October 2017 WLG CA Newsletter

October 2017 Connections Newsletter

Oct 10, 2017 | ARTICLE

I am pleased to bring you the following updates on California Women Leading Government!

-Carol Jacobs, Chair WLG CA


Outgoing President's Message


I have had the honor and privilege of serving as the President for Women Leading Government since 2013-14. It has been an amazing experience for me both personally and professionally. I joined the organization in 2009 and became a board member in 2012-13. This will be my last Newsletter as President. Beginning on November 1, we will have a new Chair, and I will remain on the Board as Past President for another year. I am excited about our new direction and energizing the organization to meet our members’ needs.
Over the years, I have watched this organization grow and develop; assisting hundreds of women improve their skill sets and reach new goals. I have met so many great women leaders in the profession, and I hopefully inspired and encouraged one or two of you to dream big.
We have accomplished many things. There are now WLG Chapters modeled after California located in Delaware, Arizona, Ohio, Florida, South Carolina, and four Chapters in Texas. We have collaborated with a number of other organizations and have provided original programming and events for our members. I know there are more great things to come, and I will continue to support and be a part of this wonderful organization.


Carol Jacobs, WLG Chair 2013-2017



NOVEMBER 9, 2017 FROM NOON – 2:00 P.M.

Women Leading Government has teamed up with Lean-In Long Beach to host a Noshing and Networking Event at the Long Beach Petroleum Club. This is a no program event to meet friends and make new ones in an informal gathering. The cost is $22 at the door in cash. Please RSVP to LeanInLongBeach@gmail.com. Networking is an important part of our mission and I hope you can join us! Click here for the event flyer.


This year, ICMA is headed for the big state of Texas, where the annual conference will be held from October 22-25, 2017.  This conference is likely to be one of the best, with colleagues from all over the country and the world converging to discuss local government and best practices. If you have an opportunity to travel a day early, the League of Women in Government in conjunction with ICMA University will be hosting its second symposium entitled, “InclUSiveness: it Starts With Us!” 

Registration is free, but space is limited. To register for the additional seating, email Rita Ossolinski at


Thanks to all our members who took the time to vote on the proposed changes to the Bylaws. The Bylaws were approved by a margin of 94% in favor and to 6% opposed. The Bylaws will be implemented along with the new Executive Board, scheduled to begin on November 1, 2017.
I also wanted to share with you some comments we received as part of the Bylaws vote. One individual commented on WLG’s non-profit status. WLG is a non-profit entity under its umbrella agreement as an affiliate of ICMA. Other individuals made some meaningful suggestions for amendments to the Bylaws. We appreciate everyone who took the Bylaws update seriously. We will hold on to your comments and consider them as part of a future Bylaws update.


As we implement the Bylaws changes, look in your inbox to vote for the 2017-18 Executive Board. Your individual ballot from Survey Monkey will be coming in the next few days, allowing you to vote for the 2017-18 Board.

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