"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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May 2, 2011
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Lynda Ziegler, Southern California Edison Executive Vice President, Power Delivery, will accept the Corporate Leader Award on behalf of Edison International at the Legacy of Leadership Awards on May 2 in Los Angeles.


When we flip a switch, we don’t think much about what it takes to bring electric power to the people. Lynda Ziegler, Executive Vice President, Power Delivery Services at Southern California Edison, spends just about all of her time at SCE thinking about that.

Lynda celebrated her 30th anniversary with SCE in January, and 2011 is SCE’s 125th anniversary. Not many companies have been around for 125 years.

So much has changed during those 30 years. EIX chairman and CEO Ted Craver likes to say that the next 10 years are likely to see more change in the electricity industry than the last century. The company’s experience is now being brought to bear on the work being done to implement new technologies making the grid smarter, safer and more reliable


It’s a Banner Year for Anniversaries

It's the 125th for Southern California Edison, 30th for Top Exec Lynda Ziegler

by Carol Caley
April 15, 2011

Q: Q: You’ve enjoyed a long and successful career at Southern California Edison. How were you originally inspired to do this work?

A: I was working at a firm that did marketing and sales programs. I had designed a program for Edison to do energy efficiency. We had presented that to Edison, and Edison turned around and hired me to implement it. It was an unintended outcome, but coming to work for Edison was great, because it is a very large company and there are a lot of opportunities. I was very excited to be there. Read More>

Leadership California's
Annual Awards Celebration

Monday, May 2, 2011

Los Angeles

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Meet Distinguished Leaders: The 2011 Awards will recognize our 20th year, as we honor accomplished women leaders and mark a new dedication to leadership and community.

Ample Time to Engage and Connect: Our popular format gives you plenty of time to renew old friendships and enjoy a full array of buffet choices as you circulate. At the top of the evening, be seated at your table for dessert and the Awards ceremony.  Hear our distinguished honorees share their amazing stories.

Community Leader Award:


CEO, West Angeles Community Development Corporation
Under Dr. Ballton's leadership, WACDC has developed nearly 400 units of affordable housing, trained over 600 adults and 3,000 youths in dispute resolution/mediation, and assisted over 175 individuals through its Empower employment placement program, earning a Best Practices Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a Presidential Commendation for its dispute resolution programs.

Trailblazer Awards:

Former First Lady of California, and Trustee, Society for Science and the Public

She has enjoyed a remarkable life and career, from serving as First Lady of California to establishing a math and science educational enrichment program for high school students. Gayle Wilson was a biology major at Stanford, and has had a longtime interest in science education. An advocate for student research opportunities and science and math education, she serves as a trustee and executive member of the Society for Science and the Public, an organization that inspired her as a high school student. She is a founder of the San Diego chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS), and COSMOS, the California State Summer School for Math & Science.


California National Guard

She was the first woman in the role of Adjutant General of the California National Guard, and the nation’s first African-American, female adjutant general. Major General Mary J. Kight served as Director of the State of California’s Military Department and led the largest, most tasked National Guard force in the United States, with an authorized strength of 18,000 Army National Guard and 4,900 Air National Guard members. She began her military career in the Air Force in 1974, and joined the Cal Guard in 1984.

Corporate Leader Award:

Edison International is committed to diversity and equal opportunity, working to ensure that its suppliers and work force reflect the multicultural marketplace. The company supports women's employment opportunities, their educational needs and economic development, and is proud that minority and female representatives currently comprise 33% of its Board of Directors. Edison International has supported Leadership California since 1996, with 44 CIT alumnae and generous financial support.

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Mary Ann Chern is Board Chair for Philanthropy Association

Mary Anne Chern ('99), president of White Memorial Medical Center Charitable Foundation in Los Angeles, will serve as board chair of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy for 2010-2011. AHP represents directors of philanthropic programs for nonprofit hospitals, clinics, health care systems and related facilities in North America.

