"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 II

Achieving Styles Inventory and Lessons Learned on the Journey    

Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D. presents Achieving Styles Inventory at start of Session II

Women Leaders shared insights in "Lessons Learned on the Journey" with moderator Dr. Barbara Kaufman. Panelists, from left: Jana D. Monroe, Director Corporate Security & Business Continuity Management, Southern California Edison; Cathleen Greiner, Ph.D., Asst. Superintendent/VP Student Learning, Cuesta College; and Marva Smith Battle-Bey, President, Vermont Slauson Economic Developemnt Corporation.
Breakfast, California History and a
Tour of the Huntington

Classmembers enjoy a patio breakfast at the Huntington

From left, Toni Miller, Denise Brosseau, Michele Nealon-Woods,
Danita Leese

California history was the topic of the day at a Huntington classroom 

Jenny Mack, Françoise Aylmer

William Deverell, Ph.D. presented highlights from California's storied past

A garden walk preceded a gallery visit

Statuary and fountains adorn the Huntington grounds

Classmembers visit an elaborately furnished drawing room in the Huntington Galleries 

A palatial dining room


Donna Burke with Chinese ceramic ware in the galleries

Classmembers view sketches and stained glass by
William Morris

The Huntington Galleries exhibits priceless oil paintings including a charming "Emma Hart in a Straw Hat," c. 1782-84, by George Romney
(British 1734-1802)

Rare furnishings and tapestries provide an elegant backdrop to the Huntington's art collections 

The Huntington Rose Garden
Healthcare Issues, and a Look at Millenials    

Patricia T. Clarey,
Sr. VP and Chief Regulatory & External Relations Officer, Health Net, Inc., at right, gave a presentation on the future of America's healthcare. At left is class member Laura Sellheim.

Morley Winograd, left, Executive Director, Institute for Communications & Technology, USC Marshall School of Business, discussed technology, the media and demographic trends. Center, Anita Q. Gabrielian, Executive Director, AT&T External Affairs, with Leadership California Executive Director Pam Hemann.

Anita Gabrielian provided introductory remarks for Morley Winograd
California Demographics, a Panel on Global Trends, Diversity Competencies    

Pam Hemann,
Mary O'Hara-Devereaux

Denise Peters and Mary O'Hara-Devereaux

Francie Quaas-Berryman and
Melanie Shelby 

Class in session

Moderator Mary O’Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Global-Foresight,
left, led a panel of global women leaders. Right, Margaret Dano, Former Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Turbo Technology, Honeywell International Inc. discusses leadership challenges.

Filling leadership roles in global businesses taught panelists how to overcome cultural barriers, define their own unique style, and to find their passion. Leaders included Hiroko Tatebe, Founder & Executive Director, Global Organization for Leadership & Diversity (GOLD), and Veronica Gutierrez, Director of Public Affairs, Edison International.

Françoise Aylmer and Marily Mondejar

Kay Iwata, CEO, K. Iwata Associates, Inc., led an interactive workshop on "Our Diversity Competencies"

The class was invited to challenge their assumptions about diversity


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