"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 IV
The Village at Market Creek

A highlight of Session IV was a visit to the Village at Market Creek and the Jacobs Center for Innovation, a community development collaboration in southeastern San Diego that pioneered community-business partnerships and engaged a diverse coalition of citizens to work collectively on issues. Their remarkable efforts reduced crime and poverty and offered a template for economic development that has drawn regional and national attention.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Class members visited two research institutions, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and CalIT2 at the University of San Diego. At the Birch, the class enjoyed an early-morning breakfast, viewed exhibits on global warming, and toured the aquarium's collection of sea creatures. At CalIT2, the class was introduced to research projects revealing innovations in video, sound, imaging and artificial intelligence. Below, an exhibit of live seahorses and sea dragons at the Birch.



Sustaining the Quality of Life
in California through Innovation

From downtown San Diego, the Class of 2010 traveled to landmark institutions of learning, research, and community cooperation. The class shared singular opportunities to hear stories of talented and successful women, heard presentations from a diverse and dynamic slate of speakers, and celebrated their last session with a graduation reception, dinner and ceremony.


The hub of Session IV was San Diego's Gaslamp District, near the Convention Center and harbor.

The Female Vision:
Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen shared key insights from her latest book, The Female Vision.

Helgesen found differences in what women business leaders tend to notice, analyze and value, in contrast with their (mostly) male managers.

In her research, Helgesen discovered that women generally place a higher value on a positive workplace experience rather than on salary, perks or titles.

Women should be ready to make a strategic case for their distinct analytical abilities, such as recognizing nuances and occasionally giving weight to subjective information, said Helegesen.

Sally Helgesen, Barbara Kaufman, Pam Hemann, Debbie Manning.

Women Leaders:
Lessons Learned on the Journey

Pam Hemann introduced "Lessons Learned on the Journey" with a panel of women leaders from business, industry, government and academia. Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D., President, ROI Consulting Group, Inc., moderated.

From left, panelists included Connie L. Matsui, Social Entrepreneur and retired Executive Vice President, Biogen Idec; Lori Saldana, Assemblywoman, State of California; Patricia Potter ('99) President, National University; and Brenda Wright, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo.

Panel members discussed the impact of networking on their career trajectories, how mentors affected their careers and what they would leave as a legacy.

"There are no right ways in politics," said Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, but we need a more equitable gender balance in government. A woman who seeks office must define herself and manage her message, she said.

Pam Hemann fielded questions from the class.

Brenda Wright with DeNelle Ellison. "I always wanted to bring people along," said Wright of her legacy. "People might say, 'you failed.' I believe I tried something and it didn't work."

Sandy Cha, Connie Matsui. "I want to be a change agent," said Matsui. "It's about impact and change, not about the dollars you've made."

Debbie Manning,
Brenda Wright, DeNelle Ellison

Sandy Cha, Patricia Potter, Connie Matsui. "Legacy is such a male concept. But I want one!" said Potter. "I want to be thought of as the best boss they ever had, a caring boss."

Sandy Cha, Connie Matsui, Brenda Wright

Nancy Rohland-Heinrich, Lisa Gomez
Birch Aquarium at Scripps:
Nigella Hillgarth, Ph.D.

An early morning bus ride brought the class to the Birch Aquarium, the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

The class arrives at the Birch

The aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond.

The Birch interprets Scripps research, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the science used to study the Earth.

The entry foyer features life-size models of sea creatures and art glass murals of seahorses.

The Birch seeks to educate the public on ocean science and to promote ocean conservation.

Interactive museum exhibits showcase discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science.

A breakfast and tour of the aquarium before visiting hours offered the class a behind-the-scenes look.

Class members line up at the buffet

The Birch Aquarium is perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on the shore below.

Birch Aquarium Executive Director Nigella Hillgarth, Ph.D., seeks to promote conservation through education and research. The goal is to increase understanding of the ocean and motivate people to respect and protect the marine environment.

Colorful, strange and rare: aquarium collections feature a host of exotic sea creatures

Stephanie Hellman, Susanna Odom

The Birch's exhibits, public programs and activities are designed to make ocean science relevant to peoples' daily lives and to inspire public support of scientific endeavors.

A docent, right, showed the class shark egg cases in a special tank. A baby shark emerged as Meredith McKenzie and Michelle Rohrer watched.

Andrea McAleenan viewed a tank of live corals and reef dwelling animals. Reef life is on the decline globally.

Classmembers visited a kelp forest display.

Andrea McAleenan and Meredith McKenzie

Andrea McAleenan, Meredith McKenzie

A new exhibit features live seahorses, sea dragons and special tanks for baby seahorses.

Susana Odom and Amy Lund watched sea dragons swimming.

CalIT2 at the University of California
San Diego


The class traveled to the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CalIT2,) where scientific research in nanotechnology, life sciences, information technology, and telecommunications create competitive opportunities.

Arrival at the University of San Diego's CalIT2 facility, where the University of California has leveraged its strong research and technical capabilities to create a center of innovation.

