"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.
Consultant
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 People
Leadership California’s people are a diverse group, dedicated to advancing the leadership role women play in impacting business, social issues and public policy. We work to ensure that our programs inspire women leaders to seek out significant roles, and equip them to achieve more as leaders and team members.

Our CIT Class
This group of 60 successful women leaders is selected annually to participate in our core program. Through the yearlong experience, each woman leader gains valuable knowledge and relationships that can be leveraged in her job and community. Each participant has multiple opportunities throughout the year to build a network of access and influence with key leaders in the class, and with alumnae, supporters, faculty and staff.

Our Alumnae
The more than 1,600 alumnae of the California Issues and Trends Program (CIT) encompass a diverse group of women leaders from across the state. Alumnae of our Washington D.C. program and Central Valley Women's Forum join this network of accomplished women.

Our Board of Directors
The Leadership California’s Board of Directors includes women and men from California's corporations, businesses and professional firms, academic institutions, community organizations, government and entrepreneurial enterprises across the state.

Our Executive Advisory Council
Leadership California’s Executive Advisory Council includes women and men from California and across the nation who have a commitment to the mission, vision and values of Leadership California.

Our Sponsors
Leadership California is strengthened by the financial contributions and meaningful involvement of corporations, foundations and individuals from across California. We integrate sponsor partners by involving them in sessions as speakers, introducers, and as guests at their sponsored session. Throughout the year, we recognize all of our sponsors on our website, on session signage, on printed materials, and in our booth exhibits at outreach events in California.
California Issues & Trends Program sponsorship begins at $2,500 at the Event Partner level and exceeds $25,000 at the Strategic Partner level.

Our Founding Leaders
Cristina Banks, Ph.D, Founding President
Linda Havard, First President
Sarah Smith Orr, Founding Executive Director
Jan Boel
Posey Carpentier
Julie Coyne
Martha Farmer
Charlotte Fisher
Nancy Gutierrez
Jacquelyn Heller
Sharon King-Jeffers
Ronya Kozmetsky
Catherine Robinson
Larraine Segil

Our Past Presidents
Cristina Banks, Ph.D, Founding President
Linda Havard, First President
Sarah Smith Orr, Founding Executive Director
Molly Corbett Broad
Amy Dean
Dorothy Farris
Kimberly Freeman
Cathleen Greiner
Gwenn Lennox Hardin
Yvette Herrera
Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D.
Debbie Manning

Paula March
Denise Morrison
Peta Penson, Ed.D.
Karen Yelverton-Zamarripa

 

Our Staff 



Pamela Hemann, CAE
Executive Director

Pamela Hemann, CAE has served as executive director of Leadership California since 1999. She has been involved with the organization since 1992, and participated in the launch of the first California Issues and Trends Program. During her service as executive director, Leadership California has expanded its outreach and fundraising efforts, launched the California Women’s Leadership Forum, and re-established the Annual Legacy of Leadership Awards. Prior to Leadership California, Pam held positions with trade associations and professional societies in Washington, D.C. She is a Certified Association Executive and chair of the American Society of Association Executives. In her community, she is immediate past president of the Pasadena Center Operation Company and a former board member of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. She holds degrees from the University of Denver and the University of Nebraska.





Carol Caley, MFA
Communications/Marketing Director

Carol Caley is director of communications and marketing for Leadership California, bringing to the organization her background in creative development, marketing communications and branding. She is responsible for developing, enhancing and maintaining the Leadership California brand to express its character and values, to activate members and supporters, to enhance and promote programs and events, to broaden audience reach through social media, and to design and produce content via website, broadcast email, video and print. She has developed brand identities, presentation materials, publications and advertising for educational institutions, for organizations in energy, biomedical and health, and for women's organizations.

