Cathy Allen is the VP of Education & Training and over several decades has helped recruit, train and elect women in 49 countries all over the world – from Africa to the South Pacific, from Alaska to Boston, from Morocco to Kuwait. As a consultant and women’s advisor to the National Democratic Institute and State Department, she has literally helped write the books and manuals on the need and know-how for women to lead where they land. Now the President of Seattle-based The Connections Group, Inc., she is a frequent political commentator for PBS, NBC, and CNN. She served as the national Vice-President of the National Women’s Political Caucus in the USA, and started the Center for Women & Democracy in 2000 to help women learn from each other – locally and globally. Cathy anchors CWD’s annual celebration of women leaders at the Governor’s Mansion event in March.