Rebecca Sive

Rebecca Sive’s career has spanned executive positions − in business, government, philanthropy and the not-forprofit sector − where she has earned a reputation as a smart and inspirational women’s leadership strategist. Her book, Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to The White House, has been praised as an indispensable guide for professional women who seek to make a difference in the civic, political and policy arenas.

Recently, Every Day Is Election Day was named as a “must read” by Cosmopolitan magazine and was exclusively featured in Eileen Fisher stores throughout the United States. (For more re Rebecca’s book, see: In Sive’s speaking to business, association, university and public service audiences, she calls on women to engage in the public square with steadfastness, energy and conviction. Her speeches, workshops, seminars and moderating focus on:

  • Women who lead: what they know, and how they do it.
  • Proven women’s leadership strategies for becoming a public policy voice and making the world a better place.
  •  How women business executives and professionals build their professional careers and stature by becoming publicly influential.

Sive has spoken at: Starbucks HQ, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Navigant Consulting, Inc., Mesirow Financial, Publicis Groupe, AGL Resources, the Women's Funding Network (an international association of 160 grant-making funds), National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the University of Washington law school, University of Texas, Roosevelt Institute, National Conference of State Legislatures Women's Network, Center for Women and Democracy, Delta State University, [The] Ohio State University, Chicago Foundation for Women, Seattle Girls School, and the YWCA.

Sive has been widely recognized for her leadership and public service, including receiving distinguished achievement awards from her undergraduate alma mater, Carleton College, and from the University of Illinois (from which she received an M.A. in American History), and awards from the United Negro College Fund, the Jaycees, and the YWCA. She is listed in Feminists Who Changed America, University of Illinois Press (2006).

At the start of their respective inaugural terms, Sive was among the national leaders who developed women's issues agendas for Presidents Clinton and Obama. An organizer of one of the nation’s first women’s centers, Sive has advised numerous celebrities and business executives on their public service. She was a gubernatorial appointee to the founding Illinois Human Rights Commission and a mayoral appointee twice, including service as a commissioner of the Chicago Park District, an independent municipality. 


  • The University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, and founding Program and Academic Director, Women in Public Leadership, lecturer
  •  Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House, author
  •  The Huffington Post, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and other publications, contributing writer 


Connect with Rebecca @rebeccasive