"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 over 1,600 accomplished women, dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in business, communities and public policy. Our unique programs are designed to develop and inspire female leaders. From corporate, academic, state and community organizations across the state, Leadership California draws a diverse group of executive women into our California Issues & Trends program, Washington D.C. program, and Central Valley Women’s Forum, where attendees gain new insights on global, national and regional issues. Our core value of “Moving Women from Success to Significance” recognizes women’s pivotal role in influencing California’s future.

Message from Leadership California's President


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.

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CIT Class of 2017 explores DNA of San Diego: Tech and innovation influences culture, economy and development

Session IV San Diego
November 1-3, 2017
A Thriving California through Innovation & Inspiration

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The Class of 2017 reconvened in San Diego for Session IV, its final session. Conversations and experiences provided a broad perspective on the major trends and issues affecting leaders and their organizations.


Sarah Smith Orr, left, the first executive director of Leadership California, spoke at a recognition luncheon honoring Pam Hemann and her staff. Pam is the outgoing executive director of Leadership California, having served for 26 years in the role.


The final session of the year featured a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017, wine reception, dinner and presentation of pins and certificates of recognition from the California State Senate. Above, Beiyao Zheng, left, receives her certificate from Leadership California president Diana Reyes.


Author, economic forecaster and futurist Mary O’Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D., left, returned with four "Big Questions,"  following up on her presentation at Session III, "The World in Upheaval: The Big Disrupters and the Implications for Women Leaders." The class considered how Gen Z will address the future—including social, economic, and environmental challenges, and how we will handle living longer lives. At right, class member Kimberly Johnson.


Perry Wong, managing director of research at the Milken Institute, gave an overview of California's economy. In 2017, it's a bright picture. "Economics is about people and places, not studies and articles," he said.


A walking tour of San Diego's East Village included a stop at state-of-the-art Sempra Energy headquarters, a 16-story tower built in 2015, where every amenity is touched by energy-wise innovation.


A visit to Petco Park was part of the East Village tour.


A panel at Biocom, a trade association for biotech organizations, was introduced by Mary L. Walshok, Ph.D., Dean of UC San Diego Extension. The keys to success in the sector are not only advanced tech and clean tech, but most of all, talented people, said Walshok. She gave an overview of the history of innovation in San Diego.

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Register Now for Leadership California’s
4th Annual Central Valley Women’s Forum -

Come connect with Central Valley leaders at our Central Valley Women's Forum (CVWF) on March 28, 2018, a program for women leaders who are changing the face of the Central Valley. This program is open to all women leaders, and we welcome you to register to attend. Last year, the CVWF sold out in mid-March with over 65 from women from across the Central Valley and beyond participating.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fresno State

This daylong program features California issues and trends and regional perspectives important to the Central Valley. The program includes a continental breakfast and lunch, plus a day of outstanding speakers and great opportunities to connect. We'll meet at Fresno State from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with continental breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m.

Registration per person is $75.00

The event offers highly engaging and thought-provoking content, and provides opportunities to learn how regional issues affect not just the Central Valley region but all Californians.


This is an exciting opportunity to build connections with California’s most accomplished women leaders as you explore the big issues and trends of California's Great Valley.


JOIN US for Leadership California's 4th Annual Central Valley Women's Forum (CVWF).

FEATURING a focus on health with statewide and regional perspectives important to the Central Valley, the daylong event includes continental breakfast and lunch, plus a day of outstanding speakers and unique networking opportunities.

Health Care Leadership for All Generations

  • Speed Networking for the Day
  • Solutions through Leadership
  • Strategies for the Youngest Among Us
  • Healthy Students & Academic Achievement
  • Adults & Boomers: Keeping Your Health on the Up Escalator
  • Bringing Data to Communities
  • Health & Community Engagement

If you have questions about registration, please contact Vanessa Henderson at (916) 330-2704 or vhenderson@leadershipcalifornia.org. Also, please feel free to spread the word. Share this invitation with an amazing woman you know!


LC GOES TO D.C. - Women leaders from across California posed on the front steps of the Supreme Court for a portrait with Sarah Weddington, front row, green jacket. Leadership California brought the program to Washington D.C. for the third time since 2013.


Leadership California Delegation
Back from D.C.!

September 24-27, 2017

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LEADERSHIP CALIFORNIA women visited the hub of national power and influence in the nation's capital last week, representing California's strengths in diversity, innovation and pioneering spirit.

A DELEGATION of 36 women joined colleagues and peers from business sectors and regions across the Golden State. Attendees were drawn from the California Issues & Trends Class of 2017 and from the ranks of Leadership California alumnae and friends. Kim Armstrong ('12) and Noelia Rodriguez ('95) were program co-chairs.

THE 3-DAY PROGRAM featured provocative content addressing issues and trends of national importance with a focus on how national and international issues affect California leaders, California business—and all Californians.

HIGH ON THE AGENDA were a tour of the Supreme Court including luncheon with Roe v. Wade winning attorney Sarah Weddington and a visit to American Red Cross HQ featuring a conversation with CEO Gail McGovern, hosted by LC board member Donna Duhe ('09). Highlights included an evening reception on Embassy Row at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian, and a VIP private tour and dinner at Mount Vernon, home of George and Martha Washington.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED a panel on the phenomenon of "Fake News," which featured a former White House correspondent, a former White House press secretary, and a national political editor sharing their experiences on the media front lines. A breakfast with elected leaders on Capitol Hill was hosted by Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congresswoman Jackie Speier, both of whom have been LC Legacy of Service awardees. Talks on the State of the Nation, DACA, transportation policy, cyber security, and advocacy issues each provided a thought-provoking look at issues and trends of national significance.

OUR CALIFORNIA WOMEN LEADERS are no strangers to the national stage, where they so capably represent California's values of diversity and innovation. All of us gratefully engaged with our distinguished speakers and panelists for this amazing and memorable experience. We leave D.C. knowing that the model that brought our learning forum to the nation's capital has delivered once again on our vision of “Moving Women from Success to Significance.”

Mark your Calendar! Next LC to DC is September 22-25, 2019

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