Every four years the United States experiences the epitome of democratic ideals through the peaceful transfer of power from one President to the next. While recent polls show the current transition of Presidential administrations is not one a majority Americans are thrilled with, it gives us an opportunity to be grateful for what our democracy … Continue reading Supporting Democracy Through Gratitude

Today’s blog is co-authored by Kathleen Schafer and Bill Parent, Lecturer in Public Policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. When two recovering political operatives get together it no surprise that even pop culture takes on an election year patina. Recently over coffee our conversation turned to the film, Sully. Neither of us had … Continue reading Tonight, Hillary Must Lead

A presidential election year creates an opportunity for a Washington Beltway ex-pat living in Southern California to have a lot of interesting conversations. With California’s presidential primary upon us, hardly a day goes by without someone asking me what the heck is going on with this presidential election and why it has gone so wrong. … Continue reading In Politics, Leadership is Only as Strong as Its Constituents

A few years ago a friend who had lived though the Yugoslav war commented that the political ideology of who won didn’t matter, because ultimately things were going to be the same for the citizens.  While many of us feel that who wins and their beliefs matter dearly, the truth is that as long as … Continue reading This is my wish for the people of Ukraine

My first semester in college, I talked my way into a political economics class restricted to upperclassman. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I wanted to take the course because I was passionate about understanding the intersection between government and the free market and how it shapes our society. Not surprisingly, it was … Continue reading The Truth About What’s Really Wrong With Obamacare

One of the most powerful tools for leaders is choice. Moving beyond reacting to outside circumstances and consciously evaluating situations from a higher level allows for well informed actions and ultimately better results. Reaction keeps one focused on the problem when paying attention to what’s working may be the way toward solution. For many of … Continue reading Pay Attention to What’s Working

Two decades ago a record number of women were elected to our nation’s highest legislative offices. In 1992, California became the first state to send two women Senators to Washington; they were joined by two other newcomers to triple the number of women serving in the Senate to a whopping six! Those yearning for a … Continue reading Turning the Year of the Woman Into Parity

During the 1990’s the professional political consultant emerged as a definitive player in American politics. As a young woman in this burgeoning field this was the time I first encountered the men who are now the top advisers to our nation’s leaders. We sat around tables in shabby campaign headquarters and airport restaurants discussing the … Continue reading Why Leadership Coaching Matters – A Lesson Learned the Hard Way