"The program gave me a close-up view of political, business and social issues and trends, information that is invaluable to me as an entrepreneur and active participant in the success of our great state. The speakers were incredible� they inspired us and stretched our minds. The opportunity to connect with successful and dynamic California women leaders was a main highlight. Being part of Leadership California is like being part of a powerful sisterhood."

—Ursula C. Mentjes, M.S., ACC
President and Certified Business Coach
Potential Quest, Inc.
"I have enjoyed my involvement with Leadership California. Our trip to the state capitol was most enlightening. As a result I have gotten involved with the Los Angeles African American Women's Political Action Committee. Thank you, Leadership California, for sparking a genuine interest in the political process."

—Shawn Farrar
Director Corporate Diversity
Sempra Energy
"The CIT program brings together successful women from all over California, and gives them the opportunity to build a network with other successful women. It's a way to learn about the important issues in our state, and to get ready to take the next step in your professional life."

—Isela Vilchis Hoenigmann
"Leadership California has provided me a panoramic view of issues, challenges and opportunities for this lovely state that I live in. The program was my introduction to women of unbelievable talent, experience and passion who are set to make a difference. The feeling to want to be more, to accomplish more, is simply contagious. I hope to know these women for the rest of my life."

—Rosario Montes-Arena
Manager, IBM Software Executive Briefing Program
Silicon Valley & Worldwide Briefing Program
"As a young immigrant woman working in the nonprofit sector, it was inspiring to see women leaders in action, to be able to network with them, and talk about the issues that are relevant to our communities and our state. I feel honored and privileged for the opportunity to participate in such an awesome program that weaves women leaders from different sectors and geographies of California to engage in a conversation about the social, political, and economic fabric of California."

—Winnie Hui-Min Yu
Development Associate
Asian Law Caucus
San Francisco
"I've spent half of my work life in the corporate world, and the past ten years in the nonprofit world, but neither taught me how to be who I am at work�the whole pastiche of talent and spirit. I found role models who excited me, the true state of our state of California (which frustrated me), work partners continually learning like me, and friends."

—Peta G. Penson, Ed. D.
Oakland Unified School District
"Leadership California sessions feature influential speakers and lively discussion on timely issues shaping the economy and workforce. The session on work-life balance struck a chord with me, where key leaders advised us to map out a personal career plan. Networking with other women was invaluable. Leadership California is an engaging and downright fun experience."

—Roberta Tinajero-Frankel
Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Dept.
Healthy Eating, Active Living Project Manager
"Simply put, Leadership California is time well spent that will benefit me personally and professionally for years to come. I've not only kept in contact with my fellow classmates on a social level, but have had opportunities to work with some of them on business projects as our professional paths crossed. The sessions gave in-depth looks at the critical social issues that many Californians face, inspiring me to get more involved in my community�s outreach programs."

—Teena Massingill
Manager of Corporate Public Affairs
Safeway Inc.

Leadership California is a network of accomplished women, dedicated to advancing the leadership role women play in impacting business, social issues and public policy.

Leadership California is also a unique program, designed to develop and mobilize female leaders. From corporate, academic, state and community organizations across the state, Leadership California draws a diverse group of executive women into its California Issues and Trends Program. Alumnae gain new insights on complex global, national and regional issues facing California.

Message from the President
2014 Program Overview
2015 Program Overview


Its time to apply
for CIT 2015!

Submit an application today
or nominate an amazing woman leader as a candidate.

WOMEN LEADERS attended a reception in downtown Los Angeles on October 22 to learn about the California Issues & Trends program. Alumnae brought prospective Class of 2015 members and reunited with old friends.

Recruitment Events Across the State
Bring Leaders Together

A series of special events rolled out across the state to bring together a diverse group of potential candidates for Leadership California’s 2015 Issues & Trends (CIT) Program. Leadership California is accepting applications through December 15 and women leaders are encouraged to apply now.

CIT Alumnae have mobilized to draw in a pool of interested candidates. Receptions and luncheons for successful executive women from across business sectors, geographic regions and professional backgrounds have progressed across the state. A few more events remain for the 2014 recruitment season.

Prospects and alumnae enjoyed a buffet of hors d'oeuvres and E. & J. Gallo wines at the Los Angeles reception for prospective class members. Attorney Sascha Henry, second from left, hosted the meeting at law firm Sheppard Mullin. Alumna Margie Wheeler, Class of 2014 member Trisha Muse and Leadership California President Yvette Herrera spoke at the event.

The gatherings have provided opportunities for alumnae and friends to reconnect as they recruit stellar executive women into the program. Alumnae have shared highlights of their CIT experience and their devotion to the women leaders in the CIT network. Recruits have learned about the yearlong program’s opportunities to gain new insights on complex global, national and regional issues facing California, and our new Washington DC program option.

Leaders from corporate, government, academic, and community organizations, businesses and entrepreneurships have attended events in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Sacramento. Additional events are planned for San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.

New Program Option: Leadership California
Goes to Washington DCSeptember 27-30, 2015


Alumnae and potential recruits are learning about about our Washington DC 2015 Optional Session, a special opportunity for California women leaders to study how national and international issues affect Californians and California business, and how California’s issues and trends influence the nation and the world. LC to DC is available as an add-on to CIT 2015 or may be purchased separately as an individual session. Session dates for LC to DC are September 27-30, 2015.

