Note from the Executive Director
"Girls with Dreams Become Women with Vision"
When going through some old family photos, I came across this picture of me as a little girl. In my mom’s high heels and my fancy suit, I aspired to be a savvy executive just like her. Since childhood I have admired female entrepreneurs and executives. Much of this is a credit to the example my mother set for me. She started as a secretary in a temporary services company, and with some hustle, ambition and a lot of tenacity she retired as a senior Vice President.
Many working moms – including myself – get “mom guilt.” We struggle to find the time to work in the classroom, sometimes forget a project or homework assignment, and exhaust ourselves juggling the role of “mommy” and “boss lady.” In the same breath, I acknowledge the incredible women who stay at home and pick up that extra carpool shift, run their households, and can devote time in the classroom. At the end of the day, we are all ONE team.
This month, in honor of National Take Your Daughter to Work Day (April 27th), I'd like to recognize all the members of CWLA for the important role they play in inspiring, mentoring, and supporting the next generation of future female leaders of all ages, at home or in the workforce. I'd also encourage you to share your personal experience of a woman who inspired you to become the leader you are today by participating in CWLA's social media campaign with the hashtag #ILearnedFromHer.
And thanks mom. I wouldn’t be where I am without you.
Quote of the Month
"Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them." Unknown
CWLA strives to empower the next generation of leaders and elected officials. On April 27th, CWLA will be celebrating National Take your Daughter to Work Day. Join us by taking your daughter to work, or by simply participating in CWLA's social media campaign with the hashtag #ILearnedFromHer and share your own experience of how a woman has inspired you.
In the White House
CWLA Vice President Parmis Khatibi had the opportunity to sit down with President Trump and Administrator Seema Verma for ongoing talks on reforming the ACA to guarantee more healthcare choices, enhance the quality of health care for all Americans, and put treatment decisions back in the hands of the patients and physicians.
San DiegoTell us about yourself.
Born in Seoul, South Korea. Raised in New York (the state, not the city). SUNY Buffalo graduate. Currently serving as Councilmember Chris Cate's communications director. Previous employers include the YMCA of San Diego County (Regional Marketing and Community Relations Director, 6 years) and Supervisor Ron Roberts (Community Relations Director, 4 years). Resident of Scripps Ranch. Wife to Ron. Mother to Reagan Erin.
When did you join CWLA?
Why did you join CWLA?
I was invited to join by Ashley Hayek. When Ashley speaks, I listen!
What do you hope to bring to CWLA this year?
Working at City Hall, I hope to bring opportunity for CWLAand our members to participate in the government process.
What are you most excited for this year?
I am looking forward to helping build a robust membership base in San Diego.
When you look forward ten years, how do you envision CWLA?
I see CWLA as the go-to organization for endorsements and always being "at the table." I also see more women in leadership and elected positions, due to CWLA and our efforts.
Do you have a quote you love?
"Trust but verify," Ronald Reagan.
Tell us about yourself (professional/personal).
I’m the creative director and co-founder of an interior design and architecture firm called playground—we focus on commercial design, as well as select high-end residential interiors and renovations. I’m also currently working with my business partners (one of whom happens to be my husband!) on developing a few hospitality projects of our own. I’ve loved art and design my entire life and remember my parents being absolutely mortified when we would go to one of their friend’s homes and instead of playing with the other children they would find me restyling a living room.
When I’m not working (which is rarely, #entreprenuerlife), I love learning about (and drinking) wine, traveling and paddle boarding around San Diego’s beautiful bays.
Why were you first interested in CWLA?
I first became interested in CWLA because the core values of personal accountability paired with a pro-business mindset really resonated with me. I believe there is a large group of women out there like me that are looking for a place to connect with other like-minded individuals.
What are you most looking forward to this year as a CWLA member?
Meeting other women in our community that are doing cool things! There’s nothing that inspires me more than connecting with others that are out there making their dreams happen.
What do you hope to bring to CWLA?
I’m eager to see more young women that are politically engaged, especially in representing the small business community. I hope to contribute to a culture where women are more supportive of other women in leadership roles. We’re so much stronger together than when we tear each other down.
What advice would you give to women who want to become involved in leadership roles (at any level)? Don’t wait for someone to hand you an opportunity—it’s your job to go and find that opportunity to lead. Make your voice heard.
Do you have a quote you love?
I have hundreds — I’m totally a quote person, but the one I think about most frequently is probably this one by the great Ginger Rogers: “I did everything he did but backwards and in high heels.”
Congratulations Senator Pat Bates
Women in Brewing Reception (LA)
CWLA is hosting a Women in Brewing reception in LA on April 27th. This event will feature some of LA's female trailblazers taking this industry by storm. We’re going to discuss the obstacles for women business leaders in male-dominated industries, as well as minimum wage and the business environment in California. There is no cost to attend this event.Women in Brewing
Thursday, April 27th
1031 W Manchester Blvd Unit A-B
Inglewood, CA 90301
RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Women's Conference 2017 (LA)
CWLA is partnering with the California Women's Conference(CWC) for its annual 2-day event that has inspired and empowered over 1 million women. With incredible panels and networking opportunities, you will not want to miss this opportunity.
