President's Message

Cassandra Pye

December 2016


The year 2016 has been an incredible one for California Women Lead! What an honor it has been to serve with an exceptional Board of leaders with great passion and vision for women’s leadership in California.


While the national election results were disappointing for some and while the number of women in elected office in California actually dropped, we’ve decided that we’re going to look forward and not behind us. Working with the dynamic team at California Women Lead, we are launching new programs and initiatives in 2017 focused on our mission to ENGAGE EMPOWER ELECT. Through our new LEADership Academy, we want to continue to inspire women to find their leadership path and provide them with skills to give them confidence as they pursue their leadership goals.  I hope you will take a moment to review the new program and give us feedback.  While I expect you’ll want to attend yourself, please also pass this summary onto other women leaders in your networks – we’ve learned that women are clamoring for opportunities to sharpen their skills. Once they’ve built that confidence, they’re often ready to take that next step into elected or appointed office. Our organization touches women from all geographies, backgrounds and ethnicities in California because we believe it’s important that elected bodies and appointed boards in California truly reflect the rich diversity of all of California’s women leaders.


On behalf of California Women Lead, thank you for your commitment to diverse leadership. We look forward to working with you in 2017!


Happy Holidays,