To refer a woman leader call 626-793-7834 or email Carrie Calkins (carrie@leadershipcalifornia.org) for more information on recruitment events in your area

GLOBAL DELEGATION - On November 2, 2014, Leadership California Alumnae and supporters met a delegation of visiting leaders in Sacramento.

Kate Killeen (’08) (center) lunched with Elsa Avalos Lepe, Vice Minister of Labor for Administration, Ministry of Labor, Guatemala; and Rana Al-Sadoun, a Kuwaiti entrepreneur.

Alumnae Host International Leaders on Sacramento Stopover

by Kate Killeen, CIT Class of 2008 and LC to DC 2013

November 3, 2014SACRAMENTO

NO DOUBT YOU WILL HEAR from other alumnae about a fabulous meeting we had yesterday with leaders from across the globe.

IT WAS A MEMORABLE DAY for everyone: women leaders from our state capital met a group—almost all of whom were women leaders from around the world—Algeria, The Bahamas, Egypt, Georgia, Guatemala, Ireland, Kuwait, Lebanon, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom (Scotland), Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia.

AT THE CALIFORNIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE in Sacramento, Leadership California alumnae gathered to meet with 16 women and one man. They had been invited to the United States under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program.


PARTICIPANTS FROM Ireland, Scotland, and Zambia spoke to the gathering, sharing stories about their journey across the United States.

THE TRAVELERS BEGAN THEIR VISIT on the East coast, with stops in Washington D.C. and New York. They then split into separate groups going to Ohio, Missouri, and Michigan. The Michigan visitors received a special unexpected treat: they were thrilled to personally meet President Obama. The three groups reunited on the West coast, convening in Sacramento. The reunited group will next journey to San Francisco before returning home.


THE VISITORS EXPRESSED SPECIAL INTEREST in the American elections process, in voting operations, and in issues of social justice. Rana Al-Sadoun of Kuwait, an entrepreneur and active member of the Kuwait and global human rights community, said that she uses social media to cover issues not coved by mainstream news media. As a part of the group that visited Missouri, she visited the town of Ferguson, the site of recent mass protests following the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer. The speakers ended by quoting Martin Luther King: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

LEADERSHIP CALIFORNIA ALUMNAE attending the event were Debbie Manning, Judith Kjelstrom, Kate Killeen, Eileen Reynolds, Kathryn Dresslar and Ezilda Samoville.

Tessa Carter, Manager, International Visitor Leadership Program, Northern California World Trade Center and others helped to organize the event.
Carter noted that the visitors enjoyed the wide-ranging conversations about the election process, work-life balance, women in politics, and sharing stories about their home country working roles. Leadership California's "offer of knowledge and friendship is a way to build person-to-person trust and improve relations between the people of the United States and our international partners," she said.




Come with Us
to Washington D.C. in 2015!

The Ultimate Leadership California Experience

The 2013 Leadership California LC to DC delegation visited
the Martin Luther King monument on a nighttime tour.
The 2015 group will also visit the monuments by night. 

Registration Now Open:
CLICK HERE to Register

Leadership California Goes to Washington D.C. (LC to DC) is now open to registration, with convenient options for leaders to register and pay online before year’s end in 2014, or to pre-register now and pay by invoice in 2015.

Program dates are September 27-30, 2015.

LC to DC offers the scope and depth of the California Issues & Trends Program, highlighting the capital's most inspiring sights and featuring highly engaging and thought-provoking content.

Leaders will study issues and trends of national importance, learning how these national and international issues and trends affect California's leaders, California's businesses—and all Californians.

LC to DC is open to all executive women: You don't need to be a CIT Alumna or CIT applicant to register.


Two Ways to Register:

1. It’s best for me to pay in 2014. CLICK HERE to Register now and pay online.

2. It’s best for me to pay in 2015. CLICK HERE to email Leadership California with my pre-registration. I understand that I will be invoiced in 2015 for tuition at the early-bird rate of $1,395 with payment due before July 31, 2015.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON LC TO DC 2015, a tentative program agenda, program prices and hotel details.

Questions about registration or tuition payment? Please call Yvette at (626) 793-7834


November 5-7, 2014

Sustaining Quality of Life
Through Innovation

See all Session IV photos HERE


GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH: In San Diego at Session IV, the class toured the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Birch Aquarium, where they viewed an extraordinary collection of sea creatures and learned about the devastating effects of climate change on the world's oceans. Dr. Margaret Leinen, Scripps director and vice chancellor for marine sciences at UC San Diego, introduced the class to the mission of the institution and the vision of the 2,200 scientists, technicians, volunteers and grad students who work there.
POWERED BY INNOVATION: The class visited the San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center for a firsthand look at an energy-efficient "smart home." The parking lot, garage and garden also have "smart" technologies to review.

THE POWER OF COMMUNITY: The class traveled to the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center for a look at innovation in community service. The Wellness Center provides meals 365 days a year, affordable housing, health services and community education classes to thousands of seniors each year.


CAREER PATHS: "Lessons Learned on the Journey" featured panelists sharing stories about their professional careers. "Learn to self-promote" and "go with your fear" were two wise tips given.


FAREWELL TO THE CLASS OF 2014: The final session of the year featured a graduation ceremony and dinner. Class cutups showed off wearing their Leadership California pins as earrings.

See all Session IV photos HERE

VIEW more photos/stories HERE




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