"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 III

July 29-31, 2012

"California’s Global Business Economy:
 Opportunities & Challenges

WATER DECISION MAKERS' SEATS OF POWER: The Leadership California Class of 2012 visited Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District's board room to hear a panel of energy policy experts and a presentation by MWD Executive Strategist Margie Wheeler ('11) on water history in California from the Gold Rush to the present

LESSONS LEARNED: Leadership California Executive Director Pam Hemann introduced a panel of women leaders who looked back on their leadership experiences, career moves and the personal and workplace challenges they've faced. Barbara Kaufman Ph.D. moderated

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: Perry Wong, Director of Research, Milken Institute, spoke on "California’s Global Economy: What’s Fueling It -What’s Not." He is a specialist in regional economics focusing on access to technology and development in California

WASTE WATER RECYCLING: El Segundo's Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility welcomed the class with a tour (above) and a presentation on "Perspectives on Women in Water"

YES, YOU CAN DRINK IT: In spite of the "ick factor" that water recycling advocates readily acknowledge, the class drained their cups of delicious recycled H2O at a tasting arranged by facility staff

POWER OF CONNECTIONS: Class members (left to right) Mary Wardell, Kaye Foster-Cheek, and Darlene Glenn met in a small group discussion on leveraging personal and business networks and connections. Facilitator was speaker and author Lisa Marie Platske ('07), of Upside Thinking, Inc.

Leveraging the Power of Connections
with Lisa Marie Platske

Class members exchange greetings and hugs at the start of Session III

Lisa Marie Platske, Darlene Glenn

The class got reacquainted as Platske kicked off the session


Rhonda Staley-Brooks, Rasha Prince


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

"Lessons Learned on the Journey," introduced by Pam Hemann, featured panelists who shared stories about their professional careers. Inside stories, a leadership learning curve, and career trajectories were discussed

Panelists were (left to right), Ellen Beatty, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, The Aerospace Corporation;  Ann McElaney-Johnson, Ph.D., President, Mount St. Mary’s College; and Caroline Choi, Vice President, Regulatory & Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison

Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D. moderated

Caroline Choi, center, greets Debbie Lumpkin and Patricia Click

Mary Wardell and Darlene Glenn chat with panelists

Mary Wardell with Ann McElaney-Johnson

California's Global Economy: What's Fueling It, What's Not with Perry Wong    

Perry Wong, Director of Research, Milken Institute, spoke on "California’s Global Economy: What’s Fueling It -What’s Not"

California's economy is closely linked to global economic performance

Perry Wong with Stephanie Leach, Joni Byun

Wong with Nasreen Chopra

Danielle Brazell shares thoughts with the economist

Danielle Brazell and Mary Wardell

Metropolitan Water District with Margie Wheeler and Women Leaders Panel    

The class traveled to the downtown Los Angeles headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District

The main lobby with the MWD seal

The MWD board room


MWD Executive Strategist Margie Wheeler ('11), left, spoke on California's water history, Kimberly Freeman ('99), Director of Community Relations, Southern California Gas Company, led a panel

Panel presenters touched on energy challenges. From left, Billie Greer, President, Southern California Leadership Council; Kristin Eberhard, J.D., Legal Director, Western Energy & Climate , Natural Resources Defense Council; Cynthia M. Ruiz, Deputy Executive Director, External Relations, Port of Los Angeles; and Wendy James, President & CEO, The Better World Group, Inc.

Class members filled the executive board seats

Margie Wheeler spoke on water history.
"One of the great things about water is that there's everything from drama to comedy" in determining who gets it, she said

Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility with Gloria Gray    

The Edward C. Little Recycling Facility, West Basin Municipal Water District

The El Segundo facility is unique in providing recycled "designer" water for client industries, such as oil refineries

The facility also supplies recycled water to replenish ground water in coastal areas, creating a barrier against saltwater incursion into the aquifer

Margie Wheeler introduced Gloria Gray, Board Member, West Basin Municipal Water District, Metropolitan Water District & Delta Stewardship Council

Gray gave a talk on "Perspectives on Women in Water" and talked about her role in orchestrating community consensus on water issues

Ultra-pure water for reverse-osmosis filters in industrial applications and special waters designed for cooling towers and boilers are produced at the facility

Pam Hemann with Fernando Paludi, Manager of Water Policy and Resources Development, West Basin Municipal Water District

The class readies for a facility tour

The class lifts their glasses in a toast

Leadership California president Paula March gingerly samples a cup of recycled drinking water

Movie Night "A California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown"    

CIT alumnae joined the class of 2012 for a movie night and pizza dinner at  a special viewing of “California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown”

After renewing old acquaintances, feet up and snacks in hand, guests and the class munched and enjoyed the movie

"California State of Mind" is an award-winning film written & produced by Hilary Armstrong & Sascha Rice, granddaughters of Governor Edmund G. (Pat) Brown and nieces of Governor Jerry Brown

Making Savvy Business Alliances Work with Larraine Segil    

In "Making Savvy Business Alliances Work" Larraine Segil, President, Larraine Segil, Inc./Little Farm Company & Rockin' Grandma Music, presented key concepts on mergers, partnerships and acquisitions

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




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