
Cabinet Secretary,
Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (invited)
Honorable Charlene Zettel
Member,
University of California Board of Regents (invited)
Honorable Lucy Dunn
Member,
California Transportation Commission (invited)
Honorable Cyd Branstein
Member,
Board of Optometry
Honorable Fiona Ma
Candidate,
State Board of Equalization,
CA Women Lead State Board of Directors President
Kim Sentovich
Walmart Stores
Carrie Nocella
Disneyland Resort
Abigail Lovell
Experian
Debra Hotaling
Ford Motor Company
Cassandra Pye
APCO Worldwide
Karen Moore
Moore Communications

This conference provides women with ACTION ITEMS they can take with them to implement in their personal and professional lives and empower them to consider public service. We also welcome our partners (at certain levels) to join us Thursday evening prior to the conference for our “Empowered Women Leaders Reception” honoring women elected leaders in Orange County as well as women running for elected office in the November General election.

As a supporter of the conference, you will be among an exclusive group of organizations who partner with California Women Lead. Our partners support our mission to empower women leaders throughout the state. This conference will inspire, connect and engage women to reach their full leadership potential. Not only will your brand be featured at the conference, but will also be highlighted on the California Women Lead website and social media outlets.

Please consider the available sponsorship opportunities. I hope you will consider joining us in empowering women to be the best they can and join us in our mission to help women reach their full leadership potential.

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CA WOMEN LEAD IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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.

Watch the full interview with California Edition Host Brad Pomerance here.

Download and listen in on Michelin’s Working Motherhood podcast and hear how she balances being a successful working mom here.

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

Rachel Michelin- Cal Channel        Cassandra Pye- CA Channel

Working Motherhood Podcast, 7.7

 

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CA Women Lead to be Featured on the California Channel

Cal Channel logoCalifornia Women Lead will soon be featured on the California Edition.

Charter California Edition airs on the California Channel available in every home served by cable in the state.

The California Channel airs not only on Charter, but also on Brighthouse, Comcast, Cox, MediaCom, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable and Wave Broadband. The California Channel reaches close to six million homes in the Golden State. On the California Channel, Charter California Edition airs at 8:00AM and 8:00PM seven days a week. In Southern California, California Edition also airs on Charter Channel 101, at 9:00AM, 4:00PM and 9:00PM seven days a week.

Rachel Michelin, CEO and Executive Director of CA Women Lead and Cassandra Pye, Director of CA Women Lead will appear on Cal Channel to discuss CA Women Lead’s mission to Engage, Empower and Elect more women in leadership positions across the state. Michelin and Pye will also recap the June Primary Election results, discuss the exciting Controller’s race and summarize the current state of women serving in appointed and elected positions.

We will send a follow up email announcing the specific date the segment will start airing on all of the programs and stations listed above. The information will also be posted on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. If you haven’t yet, be sure to like and follow us! We will add the segment on our YouTube channel as well.

Thank you to those of you who are members of California Women Lead. We appreciate your support of our mission to engage, empower and elect! If you are not yet a member of California Women Lead, please click here to consider joining our network of empowered women. If you are interested in working with us to bring other California Women Lead programs to your area please email us and we would be happy to find a way to make that happen.

 

California Women Lead is proud of the number of women members whose names appeared on the Primary ballot. On behalf of the State Board of Directors we applaud you for taking the risk of running. Win or lose, you are a role model for other women who aspire to become politically engaged. Thank you for making the decision to run!

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Betty Yee Neck and Neck with Perez in Controllers Race

bettyCalifornia’s initial Primary Election results are still not decided for some races, especially California’s statewide Controller’s Race.

The June Primary election results will be certified on July 11, but thanks to an increasing number of voters voting by mail, there are several counties with votes still being counted.

Betty Yee is practically tied for second place, just a hair behind John Perez with the Counties of Butte, El Dorado, and Monterey now reporting.

In addition to being a candidate for Controller, Yee is Vice President of CA Women Lead’s Board of Directors and is proof of the power of grassroots campaigning. Door-to-door canvassing, phoning voters and hard work has put Yee at the top of this race and she provides a shining example of what CA Women Lead has been saying: if you do not try, you will never win. We will continue to monitor this race closely and congratulate Yee on her courage to run for office and conduct a strong campaign.

CA Women Lead keeps election results like these updated on our website and social media pages. If you haven’t yet, please be sure to visit our website at http://www.CAWomenLead.org. Please also ‘like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

CA Women Lead is also now on Instagram. Be sure to follow us there, too!

Are you a candidate for office in November? We want to know! Please email admin@cawomenlead.org so we can follow your campaign. Not a member of California Women Lead? Your financial support helps us ENGAGE EMPOWER ELECT more women throughout the state. We hope you will consider supporting us today!

Sincerely,

Rachel Michelin, CEO and Executive Director
CA Women Lead

California Women Lead is proud of the number of women members whose names appeared on the Primary ballot. On behalf of the State Board of Directors we applaud you for taking the risk of running. Win or lose, you are a role model for other women who aspire to become politically engaged. Thank you for making the decision to run!

