"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.

Our Executive Advisory Council

Advisory Council Members:

• Include women and men from California and across the nation who have a commitment to the mission, vision and values of Leadership California

• Represent a variety of fields and industries, bringing diversity to the organization

• Offer advice and guidance to the Leadership California Board of Directors
• Serve as advocates for Leadership California and are committed to advancing and promoting the organization in their sphere of influence
• Share ideas on collaborations, resources, and participants, and make other advisory contributions to enhance the organization

• Serve as hosts at the Annual Legacy of Leadership Awards and are welcomed at all Leadership California events

Donna Duhe has been an active participant in Bay Area issues for her whole life. Her firm commitment to community is evidenced by her many volunteer efforts including current board leadership at Holy Names High School, in Oakland, Westside Community Services, in San Francisco, and the San Francisco Urban Community Housing Corporation. She also serves as a commissioner on the Oakland citizens police review board. Donna's career includes 20 years in the private sector working for RR Donnelley & Sons, a Fortune 250 company, where she held leadership positions in sales and marketing. As vice president of sales, she managed domestic and global teams and developed skills in sales, strategic planning, team building, marketing and program development. She left the private sector in 2004 to move into non-profit service in an effort to use her business skills and experience to make a greater impact in the local community.

Donna is vice president of fundraising, Pacific division, for the American Red Cross. Prior to that, she was vice president of development at United Way of the Bay Area, where she was responsible for leading a development team that managed over 400 corporate fundraising campaigns across seven Bay Area counties. She left the United Way to become the chief development officer for Cal Alumni Association at UC Berkeley, where she worked closely with marketing, finance, and community investment, as well as with volunteers, donors and corporate partners, to maximize communication and opportunity. She was recruited for her current position for the American Red Cross in August of 2011.

Donna holds an MBA from University of San Francisco, a masters degree in sociology from U.C. Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Santa Clara University. Donna is one of six children and a lifelong resident of the East Bay.


Cristina Banks. Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
Haas School of Business University of California-Berkeley

Diane Boyer-Vine
Legislative Counsel
California Office of Legislative Counsel

Theresa Brodrick, RN, Ph.D
Regional Chief Nursing Officer, VP Clinical Integration
Kaiser Permanente

Lisa D. Cagnolatti
Vice President, Customer Service Operations
Southern California Edison

Dorothy Cole Farris
Vice President, U.S. Sales
Veeam Software

Mary Francis
Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer
Chevron Corporation

Shirley Gordon, CPCU, CLU, ChF
California Operations
Vice President
State Farm Insurance Companies

Sascha Henry
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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

Kay Iwata
Founder & President
K. Iwata Associates, Inc.

Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D.
ROI Consulting Group, Inc.

Mary Kight
Major General (Retired)
United States Air Force

Debbie Manning
Chief Sergeant-at-Arms
California State Senate

Paula March, CFRE

Susan Muranishi
County Administrator
Alameda County

Jan Perry
General Manager, Economic & Workforce Development Department
City of Los Angeles

Lisa Marie Platske
Upside Thinking, Inc.

Adrienne Pon 
Executive Director, Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs
City & County of San Francisco

Diana Reyes
Manager, Public Affairs
Chevron Corporation

Richard R. Rush, Ph.D.
President Emeritus & Founding President
California State University Channel Islands

Mirian Saez
Director of Island Operations, Treasure Island
City & County of San Francisco

Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Ed.D.
Texas A&M University, San Antonio

Van Ton-Quinlivan
Vice Chancellor of Workforce
& Economic Development

California Community Colleges
Chancellor's Office

Randa Trapp
Superior Court Judge
San Diego Superior Court

Anthony C. Williams
Director, Government Affairs
The Boeing Company

Perry Wong
Managing Director, Research
The Milken Institute

Julie Meier Wright
Strategic Advisor
California Council on Science & Technology



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