Event with Eileen Padberg

On Sunday, May 20 at 4 pm we will welcome Eileen Padberg to the store. She will be speaking about her new book, Out of My Lane.

How does a wildly successful sixty-year-old Republican woman from affluent Orange County, California find herself smack in the middle of the Iraq War?

In the aftermath of 2003’s American-led invasion of Iraq, Congress appropriated $18.4 billion US tax dollars for construction and repair of that country’s infrastructure. Saddam Hussein’s flagrant neglect of the nation he’d ruled for more than two decades had left the land and its people virtually destitute, while he’d built hundreds of palaces to support his gluttonous lifestyle.

Approached by a colleague to draft a plan to ensure th...at Iraqi women — who’d all but disappeared from public life under Iraq’s increasingly gender-oppressive culture — would be able to play a significant role in the rebuilding of their country, political consultant Eileen Padberg got far more than she’d bargained for. She soon found herself on a military C-130 transport bound for Baghdad’s Green Zone, tapped to execute the plan in a region where a forty-pound flak jacket and boiled beef at the DFAC would replace Eileen Fisher fashions and BBQ on the patio.

Surprisingly, as Padberg would quickly learn, the most formidable obstacle to Iraq’s integration of qualified women back into the workforce was not the country itself, but the US government and military.

Eileen Padberg is President of Eileen Padberg Consulting. She is a former officer of both the American and International Associations of Political Consultants.

Eileen has served as a political consultant and strategist to elected officials at all levels of government, including managing the 1986 campaign of Clint Eastwood for Mayor of Carmel and serving as the regional political director for the 1988 George Bush for President campaign for California, Hawaii and Nevada – as well as two statewide ballots in initiatives.

She is a women's rights advocate, and has spent a lifetime fighting for women and democratic freedoms, including two years in Iraq working with Iraqi women to start new businesses, get jobs and take advantage of career development training programs.

Eileen has been involved with WisePlace (formerly Santa Ana YWCA) for over 20 years having served on its Board of Directors. She is currently mentoring a group of women in a “second step” program – helping previously homeless women to a life of independence.
Event date: 
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
Laguna Beach Books
1200 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Out of My Lane: Leveling the Playing Field for Iraqi Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947368408
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Published: Eileen Padberg Consulting - November 30th, 2017