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Calling all Cadettes! Are you a change maker who wants to learn more about a future career in public policy or government? Join Girl Scouts Heart of Central California for a unique opportunity at the State Capitol. Hear from female leaders about the importance of civic engagement, and celebrate women who have led positive change through their involvement in government, public policy and the democratic process. This two-day event will include a welcome lunch, panel discussions, inspiring guest speakers, legislative brunch and fun activities with your sister Girl Scouts. 

This event is open to any Cadette Girl Scout registered with a California council.

Through this event you will earn your Finding Common Ground badge, and additionally complete components of the MEdia! Journey. 

The fee for this event is $55 per girl/adult participant. Fee includes lunch on Sunday, brunch on Monday, snacks, T-shirt, tote, fun patch, and all program supplies for each girl. Fee does not include transportation or lodging. Adult participation is not required during the event, however girls traveling from other councils will need to adhere to adult ratios, as well as overnight and travel procedures listed in Safety Activity Checkpoints. All adults are required to register for this event, please choose the adult non participant ticket ($0) if you are not planning to attend the girl program.

This event is made possible thanks to generous contributions from the following individuals and/or organizations.

Register for the Day at the Capitol

There is a limited number of girl spaces available, 7-10 per California council. Additional spaces may become available. Members of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California should register here, as well members of Girl Scouts San Diego and Girl Scouts Northern California; all other members should register with their council.

Tentative Event Schedule

Sunday, June 23, 2019                      

1:00 PM           Event Check-in

1:30 PM           Welcome/Orientation/Get to know you

2:00 PM           Programming

3:00 PM           Programming

4:30 PM           Break

5:00 PM           Dinner

6:30 PM           Adjourn for the Day

Monday, June 24, 2019

8:30 AM           Photo on the West Capitol Steps

9:30 AM           Breakfast-

10:45 AM         Lobby/Public Affairs Panel

12:30 PM         Wrap Up & Reflection

1:00   PM         Capitol Tours 

Fees & Required Supervision

The fee for this event is $55 per girl/adult participant. Fee includes lunch on Sunday, brunch on Monday, snacks, T-shirt, tote, fun patch, and all program supplies for each girl. Adult participation is not required during the girl program, however girls traveling from other councils will need to adhere to adult ratios, travel and overnight policies and procedures listed in Safety Activity Checkpoints. There is no fee for adults who do not plan to attend the programmed portion of the event.

Adult chaperones who do not plan to attend the girl program will be required to be present at the following times:

Drop-off: 1:00 p.m.
Pick-up: 6:30 p.m.

Drop-off: 8:30 a.m.
Pick-up for scheduled tours and meetings with legislators: 1:00 p.m.


The event will be taking place in downtown Sacramento, near the State Capitol. Below are some recommended locations within walking distance of the event venue. Due to the size of this event we have not arranged room blocks at any of these properties; these are the approximate prices for the hotels.

The Holiday Inn Express: ~$162/night plus tax
728 16th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Includes breakfast and parking

Best Western Plus- Sutter House: ~$188/night plus tax
1100 H St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Includes breakfast and parking

HI Sacramento Hostel: ~$65
925 H St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Includes breakfast and private rooms

Quality Inn Sacramento Convention Center: ~$155
818 15th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Includes breakfast and parking

The GSHCC Sacramento Program Center will be made available Saturday, June 22 at 12 pm through Monday, June 24 at 12:00 pm to families and/or troops who are unable to secure overnight accommodations for this event. Please note that showers are not available at this facility. Contact for more details.

Participating Girl Scout Councils
We're excited to have participation from the following Girl Scout Councils. Please visit these links for registration information from these Councils. 
  • Girl Scouts of Central California South
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
  • Girl Scouts of Orange County
  • Girl Scouts of San Diego
  • Girl Scouts Northern California
Speaker Bios
Cassandra Walker-Pye, Founder / CEO
3.14 Communications, LLC

For more than 30 years, Cassandra Walker Pye has enjoyed a successful career in communications, government, politics, and advocacy for corporate interests in global, national, state and local arenas. She brings imaginative and (plain old) common sense solutions to complex issues, crises and political challenges along with solid communications skills and a great understanding of and passion for people.

Pye founded 3.14 Communications in 2015, a strategic partner to businesses, trade associations, non-profits and individuals seeking to influence stakeholders

– voters, consumers, customers, employees, members/potential members, activists and others – linking modern communications tools with the thoughtful, well-written word.

Prior to opening up her own consulting firm, Pye served as senior counsel at APCO Worldwide, as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vice President of Public Affairs and Political Director at the California Chamber of Commerce, executive director of the JobsPAC and director of government affairs at the California Retailers Association.

