About Me

2013-11-20 13.24.07I am a lecturer and Academic Director of the Women in Public Leadership Executive Education Program, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago; a former member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, corporate executive, and foundation director; and author of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House. I speak about strategies for women to gain greater public influence and political power. My speaking is based on my deep experience as a women’s advocate (see more here), public official and civic leader, enabling me to share true stories and great advice gained from sitting on all sides of the decision making table.

In customized presentations for women committed to making this world a better one, I share winning approaches, and the tactics that work (as well as those that don’t), highlighted in my book.

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  • To see my profile page at the University of Chicago, click here.

  • To contact me, write to: rebecca@rebeccasive.com.

During my book tour, I traveled “from Manhattan to Mississippi to Minnesota,” and to many other places in-between and around the country. Here are a couple fave images from home base, Chicago.


In the “green room” of the Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Center, with (center) Frances Beinecke, and (right), Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, former Michelle Obama Chief of Staff Susan Sher, and Anne Ladky, Women Employed Executive Director, join me for the launch of Every Day Is Election Day at the Northern Trust’s headquarters.