"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.

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CIT Session IV Set for San Diego – Nov. 7-9, 2018

San Diego as an innovation and research hub will be front and center when the California Issues & Trends (CIT) – Class of 2018 meet for Session IV.  This theme for this fourth and final session of the year, “A Thriving California Through Inspiration & Innovation.”  The program is set for Nov. 7-9 in San Diego.  Among the program highlights:

  • A panel showcasing veteran military woman leaders
  • A panel featuring innovative San Diego companies and the women leading them
  • A panel on how the San Diego community is adapting to climate change
  • Field trips to the world renown Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the San Diego Gas & Electric’s state-of-the-art – Emergency Operations Center 
  • Keynote address by Cassandra Pye on “Conscious Leadership and Innovation”
  • Final luncheon with the Class of 2018 and alumnae featuring San Diego Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp

The CIT Class of 2018 also will officially graduate from the program, completing their CIT Journey. Watch for Face Book posts and Tweets on all the action next week!




City of San Diego
Salk Institute for Biological Studies


Christina Bibler (‘17)
Eric Caldwell
Molly Cartmill (’02)
Jennifer Landress
Monique Rodriguez (’16)



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

Alumnae Gather at Two Events

Leadership California (LC) alumnae connected at two recent events, one in Orange County on Sept. 19 and the other in San Francisco on Sept. 26. The San Francisco event was sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. The events were held to bring alumnae together to connect and strengthen the Leadership California network of 1,600 women throughout the state. Leadership California alumnae serve in leadership roles throughout all sectors in California, as university professors, corporate CEOs, elected officials at the local, state and federal level, non-profit leaders and entrepreneurs. 

Alumnae are derived from LC’s flagship program, California Issues & Trends (CIT) Program. 2019 CIT recruitment is underway, click here for more information.

The major feature for both events was a keynote address by Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, author of “The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors.” She walked alumnae through the key steps to secure a corporate board seat and shared the stories of women highlighted in her book. Berkhemer-Credaire is also CEO of the non-profit public awareness campaign, “2020 Women on Boards.”

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