Agenda – Pathways to Policy 2014

Agenda for Pathways to Policy:
The CCRWF Mentoring Initiative for Young Women Leaders

Click here to view the P2P Final Agenda.

Honorary Co-Chairs:
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner
Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman
Click here for background information on Pathways to Policy.

Peer Advisor:
A young professional who shares advice based on entering and succeeding in the workplace.

Mentor Advisor:
A seasoned professional who shares advice based on working in and around state or local government for 10 years or more.

Morning Check-In:  8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Youth Hostel (925 H Street)
Please allow 15 minutes to walk from the Hostel to the UC Policy Center, where the Pathways to Policy training will be held (1130 K Street).

10:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Pathways to Policy
Learn about paths to staff and leadership roles in state and local government – and the non- and for-profit organizations that help make the system work. Hear from women who work in and around the State Capitol. How did they prepare for their positions?  What did it take to get their jobs?  What are the satisfactions and challenges?  What should you be thinking about in your 20s and early 30s?

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Intentional Networking – and Lunch!
We’ll get to know each other and you’ll meet the Peer Mentors who will guide your activities and discussions.  You will be trained in intentional networking – and learn a dozen tips from women who have worked in and around state and local government.

Your take-aways?  You’ll know how to introduce yourself and interact in professional meetings, receptions and online forums.  You’ll replace fear and trepidation with a sense of purpose….and you’ll get to practice!

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
State Government 101: An Intensive Introduction
Participants will get a fast-paced and expert overview of the Legislature and the branches of state government.  How does the Legislature really work?  What power does the Governor have?  What are the responsibilities of agency directors?  Then two seasoned professionals will share their thoughts on the challenges of working in state government – and the opportunities to make a difference.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Local Government 101:  Where the Action Happens
Local government is where the action is – where programs and policies get implemented.  Program participants will hear the basics about how cities, counties and schools operate – and some of the challenges confronted in providing services, creating community and supporting local businesses.  And then you’ll hear from two professionals who can share their insights about the satisfactions and challenges of working at the local level.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Informational Interviews: What, Why, How, When, Where?
You’ve learned how to network – and now have a better understanding about the different levels of government.

How do you now explore actual jobs? Learn about the art of informational interviewing and how it can help you connect with mentors and your pathway to a career in public policy.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception, Office of Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett
You’ll meet elected officials and staff members from the State Legislature – and put your networking skills to work.  Time to relax, enjoy…and explore pathways to policy.
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner with Peer Mentors and Mentor Advisor
Share a table with a Peer Mentor and a Mentor Advisor – an established woman who has worked in and around state and local government for 10 or more years. Hear about the keys to their success, the challenges they faced, and what they wish they had known at the beginning of their careers.

Back to the Hostel! 


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Start the day with an informal breakfast at the Sacramento Hostel with the Peer Mentors.

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2014 Women’s Policy Summit: Advancing Women’s Health, Wealth & Power
The Women’s Policy Summit is recognized as a major forum that “helps launch the legislative session” with policy proposals and background papers – all with a focus on improving the health and well-being of California’s women and girls.

CCRWF’s Mentoring Initiative participants will join over 400 state and local leaders who will discuss policy options to reduce poverty, implement health care reform, reduce the backlog of untested rape kits, increase compliance with Title IX, and more.

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Debrief: What’s Next? 
What Pathways do you want to explore?
Guided by Peer Mentors, the group will debrief and share lessons learned and personal inspirations.  Then, each participant will set three realistic objectives to explore their interest in public policy – an informational interview, attending a conference, etc.  These goals will be shared with the group – and an on-line support network established to help participants achieve their goals.

Then you’ll be the road . . . exploring your pathway to policy!