"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 III

California's Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

Session III gave the CIT class a wealth of opportunities to build their network of connections, and to hear the personal stories of successful women leaders from the healthcare, financial, and civic sectors.

Experts shared their insights with the class on California's economy, and on the art and strategy of business alliances.

The class was treated to an insider's tour of McKesson Corporation in San Francisco, featuring a luncheon and dialog with executives at the pharmaceutical distributor and health care information technology company. A visit and reception at Chevron Corporation in San Ramon gave the class a look inside a major national energy company and offered opportunities to meet and hear company executives.

Session III Highlight:
"Happy 20th Anniversary Leadership California in San Francisco"

The Class of 2011 and over 150 Bay Area women leaders attended the 20th Anniversary Luncheon for Leadership California in San Francisco. Lareina Yee, left, with Leadership California President Debbie Manning and Executive Director Pam Hemann, presented her research on women in the workforce, their value to companies, and their impact on the national economy.

Leveraging the Power of Connections with Lisa Marie Platske

The class got reacquainted as Session III readied for launch in San Francisco.

Pam Hemann took the mic as classmembers gave updates on their achievements and career moves since Session II.

The San Francisco financial district provided the setting for Session III's focus on California's economic drivers.

Pam Hemann introduced Lisa Marie Platske.

Platske is a bi-coastal speaker, author and coach who shared her background as a Department of Homeland Security leadership expert.


Eileen Fry-Bowers, Katrina Beers, Susan Halliday, Lisa Marie Platske, Elena Mangahas

Kristin Reed, Paula March


Classmembers discussed their lists of ten personal leadership strengths.

Platske encourages leaders to build and leverage personal and professional connections.


Women Leaders:
Lessons Learned on the Journey
with Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D.

"Lessons Learned on the Journey" featured a panel of women leaders. From left, Wendy Haller, Senior Vice President & Regional Vice President for the Mission-Coastal Market, Wells Fargo Bank, Amy L. Brown, Acting City Administrator, City and County of San Francisco; and Diane Gage Lofgren, Senior Vice President, Brand Strategies, Communications & Public Relations, Kaiser Permanente.

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

Panelists took questions from the class.

Classmembers Sonia Delen and Kristi Campbell  had a chance to talk one-on-one with panelists.

Barbara Kaufman, left, moderated.


California's Global Economy
with Perry Wong and Mary O'Hara-Devereaux

Perry Wong, Senior Vice President and Economist at City National Bank, spoke on California's economic picture and its response to the global recession.

Wong sees strength in California's tech sector and manufacturing base.

Mary O’Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D., President, Global-Foresight, shared anecdotal information such as the aging world population, the Arab Spring, and the expansion of Chinese patent filings as indicators of global economic trends. Above, Perry Wong, O’Hara-Devereaux and Pam Hemann.


California's Economic Drivers: A Visit to McKesson Corporation

Pam Hemann addressed the class as the McKesson tour began.


The class was treated to lunch and a presentation from McKesson's women leaders.

Kathleen Sullivan gave a history of the 100-year-old McKesson company, which specializes in pharmaceutical delivery systems.

A display of medical products from the company's early years.


Displays showcased the company's capabilities for special handling of medical and surgical products.


Hospitals rely on McKesson's time-sensitive deliveries of blood products and vaccines.

The class viewed the workings of an automated pharmacy for use in hospitals. Medications are selected, measured, labeled, packaged and dispensed without a human pharmacist, minimizing errors.


A store pharmacy mock-up.

Hosts Kathleen Sullivan and Aysha Handley ('10)




Energy Industry as a California Economic Driver: A Visit to Chevron

A visit to Chevron Corporation in San Ramon: The company employs 58,000 workers globally including 10,000 in California.

Janet Auer, Specialist, Global Partnerships and Programs Group.

Des King, President, Chevron Technology Ventures, with classmembers  Patricia Bovan and Ann Blake.

Diana Reyes Baughman, Manager California Corporate Affairs; and Linda Padon, General Manager, Corporate Public Policy.

Heather Kulp, Manager of Community Engagement, and Diana Reyes Baughman discussed Chevron's regional community efforts.

A panel of leaders discussed public affairs and public policy matters.


A reception for the Class of 2011 was a highlight of the visit.


Making Savvy Business Alliances Work
with Larraine Segil

Author and popular keynote speaker Larraine Segil, President, Larraine Segil, Inc./Little Farm Company, presented key concepts on mergers, joint ventures and partnerships.

Segil is a consultant to Global 100 and Fortune 500 companies and a seasoned business startup and turnaround expert.

Segil with Felicia Van Frank.

Happy 20th Anniversary Luncheon
at the City Club

On July 26, alumnae joined friends, supporters and the Class of 2011 to celebrate Leadership California's 20th year.

Lareina Yee, left, with Leadership California president Debbie Manning, presented her research on women in the workforce, their value to companies, and their impact on the national economy.

Lareina Yee with Leadership California Executive Director Pam Hemann. Yee is a partner at the San Francisco office of global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

Yee is co-author of “Unlocking the Full Potential of Women in the U.S. Economy,” a report commissioned by the Wall Street Journal for its conference, "Women in the Economy".

A panel of women leaders commented on key questions raised in the research.

Panelists, from left: California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Speaker pro Tempore, representing District 12; Deborah Merrill-Sands, Ph.D., Dean, Graduate School of Business, Mills College; and Cassandra Pye, Senior Vice President, APCO Worldwide.

Fiona Ma and Deborah Merrill-Sands, Ph.D.

As they chatted and lunched with fellow alumnae, attendees discovered how women workers are crucial to the U.S. economy, why women's careers plateau, and what workplace changes will advance more women into positions of leadership.

Luncheon guests learned about the implications of Lareina's research for organizations who want to gain a competitive edge. The panel engaged in a Q & A session with guests after the presentation.

Lareina Yee with Emily Murase ('09)

Deborah Merrill-Sands, Ph.D., right, chats with a luncheon guest. Panelists discussed opportunities for ambitious, well-qualified women and the good business case for diversity at the top.

Pam Hemann with the City Club's mural by Diego Rivera.




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