"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 II

  The Legacy of Leadership Awards

Left, the Class of 2010 attended the Legacy of Leadership Awards with 250 women leaders from around the state. Center, Becky Shafi ('08) and Dr. Judy Kjelstrom ('08) with Trailblazer awardee Dr. Claire Pomeroy. Right, event co-chairs Paula March and Chantel Walker with The Reverend Carl Jones and Trailblazer awardee Dezie Woods-Jones.



California's Heritage: Shaping California's Future

Session II offers CIT Classmembers a look at Californians past, present and future with perspectives from a historian, a demographer and a futurist. Experts on diversity and leadership styles review key strategies. Healthcare leaders and a panel of women leaders from various backgrounds share their career trajectories. A field trip focuses on healthcare innovations.


Leadership Styles - Barbara Kaufman

Barbara Kaufman shared her expertise as a 25-year executive coach and management consultant.

The Achieving Styles Institute Connective Leadership Model allowed individual classmembers to assess their leadership effectiveness in specific areas.

The Styles Inventory describes strengths in leadership traits such as excellence, mentoring, empowerment and persuasiveness.

The class determined which leadership styles they might overuse or underuse. Leaders might need to unlearn behaviors that prove ineffective.

Class in session.

Barbara Kaufman discusses a point with DeNelle Ellison and Laura Mason-Smith.

Christa Porter and Julia Francis

Nancy Rohland-Heinrich with Barbara Kaufman.

Nancy Rohland-Heinrich, Jana Monroe and Andrea McAleenan
Lessons Learned on the Journey

Barbara Kaufman moderated "Lessons Learned on the Journey" with a panel of women leaders from government and industry.

Classmembers asked panel members about their successful career paths.

From left, panelists included Amanda Wallis, Managing Director Regional Executive Northern California & Nevada U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; Ophelia Basgal, VP Community Relations, Pacific Gas & Electric; and Vicki Hennessy, Executive Director San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.

Joni Byun, Ophelia Basgal

Nancy Rohland-Heinrich, Amanda Wallis, Vicki Hennessy

Maria Madril, Lisa Gomez with Ophelia Basgal

Ophelia Basgal, Natalina Gonzalez, Jana Monroe.

Audrey Yamamoto, Myesha Jackson, Qiana Charles.
California's Heritage

Natalina Gonzalez with Marianne Babal, Assistant VP and Historian, Wells Fargo Historical Services; Sara Steinhoffer.

Sharon Anderson gave an introduction to the history segment.

Natalina Gonzalez with Pam Hemann, Marianne Babal, Sara Steinhoffer.

Our Diversity Competencies

Kay Iwata, K. Iwata Associates, Inc., presented "Diversity Competence: Getting Off Our Eggshells."

Classmembers took a quiz on their knowledge and perceptions about societal groups.

The class learned what organizations can do to build diversity into work relationships.

Amy Lund, Melody Higgins, Mary Topliff, Kay Iwata.

Pam Hemann and Kay Iwata

Ky Iwata and Maria Madril

The class read a series of statements and comments on racial differences that were displayed around the room.

The goal of the exercise was to launch a dialog on sensitive issues.

Carolyn Williams at the microphone.
California's People

Mary O'Hara Devereaux, Ph.D., Founder & President, Global Foresight, gave a presentation on California's economic and demographic trends.

Jill Olmstead and Nancy Rohland-Heinrich ask questions after hearing "California's People: Weaving a Multicultural Web for Tomorrow."

Mary O'Hara Devereaux, chats with Nancy Rohland-Heinrich

Millenials Transforming Society

Morely Winograd, Executive Director, Institute for Communication Technology Management, Marshall School of Business, USC, signs a copy of his book for Donna Burke.

The presentation detailed how the Millenial generation's entrance into the workplace and impact as a voting bloc has reverberated through society.

The Millenials are at the forefront of the technological revolution.

Florence Pinigis, Natalina Gonzalez

Sara Steinhoffer
Morely Winograd signs a copy of his book for Carolyn Williams.
Healthcare Innovation


Classmembers took a bus trip to the Sydney Garfield Health Care Innovation Center in San Leandro.

The Garfield Center serves as a lab setting for testing and design of clinics, operating rooms, patient rooms, and housing. The site builds prototypes for facilities throughout the Kaiser Permanente system, such as this mock-up operating room.

A tour of the Center included this model reception area for a Kaiser Permanente hospital facility.

Testing of innovative technologies and gadgets to determine potential healthcare applications is a primary function of the facility.

Teams of nurses, doctors and facilities experts collaborate on designs and innovations for use across the Kaiser Permanente system.

Classmembers toured a space developed for team-based planning.

Classmembers visited a mock-up of a family home where communications devices can access a family's electronic healthcare records and monitor their health remotely.

At the Kaiser Permanente facility in Oakland, Dr. Murray Ross, VP, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Director, KP Institute for Health Policy, gave a comprehensive talk on the national healthcare reform legislation.

Ross' presentation focused on problems that reform sought to address, the package of fixes passed by legislators, complexities of the new laws, and yet-to-be answered questions about the laws' eventual impact.



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