"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.


2012 CIT Session II

April 29-May 1, 2012

"California’s Heritage: Shaping California’s Future"

THE HIGHLIGHT OF SESSION II was the Legacy of Leadership Awards on April 30, honoring women leaders from across the state. It was a gala evening with over 300 guests including a capacity crowd of state leaders, corporate representatives, nonprofit leaders and celebrants, who enjoyed a buffet feast and ceremonies with a stellar slate of honorees.

A VISIT TO THE CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY of America Museum and a talk with Charlie Chin, Artist-in-Residence and Docent, (above) examined the experiences of Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans. The class walked to the museum through Chinatown, below. An exercise on “Our Diversity Competence: Getting Off Our Eggshells” presented by Kay Iwata highlighted today's diversity awareness and practices.


HISTORY ON THE MOVE: A tour of Wells Fargo’s History Museum, a talk with Wells Fargo Historian Daniela Licata and demographer and futurist Mary O’Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D., and a panel on California's and San Francisco's diversity, past and present, gave an overview of California’s population trends and turbulent history.

GOLD WAS DISCOVERED in early 1848 at Sutter's Mill near Coloma, drawing Vermont native Henry Wells and New Yorker William G. Fargo west to provide express and banking services to key communities bordering California's gold fields. The fledgling Wells Fargo company bought and sold gold dust, bullion, and coins and provided freight service between New York and California. Leadership California President Paula March and Executive Director Pam Hemann pose with portraits of Wells, left, and Fargo, right. Henry Wells was an early champion of women's rights.

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP: Led by Barbara Kaufman Ph.D., a panel of women leaders shared their "Lessons Learned on the Journey," where they looked back on their leadership experiences, career moves and the personal and workplace challenges they faced.

Welcome and Connective Leadership
with Barbara Kaufman Ph.D.

Leadership California staff and president welcomed the class to Session II. From left, Pam Hemann, Yvette Dominguez, Carrie Calkins, Paula March

Barbara Kaufman Ph.D. presented the Connective Leadership model with its distinct leadership style designations. "There aren't any bad styles," said Kaufman. "Our Leadership California group has a lot of overachievers. Sometimes, we can over-utilize our strengths and fail to develop new skills."

Class members evaluated their individual personality traits and rated their leadership strengths according to the model. Good leaders learn which style works best in each unique situation.

Women Leaders: Lessons Learned on the Journey    

"Lessons Learned on the Journey," led by Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D., featured panelists who shared stories about their professional careers. Inside stories, a leadership learning curve, and career trajectories were discussed.

Panelists were Theodora R. Lee, Esq., Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.,(left), Dorothy Farris, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Jupiter Systems, (center), and Mirian Saez, Director of Island Operations, Treasure Island Development Authority,(right).

Mentors were scarce when the panelists started their careers. "Nursing and teaching were our career options," said Saez. She cited "Mod Squad" and "Mary Tyler Moore Show" characters as role models of successful working women.

Theodora R. Lee, center, chatted with class members. Lee found her passion for debate, oratory and winning led eventually to a law career.

Paula March, Susan Afan, Theodora Lee



California's Heritage: Themes through the Decades with Daniela Licata    

Wells Fargo Historian Daniela Licata, right, with introducer and class member Heather Harrison, VP Public Policy & Public Affairs, California Assisted Living Association. "The Gold Rush put women on another level," said Licata. "They clearly were not the weaker sex."

Women filled roles as Wells Fargo agents, telephone operators, and even stagecoach drivers in the Gold Rush era. After 1862, women could open bank accounts in their own name, giving them more economic power.

The class walked to the Wells Fargo Bank Museum for a special tour.

Wells Fargo Bank Museum and Tour    

Class members pose with the company's icon, a stagecoach, which (uncomfortably) seated 16, at the Wells Fargo Bank Museum in San Francisco's financial district. The Wells Fargo Company established both banking and express services during the Gold Rush years.

Historians greeted the class and gave a tour and overview of the company's history. Wells Fargo outstripped competitors in banking and express services by building a network of freight and messenger routes across the country, and banks and offices in key communities bordering the gold fields.

Carol Caley, Paula March, Eileen Reynolds, Kimberly Nash


Large gold nuggets got the attention of Rasha Prince and Allison Smith

Buying and selling gold was the early cornerstone of the Wells Fargo business

Class members pose before a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge

Kim Tucker tried out a candlestick phone 

The museum features two floors of exhibits and artifacts, focused on the early days of banking and express services

Susan Afan and Denise Coyne sat in the driver's seat

MJ Hashemi, Rita Chen Fujisawa, Eileen Reynolds

Kimberly Nash, Mary Wardell, Kaye Foster-Cheek, Rhonda Staley-Brooks, Deanna Dudley

Kim Armstong with Charles Earl Bowles, better known as Black Bart. Bart was a gentleman bandit and notorious stagecoach robber who committed 28 robberies of Wells Fargo stagecoaches across northern California between 1875 and 1883.

