"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
2015 Program Overview

We're looking for successful women to join us for the journey of a lifetime, the California Issues and Trends Program. 
Grow your leadership insights, build your power network, make a positive difference in your professional life and envision your role in California's future.


Come with Us to Washington D.C. in September!  REGISTER NOW

Open to all Executive Women
The Ultimate Leadership California Experience

Leadership California Goes to Washington DC 2015 is a special opportunity for California women leaders to study how national and international issues influence Californians and California business, and how California’s issues and trends influence the nation and the world.

Program dates: September 27-30, 2015


LC to DC offers the scope and depth of Leadership California's signature California Issues & Trends (CIT) program, featuring highly engaging and thought-provoking content and highlighting the capital's most inspiring sights and experiences.

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.

The 2015 Leadership California LC to DC delegation will visit the
Martin Luther King monument on a nighttime tour.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON LC TO DC 2015, a tentative program agenda, program prices and hotel details. Take advantage of Early-bird registration through July 31, 2015.

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







Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Ph.D. (’05), left, and
Audrey Yamamoto (’10) at the White House

Teniente-Matson and Yamamoto Visit White House, Meet President Obama and Officials

Two alumnae were invited to the White House for meetings and a celebration on May 5: Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Ph.D. (’05), President, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and Audrey Yamamoto (’10), Executive Director & President, Asian Pacific Fund.

Audrey attended a briefing with administration officials including Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Director of Domestic Policy Cecilia Muñoz. The purpose of the meeting was to share information about the administration's and funders' efforts to promote citizenship. Audrey served as a foundation representative of the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship initiative. Her organization is one of five funders of that initiative. Representatives from seven other foundations also attended. Following the meeting, Audrey was invited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at a reception in the East Wing, where she received a surprise invitation to have her photo taken with the President.

Cynthia was invited to the White House to attend the Cinco de Mayo reception, where she heard President Obama address guests in the East Wing and mingled with Administration officials including Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former 3-time mayor of San Antonio Julián Castro, a rising political star who has been mentioned as a possible vice-presidential candidate in 2016. The reception, as well as celebrating the Mexican and American holiday, was a gathering of representatives of advocacy groups and organizations involved in public policy and social issues affecting Latino populations. Cynthia attended in her role as President of Texas A&M-San Antonio, an emerging university with 67% of its population self-identifying as Latino.

Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Ph.D. met luminaries including Julián Castro at the White House Cinco de Mayo celebration.

April 26-28, 2015

California's Heritage:
Shaping the New California

VIEW all the Session II photos HERE

HISTORY AT THE HUNTINGTON: The class visited the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens to study major themes in California history, including the state's diversity, environmental complexity, economic drivers, and democratic innovations.

A CELEBRATION OF LEADERSHIP - The 2015 Legacy of Leadership Awards honored women leaders and drew together alumnae of the California Issues & Trends program.


LEADERSHIP STYLES AND BEHAVIORS: With Barbara L. Kaufman, Ph.D. presenting, the class explored and analyzed their personal leadership strengths.


DEMOGRAPHICS AND TRENDS: With Mary O'Hara Devereaux, Ph.D., the class studied California's demographics and peered into California's future.


STRAIGHT TALK ON DIVERSITY: Kay Iwata gave a presentation on how our preconceptions of others in the workplace can affect teamwork and outcomes.

A PRIVATE SCREENING: The class viewed “California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown.” Watch the trailer HERE


The award-winning “California State of Mind" was written and produced by the granddaughters of Governor Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, the nieces of Governor Jerry Brown. Director Sascha Rice spoke on her family's role in California's past, present and future, and shared her own leadership story.

VIEW all the Session II photos HERE
VIEW more photos/stories HERE


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