"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.
   

 

WHAT OUR ALUMNAE SAY

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

“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!”

Rita Lane
Apple, Inc.

“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.”

Yvette Herrera
Vice President
Netzel Grigsby Associates


“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.”

Ursula C. Mentjes, M.S.
ACC President and Certified
Business Coach
Potential Quest, Inc.


“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.”

 

Shawn Farrar
Director Corporate Diversity
Sempra Energy


“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.”
 

Rosario Montes-Arena

“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.”

 

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

 

 

 

 



 

 
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