California Women Lead is a nonpartisan 501c3 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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Election Results are In! How women fared in the June Primary

CWLWOMEN IN THE CALIFORNIA 2014 JUNE PRIMARY

QUICK RESULTS ANALYSIS 

California Women Lead is proud to share with you our initial analysis of how women fared in the June Primary in the Statewide and State Legislative races. In cases where the results were too close to call, we sided with the female candidate in hopes she will prevail. We will update this report regularly and will release our complete analysis when election results are certified.

Are you a candidate for office in November? We want to know! Please email admin@cawomenlead.org so we can follow your campaign. Not a member of California Women Lead? Your financial support helps us ENGAGE EMPOWER ELECT more women throughout the state. We hope you will consider supporting us today!

TOTAL NUMBER OF WOMEN CURRENTLY SERVING:
STATEWIDE**            5
STATE SENATE          12 (7 members not on the primary ballot)
STATE ASSEMBLY    20
TOTAL                            37

TOTAL NUMBER OF WOMEN ON THE JUNE 2014 PRIMARY BALLOT:
STATEWIDE**            15
STATE SENATE          18
STATE ASSEMBLY    58
TOTAL                            91

TOTAL NUMBER OF WOMEN ADVANCING TO THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION:
STATEWIDE**            5
STATE SENATE          7
STATE ASSEMBLY   35
TOTAL                          47

PROJECTIONS OF HOW MANY WILL SERVE POST ELECTION:
STATEWIDE                4 (loss of one)
SENATE                         3; best case 6 (gain of one seat)
STATE ASSEMBLY    16; best case 20 (remains the same)

**includes State Board of Equalization

BEST CASE —  The Women’s Caucus gains one seat in the State Legislature (State Senate); (if in ALL the too close to call races the woman candidate wins)

WORST CASE — The Women’s Caucus decreases by 6 seats to a total of 26 (loss of 2 in the State Senate and 4 in the State Assembly)

California Women Lead is proud of the number of women members whose names appeared on the Primary ballot. On behalf of the State Board of Directors we applaud all women who were candidates in the recent election for taking the risk and running for elected office. Win or lose, they are role models for other women who aspire to become politically engaged. We thank them for making the decision to run!

 

California Women Lead is a nonpartisan 501c3 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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California Women Lead in the Sacramento Business Journal

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If Not You, Then Who? Bio: Joan Borucki

Last week California Women Lead welcomed the newest class of future candidates. If Not You, Then Who? is California Women Lead’s premier campaign training that gives women the skills and tools needed to win a successful political election. Classes are limited to a select group of women that are dedicated to running for office in the near future.

Joan

Joan Borucki

Ms. Borucki has an extensive background in developing solutions to issues involving California political, legislative and executive branch policies and processes. Borucki has a wide-range of experience in recommending and implementing organizational/business process changes in infrastructure including water, energy, transportation, housing, asset management, building standards, telecom, planning, finance and research. She has an extensive background working with state, federal and local political leaders to implement significant legislative, and regulatory changes. Ms. Borucki is the former director of the California State Lottery, chairwoman of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Chief Deputy director of the California Transportation Commission, and was a team leader for the California Performance Review. Ms. Borucki served for over 20 years at the California Department of Transportation managing programs including: planning; budgets; new technology and legislative outreach. She was responsible for executing the first federal revenue anticipation notes (Garvees) for transportation in California. While at the California Lottery, Ms. Borucki, cut through the red tape and managed the construction of a GOLD/LEED standard building using an Integrated Project Design process, helping to reinvigorate a neglected business area of Sacramento. Borucki has a Master of City and Regional Planning, and a BA in Urban Planning & Political Science from Rutgers University. Joan works with large and small companies providing business development advice and guidance for penetrating senior leadership in specific agencies, major programs and local governments. Why I am running:
I have vast experience in many areas of public service and believe that I could use my talents and experiences to help better my local community. I am very concerned about the waning influence of women in elective office. I believe we have a voice that needs to be heard regardless of political affiliation. I am only interested in local level positions. I would like to stay connected to the community. I have particular interests in infrastructure and education. I am a very strong supporter of equal rights for everyone especially our LGBT community. I do start this process with some worry for the impact that becoming a public figure will have on my family and personal life. I look forward to being able to serve my community.

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If Not You, Then Who? Bio: Charlotte Danielsson-Chang

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Charlotte Danielsson-Chang has a Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from UC Berkeley where she graduated with Honors in the Major and Distinction in General Scholarship. She has been practicing immigration law for the past fifteen years. Ms. Danielsson-Chang was recently re-elected to the board of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco/Silicon Valley and previously served on the board for three years from 2009-2011. She is also a member of the board of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of API Americans through voter education and leadership development. She is a member of the Swedish-American Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Why I am running:
I am considering running for office to have a greater impact on my community. My strength is that I have the ability to thoroughly understand and analyze proposed legislation and to take into consideration the varied implications of legislation for different groups impacted. I would like to learn more about the process and mechanics of running for office, including how to raise funds and how to develop a campaign strategy.

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