Pathways to Policy 2015

PATHWAYS TO POLICY: The CCRWF Mentoring Initiative

12/12/14: The application deadline for Pathways to Policy (P2P) is now closed. There was extraordinary interest in the mentoring program — with 2 applications for every slot available.  Notifications to applicants will be sent out the week of December 15.   Pathways to Policy (P2P), the CCRWF Mentoring Initiative, is held in conjunction with the Women’s Policy Summit.

Background on P2P
Are you a young woman interested in learning more about a career in government and public policy?

Consider applying to Pathways to Policy 2015, an intensive 2-day training held in conjunction with the Women’s Policy Summit 2015 to explore options and opportunities to pursue a career in public policy.

Participation is by application only – no registration fees will be charged.

Click here to apply, but please be sure to read through all of the information below before beginning your application.

Click here for the agenda for Pathways to Policy (Tuesday, January 13).
Click here for the download the agenda for the 2015 Women’s Policy Summit (Wednesday, January 14).

Pathways to Policy (P2P) is a two-day program scheduled for Tuesday, January 13, and Wednesday, January 14, in Sacramento, California. Participation will be limited to a small group of 35-40 young women, ages 21-28, who have a strong interest in exploring a career in government, public policy or politics. Women from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply as we are intent on convening a group that reflects the diversity of our state.

To ensure equitable and affordable access, there are no registration fees to participate, but applicants must apply and be selected to receive a scholarship.

Key Dates
Thursday, December 11:
Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, December 11.
Tuesday, December 16:
Selection for P2P is on a rolling basis, but notification of scholarships will be sent no later than Tuesday, December 16.
Thursday, December 18:
Scholarship recipients must accept their scholarship and commit to participate in P2P no later than Thursday, December 18.

Program Information
On Day One, participants will be trained in:

  • How a Bill Becomes Law
  • The Basics – and Power – of the Budget Process
  • Pathways to Careers in Public Policy
  • Intentional Networking
  • Informational Interviews

Participants will also attend a reception and dinner with seasoned advocates and policymakers, and have the opportunity for one-on-one dialogue.

On Day Two, participants will attend the Women’s Policy Summit 2015, a one-stop opportunity to learn about women’s policy issues from recognized California leaders.

Issues on the agenda include:

  • Women, Poverty & Economic Empowerment
  • Women, Working Families and the Workplace
  • Women’s and Girls’ Health
  • Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls

We are honored that Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins will be our featured speaker at the Summit Luncheon. Her keynote address will be: Keeping the California Dream Alive for Women and Working Families.

What we will offer you in Pathways to Policy:

  • Learn more about the practical side of policymaking – the nuts and bolts of government and leadership
  • Gain a deeper understanding of women’s policy issues
  • Observe women leaders in action
  • Receive training on intentional networking – to make the most out of conferences and receptions
  • Learn how to conduct an informational interview – and identify realistic career-building steps for the upcoming year
  • Meet other young women with similar interests and ambitions
  • Connect to a statewide community working to advance women’s health, wealth and power

What Makes this Program Unique?

  • Designed to engage young women in their 20s
  • Mentors available throughout both days to offer advice and ongoing dialogue
  • Contact with elected and appointed women serving at state and local levels
  • Fast-paced seminars introduce young women leaders to must-know topics
  • Participation in the 2015 Women’s Policy Summit will link young women to cutting-edge public policy affecting the lives of women and girls
  • Program includes two days in Sacramento, including one night of paid lodging

You can learn more by reviewing the materials from 2014 Pathways to Policy.

Who Should Apply?

  • Women 21 – 28 years of age (up to and including age 28)
  • Young women professionals currently working in the public sector or for organizations with a connection to government or public policy
  • Young women looking for work in government or public policy
  • College-age women (AA, undergraduate or graduate) – attending community college, CSU, UC, private colleges, or trade schools
  • Women currently working in local or state government
  • Women who have pursued leadership in nonprofit, school or extra-curricular settings

We are intent on selecting a group of young women who reflect the rich diversity of our state.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

  • Given expected demand for Pathways to Policy, participants must commit to participating in the full Pathways to Policy training, arriving no later than 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13, for registration, and leaving no earlier than 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.
  • Participation in Pathways to Policy is by scholarship ONLY. Scholarships include overnight accommodations for Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and all meals through lunch on Wednesday, January 14.
  • Travel and parking are not covered in the P2P scholarship, and must be arranged independently by the participant.
  • Participants should dress in business attire, and, due to space accommodations, travel with as little luggage as possible (a small overnight bag that can be easily transported).
  • Overnight accommodations on Tuesday, January 13, are at the Sacramento Hostel, and will involve shared rooms.
  • Participants can arrange additional overnight accommodations at a conference rate at the Sacramento Hostel for Monday, January 12, or Wednesday, January 14, by contacting the Sacramento Hostel directly at (916) 443-1691.
  • Registered participants will be asked to participate in one of two conference calls prior to Pathways to Policy to fully prepare them for the two days of activities and educational opportunities.

Please direct questions about Pathways to Policy by email only to and allow 48 hours for a reply.

Click here to complete your application for Pathways to Policy 2015.

CCRWF gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organizations for Pathways to Policy:

California Legislative Women’s Caucus
The California Wellness Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Public Health Institute


CCRWF Executive Director
Kate Karpilow, Ph.D.

CCRWF Mentoring Co-Coordinators
Carrie J. Martin
Diana Vazquez