Eileen provided our group with a nuanced, realistic and incredibly informative perspective of California politics. Her decades of experience in leading campaigns, advocating for women and building coalitions enlighten participants with both theoretical and tangible ideas of how to lead and effect change. After interviewing over 100 leaders across California, Eileen stood out as a candid and generous voice to helping our group learn the history and potential future of the state of the Republican Party in Southern California and what their role could be within it.
Director, Fellows Program in Public Affairs
Coro Southern California
Eileen Padberg was a fascinating and inspiring speaker recently at The Pacific Club Diamond Event where she captured the attention and admiration of all the audience.
Carol Mentor McDermott
Many thanks for the special remarks! Everyone enjoyed hearing about your experiences and how you impacted so many women’s lives for good. We appreciate your help and support of OC Women2Women Eileen.
President, OC Women2Women
Eileen Padberg’s story of her brave service in Iraq is a compelling American story; a story of one person’s efforts to do good amidst the hell of war. The stained image of America will take a long time to redeem, but I believe the contributions made by Eileen to rebuild Iraq will play a significant role in the story of that redemption.
President The City Club of San Diego
Eileen Padberg is an inspiring recipient of the 2007 Linkage Frances Hesselbein Excellence in Leadership Award. Her life and the lives she changed in Iraq inspires us all.
Chairman Leader to Leader Institute
I was completely enthralled. What an amazing and courageous woman. A wonderful speaker, intelligent, funny, candid and articulate. One to be admired and respected for all she has done for woman around our globe.
The Salon, Sonoma, CA
You presented not only fascinating and thought-provoking information, but intuitive insights as well. You really know your subject and we loved your humor, energy and compassion.
Victoria Collins, PhD
Executive Vice President, The Keller Group
A vivid, first hand description of what’s going on in Iraq from someone without an axe to grind.
Paul Priolo, former Minority Leader, California State Assembly
Chairman, Sacramento Seminar
Most inspiring…..a message that the women of our country should hear.
Phyllis Hoffman, Newport Beach
I found her information to be highly educational. She has changed my perception of the situation in Iraq 180 degrees.
Jackie Olson, Newport Beach
Eileen’s candid first hand account of daily life in and out of the Green Zone is fascinating regardless of your political views. Her perspective lends a sense of humanity to the situation in Iraq. Her stories about empowering women to develop business and build communities are inspiring. To those interested in broadening their point of view, I recommend you listen to Eileen.
Kellie Freeman, Chair
Women In Leadership
In her stimulating remarks, Eileen Padberg put a human face on the challenges confronting Iraq as it attempts to move in a democratic direction.
William R. Schonfeld
Director, Center for the Study of Democracy
Professor of Political Science
You gave us a penetrating insight into the quagmire in Iraq. I cannot imagine existing for a week in that environment, much less years. It will be interesting to see your final report, or resolution of your experiences.
Eileen Padberg recently appeared at our club in San Francisco as part of a series titled “Continuing Conversations with Extraordinary Women” one of which she surely is. Ms. Padberg shared her incredible experience in Iraq helping Iraqi women. She spoke with passion and forthright honesty. A five star presentation!