Rebecca Sive is Lecturer and Academic Director, Women in Public Leadership Executive Education Program, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago. She is a Huffington Post contributor, former business executive, women's center director, and gubernatorially-appointed member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Sive is also the author of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House, and speaks to audiences throughout the U.S. about strategies for women to build public power, political influence and professional stature. A resume, list of publications, and other information about Sive may be found here: www.rebeccasive.com.
Sive began her professional career at the American Jewish Committee, after teaching at Columbia College (Chicago) and Roosevelt University. Sive co-founded one of the nation's first women's centers and was among organizers of women's issues agendas for presidents Clinton and Obama. In recognition of her leadership, Sive has received many awards, including 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), the United Negro College Fund, Jaycees, and the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. She is listed in Feminists Who Changed America, University of Illinois Press (2006).