The Status of Women in California Government

The Leadership California Institute has released a first-of-its-kind analysis of the status of women in elected office. Read it here.

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Past Events

LCI Candidate Forum
October 2011

wbrownIn October 2011, the LCI's inaugural event brought prospective candidates for the 2012 elections – an historic cycle that will test new districts, new rules and promising new leaders.  Speakers included some of the biggest names from California politics – including Former Speakers Willie Brown and Curt Pringle, Former Pro Tem Bob Hertzberg and many others from the California Political Landscape.

Attendees included more than 40 prospective Assembly and Senate Candidates. Attendees learned critical lessons from past and present leaders in Sacramento, and got an insider's prospective from leading journalists and Capitol advocates.

The event set the stage for the LCI's 2012 workplan, which includes reaching out to regional leaders across the stage and bringing together diverse expertise on critical policy issues.

Impact 2012
March 2012

The Leadership California Institute’s second event, Impact 2012, focused on educating decision makers, in Sacramento and beyond, about the intricacies of the historic 2012 election cycle. Held on March 16, 2012 in Sacramento, three different panels of four speakers each discussed the mood of the electorate, upcoming ballot measures, and legislative races, respectively. Paul Mitchell of Redistricting Partners moderated the day’s panels and gave an overview of his data during a lunchtime keynote speech.

Attendees ranged from Capitol insiders to lobbyists, political consultants and journalists.

Read coverage of the event from the Sacramento Bee here.


Election Post-Mortem Conference and Legislator Welcome Reception
November 2012

In partnership with Capitol Weekly and the University of California, the Leadership California Institute hosted an Election Post-Mortem Conference and Legislator Welcome Reception on November 8, 2012. The all-day conference hosted four panel discussions covering candidate elections, ballot proposition fights, television and other media ads, and the future of California, featuring respected journalists, pollsters, and consultants from both sides of the aisle. Long-time political journalist, Ronald Reagan biographer, and former Senior White House Correspondent for the Washington Post Lou Cannon hosted the keynote luncheon.

Nearly forty State Legislators attended the Legislator Welcome Reception immediately following the conference. Over 150 attended the conference and reception. Read coverage in the Sacramento Bee here.

Powering California: Regional Forums
Summer 2012

The California Energy Commission ranks California as the 5th highest consumer of energy in the world. In the next 40 years, California’s population is expected to surge from 37 million to 55 million, and the demand for energy is expected to double. While energy is the backbone of any economy, California’s complex political and regulatory environment make meeting its demand, while also satisfying the popular desires for renewable and alternative sources, a daunting proposition.

In the Summer of 2012, the Leadership California Institute hosted a series of events to educate regional Southern California leaders from the ranks of local government, business and other community groups on the energy challenges we face from an environmental, economic and regulatory standpoint.


A Discussion on Race and Politics
Featuring Race 2012: A PBS Election Special
January 2013

In the days running up to the November Presidential Election, PBS aired “Race 2012,” a special taking a deeper look at the changing dynamics of race in America and in our politics. As America (and California especially) becomes more diverse, race has become an extremely relevant topic and one that will be hard for any politician to ignore as the makeup of our nation continues to change.

PBS and the LCI held a screening of “Race 2012” at the Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento, followed by a discussion of race and politics with some of the documentary’s contributors and Sacramento decision makers. Discussion centered on similar themes as presented in “Race 2012”—how politicians will need to handle a changing constituency, the rise of Latinos and African Americans in American politics, the dynamics of the Asian vote, etc.

Panelists included Professor Robert Stanley Oden (California State University, Sacramento; Author, From Blacks to Brown and Beyond), Pilar Marrero (Senior Political Writer, La Opinion, and Author, Killing the American Dream), Bill Wong (Campaign Strategist) and Paul Mitchell (Vice President, Political Data, Inc.). Mike Madrid, Political Consultant and Latino Voter expert, moderated the discussion.

Hacks and PACs
August 2013

Paul Mitchell, PDI, and Scott Lay, The Daily Nooner, presented a nonpartisan analysis of 2014’s hottest districts, most viable candidates, and political dynamics, including race and gender. They were joined by a panel of political insiders:

  • Kathy Bowler, Vectis Strategies
  • Amy Thoma, Stutzman Public Affairs
  • Matt Rexroad, Meridian Pacific
  • Jon Fleischman,
  • Steve Maviglio, Forza Communications
  • Jason Kinney, California Strategies

With the SD 16 numbers prepared just in time for our event, our panelists also explored the dynamics of the special election: what went right and what went wrong.

The 2014 LCI Candidate Forum
October 2013

In a follow up to the successful Candidate Forum, the LCI's inaugural event held in October 2011, we were proud to host the Candidate Forum 2014, which brought together candidates of the upcoming election cycle with the Capitol community in a unique setting with ample time for networking. Speakers at the 2014 Candidate Forum included Former Senator and Assembly Member Jim Brulte, Former Assembly Member Bev Hansen, Assembly Members Melissa Melendez, Rocky Chavez and Jose Medina, as well as nearly a dozen others. Over 30 candidates and 70 sponsors enjoyed the day's events.