December 2016 Connections Newsletter

President's Message

Wow, I can’t believe it is already December! It seems that each year moves faster and faster (maybe it’s just my age.) I hope 2016 was successful for you, both professionally and personally, and that 2017 will be even better.

Your WLG Board of Directors met in November for our annual retreat. The purpose of the retreat is to get together to discuss our progress from the last year and to see how we can continue to grow Women Leading Government here in California and across the nation. 

I am so grateful for these amazing women who volunteer their time and many talents to promote women in local government.  As we move into 2017, I hope that you will reach out and get involved! 

Pictured: (front row): Sarona Vivanco, Jan Perkins, Sharon Landers, Tammy Letourneau, Lori Sassoon, Christa Johnson, DeAnna Hilbrants, Pam Antil and Susan Thorpe, (back row) Noreen Swiontek, Jill Ingram, Valerie Barone, Carol Jacobs and Amy Brown.

2016 was a busy year for Women Leading Government and I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you our events this past year. I hope that many of you had an opportunity to attend one or more of the events. We received great feedback on WLG events, and we will continue to offer great programming next year.


The forum is designed to attract department directors as well as assistant/deputy city/county managers who aspire to take the next step. Participants will gain a wealth of knowledge from panel discussions focused on taking different journeys, making the transition to city/county manager, assessing fit, and the recruitment process.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Community Hall
10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA

$100 registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and wine & cheese reception. Registrants are asked to complete an online registration form that includes identifying an endorser and submitting a personal statement describing their professional readiness to participate in the forum. For more information, visit

The Executive Coaching Call team has set the next round of calls for the new year, so mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss these calls! The Executive calls are open to all WLG members who are the executive head of their organization. We have a general discussion topic, and always leave time to discuss any topics that might be important to the individuals on the call. The calls last no more than 50 minutes, leaving one plenty of time to get to the next meeting.
Mark your calendars for the 2017 Executive Coaching/Networking Calls. Topics to be announced:

February 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
May 4, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
September 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
The calls are facilitated Jan Perkins, former City Manager and ICMA Liaison, and Valerie Barone, City Manager of the City of Concord. To participate in these calls please contact Valerie Barone at

Welcome to our new WLG Members:

Armine' Chaparyan, Community Development Director
City of San Gabriel
Kari Mendoza, Administrative Services Director
City of Beaumont
Laurel Prevetti, Town Manager
Town of Los Gatos

"Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you."
Margaret Thatcher
Keep an eye out on our website for the latest WLG 
If you have any comments or questions regarding Women Leading Government, please feel free to contact me at 
Carol Jacobs, Chair
Women Leading Government 
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