"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.


25th Anniversary Grand Kickoff
January 11, 2016


MARKING A MILESTONE: Alumnae, Capitol officials and elected leaders including members of the Senate Women's Caucus attended the presentation of the Joint Resolution honoring Leadership California's CIT program on its 25th anniversary. Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson and Jean Fuller read the resolution.


ALUMNAE AND SPECIAL GUESTS GATHERED on the Senate floor, where Leadership California President Diana Reyes and Executive Director Pam Hemann held the Senate Resolution recognizing Leadership California for 25 years of advancing women’s leadership in the state. The group visited both the Assembly and Senate floors for the formal Joint Resolution.


The 25th Anniversary Kickoff: A Day-long Series of Celebrations at the Capitol    

Alumnae gathered outside the Assembly chamber after the official honors were read aloud.

Alumnae and guests posed for a portrait in a Senate conference room. 

The Joint Resolution recognized Leadership California for its contributions to women’s leadership throughout the state.

A reception for guests was held in the conference room of California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, which included Leadership California alumnae and elected and appointed leaders.

Alumnae and friends at the Senate reception


Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Clothilde Hewlett participated in an afternoon panel discussion with women leaders at the Leland Stanford Mansion.

The panel discussion and Q&A featured women leaders who shared personal stories of leadership successes and setbacks. Panelists included, from left, Senator Jean FullerExecutive Vice President of Global Communications, Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Alexandra Trower, Senator Hannah-Beth JacksonAssembly Member Cristina Garcia and State Controller Betty Yee. Clothilde Hewlett, Partner, Nossaman LLC, moderated.

An evening reception followed the panel discussion, where legislators, alumnae from the Sacramento area, members of the LC Executive Advisory Council, Board of Directors and special guests met in the historic rooms of the Leland Stanford Mansion.

Alumnae and special guests at the Leland Stanford Mansion reception.






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