I speak, write, and teach about strategies for women to gain greater public influence and political power. This work is based on my deep experience as a women’s advocate (see more here), public official, and civic leader. Here is my executive and speaking biography.

My forthcoming book, Vote Her In: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President, makes the scholarly and political case for American women’s executive power–beginning with the presidency– in a frank, inspirational, and illustrated format. Here is the truth on this front:

Men are not the enemy, but they are the problem. 

“Women are wildly underrepresented at every level of the US government: federal, state, and local. Research has shown that women in legislative and executive political positions are far more likely than men to commit to policies that benefit women and girls, so after centuries of under-representation, it’s clear: our best bet for creating a system that is more fair, balanced, and for for everyone is electing our first Madam President.”

While I was a lecturer and the founding director of Women in Public Leadership, an executive education initiative of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, I was on a book and speaking tour for Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office. Here are two favorite images from my home base, Chicago. Click here for my speaking bio.