"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 III

The Port of Los Angeles

The Class of 2010 was welcomed to the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's leading container port, to learn about operations, projects and activities including environmental programs, waterfront development, events and recreational opportunities. The Port is responsible for more than 900,000 jobs in California and nearly 3 million jobs nationally.


Class members met with port officials and took a boat tour of the port's facilities. The view of day-to-day operations included container transport and unlaoding, dock operations, security and fire patrols. A reception at a dockside restaurant and a tour of a shopping area slated for redevelopment were part of the day's activities. 



California's Economy: Opportunities
and Challenges

Session III offered CIT Classmembers a look at the economic powerhouse that makes California the eighth-largest economy in the world. Perspectives from a research economist, an expert in business alliances and a panel of women leaders in education, financial services, corporate ethics and telecommunications were shared. A field trip focused on the Port of Los Angeles, its current capacities and its development potential.



Leveraging the Power of Networks:
Lisa Marie Platske

Pam Hemann, Executive Director of Leadership California, welcomed the Class of 2010 to Session III at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles.

Entrepreneur, speaker, and author Lisa Marie Platske, President of Upside Thinking, Inc., kicked off the session.

Platske offered Session III participants practical tips and strategies for networking with colleagues.

Platske coaches leaders one-on-one and conducts seminars on leadership throughout the country.

Class in session

Platske led a networking session designed to quickly build bonds among women leaders in the room.

Lisa Marie Platske with Janet Loduca

Rita Gallardo

Stephanie Hellman and Myesha Jackson

Janet Loduca

Amy Lund

Maria Madril and Meredith McKenzie

Platske and Jill Olmstead

Platske with Florence Pinigis

Florence Pinigis

Nancy Rohland-Heinrich and Mary Topliff

Tammy Tumbling and Anita Gabrielian

Stephanie Hellman, Platske and DeNelle Ellison share a conversation...and a laugh.

Women Leaders:
Lessons Learned on the Journey

Pam Hemann introduced "Lessons Learned on the Journey" with a panel of women leaders from industry and academia.

Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D., President, ROI Consulting Group, Inc., moderated the discussion.

Kaufman asked panel members about the impact of networking on their career trajectories, on how mentors affected their careers and how they achieve work-life balance.

From left, panelists included Jacqueline Powers Doud, Ph.D., President, Mount St. Mary's College; Laura Survant, Partner, Financial Services Sector Leader, Pacific Southwest, Deloitte; Stacy Mines, Vice President & Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Southern California Edison; and Carolyn McIntyre, President, California Cable & Telecommunications Association.

Stacy Mines holds a law degree and oversees ethics and compliance issues. She's also been responsible for employee relations, work force planning and diversity and affirmative action programs at Southern California Edison.

The class heard stories from four leaders with diverse career paths.

Jacqueline Doud, Laura Survant, Stacy Mines and Carolyn McIntyre

Carolyn McIntyre with Lisa Gomez

Jacqueline Doud with Jill Olmstead

Jacqueline Doud, Laura Survant, Natalina Gonzalez
California's Global Economy:
Kei Matsuda

Keitaro Matsuda is Director of Economic Research for Union Bank in San Francisco, where he monitors economic trends and developments in California and the Pacific Rim.

Matsuda gave a detailed and incisive look at the state’s economy, and a chance for classmembers to view their state as a global economic force with a broad base in production, intellectual properties, agriculture and shipping.

The state of California, despite the current downturn, has many economic assets. A large, educated and highly skilled labor force, teamed with creative entrepreneurship and enlightened corporate leadership could mean a bright future for the state, said Matsuda.

Matsuda converses with Andrea McAleenan, Jana Monroe and Josephine Romero.

Pam Hemann, Kei Matsuda

California's Port Industry:
A Visit to the Port of Los Angeles


The class took a bus trip to the Port of Los Angeles.

Arrival at the Port's headquarters

The class learned about a historic environmental agreement with neighboring Port of Long Beach and about the Port's future redevelopment plans. 

From left, port officials Isaac Kos-Read, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Molly Campbell, Deputy Executive Director, Finance & Administration, with Pam Hemann.

Classmembers boarded the "Spirit" for a tour of Port of LA waterways.


The Spirit's first mate and captain welcome aboard Andrea McAleenan and Florence Pinigis.

It was smooth sailing on a perfect sunny day at the port.

The tour boat joins the flow of traffic.


Pam Hemann, Maria Madril, Qiana Charles, Jana Monroe, Shari Slate, Myesha Jackson

Anna Pavin, Dorinda Marticorena, Jill Olmstead

Lisa Gomez, DeNelle Ellison

Portside cranes move containerized cargo.

Janet Loduca, Amy Lund, Vickie Williamson, Max Fagan and Audrey Yamamoto

The class watched as a container ship was maneuvered into the port by tugboats.

The class viewed a port facility that shreds auto bodies into fine scrap.


Making Savvy Business Alliances Work:
Larraine Segil

Tammy Tumbling, Manager, Community Involvement, Southern California Edison, introduced presenter Larraine Segil.

An author and consultant to Global 100 and Fortune 500 companies and a seasoned business startup and turnaround expert, Larraine Segil is known for her expertise in business relationships including alliances, joint ventures and partnerships. She consults individually with senior executives and with companies worldwide.

Segil offered many stories from her career, with colorful anecdotes ranging from two sisters squabbling over an orange to an Oval Office conversation between Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger on how to train a puppy.

with Barbara Dietz

Jana Monroe, Segil, Tammy Tumbling

Pam Hemann, Segil

Segil signs a book for Betty White, a guest from The Boeing Company.

Jill Olmstead and Maria Madril have copies of Segil's "Measuring the Value of Partnering" signed. It's the latest of several books Segil has penned on business alliances.

Education to Workforce:
Mary Steudle and Michele Siqueiros

Pam Hemann, Mary Steudle, Michele Siqueiros

Mary Steudle is Manager of Corporate Staffing-Talent Management at Southern California Edison.

Steudle started a conversation on the need for a trained and ready workforce.

Vasumathi Madhavan, Mary Steudle, Ellen Ishimoto

As the Executive Director for The Campaign for College Opportunity, Michele Siqueiros works to expand access and success in college for California students.  
Siqueiros was the first in her family to go to college. She is passionate about the power of college to change lives and the influence of policymaking on educational opportunities.



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