Trish Stone, Gallery Coordinator and tour director; Pam Hemann; Yuki Marsden,CalIT2 Management Services Officer; Ramesh Rao, Ph.D., Director CalIT2 San Diego. 

Rao introduced the class to the multiple research initiatives underway at the institution.

CalIT2 extends the traditional university focus on education and research to develop prototypes that test ideas in a real-world context.

The class viewed results of CalIT2 sound and image research studies.

Super-high resolution movies and highly enhanced sound capabilities were demonstrated in a specially-equipped theater.

Lev Manovich, UCSD Professor of Visual Arts and CalIT2 researcher, explained how CalIT2's art gallery combines art, science and technology in an experimental setting.

The class viewed a project featuring high magnification of art works in a room-size digital display.

The project uses imaging technologies to analyze layers in a painting.


The method will aid experts in restoring valuable artworks.

The CalIT2 Machine Perception Laboratory enables studies of computer vision and artificial intelligence.

Examples of potential applications explored at the Machine Perception Lab include preventing driver fatigue and enabling virtual tutoring.

The lab conducts experiments in face-recognition technology.

Calit2 takes ideas beyond theory into practice, accelerating innovation and shortening the time to product development and job creation.
Leading the Way to Infrastructure Innovation:
Lee Krevat and Sandy Kerl

Lee Krevat, Director - Smart Grid, San Diego Gas & Electric, explained the Smart Grid and Smart Metering. Krevat and Sandy Kerl, right, presented a dialog on infrastructure innovation.

Sandy Kerl, Deputy General Manager, San Diego County Water Authority, spoke on water issues.

Lee Krevat meets class members Tammy Tumbling and Qiana Charles.


The Class of 2010 posed for their class picture at Writerz Blok, a graffiti park.

Dalene Bartholomew gives a big thumbs-up to the class on graduation night.

Executive Director Pam Hemann received tokens of appreciation from the class and a poem from Laura Mason-Smith.

Yvette Dominguez, Administrative Director, got a hug from Joni Byun and gifts from the class.

DeNelle Ellison presented orchids to Director of Development Carrie Calkins.

Mary Topliff thanked Marketing Director Carol Caley on behalf of the class.
The Village at Market Creek    

The class arrives at the heart of Market Creek Village, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

The Market Creek visit introduced the class to a community's unique approach to development.

Lisette Islas, Director of Community Organizing, explained how the Jacobs Center tied diverse ethnic and cultural groups together in new ways.

Islas detailed how sixty acres of land in southeastern San Diego was transformed into a vibrant commercial and cultural hub by a coalition of residents in partnership with a foundation.

The Jacobs Center anchors the development, which links parks, transit, public art, a commercial plaza, housing and educational facilities.

A bridge connects the community center and the commercial portions of the development.

A coalition of small stakeholders and their remarkable, inclusive process helped Market Creek become a model for communities across the country.

Roque Barros, Director of Community Building, points out a tile walkway based on a Laotian fabric design.

The class toured Market Creek's shopping center, community meeting center, amphitheater, river corridor, and array of public artworks.

A display of traditional homes from diverse cultures adorn a frequently-used space for outdoor celebrations.

Community surveys formed the basis for Market Creek's commercial plaza, featuring retail stores, a bank, a coffee house and restaurants that residents requested.

At Writerz Blok, the community's mural and graffiti park, street taggers are channeled into art careers.

Roque Barros introduced Writerz Blok staff.

Sergio Gonzalez, Finance Director, explained the role of Writerz Blok in turning graffiti taggers around and helping them understand that they have a productive place in the community.

Market Creek's collective vision for successful development has reduced crime and poverty and has diminished animosity among ethnic groups.

The colorful facility provides a place for self-expression for young people and offers instruction in graphic design, mural painting, silk screening, and multimedia.

The class met graffiti artists and viewed 10,000 square feet of original artwork.

Pam Hemann got instruction on tagging from Sergio Gonzalez.

Pam poses next to a mural that Writerz Blok artists created especially for the class.

Sergio Gonzales offers painting tips to Ellen Ishimoto.

Hold the spray can this way.

Come in close for the details.

Nancy Rohland-Heinrich takes a turn tagging.

Nice work!

Vickie Williamson sprays a message.

Pam and Vickie team up.

Happy 20th birthday, California Issues & Trends-(that's in 2011!)

Carol Caley takes a turn.

The innovative Writerz Blok urban arts youth program offers workshops, classes, job training and a place to hang out.
Engaging in Public Policy Leadership:
Former State Senator
Dede Alpert

Sonia Rhodes, Vice President, Customer Strategy, Sharp Healthcare, introduced Dede Alpert. Rhodes' company will be experiencing change as it implements new national healthcare policies.
Dede Alpert, Former Senator, State of California and Special Advisor for Public Policy & Strategic Planning at Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor, LLP, spoke on Public Policy Leadership.

Rhodes, Alpert

The class heard the public policy presentation at a luncheon at the Jacobs Center.



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