"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.

2019 CIT Program Application

Leadership California’s network is now more than 1,600 women. This network is derived from our flagship program, California Issues & Trends (CIT), which graduates 60-plus women selected each year who complete the four sessions with a new understanding of the issues, trends, diversity, economics and innovation facing California, the nation and the world. 

Besides building knowledge, our CIT Classes experiences unique access to California leaders at the state, regional and federal level. They visit key institutions and operations that help the state thrive. The Class participates in hands-on workshops to increase their leadership capacity.

2019 Issues & Trends Program Packet - pdf
2019 Initial CIT Candidate Recruitment Form - pdf



CIT Session I:
The Political Landscape: California’s Dynamic Government - Sacramento

March 3, 2019 – March 5, 2019
Embassy Suites 
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 98891

CIT Session II:
How California’s Diversity is Shaping It’s Future - Los Angeles

May 5, 2019 – May 7, 2019
Omni, Los Angeles
251 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

CIT Session III:
California’s Global Economy: Opportunities & Challenges- San Francisco

July 17, 2019 – July 19, 2019
Kimpton Sir Frances Drake
450 Powell St, 
San Francisco, CA 94102

CIT Session IV:
A Thriving California Through Innovation – San Diego

October 27, 2019 – October 29, 2019
Omni, San Diego
675 L St
San Diego, CA 92101

Application deadline: November 15, 2018

Tuition Deadline: Upon acceptance to the program (by Dec. 31, 2018)



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