Carol has served on the executive board of Women in Design-LA where she planned and produced events such as portfolio reviews, gallery shows, and design business programs. She taught design at Pasadena City College and Mt. Sierra College, and served on their digital media advisory boards. Carol served on the executive board of the National Association of Women Business Owners-Los Angeles. Articles about her creative studio have been published in the Los Angeles Times and Wells Fargo’s Business magazine. In her community, she has been a volunteer and docent at the Pasadena Museum of History and is a member of the League of Women Voters and Angeles Crest Art Guild.


Yvette Dominguez
Administrative Director

Yvette Dominguez has served Leadership California since 1997 in administrative and information management positions. Her special capabilities are in communications, current class and graduate relations, and assisting with many facets of the California Issues and Trends Program. She completed her degree at California State University at Los Angeles in educational development in 1999.

Carrie Calkins
Development Director

Carrie Calkins has over 10 years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, client relations, volunteer management and corporate event planning, having served as corporate events director for the American Heart Association, and in her current role as Director of Operations of The Lab Creative Arts Studio. She is an active volunteer, having served on the board of director for Leadership Lincoln, the American Heart Association, and CREATE YOU, Inc. Carrie is also an active part of You’re the Cure network and is an “Americans for the Arts” Advocate. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and master’s degree in family science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 

Our Faculty and Speakers

Leadership California has assembled a core faculty of experts, across a wide range of subject matter, augmented by high-level speakers on California’s critical issues.

Senator Connie M. Leyva
Dist. 20, California State Senate

Wanda Austin, Ph.D.
CEO (Ret.)
The Aerospace Corporation

Lydia Beebe
Board Director & Corporate Governance Advisor
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Former Chevron Senior Executive

Diane Boyer-Vine
Legislative Counsel
State of California

William Deverell, Ph.D.
Director
Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

Lori Ajax
Chief
California Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation


Clothilde V. Hewlett
Executive Director, Cal Alumni Association
University of California, Berkeley


Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D.
President
ROI Consulting Group


Van Ton-Quinlivan
Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development
California Community Colleges

Dowell Myers, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Population Dynamics Research Group
Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California

Mary O’Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D.
CEO, Global Foresight

Sascha Rice
Director, producer, writer
Fire of Life Films

Ana Guererro
Chief of Staff, Mayor's Office
City of Los Angeles

Raphael Sonenshein, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs
Cal State University, Los Angeles


Hannah-Beth Jackson
Senator 
State of California


Perry Wong
Director of Research
Milken Institute


David Graham
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
City of San Diego

 

What our Alumnae Say

 “Leadership California brings together professional women from the corporate, non-profit and public sector via its California Issues and Trends program to provide the latest information on critical issues facing our state with the goal of developing a network of informed leaders. I know that my network has been greatly enriched by these amazing women!”

—Elmy Bermejo 
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
U.S. Department of Labor

 

“Being part of Leadership California is a terrific experience! It gave me the chance to meet and interact with successful women from other industries and learn from their experiences. The ongoing friendship and support of the Leadership California network has been a great resource for me. I especially appreciated the diversity of back-grounds: education, business, government, private and non-profit sectors. We all were able to learn so much from one another. I encourage other women to take advantage of this program. The Leadership California experience is one that I will cherish.”

—Rita Lane
Apple, Inc.
 

“The Leadership California Program introduced me to new possibilities personally and professionally. I was in one of the early classes—Class of ‘95. It doesn't sound so long ago— but it was. We had a program session in the Silicon Valley where most of us (me included) experienced going on the Internet for the very first time! The experience had a profound effect on me—this web thing was going to be big and I wanted to be a part of it. I was inspired to make a dramatic career shift— leaving the relative safety of the non-profit sector to join the team of an Internet start-up. The move definitely jump-started my professional development, positioning me for rapid career advancement and eventual entrepreneurship. When I started my own marketing firm, one of my early clients was a newly promoted CEO and old friend, a former Leadership California classmate.”

—Yvette Herrera
HT Group
Strategic Marketing

“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

“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

 



 

 
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