The conference is May 10-11 in Long Beach, CA. CWLA members can register for the event using code: https://ne233.isrefer.com/go/cwc2017/cwlaus
RECAP: International Women's Day Happy Hour (Sacramento)
On March 14th, CWLA partnered with Disneyland Resorts for a celebratory happy hour reception in honor of International Women's Day. Many of California's prominent legislators, staff, and CWLA members, stopped by for a toast to all women in leadership!
A huge thank you to Disneyland for sponsoring this amazing event!
RECAP: Happy Hour & Networking Reception (SD)
On March 30th, CWLA hosted a Happy Hour & Networking Reception at one of San Diego's newest woman-owned restaurants . Attendees networked with some of San Diego's most prominent female leaders and candidates as well as CWLA members from the San Diego and Orange County regions.
CEQA - "see-kwa" (statute)
Short for the California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1970; requires state and local agencies to identify significant environmental impacts of construction and other projects and to avoid or mitigate those impacts (CEQA FAQ); has deterred development, especially of housing; a leading cause of California's housing crisis
Why you need to know about CEQA now: Assemblyman Vincent Fong (R-Bakersfield) introduced AB 1117, a bill to reform CEQA, arguing that CEQA currently stands as a obstacle to affordable housing, urban development, public construction and transit projects. You can read the summary of this proposed bill here.
Pro-Tips from Executive Coach Tali Thomas
Many busy women have become all too familiar with the stressed-out phrase, “There just are not enough hours in the day.” We hear you and we get it. So, CWLA reached out to Professional Certified Executive Coach, Tali Thomas, to ask her for some words of advice and some pro tips to help you get more out of your busy day. These are her thoughts for you:
Get to Know the Candidates
Although the election for California’s next governor is over a year away, it is never too early to start getting to know the candidates. Here is a list of the potential candidates running and some key facts about them.Candidates Include:
John Chiang, California State Treasurer
John Cox, Attorney and CPA
Delaine Eastin, former California Assemblymember
Kevin Faulconer, Mayor of San Diego
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
Rosey Grier, American Actor, Singer, Protestant Minister, and Former American Football Player
David Hadley, Former Assemblymember and Investment Banker
Zoltan Istvan, Writer and Real Estate Investor
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
Tom Steyer, President of NextGen Climate
Ashley Swearengin, Former Mayor of Fresno
Antonio Villaraigosa, Former Mayor of Los Angeles
Steve Westly, Venture Capitalist and Former State Controller
School Board Term Limits (SD)
Last month, our political action committee board voted to support a memorandum proposed by 4 San Diego City Councilmembers (Lorie Zapf, Mark Kersey, Chris Cate, and Scott Sherman) to impose term limits and district specific elections for Board Members of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). The memo called for the City Charter amendment to appear on 2018 ballots.
The proposal came at a time when SDUSD is facing new rounds of budget cuts, layoffs, and scandals involving the alleged misuse of district real estate. The proposing council members argued that school board limits would keep consistency among the electoral processes at all levels. The amendments to the City Charter also called for district-specific elected seats on the board.
"Term limits are used throughout local government to ensure leaders are held accountable and adding a district specific general election will avoid confusion to voters who are accustomed to the rule for other local elections," Councilmember Cate said. In her statement during the council meeting, CWLA Executive Director, Ashley Hayek stated,"Our organization represents over 100 members, many mothers who are passionate about our government, our economy, and our children's future. Last year, San Diego voters overwhelmingly passed Measure L and K and eliminated voter confusion and updated our election laws. The school district is in dire need of reform. We now have an amazing opportunity to enforce accountability of elected officials at the school district board level as well. Turnover at the school board level will allow for new opportunity for schools, teachers, and students. On behalf of the members of our organization, we support you putting this measure on the ballot."
On March 21, the San Diego City Council voted to reject the proposal. The City Charter and SDUSD governing board will remain unchanged.
Save the Date: Multi-Chamber Legislative Karaoke Happy Hour (OC)
CALLING ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS, STAFF MEMBERS, AND BOARD MEMBERS.
Are you ready to hit the stage? Or do you just need a good laugh? Join OCAR for a Multi-Chamber Legislative Karaoke Happy Hour on July 12th.
July 26, 2017
4:30 - 5:30pm (Registration/Networking)
5:30 - 7:30pm (Karaoke & Program)
23221 Lake Center Drive, Lake Forest
Wine with Mayor Wendy Bucknum!
You are invited to join Mayor Wendy Bucknum for a wine tasting event in Mission Viejo.
Wine With Wendy!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
5:30 - 7:30pm
A Hidden Vine On The Lake
27772 Vista Del Lago, Suite B-15
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
You can RSVP to email@example.com.
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