"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.



Remarkable “Firsts” Spotlight Academic Women Leaders

LEADERSHIP CALIFORNIA HAS THE UNIQUE DISTINCTION of celebrating academic women in a momentous way: We’ll be honoring all six women presidents of California State Universities as Trailblazers at our Legacy of Leadership Awards on April 27 in Los Angeles.

Each of the six has been a notable voice of academic leadership. Each has been a groundbreaker and precedent-setter in current and past roles, and each is a model of achievement for women leaders from every sector across our state.

A Conversation with Presidents Precedes
the Awards

The six will participate in a special interview session in advance of the Awards, which will be moderated by Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D., educator, executive coach and trusted advisor to leaders in higher education on leadership effectiveness. Each of the honorees will share highlights of her leadership story.

Many thanks to California State University and the California State University Foundation for their platinum and gold sponsorship support of the 2015 Legacy of Leadership Awards.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Meet All Six California State University Women Presidents


Dr. Soraya M. Coley
President, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Dr. Soraya M. Coley has served as president of Cal Poly Pomona since January 1, 2015. She is the first female president of the university.

Her professional background includes serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at CSU Bakersfield from 2005-14, including an interim position as vice president for university advancement from 2011-12. Prior to that, she was dean, College of Human Development and Community Service at CSU Fullerton, where she also served in roles as an administrative fellow, Human Services department chair and professor of human services. Before that, Dr. Coley was a senior research fellow at the National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare/Children and Family Futures. She was also previously Systemwide provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alliant International University.

Dr. Coley is an alumna of Leadership California, Class of 1999. She serves on several boards: Children and Family Futures; the County-Wide Strategic Planning Committee to Address Problem of Methamphetamine Use and Its Impact on Kern County; and Ready to Start, a pre-school program for underserved children in Kern County. She is a member of the American Council on Education, Women’s Network; Millennium Leadership Class, American Association of State Colleges and Universities; The Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education, Alumni, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellows Alumni Network and the National Association of Social Workers. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Soraya M. Coley Award for Faculty Service to the Community, Lincoln University; 2000 Cal State Fullerton Crystal Elephant; “One of Ten Women Making a Difference” by Orange County Metro Magazine, March 2000; 2000 City of Lake Forest “Outstanding Service and Leadership to the Community” and 1999 National Association Women Business Owners, Orange County Chapter Education Advocate Award.

Dr. Coley earned a Ph.D. in social planning and policy from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. in social planning and social research from Bryn Mawr College and a B.A. in sociology from The Lincoln University. READ MORE ON THE SIX TRAILBLAZERS

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

Register NOW for
The Ultimate Leadership California Experience

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

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 to register and pay online.

Our Washington DC 2015 Optional Session 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. LC to DC is available as an add-on to CIT 2015 or may be purchased separately as an individual session.

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.


CLICK HERE to email Leadership California with my pre-registration. I understand that I will be invoiced 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







Meet our 2015 Honorees

April 27, 2015
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
6:15 pm -

8:45 pm

Sponsorships  Available


April 26-28, 2015

California's Heritage:
Shaping the New California


SPRINGTIME AT THE GARDENS: The class will visit the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, where the roses are in full bloom.

THEMES OF HISTORY: The Huntington is home to a distinguished collection of 18th- and 19th-century British paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. The visit will include a presentation on 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 will honor women leaders as it draws together alumnae of the California Issues & Trends program.


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


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


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

A PRIVATE SCREENING: The class will view “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 will talk on her family's role in California's past, present and future, and will share her own leadership story.

VIEW more photos/stories HERE

April 27, 2015

Thank You to our Sponsors


















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