civic and female leadership Community Calendar of Events:


2018 Civicas Curated Rooms Where It Happens:


2018 Save the Dates:

Fall Forum with Female Leaders:

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Thank you to our participants and partners at River LA, Braid Theory, flowproject.la, IoES, AltaSea and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Fall Civicas Salons:

  • Saturday, November 10 - Post-Election Salon

  • Saturday, December 8 - Holiday Salon


A Room Where It Happened: on International Women's Day Thursday, March 8, 2018

Discussing Global Civic Networks with Local Woman Leaders: LA Mayoral Officers Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer, Rockfeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities; Amanda Daflos, Director of Innovation Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Teams Initiative; Lauren Faber O'Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer,  C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group will speak about civic leadership including their roles promoting Local Civic Actions and their relationships with Global City Networks... 

Inspired by our theme of Global Networks, Local Actions, we discussed ways these local women leaders engage with their national & global network counterparts to share best practices regarding local and global critical issues. We also asked what metrics define they consider to define success in dealing with local resiliency, sustainability and innovation and local government agencies. The Mayor's Resilient Los Angeles Plan which was released the week before highlights many opportunities for us all to engage and make a difference right now and for the future!

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Global Networks and Local Actions: Civic Resiliency, Sustainability and Innovation in Los Angeles


2017 Rooms Where it Happened:

Civicas Forums educating women leaders about opportunities to align resources for civic impact.

"A Room Where it Happens" May 11, 2017
with Anne Holton discussing public education, juvenile justice, foster system, campaigns, governance...

Anne Holton served as Education Secretary of Virginia, both First Lady and First Daughter of Virginia, Juvenile Court Judge, Legal Aid attorney, proud mother of 3 and wife of 2017 VP candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D,VA.).

Thank you Anne for inspiring us with your expertise, experience and wisdom regarding civic education, social justice and politics.  

Many thanks to Nicole Mutchnik for organizing and sponsoring the luncheon.

"A Room Where it Happens" April 11, May 10 2017
with Jalak Jobanputra discussing Blockchain, decentralized encrypted networks, investing in women and diverse entrepreneurs building the next internet...

Jalak is a foremost expert on Blockchain technology and founder of the early-stage venture  capital fund, FuturePerfect Ventures. Thank you Jalak for introducing us to the potential of early stage investment in women entrepreneurs to effect different types of applications and  businesses that can develop with this next stage technology.

Out of these meetings several WCAN members decided to invest with Jalak's to support women influenced new technologies, etc. 


"A Room Where it Happens" on International Women's Day 3/8/17
with Amy Sloane-Pinel speaking on Civic Infrastructure and Public/Private Partnerships

At our inaugural meeting, Amy Sloane-Pinel discussed the roles public/private partnerships can play in developing civic infrastructure. Discussion topics then ranged from gerrymandering, the 2018 elections and voting rights to communicating the experience of our justice and prison systems. Several women gathered afterwards to align and network around foster/education issues.  

Many thanks to the WCAN women who made this event possible: Amy Sloane-Pinel for her insightful presentation, Tara Roth for letting us meet at her office, and my co-hosts Lisa Cohen, Romi Lassally, Deidre Lind, Carolyn Ramsey, Tara Roth and Leslie Weisberg, who has also volunteered to chair our Political Action group to help elect more Democrats in 2018 and beyond!

Photos courtesy of Susan Gordon and Megan Park. Thanks also to Nicole from team Goldhirsh for the notes from Inaugural meeting.

Onward! Cynthia Hirschhorn