"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 IV

November 7-9, 2012

Sustaining Quality of Life in California
through Innovation

GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH: At the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Birch Aquarium, the class toured the aquarium's extraordinary collection of sea creatures, including a large display of live seahorses.

POST-ELECTION ANALYSIS: Alumnae and the Class of 2012 met for a special San Diego event featuring political campaign experts in a post-election review of the November 6 election. Above left, Jason Roe, Revolvis Consulting, and Chris Crotty, Crotty Consulting, with Pam Hemann.

FAMILY TREASURES: At the Jacobs Center, "Rites of Passage", a museum exhibit of the community's cultural and family artifacts, included these examples of south Asian wedding finery.


INNOVATIVE PATIENT CARE: A visit to Westhealth introduced the class to the research facility's innovative healthcare technologies, including systems enabling medical-grade wireless communications, software for medical device intercommunications, and a system which enables remote physical therapy sessions. Above, a technician explains a tool for remote maternal fetal monitoring.

FAREWELL TO THE CLASS OF 2012: The final session of the year featured a Class of 2012 graduation ceremony. Above, class cut-ups enjoy a moment of bonding before the ceremony.

THE POWER OF COMMUNITY: The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation demonstrated for the Class of 2012 the power of community partnerships for changing neighborhoods and changing lives. The Jacobs Foundation partnered with residents of an underinvested community, the Diamond Neighborhoods of southeastern San Diego, to ensure that residents could envision, drive, and own the changes in their community.

WHAT WOMEN SEE: Researcher and author Sally Helgesen, right, with Lisa Swenerton. Helgesen shared insights from her book, The Female Vision.

The Female Vision
with Sally Helgesen

Researcher and author Sally Helgesen, right, found in her research that men and women notice and value different things.

Women scan the environment to pick up clues, men have single-minded "laser vision," focused generally on the bottom line. Men's narrow focus is seen by organizations as a leadership behavior.

Women can capitalize on their value by framing their unique view as an asset to organizations.

Kim Armstrong and Lisa Swenerton

Mary Wardell

Eunice Kim

Women Leaders: Lessons Learned on the Journey    

"Lessons Learned on the Journey," introduced by Pam Hemann, featured panelists who shared stories about their professional careers.

Panelists were (left to right), Danell Scarborough, Ed.D., Executive Director, City of San Diego Human Relations Commission, Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices; Randa Trapp, Judge, San Diego Superior Court; and G. Joyce Rowland, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Sempra Energy.

Eileen Reynolds, right, met the panelists.

Panelists greeted class members Eileen Reynolds and Mary Wardell.

Mary Wardell and MJ Hashemi chatted with panelists.

Mary Wardell with Danielle Brazell

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography with Nigella Hillgarth, Ph.D.    

The class arrived before business hours to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Birch Aquarium.

These sculptures represent one of the species studied by some Scripps researchers who focus on whale communication.

The Birch's Executive Director Nigella Hillgarth, Ph.D., right, met the class in the aquarium foyer under a display of model sharks.

The aquarium foyer

The Birch is the public face of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of San Diego.

The class enjoyed breakfast as a school of fish swirled in a nearby tank.

The aquarium foyer features artistic representations of the amazing species that live in California's coastal waters.

Nigella Hillgarth shared her career experiences as a scientist and leader.

The aquarium is the interpretive center of the research institution, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The class studied an exhibit on global warming and the role of climate change in the destruction of coral reefs.

The award-winning exhibit, "Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge" presented the scientific facts behind global climate change. The news of increasing ocean temperatures and global decline of coral reefs is backed by a half century of groundbreaking research from Scripps.

"Bleached" corals, the remains of dead coral colonies, are shown in a display. Bleaching is a condition caused by changes in the earth's oceans.

A colorful display of healthy corals

The class enjoyed close encounters with the Birch's captivating collection of seahorses.

The exhibit features more than a dozen seahorse species and their kin, including curious pipefish and breathtaking seadragons.

Seadragons mimic fairylike fronds of sea plants.

Babies in a special seahorse nursery.

The Birch was the first institution in the United States to initiate a successful long-term Pacific seahorse-breeding program.

The aquarium displays a stunning variety of Pacific marine life in more than 60 habitats.

The class examines an aquarium with sea anemones and starfish.

Monica Vazquez with a coral reef display

The Birch displays dozens of species in its 70,000-gallon Kelp Forest tank.

The aquarium overlooks Scripps on the shore below.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

A view of California coastal cliffs overlooking the blue Pacific.

An aquarium volunteer, center, shows the class an exoskeleton, shed by a lobster in a tidepool display.

Leading the Way to Energy Innovation with Caroline Winn, San Diego Gas & Electric    

Caroline Winn, P.E., Vice President, Customer Services, Chief Customer Privacy Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric

Winn discussed the ambitious clean energy goals of her company: by 2020, emissions reduced to 1990 levels and 33% of energy sources from renewables.

Molly Cartmill (’02), Director, Corporate Responsibility, Sempra Energy (second from left) explained corporate responsibility: "It's about corporate good citizenship, about transparency and doing the right thing," she said.

Kathleen Cordova, left, Molly Cartmill, Wendy Lane

Molly Cartmill, Wendy Lane

Class in session

Health Care: Where are we Now? with Daniel Weintraub    

Daniel M. Weintraub, Director & Editor, HealthyCal.org spoke on the big changes Americans can expect with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. One change is that health care providers will become more like public utilities.

Seventy-five percent of all healthcare costs, and deaths, are due to preventable chronic diseases, said Weintraub.

Weintraub urged changes in the way we live as a society and as individuals toward a healthier model.

Westhealth: Leading the Way to Health Services Innovation    

The class visits Westhealth, home of innovative healthcare technologies.

