About Us

Women Leading Government

Helping women succeed in public service by enhancing career-building models that develop leadership skills and by networking professional women in government.

Our Mission

To inspire and prepare women to be local government executive leaders and support their success.


Women fill leadership roles in all arenas of government. A group of California leaders in government who share a strong desire to continue to grow talent and encourage women to excel has come together to form Women Leading Government.

Women Leading Government (WLG) is an initiative started in November 2006 by the Cal-ICMA Preparing the Next Generation committee. Organized by female managers of California’s cities, counties, and special districts, WLG is designed to assist female managers in their career development. WLG welcomes all people dedicated to public service and the development of women leaders. In 2011, WLG approved an affiliation agreement with ICMA to strengthen mutual efforts in support of women in the profession. This agreement outlines the ties and collaborative relationship between WLG and ICMA. WLG is an affiliate of ICMA, having been created as part of Cal-ICMA. WLG’s goals are in alignment with ICMA’s and both organizations will seek even more opportunities to work together to foster professional management in local government.