"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.

About Us

"Moving Women from Success to Significance"


The mission of Leadership California is to increase the representation and influence of diverse women leaders across the state and inspire them to act on their knowledge of issues and cutting-edge trends facing California, the nation and the world.

Who We Are
Leadership California, through its California Issues & Trends (CIT) program, Washington D.C. program, Central Valley Women's Forum, and other valuable programs, moves women from success to significance. We motivate and inspire accomplished women to reach higher aspirations and to have the knowledge, confidence, and connections to improve California’s future.

Leadership California is a diverse network of more than 1,600 women leaders who graduated from our programs, and over 3,000 supporters, including speakers, sponsors and advisors, dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in California. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) foundation with a governing board of directors and dedicated staff.

Through the California Issues & Trends Program, we are poised to influence, impact, and strengthen the future of California in innovative ways.

•   Leadership California is committed to expanding the knowledge, connections, and opportunities available to women leaders.

•   After attending our programs, Alumnae seek increasingly significant roles in career and communities because they are emboldened to take a leap forward.

•   Participants feel a transformation as they are empowered to do more, be more, and give more.

What We Do
Our organization provides the knowledge, connections and inspiration to help women reach higher aspirations:

•  Leadership development and perspectives

•  Programs to stay current on key California issues and trends

•  Access to a strong network of successful women leaders across the state

•  A strong symbol of diversity and inclusion

•  Repository of talented, knowledgeable and connected women leaders ready to serve and make an impact on issues

Our Story
Leadership California is a network of accomplished women leaders. This growing, diverse network comes from Leadership California’s key program, California Issues & Trends (CIT), which graduates 60 women each year with new understanding of the complex global, national and state issues facing California.

Since 1988, Leadership California has enhanced women’s leadership throughout California by providing a forum for women to strengthen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the state. Our network of leaders is composed of women from diverse ethnic, regional, and business backgrounds. With this strong focus on diversity, Leadership California continues to grow and touch California’s communities and businesses. Through our programs, the women of Leadership California make a commitment to the changing face of California.

Leadership California partners with corporate, academic, government and community organizations to financially support our mission, and to include their women leaders in our programs. We fulfill our mission through unique learning and networking opportunities to empower and prepare our women to take effective action.

Alumnae of our Programs
Alumnae of our programs successfully fill roles as college and university presidents, high-ranking executives in corporate America, members of state legislatures and the U.S. Congress, public officials, successful entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders. Alumnae join our network of accomplished women, dedicated to advancing the leadership role women play in impacting business, social issues and public policy.


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