Note from the Executive Director
This past week, Senator Janet Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee, was removed from the Senate floor and censored when telling her personal story of fleeing from Vietnam as a young girl. These actions taken by Senator Ricardo Lara are degrading to women and undermine Senator Nguyen's equal protection under the law for all Americans to practice their first amendment rights. CWLA supports Senator Nguyen and will continue to advocate for the equal treatment of all women. Here is a link to a story that captures what occurred. Join CWLA and post this article along with #ImWithNguyen
“This sad episode is a textbook case of men trying to silence a woman whose views they did not like,” Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said in a statement.
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Quote of the month
“In America, we are blessed with the freedom to speak our minds—and we should do so thoughtfully. We also have to recognize that people who disagree with us are not enemies. We’re all in this together—and we should act like it.” Dana Perino
Dana Perino is a Fox News TV Co-Host, mentor, and Best Selling Author. Not only was Perino the second female White House Press Secretary, she was a founder of Minute Mentoring. Minute Mentoring is a women's leadership program featuring fast-paced mentoring sessions - akin to speed dating - for accomplished women leaders and young female rising stars. CWLA is hosting Minute Mentoring later this year.
Parmis Khatibi, Vice President
Tell us about yourself.
I am an anticoagulation specialist at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center as well as a Clinical Adjunct Professor for the University of San Francisco School of Pharmacy and University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy. I manage a whole spectrum of patients who require treatment of thromboembolic diseases and associated complications. My clinical research interests are in venous thromboembolism and the degree of morbidity and mortality associated with this disease. I am also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Group for Chapman University School of Pharmacy and serve as a special government appointee to the FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee (DSARM), which advises the Commissioner of Food and Drugs on risk management, risk communication, and quantitative evaluation of spontaneous reports for drugs for human use and for any other product for which the Food and Drug Administration has regulatory responsibility.
When did you join CWLA?
I have been a member for about 6-8 years if memory serves me well!
Why did you join CWLA?
I joined CWLA because I believe in their mission to bring women with diverse backgrounds together to be change agents in their respective communities.
What are you most excited for this year?
I hope to share my passion for women's engagement at every table with the younger generation and get them involved in our organization. Being able to connect the next generation of female leaders with our membership of women who are all successful, juggling a family and career, and leading effective change in their communities is a powerful amalgamation in launching future political leaders.
When you look forward ten years, how do you envision CWLA?
I envision CWLA being the "IT" organization to be a part of for women who want to either get involved to enhance their leadership attributes, to learn how to run for political office, or to connect with other dynamic, energetic and ambitious women who believe in the importance of community citizen involvement in politics. Moreover, I want our influence to be strengthened in California and US politics so it will be a leverage for us in helping shape policy that is important to CWLA's principles and members.
Do you have a quote you love?
I used to believe that destiny is a matter of chance, but their is something to say about wisdom as you grow intellectually and thru experiences. Destiny is a matter of choice and something we should not wait for -- instead we should achieve it in our own way. I am a huge proponent in leading the life YOU want. We all have the disease of busy-ness and trying to live a 'full' life. Yet, one has to stand back and reflect on their presence and question if they are living a purposeful life and if it is really full or if we are really just stretched too thin. A Wharton professor once said, "If you're seeking "balance" you'll never achieve it. The idea that "work" competes with "life" ignores the more nuanced reality of our humanity -- the interaction of four domains: work, home, community, and the private self. The goal is to create harmony among them instead of thinking only in terms of trade-offs." It can be done.
Tell us about yourself.
I am just your average working mom that’s trying to make it all happen! I’ve been working at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for 11 years and it’s been a great journey. After working in the County of Orange CEO’s office for two years, OCTA was my next stop after graduating from Chapman University. I put my public relations degree to work and started at OCTA working in community outreach. Despite having no background in politics, I stumbled into government relations and fell in love with it. I love my bird’s-eye view of all the things going on at OCTA, and having the opportunity to work with all 17 of our Board members and our executive management team. Working on projects from the OC Streetcar, to the I-405 Improvement Project, to addressing the homeless concerns in the county, ensures I never have a boring day, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
My husband and I live in Fullerton with our three children (ages 7, 4 and 2). I strive every day to try and find that magical formula for the work/life balance…haven’t found it yet J In the meantime, I’ll focus my efforts trying to raise decent human beings, all while advancing my fulfilling career that adds so much value to my life.
When did you join CWLA?
I joined CWLA in 2014.
Why did you join CWLA?
I love an organization that encourages women to help advance other women, and CWLA does just that. CWLA provides the perfect opportunity to marry my professional interest in government with my personal desire to build up other women.
What are you most looking forward to this year as a CWLA member?
I enjoy the networking opportunities that CWLA provides throughout the year, along with the “Women to Watch” event that is such a celebration honoring wonderful women.
What is your most memorable moment with CWLA?
I was really moved at a panel discussion a few years ago where Sheriff Sandra Hutchens spoke about her journey. Talk about a woman who shattered the glass ceiling!
What advice would you give women who want to become involved in leadership roles (at any level)?
Looking back, some of the projects I really didn’t want to take on were actually the projects I learned the most from, so don’t shy away from those. Step up for a project that’s outside your comfort zone and show those around you aren’t a one-trick pony, and can develop and adapt as the organization’s needs change.
Do you have a quote you love?