Westhealth, founded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West, is a unique combination of entities including a research institute, policy center, investment fund and business incubator.

Mindy Tucker Fletcher Vice President of Strategic Communications

Joseph M. Smith, M.D. Chief Medical & Science Officer

The Westhealth organization's overarching goal is to lower the cost of healthcare.

Under a new healthcare model, we must incentivize keeping people well, said Smith. Today's model incentivizes treating sickness.

Innovative patient care requires economies of scale, such as this system for conducting remote physical therapy sessions.

A technician demonstrates physical therapy exercises that are recorded and uploaded for review by the patient's medical team.

A technician explains a tool for remote maternal fetal monitoring.

Remote fetal monitoring saves repeated hospital and clinic visits for women in rural areas with high-risk pregnancies.

Tracking with monitors and other devices presents opportunities for lowering risks and the cost of healthcare.

A tech describes how his team writes code for software that will lead to medical device intercommunications. Today's sophisticated medical machines in hospital settings are not designed to "talk" or work with each other. This code will enable machines from different manufacturers to work together.

Medical-grade wireless communications systems for hospitals are on the horizon.

Healthcare costs can be contained through innovation at all system levels.

On the road again


Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and Market Creek    

The Class traveled to an area called the Diamond Neighborhoods in southeastern San Diego, now called Market Creek, to visit the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Sixty acres of land was transformed into a vibrant commercial and cultural hub by a diverse coalition of residents in partnership with the Jacobs Center.

Public art at the Market Creek site embraces cultural diversity and traditions, and reflects community pride.

Together with community members and groups, the Jacobs Center worked on a comprehensive development plan to transform unused, untended, and underutilized land into The Village at Market Creek.

Renee Novo, Manager, Investor & Partner Relations for Jacobs Family Foundation & Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation; Bevelynn Bravo, Community Coordinator, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation; Lefaua Leilua, Community Coordinator, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Leilua introduced the class to "Rites of Passage," a museum exhibit at the Jacobs Center featuring cultural and family artifacts from the surrounding community.

The community has a diverse immigrant population who bring a wide variety of artistic traditions to The Village at Market Creek.

This decoated stick was used in a courting ritual.

Three Filipina sisters wore these wedding gowns made by their uncle. The gowns were designed to express each bride's connection to her family heritage.

The Rites of Passage exhibit included these examples of south Asian wedding attire.

Kimberly Nash and Deanna Dudley view Day of the Dead figures.

Southeast Asian finery

Market Creek is now a vibrant community center and cultural destination.

A bridge spans a natural riverbed that courses through the property. The development transformed the riverfront into a gathering place for concerts and performances.

A series of social enterprises, ultimately owned by residents, include a conference and community center, retail establishments, educational hubs, affordable housing, and a variety of marketplaces.

The Jacobs Center pioneered community-business partnerships and engaged a diverse coalition of citizens to work collectively on issues. Their remarkable efforts offered a template for economic development that has drawn regional and national attention.

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

The class hops back on the bus for a short ride to a community art park.

The class receives an introduction to Market Creek's art park, Writerz Blok.

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

Writerz Blok plays a role in turning taggers around and helping them understand that they have a productive place in the community, and potential art careers.

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

The innovative Writerz Blok urban arts youth program offers workshops, classes, job training and a place to hang out.

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

Post Election Review with Jason Cabel Roe and Chris Crotty    

Alumnae and the Class met for a luncheon and post-election wrap-up with political analysts.

Pam Hemann introduced Jason Cabel Roe, Partner, Revolvis Consulting; and Chris Crotty, President, Crotty Consulting, Inc.

The analysts represented Republican and Democratic points of view.

The political campaign experts gave fresh insights on the November 6 election, emphasizing the national demographic power shift.

Significant takeaways for Republicans are to pay more attention to the youth vote, Latinos and social media, said Roe. "How do we modernize without abandoning our coalition?"

The election meant a "demographic tidal wave" for the country, said Crotty. "Republicans need to get with the program or become irrelevant."

Graduation Evening
for the Class of 2012

Farewell to the Class: The final session of the year featured a Class of 2012 graduation ceremony with dinner and presentation of pins and certificates of recognition from the California State Senate.

As program alumnae, the extraordinary group of women leaders in the Class of 2012 will become part of a statewide network of over 1,300 women leaders who are committed to making a difference in California. Above, from left, Maria Felice Cunningham, Kim Nash, Amanda Salter-Yuh, Eileen Reynolds, Stephanie Leach, Danielle Brazell, Eunice Kim.

Beth Foley, Donna Blazewich, Eileen Reynolds, Danielle Brazell 

Graduation ceremonies included hugs and hilarity all around. From left, Amanda Salter-Yuh, Maria Felice Cunningham, Kim Tucker, Mary Wardell, Darlene Glenn.

Kathy Huibonhoa, Susan Afan, Amanda Salter-Yuh, Stephanie Leach, Edith Winterhalter.

Eunice Kim, Rita Chen Fujisawa, Carolina Martin, Monica Vazquez, Stephanie Leach, Kathleen Cordova.

Back: Eunice Kim, Edith Winterhalter, Stephanie Leach, Susan Afan, Kathy Huibonhoa. Front: Rita Chen Fujisawa, Carolina Martin, Monica Vazquez, Kathleen Cordova.

Mia Orr, Kim Nash, and Amy Alley celebrate with a hug.

Back: Tiffany Hunter Green, Gina Orozco-Mejia, Deanna Dudley, Kathy Randall-Riley. Front: Kitty Hart, Carol Kim.  

Kim Armstrong, Wendy Lane, Rhonda Staley-Brooks, Judith Lanning, Ann Ayres, Vanita Chabra, Jody Kubota.

Class cut-ups celebrate before the ceremony.


Congratulations, Class of 2012!


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