CSG West holds a special forum each year at its annual meeting for women lawmakers and others interested in the role of women in today’s political world.  Lawmakers hear from women experts and trainers and share experiences relevant to women in state capitols. 


Please continue to check this page for more information about the upcoming 2016 session of Women in Politics. 


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2014 Women In Politics:


Deb Sofield, president of Executive Presentation Coaching Co. based in Greenville, S.C., will help participants construct their message to reach constituents and new voters, bolster their record of achievement and communicate their personal confidence. In Next Level Leadership, Sofield provides a toolkit for success and gives a wide range of guidelines and tips include everything from personal presentation to communication and media strategy. Stay for networking and refreshments between 4-5 p.m. Session attendees will also have the opportunity to take advantage of one-to-one communications advice from Sofield. This session is open to all conference attendees.


Click here to view the agenda for the 2014 WIP session



Next Level Leadership

Q&A Rules for Success

Soft Landing Transitions Page




Deb Sofield
President, Executive Presentation Coaching Co.


Scofield trains men and women in public speaking and message development in the U.S. and internationally. A former advertising agency owner, press secretary, campaign manager, speech writer and elected official herself, Sofield has advised members of Congress, secretaries of state, state legislators and other elected officials.

Sofield is a member of the National Speakers Association and has won numerous awards in the public speaking arena. She was president of the board of directors of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University and is a visiting professor, teaching public speaking at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Sofield’s workshops mirror her book Speak without Fear. She offers practical tips on body language, personal appearance, charisma and the rules of the road for public speaking, as well as guidelines on messaging and handling Q and A sessions from both friendly and unfriendly audiences.



If you have any questions regarding the Women in Politics program please contact Erica Miller at 916-553-4423 or emiller@csg.org