Linda Braunschweiger is CEO of Housing Trust Fund

Linda Braunschweiger (‘97) has been named CEO of the Ventura County Housing Trust Fund. Linda brings experience in government affairs, affordable housing development, and banking to her new position. The fund supports housing choices by generating and leveraging financial resources and by partnering with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout Ventura County.

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May 1-3, 2011
California’s Heritage: Shaping the New California
Los Angeles

Session II offers CIT Classmembers a look at Californians past, present and future with perspectives from a historian, a demographer and a futurist. Experts on diversity and leadership styles review key strategies. Healthcare leaders and a panel of women leaders from various backgrounds share their career trajectories. A field trip takes us back in time.

Conversations on Diversity: "Diversity Competence: Getting Off Our Eggshells" will be presented by Kay Iwata, who will open up a discussion on what organizations can do to build diversity into work relationships. She's one of more than a dozen speakers who will engage the class at Session II.


Patricia Bovan
Director, Global Contracts
Symantec Corporation

Patricia has spent her legal and business professional career negotiating and closing large technology contracts, revenue-generating deals and strategic corporate transactions for HDS, Sun, Symantec, Kellogg and an SRI technology start-up.

She has led a chapter of Symantec’s Women’s Action Network and is Chair of its philanthropy committee. She is on the Board of the Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, a member of the Queen’s Bench Committee on Domestic Violence, and has led a mentoring program for at Juvenile Hall.

Patricia Click
Manager 3, Remittance Processing & Controller's Support
Southern California Edison

Patricia manages a team of 50 and a budget of $26 million, and is tasked with talent development, business resiliency, safety and supplier diversity. She has recently celebrated 35 years of service at SCE.

Patricia has served in numerous community organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, a youth science program, a foster parenting organization, a violence prevention foundation, a youth motivation task force, and the United Negro College Fund. She has been a foster parent to more than 25 children. 

Kathe Córdova
Manager, Commercial Industrial Services
San Diego Gas & Electric

Kathe promotes positive relationships with key business customers, overseeing a team of account executives and furthering customer adoption of energy efficiency. Her strengths include marketing, strategic planning and implementation. Kathe has extensive experience in the utility regulatory arena and has served as a Regulatory Manager for both SDG&E and SoCalGas.

Kathe formerly held positions as head of a medical records consulting company and as an international banking officer. She was a Spanish language major at Universidad de Concepcion, Chile, and earned a degree in Economics from UCLA.

Cindy Diaz
Division of State Architect Liaison/
Project Manager

Cynthia is currently employed with TELACU (subcontracted by Parsons Brinkerhoff International) as a Liaison between California’s largest public school district and the California Department of General Services, Division of the State Architect. She is responsible for providing leadership, direction and management of project negotiations that have led to efforts toward modernization to increase class sizes for public school construction projects within a portfolio valued at $6 billion.

In addition to her professional work, she is a tireless advocate for women through her “She Rocks” program and conferences, with themes such as She Rocks Her Community, She Rocks the Fight Against Cancer, She Rocks Her Talent.


Eileen Fry-Bowers
Assistant Professor
Loma Linda University

Eileen Fry-Bowers holds academic appointments in the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health, where she directs the Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Leadership program. In this role, she works with local governments and nonprofits and with student interns; develops curriculum; works with accreditation and certification organizations; and teaches health care law, public health law, and conflict management and negotiation courses. She also teaches graduate courses in health policy at the School of Nursing.

Eileen is a member of the California State Bar, a registered nurse and certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She served in the United States Navy Nurse Corps and is decorated veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She is now completing her Ph.D. in health services at UCLA School of Nursing.


Carla Musser
Manager, Policy, Government & Public Affairs

Carla's responsibilities include managing government relations, media communications, internal communications, and community relations. She develops and implements strategies to help Chevron become most admired for its people, partnerships, and performance. Carla has 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry, having served in several leadership positions in human resources at Chevron.

Carla holds a bachelors degree in business administration from the University of LaVerne. She is a certified Senior Professional Human Resources with the Human Resources Certificate Institute, and a member of the Public Relations Society of America.


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