California's People: Weaving a Multicultural Web for Tomorrow with
Mary O'Hara Devereaux

Mary O'Hara Devereaux, Ph.D., Founder & President, Global Foresight, gave an overview of California's demographics and a clear view into the future of our state

People are living longer, healthier lives and California's population is becoming older and more diverse. "The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed," said O'Hara Devereaux.

Stephanie Leach

Lisa Swenerton

Mary O'Hara Devereaux with Stephanie Leach, Kimberly Nash, Deanna Dudley

California and San Francisco: Changing Diversity with Adrienne Pon and Panelists    

Candid talk on diversity was the subject under discussion at a panel of city, county and state leaders Eva Martinez, Richard Whipple and Karen V. Clopton

The panel moderator was Adrienne Pon, Executive Director, Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs, City & County of San Francisco





Forces Shaping California's Future
Panelists shared their insights on the impact of an ever-more-diverse California and San Francisco, where dramatic shifts in ethnic populations are transforming the political and economic landscape

The Legacy of Leadership Awards    

A reception with hors d'oeuvres and buffet stations preceded the Awards ceremony. Reception guests Hydra Mendoza, Marily Mondejar and Lynn Matsuda

Guests, panel speakers and alumnae mingle at the buffet

Members of the Leadership California Board of Directors and Advisory Council meet guests

Board of Directors member Susan Muranishi and faculty member and Executive Advisory Council member Kay Iwata

Past president Dorothy Farris (left) greets guests

Honoree Anni Chung (second from left) enjoys samples from the buffet with UPS guests

Hydra Mendoza, Paula March, Marily Mondejar

Lisette Islas, Susan Halliday, Gina Orozco-Mejia

Guests take their seats for the awards ceremonies

Deborah Powell (left) with Pacific Gas & Electric guests

Honorary co-chairs Ophelia Basgal and Shirley J. Gordon introduced the honorees

Leadership California Vice-President E. Felicia Brannon with Devcon Construction table guests

Pacific Gas & Electric table guests

Leadership California Class of 2012

Executive Advisory Council President Maggie Watkins, left, and Executive Director Pam Hemann greet a guest

Lydia Beebe, standing, accepted the Corporate Leader Award for Chevron

Chevron table guests

Chevron table guests

UPS table guests with honoree Anni Chung, third from right

Anni Chung accepts the Community Leader Award from Honorary Co-Chair Ophelia Basgal

Lydia Beebe accepts the Corporate Leader Award on behalf of Chevron

Alecia A. Decoudreaux, right, accepts the Trailblazer Award from Honorary Co-Chair Shirley Gordon

Nancy O'Malley, right, accepts the State Leader Award from Shirley Gordon

Distinguished honorees of the 2012 Legacy of Leadership Awards

The honorees pose with Hydra Mendoza, center, San Francisco Board of Education and Mayor's Education Advisor, who presented each honoree with a mayor's commendation.

Leadership California President Paula March with Pam Hemann, Executive Director

The Future of Health Care Research    

Lis Warren MBA, PMP (center) gave an overview of innovation in genetic engineered technology at Genentech. Lis is Associate Director, Strategic Pricing & Contracting, Metabolism, Endocrinology & Thrombolytics at Genentech. She is also the founding co-chair of Genentech's Women Professionals group.

Michelle Rohrer Ph.D., Vice President, Regulatory, Genentech Roche, shared how Genentech's life-changing therapies for certain breast cancers work. The remedies act as a sort of "smart bomb" targeting individual cancer cells.

Pam Hemann, Lis Warren, Michelle Rohrer

Genentech, known for its patient-driven innovation, founded the biotech industry 35 years ago and has created 250 biotech products. The company has been named one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies for fourteen years running.


Visit to the Chinese Historical Society of America    

The class walked through Chinatown to visit the  Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Learning Center

Founded in 1963, the museum is dedicated to documenting and preserving Chinese American history and to education

The museum is housed in a building that was designed in 1932 as a YWCA by renowned architect Julia Morgan

The museum is the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to documentation, study and presentation of Chinese American history

Charlie Chin, Artist-in-Residence & Docent, provided a survey of immigration, labor history, and stories about Chinese people in America

Sue Lee, Executive Director, spoke to the group about the museum's rich and varied collections



Our Diversity Competence: Getting Off Our Eggshells    

Kay Iwata, President, K. Iwata Associates, Inc. and Leadership California Executive Advisory Council Member, led the closing segment of Session II

Iwata initiated conversations about diversity and brought up touchy subjects such as assumptions we might hold about others

The class responded to stereotypes and notions about racial and ethnic groups, and looked at patterns and behaviors to effect change




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