"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’s Class of 2018 is off and running with the Session I of California Issues & Trends (CIT), held in Sacramento from March 4-6, now complete. Now in our 27the year, we are pleased to report that we have one of our largest classes in recent years and they hail from all over the state, with different backgrounds, training, careers, etc. One of the major traits that ties them together is that they are successful women in their own right. The Class of 2018 is contributing their knowledge and expertise to every sector in California. Through our CIT, the Class of 2018 will build on their knowledge as they learn about California’s government, its heritage, business and innovation. They will connect with each other to build powerful networks. Finally, they will be inspired to act…to take the attributes they have gained in the Leadership California program to contribute in new and significant ways.

We will keep you posted as the CIT journey continues...

President Dr. Margie Wheeler


Join us as Leadership California honors leaders
who have made remarkable contributions to our state

Monday, April 30, 2018
The Park Central Hotel
50 3rd Street, San Francisco 94103
6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Mayor Libby Schaaf
City of Oakland
Legacy of Service Award

Pam Hemann
President & CEO
Association Management Services
and Former Executive Director, Leadership California

Community Leader Award


Janet Liang
Northern California Region
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals

Trailblazer Award

Lateefah Simon
Akonadi Foundation and Member
CSU Board of Trustees

Trailblazer Award





Past President's Table





Sponsorship Opportunities are Available:

Platinum    $10,000
Gold           $5,000
Silver         $3,000
Individual Tickets   $175-$250



Special Session Speaker Katica Roy

Katica Roy, CEO and co-founder of Denver-based Pipeline, will speak to Leadership California’s Class of 2018, the EAC and Legacy Award honorees on Monday, April 30, at the upcoming Special Session during CIT II in San Francisco. Pipeline is a SaaS company that leverages artificial intelligence to identify and drive economic gains through gender equity. Pipeline is the first company from the state of Colorado to be accepted to Salesforce Accelerate. Katica is driven by a passion to eradicate economic inequality and champions the rights of refugees, women, and children. An award-winning business leader with more than two decades of experience in technology, healthcare and financial services, Katica is credited as a rare combination of expertise in and passion for gender equity, people analytics, and sales operations.


The Legacy of Leadership Awards Event
April 30, 2018 | Park Central Hotel, San Francisco, CA

Join Our Celebration of Women and Corporate Leaders


Leadership California is poised to honor some of the best and brightest women in California at a special event, The Legacy of Leadership Awards Event, on April 30, 2018, at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco and we'd love for you to join us!

These four distinguished women listed below have made their mark and a tremendous contribution to California. We also will recognize a leading California company for their commitment to foster the growth of women in leadership roles.

4:30-6:00 p.m. Special Session (Platinum & Gold Sponsors)
6:00-6:45 p.m. Networking Reception
6:45-8:45 p.m. Dinner & Awards Presentations

View Awardee Bios


Class of 2018 Descends on Capitol for CIT Session I

The new Leadership California Class of 2018 kicked off the 27th CIT (California Issues & Trends) Session 1 in Sacramento on Sunday, March 4.  It was a jam-packed, three days as the class focused in on the Session One theme, “The Political Landscape: California’s Dynamic Government.” Highlights included an inspirational presentation of resilience and survival by Japanese Internee Kiyo Sato, an address by the Consul General of Mexico Liliana Ferrer at the historic Leland Stanford Mansion and a Tribal Women’s panel discussion at Cache Creek, which is located on native land. Other key program features included a Capitol breakfast with legislators, presentations on “Making Law and Getting the Work Done,” and visits to both the Assembly and Senate Chambers. Next up for the CIT Class of 2018 is Session II in San Francisco, April 29-May 1, with the theme, “California’s Heritage Shaping It’s Future.”

Click here to view pictures from this event!


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