"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.

2010 CIT Session I
SACRAMENTO–California's Dynamic Government Today

  Session I offers CIT Classmembers a unique opportunity
to experience State Government: its leaders, its processes,
its rich history. At left, the Class of 2010 streams into the Capitol
for a busy day meeting legislators, studying the legislative process,
and touring the historic Capitol building.
Welcome to the Class of 2010    

Debbie Manning ('02), right, President of Leadership California, greets Jan Jennings as the class arrives.

Amy T. Dean ('98), Yvette Dominguez, Nancy Rohland-Heinrich, Debbie Manning.

Max Fagan, Susanna Odom, Amy T. Dean

Vasumathi Madhavan, Julia Francis, Nancy Rohland-Heinrich, Lisa Baldeosingh

Debbie Manning, Donna Burke, Shari Slate

Anna Pavin, Barbara Dietsch, Lisa Gomez, Yvette Berg, Jill Olmstead

Pam Hemann and Debbie Manning welcome the Class

Class in Session

Jennifer Swenson ('04) and Judy Kjelstrom, Ph.D. ('08) gave an overview of the Session

Debbie Manning and Judy Kjelstrom Ph.D.

Class in Session with Josephine Romero at the microphone

Ann-Marie Connolly addresses the class 

Christa Porter, Trina Horner 

Christa Porter

Lisa Marie Platske ('07) led a Leadership Connections exercise

Anne Davis, Susanna Odom 

Audrey Yamamoto, DeNelle Ellison 

Lisa Baldeosingh, Jana Monroe

Qiana Charles, Joni Byun

Class discussion

Barbara Dietch, Sharon Anderson

DeNelle Ellison, Jana Monroe

Dorinda Marticorena, Qiana Charles

Jan Jennings, Rita Gallardo

Florence Pinigis, Ann-Marie Connolly

Heather Bale, Carolyn Williams 

Tammy Tumbling, Joni Byun

Vickie Williamson, Andrea McAleenan

Maria Madril, Carmen Rudshagen

Myesha Jackson, Audrey Yamamoto

Pam Hemann, Lisa Marie Platske, Debbie Manning

Carrie Calkins, Leadership California Development Director, and Yvette Dominguez, Administrative Director
State of the State with Elizabeth Hill     

Trina Horner, Director, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, introduced Elizabeth Hill.

Pam Hemann, Elizabeth Hill, Legislative Analyst (Retired), State of California

Elizabeth Hill, Anita Gabrielian, Jill Olmstead

Elizabeth Hill, Rita Gallardo

Elizabeth Hill, Anita Gabrielian

Class members participated in a Q & A with the former Legislative Analyst
Legislative Issues Overview    

Senator Lois Wolk and Cynthia Bryant ('01), Chief Deputy Director, Department of Finance

Senator Wolk gave an overview of current legislation.

California Museum and Luncheon    

The class enjoyed a luncheon at the California Museum.

Jan Scully, Sacramento County District Attorney, was the keynote speaker.

Classmembers got one-on-one time with Capital leaders after the luncheon.

Laura Chick, Inspector General, State of California
Pam Hemann

Rita Gallardo talks with Laura Chick and Deborah Bowen, Secretary of State.

Cynthia Bryant, Pam Hemann, and Cindy Tuck, Undersecretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

The class visited California Museum exhibits on the state's talented women.

Qiana Charles and Myesha Jackson

A California Condor looks on as Lisa Gomez and Jan Jennings pet the state bear.
A Visit to E & J Gallo Winery    

Highlight of a bus trip to the Central Valley was a visit to the Modesto headquarters of E. & J. Gallo Winery.

The Gallo Administration Building features an indoor tropical garden.

Tour guide Jordan Van Horn detailed the rich history of the family-owned Gallo enterprise.

Company founders Ernest and Julio Gallo portraits are featured prominently in the foyer.

Leadership California Marketing Director Carol Caley with classmember Anna Pavin.

The Gallo campus has a woodsy glades and rolling lawns where peacocks roam. The class took buses to see it all.

The class visited the bottling operation.

E. & J. Gallo Winery is the world's largest family-owned winery and the largest exporter of California wine.

Classmember Mary Topliff looks at a bottle display. Gallo makes its own bottles at the Gallo Glassworks.

