"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 Announces 2019 Legacy of Leadership Awards Honorees

Award Ceremony to be Held in Los Angeles on May 6, 2019

Leadership California is pleased to announce the 2019 Legacy of Leadership award recipients.  Each year, we are proud to recognize individuals and corporations who have made significant contributions and support the advancement of women. Click here to learn more about this year’s honorees.

Leadership California’s 2019 California Issues & Trends Program

Remaining sessions set for 2019 include:

    May 5, 2019 – May 7, 2019 – Omni Hotel, Los Angeles
    July 17, 2019 – July 19, 2019 – Sir Frances Drake Hotel, San Francisco
    October 27, 2019 – October 29, 2019 – Omni, San Diego

Through thought leaders and experts, field trips and unique access to experiential learning, CIT participants gain knowledge and insight about California. The program also facilitates a rich dialogue among the Class advancing leadership competencies and stimulating a more diverse and inclusive mindset.

More than 1,700 women leaders from around the state have participated in our programs to increase knowledge of California issues and trends, broaden their connections, boost their influence, and be inspired to act and make a difference.

Visit our CIT Program page for more information.

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Leadership California Goes to Washington DC - September 22-25, 2019

Authors of “Paving the Way” -- Steve and Susie Swatt to Speak at CIT Session I

Authors Steve and Susie Swatt will discuss their just released book, “Paving the Way: Women’s Struggle for Political Equality in California,” at the kickoff of the 2019 California Issues & Trends (CIT) – Session 1 on March 3 in Sacramento. The Class of 2019 will hear about the Swatt’s 2 ½ year journey to research and write the story of women who helped shape California over the past centuries.


President Wheeler Named Alumna of the Year by So Ca Leadership Network

Leadership California President Dr. Margie Wheeler on Nov. 29 was named the Alumna of the Year by the Southern California Leadership Network. The honor was part of the annual  “Visionaries Award Event,” which celebrates the region’s most influential leaders whose work has made, and continues to make,  a lasting impact on the well-being of the region, state and nation. The event was held in Los Angeles. Dr. Wheeler also serves the Executive Strategist for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Amazon Smile - Leadership California

Please add Leadership California to your AmazonSmile account. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as www.amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice (in this case LEADERSHIP CALIFORNIA).
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