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take
Congratulations BOE Chair Diane Harkey
RECAP: Happy Hour & Networking Reception (OC)
On February 23, CWLA partnered with OCTax for a members-only Happy Hour & Networking Reception. Our members networked with local Elected Officials, and witnessed the formal installation of CWLA's 2017 Board of Directors. A special thank you to District Attorney Tony Rackauckas for swearing in our board, Arianna Barrios and Communications Lab for hosting us, and OCAR for sponsoring this well attended event.
International Women's Day Happy Hour (Sacramento)
Complimentary happy hour reception and celebratory toast in honor of women in leadership.
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Cafeteria 15L - 1116 15th Street, Sacramento, CA
RSVP to email@example.com
Happy Hour & Networking Reception (SD)
Happy Hour & Networking Reception with Elected Officials
Special Guests Include: Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and Deputy District Attorney, Summer Stephan
Thursday, March 30
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Fireside by the Patio - 1855 Perry Rd., Building 8, San Diego, CA 92106
RSVP here: cwla.us
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this event, please contact 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
Fiscal Conservative: fis·cal con·serv·a·tive (noun)
a woman who cares where her money is going and wants it spent wisely; she expects her hard earned dollars to be spent on projects that make sense, stay on budget, and aren’t “over the top”; she advocates for low taxes, less government spending, and minimal government debt
Do's and Don'ts of Social Media
Did you know that almost 70% of adults use social media? It’s become critical for small businesses to increase their online presence in order to keep up with a market place that is increasingly dependent on social media. Here are some Do's and Don'ts for gaining customer insight, increasing your brand, and saving money on marketing:
Do: Share the links for your social media profiles on your website or in the signature of your email. This will also make it easier for people to connect with your business.
Do: Use trending hashtags! Including hashtags in your posts on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter will likely increase the viewership of your posts and grow your reach.
Do: Use social media management tools – Posting on all platforms can be time consuming. Websites like Hootsuite allow you to manage your social media accounts on one dashboard. Management apps allow you to be more social in less time, and also measures your posts’ engagement.
Do: Dial in on your target audience. Generally, know who your customers are and create marketing content that will tailor to them.
Don't: Get too personal. Your followers should be able to distinguish between your personal and business profiles. Make sure that your content is always relevant and post messages that will resonate with your followers.
Don’t: Limit your outreach to only one social media platform. Use apps and websites like Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. Advertise across multiple platforms.
Don’t: Neglect your profiles. Post consistently and evenly across your social media platforms. Keeping your viewers, followers, and consumers interested in your content can increase the likelihood of customer loyalty.
Don’t: Ignore comments and questions from your followers. Engaging with your followers can help establish your company’s brand and presence.
The Scoop on Cap and Trade
What is Cap and Trade?
Simply put, this program (sometimes called the "Carbon Tax") requires California companies to buy permits before releasing greenhouse gas emissions (this is the "Cap" part). These permits are sold at auctions held by the California Air Resources Board and the intent of the proceeds is to reinvest in other green initiatives (think rooftop solar, electric cars, and the hotly-debated high speed rail). Winning bidders can also sell their permits on the market (this is the "Trade" part).
Why Does It Matter?
Environmental groups praise Cap and Trade for being effective in reducing the state's carbon emissions. Legislators certainly aren't complaining about the more than $4 billion in revenue the program has produced since the permit auctions started in 2012. Sound like a win-win? Maybe not.
The fleeing of California companies (9,000 to be specific) to more business-friendly climates like Arizona and Texas is already in full exodus-mode, but Cap and Trade is speeding up the goodbyes - especially for members of one of California's most important industries: food manufacturing.
With Cap and Trade permit prices increasing to new highs in 2017, we're seeing food manufacturing companies (think, Nestle, Dean's Foods, ProPortion Foods, Heinz) pack up and go...taking thousands of jobs with them. Adding insult to injury, while manufacturing jobs have been making a 6% comeback throughout the US in the last five years, California has seen barely any growth.
What's Happening Now?
With Cap and Trade set to expire in 2020, Governor Brown is eager to get legislators to extend the program - largely to ensure the development of high-speed rail which is the beneficiary of 25% of Cap and Trade revenue. But an interesting combination of Democrat lawmakers, business advocacy groups, and private companies, say, "not so fast."
Cap and Trade is getting push back from Democrat lawmakers who say California's low-income communities aren't getting their fair-share of revenue reinvestment, despite being among the communities most effected by greenhouse gas emissions. In response, they've proposed AB 378 to replace Cap and Trade leaving many industries wide open to even further costly regulations.
Meanwhile, the California Chamber of Commerce and food company, Morning Star, levied lawsuits stating that Cap and Trade created an illegal tax on businesses in violation of Prop. 13 because the program was not approved by two thirds of the state legislature. Further, the lawsuit is raising questions about the lack of oversight on where the auction revenue is actually being spent. A court decision is expected in the coming weeks.
When I grow up...
Rebecca Ramirez, a fire fighter for over two decades, has become the Woodland Fire Department's new fire chief. In a profession where women make up only 3.5 percent nationally, Ramirez is now one of two female fire chiefs in the Sacramento region. As fire chief, Ramirez hopes to serve as a role model to young women interested in pursuing a career in firefighting and inspire them to see the opportunities women have as firefighters. Read the full article here: SacBee.com
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