Jordan Van Horn explains Gallo's glassworks operation.

Down, down, down into the wine cellar

The class was treated to a wine tasting reception.

Giant casks set the scene for an elegant dinner in the Gallo wine cellar.

Pam Hemann; Vice President of Marketing, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Stephanie Gallo; Vice President of Global Human Resources Michelle Lewis.

Leadership California President Debbie Manning, left, with Lydia Beebe, Corporate Secretary & Chief Government Officer, Chevron Corporation.

Lydia Beebe, Stephanie Gallo, Amy T. Dean

The class was wined and dined in style, sampling selections from the Gallo product line.

Michelle Lewis welcomed the class to the Gallo facility and introduced its family traditions and company values.

Stephanie Gallo is a third-generation family member engaged in keeping the business thriving.

Stephanie Gallo answered questions on how the family business has been so successful and why the company has remained family-owned.

Breakfast with Capital Leaders    

An early-morning bus ride to the Capitol.

Classmembers arrive at the western entrance to the Capitol as the sun rises.

The day included a breakfast, meetings with leaders, a look at the legislative process, and a tour. 

Trina Horner, Meredith McKenzie, Assemblyman Roger Niello, Dalene Bartholomew
Classmembers lined up for a breakfast with Capitol Leaders, featuring many distinguished guests.

Speaker of the House John Pérez, Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma

Yvette Berg, Assemblyman Jerry Hill, Audrey Yamamoto

Assembyman Marty Block

Senator Abel Maldonado, Fiona Ma

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, Fiona Ma

Josephine Romero, Joni Byun, Donna Burke, Assemblyman Paul Fong

Jana Monroe, Tammy Tumbling

Senator Gil Cedillo, Fiona Ma

Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, Fiona Ma

Assemblyman Jerry Hill

Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, Fiona Ma

Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, Fiona Ma

Assemblywoman Gloria Molina

Lynn Kenny, Michelle Rohrer, Andrea McAleenan, Assemblywoman Mary Salas

Rita Gallardo, Diana Baughman, Tony Mendoza

Sharon Anderson, Lydia Beebe Assemblywoman Lori Saldana
The Legislative Process and Visit to the Governor's Conference Room  

Dalene Bartholomew and Stephanie Hellman pause outside Governor Schwarzennegger's office.

Florence Pinigis, Julia  Francis, Jill Olmstead

In the Governor's private Conference Room, the class studied the legislative process with a presentation on "Making Law and Getting the Work Done."

At left: Presenters and panelists on the legislative process included, from left, Annette Porini, Chief of Staff, Senator Joe Simitian; Nolice Edwards ('09), Chief of Staff, Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass; Phyllis Marshall, Attorney, Manatt, Phelps & Philips LLP; Patricia Gates Rhodes, Principal Deputy, Office of the Legislative Counsel; and Jennifer Kent, Deputy Legislative Secretary, Office of the Governor.  
A Visit to the Capitol    

A tour of the Capitol with a look behind the scenes is a highlight of Session I.

The class visited the floor of the California State Assembly.

The California Assembly chamber.

Sheron Violini ('02) led classmembers through the Rotunda.

Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth invited the class to visit his office suite at the Capitol.

Senator Hollingsworth's office features antique furniture and paintings.

At the California State Senate, classmembers were seated on the Senate Floor under a portrait of George Washington.

On the Senate Floor.

Senators' desks are original antiques.

Tony Beard, Jr., left, Chief Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, and Gregory Schmidt, Secretary of the Senate, convened the class on the Senate Floor.

Myesha Jackson, DeNelle Ellison, Qiana Charles at the Senate.
How We Got Where We Are     

From left, Peter Detwiler, Staff Director, Senate Local Government Committee, California State Senate; Deborah Gonzales ('03), Chief Strategy Officer, California Dental Association; Timothy Hodson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for California Studies, Sacramento Stae University; Craig Cornett, Budget Director & Chief Fiscal Advisor, Office of the Senate President President proTempore, California State Senate; and Greg Lucas, California Capitol Blog, Former Sacramento Bureau Chief, San Francisco Chronicle. 

A quiz on state government and a lively discussion of issues featured panelists and "celebrity guest" Debbie Manning, Leadership California President.





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