"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.

The Legacy of Leadership Awards Event held in San Francisco on April 30, was one for the record books! An amazing night for all who took part. We once again honor our worthy awardees and all the sponsors that made the evening possible and a special shout out to our amazing Mistress of Ceremonies Sunne Wright McPeak of California Emerging Technology Fund. Look at our event photos!

President Dr. Margie Wheeler




The California Issues & Trends (CIT) Class for 2018 finished the second stop on their year-long CIT journey in San Francisco on May 1. Session II was entirely focused on diversity in all its forms, from identifying our own values, to gender pay equity to how California--as the most diverse state in the nation-- will evolve in the future.  Next stop on the journey…July 18-20 in Los Angeles with the focus—"California’s Global Economy: Opportunities & Challenges.”

Executive Director Jennifer Persike

CIT III Set to Launch in Los Angeles on July 18
California is an economic powerhouse and is now ranked the 5th largest economy in the world. This topic will be front and center at the upcoming Leadership California, California Issues & Trends (CIT), Session III Program set for July 18-20 at the OMNI Hotel in Los Angeles. The Class of 2018 will hear from a wide array of speakers during the session, “California’s Global Economy: Opportunities& Challenges,” from economic experts, to women leading key industries, to critical sectors that support California’s world-class economy.  Leadership California thanks all of our sponsors and other supporters who have made CIT III possible.







More than 250 gathered at the Park Central Hotel on April 30 for the annual Leadership California Legacy of Leadership Awards Event. From the moment the event began, the atmosphere was electric as Mistress of Ceremonies Sunne Wright McPeak presided over an amazing evening that inspired attendees and honored four California women…Continue Reading.



Thank you to all those who have registered!
We look forward to seeing you at this very special event
for our Alumnae & Friends at Session III in Los Angeles.

Meet the Class of 2018
and be part of the CIT experience


Dinner at the Omni Hotel

Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Omni Hotel, California Plaza,
251 Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA



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