Pye attends The George Washington University and Hood College.

Kelly McKechnie Hitt, Director of Government Affairs for California and Hawaii, Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

Kelly McKechnie Hitt has worked at CompTIA for 8 years as a western region director and currently serves as senior director for California and Hawaii. Previously, Hitt was a lobbyist for Western Growers Association for 5 years. She resides in East Sacramento with her husband and two daughters.

Lauren Kimzey, Senior Manager, US State Government Relations

Lauren Kimzey is an experienced Government Affairs Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the public policy industry. She is skilled in working with nonprofit organizations, political communication, political science, grassroots organizing, and government. She started working with PayPal in November 2018. Prior to PayPal, Kimzey served as Senior Manager of State/Local Government Affairs and California Political Affairs for the Internet Association (IA), which represents the world’s leading internet companies and their global community of users. At IA, Kimzey worked to advance public policy solutions at the federal, state and local level to strengthen and protect internet freedom, foster innovation, and economic growth and empower users.

Kimzey also worked as a policy analyst for the League of California Cities and as a legislative assistant for McHugh, Koepke & Associates.

Kimzey received her bachelor’s in arts degree focused in Government (Major) and Philosophy (Minor) from California State University Sacramento.

Lisa Rodriguez, Government Relations Advisor
The Gualco Group, Inc.

As Government Relations Advisor for The Gualco Group, Lisa Rodriguez has served in a variety of staff and lobbyists positions, and she knows California advocacy from the literal ground floor to the Governor’s Office. Lisa is a shoe-leather lobbyist, always in motion for the Firm’s clients. She enjoys being in committee and regulatory hearings and understands the importance of making herself visible in and around the Capitol to make sure she has a voice on behalf of the Firm’s clients.

Rodriguez is an acknowledged expert in complex energy and related environmental issues, including but not limited to: climate change which incorporates AB 32 implementation, the cap-and-trade program, allocation of auction revenue;

Corporate and commerce matters in complex state and regional regulatory regimes;

Energy advocacy including the State’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and efforts on behalf of Firm’s energy clients; Representation before nationally influential statewide commissions and boards such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Energy Commission (CEC); and, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).

Ms. Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Sacramento (while working full-time) and holds a certificate in Business Administration with Marketing from the University of California, Davis.

Malia M. Cohen
Chair, Board of Equalization, 2nd District

Malia M. Cohen serves as a Member of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), California’s elected tax commission. She was elected to the BOE in November 2018 and is the first African-American woman to serve on the Board.

As the BOE Board Member for District 2, she represents 10 million constituents living in all or parts of 23 counties extending from Del Norte County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south. In January 2019, her BOE Board Member colleagues unanimously selected her to serve as Chair of the Board.

A strong advocate for social justice and inclusion, Board Member Cohen pledges to ensure that the views of all who come before the Board of Equalization are considered carefully, with respect, civility, and courtesy. She further commits to collaborate with her colleagues to guarantee that all the actions of the BOE are open, transparent, and above reproach.

Prior to being elected to the Board of Equalization, Board Member Cohen served as President of the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco. She was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

As a Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, she served as the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. As Finance Chair, she oversaw the adoption of an $11 billion budget, and measures concerning bond issues, taxes, fees, and redevelopment and real estate matters. She also served as a fiduciary member of the San Francisco Transportation Authority, which manages the proceeds of a half-cent sales tax that generates $100 million annually for transportation investments in the County.

Previously, she served as a Commissioner of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System (SFERS), which manages a $23 billion pension fund. As President of SFERS, she led efforts to divest from fossil fuels and thermal coal investments and moved $100 million into a fossil fuel-free index fund.

Throughout her life, Board Member Cohen has fought for diversity and inclusion. She has championed policies and programs that protect public health, foster economic development, promote new affordable housing, and that create good jobs through protecting and expanding our manufacturing base.

Board Member Cohen was born and raised in San Francisco. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fisk University, a historically Black university in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Master’s in Science in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Margo Parks, California Policy Advocate
Western States Petroleum Association

Margo Parks joined the WSPA team in November 2017 as Manager, California Policy Advocate.

Drawing on her experience advocating for both a trade association and a contract lobby firm, Margo works with WSPA’s members, navigating policy and politics to help achieve the organization’s goals in the legislature.

Prior to joining WSPA, Margo was a lobbyist at Political Solutions LLC, where she worked on a wide range of policy issues including energy and natural resources.

Prior to working at Political Solutions, Margo was employed by the California Cattlemen’s Association, and in the California Senate Fellows program.

Margo graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Scripps College, Claremont, California.


Presenting Sponsors:


Supervisor Sue Frost, Sacramento County

Jane Einhorn