"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.

2009 CIT Session I

The Class of 2009 pauses for a class picture on a Capitol staircase









Welcome Class of 2009     

Yvette Dominguez welcomes Francoise Aylmer to the first day of the session

Lynn Matsuda and Catherine Dodd ('08) pick up their study materials

Nadia Scipio del Campo, Nancy Monaghan, Marily Mondejar, Kim Oka, Yvette Dominguez

Sonia Rhodes, Clare Hasler, Shelly Sharp check in

Yvette Dominguez, Administrative Director

Laura Selheim and Kim Oka walk to class

Pam Hemann, Executive Director, and Cathleen Greiner, President

Lisa Marie Platske ('07), at left with Elizabeth Shwiff at the microphone, facilitated Leadership Connections. Above, Denise Brosseau and Karen Perkins with Platske.

Toni Miller, Kelly Schlegel match puzzle pieces

Tara Hall Agid, Elaine Washington

Francie Quaas-Berryman, Shelly Sharp

Elizabeth Shwiff, Sheryl Sizelove

Karen Goodman, Kim Holland

Anh Vo, Sylvia Andrew

Susan Berk

Jennifer Swenson ('04) and Sheron Violini ('02) gave an overview of the session

Diana Baughman, Clare Hasler, Agnes Lee, Melanie Shelby 

Class in session, with Nora Vargas and Elaine Washington

Dahlia Moodie at the microphone
State of the State
and Legislative Issues

Ginger Rutland, Associate Editor of the Sacramento Bee

Rutland spoke on budget issues and entitlements

Rutland with Catherine Dodd ('08)

Pam Hemann, State Assemblymember Roger Niello

Leadership California Board Member Paula March with State Senator Lois Wolk

Lois Wolk, Roger Niello, and Jennifer Kent, Deputy Legislative Secretary, Governor's Office

Kim Oka at the microphone

Kimberly Holland, Marily Mondejar 
Visit to California Museum of
History, Women & the Arts

Luncheon at the museum featured Kimberly Belshe, Secretary, California Health & Human Services Agency

Kimberly Belshe with Karyn Karp


Class members tour the museum collections: Karen Perkins, Marianne Kim, Indira Uppuluri

June Lee-Bayha, Lynn Matsuda, Karen Vielhaber

Tara Hall Agid, Susan Berk

Dahlia Moodie, Kim Holland

Sheryl Sizelove, June Lee-Bayha, Francie Quaas-Berryman, Karen Vielhaber

A Visit to the Central Valley's
E & J Gallo Winery

On the bus to the San Joaquin Valley

Portraits of founders Ernest and Julio Gallo are a focal point as the class tours Gallo headquarters

E & J Gallo Winery bottling operation

The Gallo glassworks

A visit to the company store

The class walks down to the wine cellar

A welcome reception at the wine cellar

Kim Oka and Jane Brownlee enjoy hors d'oeuvres

Pam Hemann and Michelle Lewis, VP, Global Human Resources, E & J Gallo Winery, at dinner in the wine cellar

Stephanie Gallo, Vice President, Marketing, E & J Gallo Winery, addresses dinner guests

Stephanie Gallo, Pam Hemann

Dinner guests included Leadership California President Cathleen Greiner, tour guide Jason, Dr. Sylvia Andrew, Leadership California Board Member Debbie Manning ('02), Dr. Judy Kjelstrom ('08)

A Capitol Experience    

An early morning walk to the Capitol 

Breakfast with Capital Leaders gets underway

Breakfast hosts were Assemblymember Fiona Ma and Lydia Beebe, Corporate Secretary & Chief Governance Officer, Chevron Corporation

Senator Mimi Walters and Fiona Ma

Jenny Mack, Kim Holland, Phyllis Miller, Assemblymember Manny Perez

Assemblymember Paul Krekorian

Assemblymember Marty Block, Michelle VonderHaar, Francie Quaas-Berryman, Nancy Monaghan

Elizabeth Shwiff, Lydia Beebe, Nadia Scipio del Campo

Catherine Dodd, Donna Duhe, Assemblymember Mary Salas, Marianne Kim

Tracy Felix, Elaine Washington, Assemblymember Tom Torlakson, Dahlia Moodie

A visit to the Governor's Office followed breakfast with Capital Leaders

A Legislative Process workshop was held in the Governor's private Council Room

Jennifer Swenson ('04) and Diane Boyer-Vine spoke on "Making Law and Getting the Work Done"

Pam Hemann and panelists Cynthia Bryant, Kathryn Dresslar, Nolice Edwards ('08) and Stephanie Roberson
Capitol Tour Highlights    

The Capitol Rotunda

A capitol office with antique furnishings

A visit to the Senate Floor with Debbie Manning ('02), Vice President of Leadership California and former Senate Deputy Chief Sergeant-at-Arms

The Class of 2009 convenes on the Senate floor with Gregory Schmidt, Secretary of the Senate & CEO of the Senate Rules Committee; and Tony Beard, Jr., Chief Senate Sergeant-at-Arms

Tour highlights included an ornately detailed foyer (left) and balcony with portraits of California governors (above)

James Mayer, Executive Director, California Forward



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