"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.

2011 CIT Session II

California's Heritage: Shaping California's Future

Session II offered 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 reviewed key strategies. A panel of women leaders from various backgrounds shared their career trajectories.

A field trip featured a breakfast and tour of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena and a presentation by William Deverell, Ph.D., USC/Huntington Library Partnership-California & the West, on California’s Heritage: Themes through the Decades.

The Class of 2011 attended the Legacy of Leadership Awards with 250 women leaders from around the state and a slate of distinguished honorees.

The Highlight of Session II:
The Legacy of Leadership Awards

Former California First Lady Gayle Wilson, center, was a Trailblazer honoree. Her guests included Governor Pete Wilson, two young alums from COSMOS, the California State Summer School for Math and Science, and Melina Duarte, right, COSMOS Statewide Coordinator.

Achieving Styles with
Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D.

Barbara Kaufmann, Ph.D. led the class in understanding an assessment tool that measures leadership strengths.


The Connective Leadership Model allows individual classmembers to assess their effectiveness in specific areas.

Women Leaders:
Lessons Learned on the Journey

Barbara Kaufmann, Ph.D. led "Lessons Learned on the Journey" with women leaders.

Inside stories, a leadership learning curve, and career trajectories were shared by panelists.

From left, Jacqueline Powers Doud, Ph.D., President, Mt. St. Mary's College; Lisa Cagnolatti, ('02), Vice President Business Customer Division - Southern California Edison; Cynthia Ruiz, President, Board of Public Works, City of Los Angeles; Wanda Austin, Ph.D., President & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation; Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D., ROI Consulting Group.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections
and Botanical Gardens with William Deverell, Ph.D.

An early-morning session at the Huntington with William Deverell, Ph.D.

William Deverell is Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and Professor of History at USC.

Author of many books and articles on the history of the American West, Deverell is currently at work on a book on the post-Civil War West.

Breakfast on a sunny patio at the Huntington.

Class members walked the gardens' shady paths.

A visit to the Huntington's Virginia Steele Gallery.

California Demographics and Trends
with Mary O'Hara Devereaux, Ph.D.

Mary Ohara Devereaux, Ph.D. gave an overview of the population trends that will determine the state's future.

Mary Ohara Devereaux with Patricia Bovan


California's Political Future
with Garry South and Rob Stutzman

Pam Hemann introduced the topic of California's Political Future.

Rob Stutzman, Stutzman Public Affairs, left, and Garry South, California Strategies LLC, discussed how new election rules, including redistricting, will affect the state.

Garry South, with Joanne Corday Kozberg and Rob Stutzman.

The Legacy of Leadership Awards

Dr. Lula Ballton, center, celebrates with guests. She received the Community Leader award for her service as CEO of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation.

Former California First Lady Gayle Wilson, left, and Denise Nelson Nash enjoy the "moveable feast."

Doris Robinson, left, celebrated her 20th year as an alumna with Major General Mary Kightand Roberta Jenkins.

Honorary Co-Chair Anne Smith and guests enjoy the pre-awards reception.

Three past-presidents, Barbara Kaufman, Linda Havard and Dorothy Farris, share a moment at the reception.

Guests chat with 
Governor Pete Wilson, right, and Gayle Wilson.

Women leaders from Southern California Edison and SoCal Gas attended.

Honorary event co-chairs were Diana Bontá, Vice President, Public Affairs, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, and Anne Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Southern California Gas Company.

Major General Mary Kight, right, at the podium with Diana Bontá

Guests were seated for dessert and the awards after a mix-and-mingle buffet dinner. The presentation included highlights from Leadership California's signature program, California Issues & Trends.


Lula Ballton
, left, received the Community Leader Award, Lynda Ziegler accepted the Corporate Leader Award on behalf of Edison International, and Major General Mary Kight received a Trailblazer Award.


Three 2011 honorees are flanked by President Debbie Manning, left, and Executive Director Pam Hemann.

Major General Mary Kight, with plaque, and women leaders from Boeing Company.

Trailblazer Gayle Wilson, left, with event chair E.Felicia Brannon.

Lynda Ziegler is Southern California Edison Executive Vice President, Power Delivery.



Our Diversity Competencies
with Kay Iwata

Kristi Campbell of Southern California Edison introduced Kay Iwata.

Iwata is president of K. Iwata Associates, Inc. and chair of the Leadership California Executive Advisory Council.

Iwata is an internationally known consultant on diversity.

Walking on Eggs: Conversations about diversity brought up touchy subjects such as assumptions we might hold about others.

Iwata with Pat Click and Patricia Bovan

Film Screening:
The Purepecha "Poorest of the Poor"

Pam Hemann introduced the writer/producer and director of the documentary film, The Purepecha.

Cheryl Quintana Leader ('99), INDIVISION2000 Productions, at right, reported the struggle of poor farmworkers and their families in the Coachella Valley.

Classmembers met with the filmmaker and  Dr. Paule Cruz Takash, of the UCLA North American Integration and Development Center.



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