"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.

First Person Profiles with Women Leaders

Pam Hemann on Her Legacy at Leadership California: A Look Back, and a Look Forward
By Carol Caley October 12, 2017 - Pam, in your role as executive director you’ve been the face of Leadership California—really the heart and soul of Leadership California—for 26 years. Tell us about your history. How did you get started with the organization? MORE>
Aeronautic Engineering Leader brings People and Systems Together for Mission: STEM Success
By Carol Caley  April 6, 2017 -What attracted me into engineering, systems engineering in particular, was having an impact on society, solving complex problems, and recognizing that any problem you look at is multidisciplinary. There are lots of different aspects that have to work together. You need to understand how a change on one side will MORE>
She Leads the Way Toward Justice
for both Victims and Defendants

By Carol Caley  March 30, 2017 - Before I first got elected in 2012, I had to ask myself the question, what are you running for and why? I was about a month into my run for office when someone asked me that question. I felt like a deer in the headlights. MORE>
Children’s Bureau: Two leaders bring brighter future,
big dreams for children and youth of LA

By Carol Caley  January 12, 2017 - Children’s Bureau changes the lives of at-risk children by providing a foundation for their development into caring and productive adults by: preventing child abuse and neglect; protecting, nurturing and treating abused children; bringing together families and communities to create safe and secure environments; and MORE>
Transformative Leader in Law, Government, Academia fulfills each Role with Resolve
By Carol Caley  January 12, 2017 - President Napolitano, your career switches have been both phenomenal and inspiring. From practicing law, you became a U.S. Attorney, then Arizona Attorney General, Governor of Arizona and then U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. You’ve been University of California MORE>
Yvette Herrera: LC Alumna a Heart-Led Leader in Advocacy for Homeless
By Carol Caley  October 27, 2016 - AS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES ENGAGE IN SOMETIMES HEATED DISCUSSIONS about the homeless, their encampments, and the safety and quality of life in neighborhoods, rents continue to rise all over the Southland, making housing unaffordable for many, and leaving growing numbers of families and individuals only one small personal disaster away from living in the streets. MORE>
Xin Li: Longer Lifeline Makes a Difference for Patients
By Xin Li  July 20, 2016 - On a winter morning in 2008 at Genentech, it was almost time for our quarterly meeting to start. This was a meeting I always looked forward to. On this day, the entire Product Development department would do more than hear presentations and reports from one another MORE>
Regina Jackson: Igniting Youth’s Own Knowhow Leads them to Success
By Carol Caley  March 15, 2016 - “What I found here that I found nowhere else was that I could see change on a daily basis. You can plant a seed. You can see a light go on in a child’s mind. That’s what I really find rewarding.” MORE>
Felicia Marcus: Water Decision-Maker Brings all Sides to the Table
By Carol Caley  March 3, 2016 - THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT now affects day-to-day decisions of every Californian, from how we care for our gardens and cars, to how we take a shower. We’ve seen increased danger of fires and diminished MORE>
Lois De Domenico: A Lifetime Path of Educating and Inspiring
Women and Girls

By Carol Caley  February 22, 2016 - OVER THE YEARS, I’ve seen that women and men do not receive equal treatment in many areas. So what matters most to me now is women’s rights. I lost my father at an early age during the heart of the Depression. I saw how my mother struggled to keep our family together MORE>
Symantec’s Sheila Jordan: Leading Transformational Change
in Tech Sphere

By Carol Caley  February 18, 2016 - DIVERSITY CAME UP WHEN I INTERVIEWED for my job at Symantec, so it’s clearly part of Symantec’s culture. It’s one of the company’s core values, MORE>
Debbie Manning: Capitol Security Buck Stops Here
By Carol Caley  February 18, 2016 - I STARTED AS A DEPUTY IN THE SENATE in 1977, and my career mirrored what was happening at the time to other women who were moving into the workforce, MORE>

Reflections from My First Susan G. Komen 3-Day in San Diego
By Dr. Judy Kjelstrom  January 2016 - On Thanksgiving Day, I gave thanks for my life—free of breast cancer—as well as finishing my first Susan G. Komen 60-miler. In the spring of 2014, my mammogram showed a small mass. I was called back for an ultrasound, then a biopsy. The day after Easter Sunday, I got the dreaded phone call from my doctor. MORE>

Personal Stories a PLUS for Young People to Succeed
by Rosa Castro  December 2015 - Growing up in Compton, California, I lacked access to positive relatable role models. The youngest of eight children, I was the first in my family to attend a four-year college. But the path to getting into college and obtaining a degree felt so overwhelming. I had no family members that could help. MORE>

5 Key Takeaways from Successful Women
in Male-Dominated Fields

By Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D.   May 5, 2014 - I was struck by the responses from a panel I moderated on Sunday evening, “Lessons Learned on the Journey” with three gifted women leaders in fields historically dominated by men. The topic was career trajectories and what it took to get to their positions of leadership. MORE>

Women Turn Craft Skills into Business Enterprises in East Africa
Carol Caley Visits African Women's Work Cooperatives

by Carol Caley  September 29, 2015 - ON A THREE-WEEK TRIP TO EAST AFRICA, on a photo safari in four countries, I witnessed the majestic spectacle of wild animals in their native habitat. I slept in a tent while leopards and hyenas sang me to sleep. I looked out my window to see the snows of MORE>

Water a Precious Resource in Nation’s Food Basket
Gil Harootunian Edits Fresno State Drought Impact Study

September, 2015 - A FRESNO STATE STUDY, Impact of the Drought in the San Joaquin Valley of California, sheds new light on how the California drought has affected the Central Valley, including impacts on agricultural revenue, public health, and farm labor, especially in disadvantaged San Joaquin Valley communities. MORE>

Mary O’Hara Devereaux, Ph.D.: The Future of Food

by Mary O'Hara Devereaux, Ph.D.  September, 2015 UNDERNEATH THE MYRIAD OF NEW FOOD TRENDS published each year are accelerating longer-term trends that will shape the consumption of food for the next five years. The following five shifts in consumer habits  MORE>

Pam Johnson: Be Part of the STEM Solution

by Pam Johnson  July 2, 2015 - AS THE FIRST WOMAN GEOLOGIST to become a university president in North America, Dr. Lisa Rossbacher is a role model for women in STEM fields (science, engineering, technology and math) MORE>



Alumnae Login | REGISTER for Events | About Us | People | Activities | Calendar | Women Leaders: First Person Profiles | Watch our Videos | Contact Us | Subscribe to our e-News | Support Us
Privacy Policy