"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.


2013 CIT Session II

April 28-30, 2013

"California’s Heritage: Shaping the New California"

CLASS OF 2013 members take a break on the patio of the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles on the first evening of Session II.

DIVERSITY'S ALL IN THE FAMILY: Author Ginger Rutland, rear, and daughter Eva Fields shared candid insights from their diverse family's story.

STRAIGHT TALK ON DIVERSITY: Kay Iwata gave a presentation on how our preconceptions of others in the workplace can affect teamwork and outcomes.

DEMOGRAPHICS AND TRENDS: With Mary O'Hara Devereaux, Ph.D., the class explored California's demographics and peered into California's future.

A CELEBRATION OF LEADERSHIP - Honorees and honorary co-chairs of the 2013 Legacy of Leadership Awards posed with their awards just after the celebration on April 29.

SPRINGTIME AT THE GARDENS: The class enjoyed a visit to Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, where the roses were in full bloom.

LEADERSHIP STYLES AND BEHAVIORS: With Barbara L. Kaufman, Ph.D. presenting, the class used an evaluation tool to analyze their leadership strengths.

LESSONS LEARNED: With Barbara Kaufman facilitating, a panel of women leaders shared their experiences.

Achieving Styles Inventory with
Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D.

Led by Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D., class members evaluated their individual personality traits and rated their leadership strengths according to the Connective Leadership Institute's model of leadership styles. Good leaders learn which style works best in each unique situation.

Dawn Anaiscourt and Barbara Kaufman discuss the Achieving Styles Inventory. Each leader has a preferred style of leadership, but it's good to be flexible.

Barbara Kaufman is president of ROI Consulting Group, Inc. She's a Leadership California past president and is a current Executive Advisory Council member. Center: Executive Board Member Diana Reyes Baughman. Right: Board President Paula March.

Lessons Learned on the Journey
with Women Leaders Panel

A distinguished panel of women leaders included, from left, Veronica Gutierrez, Vice President, Local Public Affairs, Southern California Edison; Gillian Wright, Director of Customer Programs & Assistance, SoCalGas; Gloria Gray, Member, Board of Directors, West Basin Municipal Water District & Vice Chair, Metropolitan Water District;
and Ellen Beatty, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, The Aerospace Corporation.

Hosted by facilitator Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D., the panel gave responses to questions from Sheryl Sandburg's book, "Lean In." Above, class members with Gloria Gray, center.

Ellen Beatty and Gillian Wright, center, with class members.

A Visit to Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
with William Deverell, Ph.D.

The class arrived for an early morning visit to the Huntington.

Breakfast was the first order of business.

Henry Huntington and his wife Arabella built the Huntington mansion, amassed a fine library, collected art and developed the botanical gardens on the San Marino property in the first two decades of the 20th century. They later gave their property and collections to a nonprofit trust that established a research institution for scholars.

William Deverell, Ph.D., gave a presentation on the major themes in California's history, including the state's diversity, environmental complexity, economic drivers, and democratic innovations.

Deverell, above with Pam Hemann, is chair of USC's history department and director of the Huntington–USC Institute on California and the West at Huntington Library.

The class crossed rolling green lawns to visit the Huntington mansion, now an art gallery.

The Huntington Art Gallery houses a European art collection.  

The gallery is home to a distinguished collection of 18th- and 19th-century British paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.

The Arabella D. Huntington Memorial Art Collection contains Renaissance paintings and sculpture along with a collection of 18th-century French sculpture, tapestries, porcelain, and furniture.



The three and a half acre rose garden was first planted in 1908, and is arranged historically to trace the development of roses from ancient to modern times beginning with the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.

Some roses in the collection are one hundred years old.

The Japanese Garden is a popular spot at the Huntington, with its bridge, koi pond and traditional Japanese house.

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

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 with "People Crossing Generations, Cultures & Global Boundaries."

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.

O’Hara-Devereaux is a futurist, trend analyst and China expert who uses her cross-industry and cross-cultural expertise to deconstruct economic and social shifts. She advises leaders on what will be required to be a successful global business player.

California's Diversity: One Family's Story, with Ginger Rutland and Eva Fields    

"California’s Diversity: One Family’s Story" was a charming personal account of three generations of a literary family with Ginger Rutland, (right) Associate Editor, Sacramento Bee, and her daughter Eva Fields.

Ginger Rutland (left) shared the story of her mother Eva Rutland, who was a prolific writer of Harlequin romances and published “When we were Colored” in 1964. The elder Rutland died last year the age of 95.

The class bought copies of Eva Rutland's books “When we were Colored” and “No Crystal Stair” and had them signed at the presentation.
The Legacy of Leadership Awards
See all the Awards photos HERE

Paula Madison, majority owner of the LA Sparks women's basketball team, with Leadership California Executive Director Pam Hemann. Madison attended to honor her General Manager Penny Toler, who received a Trailblazer award.

Former California First Lady Gayle Wilson, center, served as an honorary co-chair.

From left, Randa Trapp, Judge, San Diego Superior Court; Joyce Rowland, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Sempra Energy; Paula March, Leadership California Board President; and Tammy Wong, Ph.D., Leadership California Executive Board Member.

Class of 2013 celebrates

Class of 2012 returns for the festivities

Class of 2013 member Jennifer Manfre with Leadership California Executive Board Member Yvette Herrera ('95). Both are Scripps College grads.

Class of 2013 members Tiffani Alvidrez, Kathryn Rees and Dawn Anaiscourt join the party

Alumnae mingle at the reception

Three Leadership California past-presidents reconnect: from left: Cathleen Greiner, Ph.D. ('03), Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D. ('95), and Karen Yelverton-Zamarripa ('94).

Guests share a "moveable feast" that included buffets featuring Mexican, Asian, and Italian food, plus a carving station and hot hors d'oeuvres.

Honorary Co-Chair Noelia Rodriguez presented the Corporate Leader Award to Joyce Rowland, who accepted the award on behalf of Sempra Energy.

Penny Toler accepted her Trailblazer Award with a speech that drew cheers for her tenacity in pursuing a career in basketball team management.

Priscilla Lizárraga, fourth from right, with scholars funded by her TELACU foundation. Priscilla received the Community Leader Award.

Vandi Verma Tompkins, Ph.D. accepts a Trailblazer Award from Gayle Wilson.

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard was honored with a Legacy of Service Award. Event Chair E. Felicia Brannon presented the award.

Our Diversity Competencies
with Kay Iwata

Kay Iwata, President, K. Iwata Associates, Inc. and Leadership California Executive Advisory Council Member, led a presentation on "Our Diversity Competencies."

Iwata gave a "facts and perceptions" quiz that addressed myths about various racial groups and how they fare in the workplace.

Racism, sexism and ageism can play a part in workplace tensions.

Class in session included group discussion work.

Groups shared stories of how they have been perceived at work and their strategies to deal with others' assumptions about their race, gender, or age.

Feeling excluded can affect your ability to contribute as an employee and team member, and can diminish your value to the company, said Iwata.

California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown, with Sascha Rice    

Sascha Rice, filmmaker and granddaughter of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, showed her film, "California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown." The governor created a master plan for education, built the state's modern water system and supported fair housing.

Class member Toni Mathews chats with Rice after the film presentation. "California State of Mind" is an inside look at leadership," said Rice. "I lead as a mother, filmmaker and as an educator."

Rice and sister Hilary Armstrong wrote and produced the film. "In my family, being a responsible leader was a family tradition, but I broke with that to become a creative. As Californians, we embrace innovation, we set trends, we break with traditions," said Rice.





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