"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 III

July 28-30, 2013

"California's Economy: Opportunities and Challenges"

A NEW ROUTE TO REDEVELOPMENT: Class members took a bus tour of Bay Area development projects highlighting sustainability and smart growth.

ON THE JOURNEY: Women leaders shared "Lessons Learned on the Journey," where they reflected on their leadership experiences, career moves and personal and workplace challenges.

EDUCATION TO WORKFORCE GAP: Blair Blackwell, Manager, Education and Corporate Programs, Chevron Corporation, participated in a panel on workforce development.

POWER OF CONNECTIONS: Lisa Marie Platske kicked off the session with practical tips and strategies for networking among colleagues.

A SPECIAL EVENT AT USF: WOMEN LEADERS IN SPORTS - The University of San Francisco's Graduate Program in Sports Management hosted the Leadership California Class of 2013, alumnae and guests at a forum,“Women Leaders in the World of Sports" on July 29.

WOMEN SPORTS LEADERS: A panel of team owners, players, sports marketing specialists and representatives of sports equipment and technology focused on the dramatic changes that technology and marketplace demographics have introduced to the sports world.

CALIFORNIA'S ECONOMY: Milken Institute Director of Research Perry Wong, right, spoke on "California’s Global Economy: What’s Fueling It -What’s Not." He is a specialist in regional economics focusing on technology and development. At left, Leadership California Executive Director Pam Hemann.

HEALTH CARE RESEARCH: Kristin Campbell Reed, Associate Director of Corporate & Employee Giving, Genentech/Roche, gave an overview of her company's forward-looking drug research, mostly in cancer treatments.

Welcome and "Power of Connections" with Lisa Marie Platske    

Leadership California Administrative Director Yvette Dominguez, right, welcomes class members to the first day of the session. At left, Lori Nascimento and Toni Mathews.

Executive Director Pam Hemann convened the session.

The Class of 2013 in session

Speaker and author Lisa Marie Platske of Upside Thinking, Inc., kicked off the session with practical tips and strategies for networking among colleagues.

Platske facilitated an exercise on building a personal network. "Time goes by quickly. Your network can shrink. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you," she advised.

Leadership California presidents and veep reconnected at the session. From left: former president Debbie Manning ('02), current vice-president Maggie Watkins ('07), and current president Paula March.

"Lessons Learned on the Journey"
with Women Leaders Panel

The panel included women leaders from diverse backgrounds who told stories about their winding career paths. Pam Hemann (right) moderated.

The panel included, from left, Clothilde V. Hewlett, Partner, Nossaman LLP; Susan Smartt, President & CEO, NatureBridge; and Deborah Merrill-Sands, Ph.D., Dean, Glenn & Ellen Voyles Chair in Business Education, Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, Mills College.

Hewlett, who came from an impoverished family,  found mentors at every turn who encouraged her to follow her interest in politics and get a law degree. She's now a registered federal and state lobbyist and attorney.

Merrill-Sands worked in international development around the world, then went for an academic career: "I've been privileged to pursue one broad theme: to bring different voices into leadership."

Smartt sought a career in environmental stewardship after realizing she was "a fish out of water" in an accounting career. She moved to the nonprofit sector and found her financial background and core business skills useful.

Class member Kim Stone asks a question.

"California’s Global Economy:
What’s Fueling It -What’s Not"

with Perry Wong

Milken Institute Director of Research Perry Wong, right, spoke on "California’s Global Economy: What’s Fueling It -What’s Not." At left, Pam Hemann.

Wong is a specialist in regional economics focusing on technology and development.

Manufacturing continues to decline as an economic driver in California, said Wong, but the state still has the largest manufacturing sector in the country, with food processing the leading manufacturing business.

California's economy and job growth are far ahead of the nation's as a whole, with tech assets in Silicon Valley, entertainment businesses thriving, and the construction industry recovering.

California is the number one state in the nation for venture capital investment.

Wong took questions from class members Kathryn Rees and Soheila Khosravani.

Future of Health Care Research with Kristin Campbell Reed    

Kristin Campbell Reed, Associate Director of Corporate & Employee Giving, Genentech, Inc., gave an overview of her company's culture and the bioscience that produces new medicines.

Genentech engages in high-risk, labor-intensive drug trials that target medical problems."We work today for solutions that happen 10 years down the road," said Reed.

Class of 2013 member and Genentech's Associate Director, Corporate Relations Charlotte Arnold, right, spoke about the company's vital research. Genentech is known for its cancer-fighting drugs and its research on Alzheimer's prevention drugs.

Quita Highsmith, Kristin Campbell Reed, Charlotte Arnold

"Women Leaders in the World of Sports" at University of San Francisco    

The Lone Mountain campus of the University of San Francisco provided a historical backdrop to a special conference on women in the sports industry, “Women Leaders in the World of Sports" at Session III.

Leadership California President Paula March, right, meets Marisa Brutoco, left, attorney for sports-related business at Google/YouTube. Brutoco was a panelist at the event.

USF hosted the all-day conference for the Class and Leadership California Alumnae.

USF Sports Management graduate students hosted, and professors were in attendance at the event.

Rich Campbell, Ph.D., spoke on the evolution of sports marketing. He is an associate professor at the School of Business & Economics at Sonoma State University and is an adjunct professor at USF's College of Arts & Sciences.

A panel on sports economics noted the dramatic changes that technology and marketplace demographics have introduced to the sports world.

The Class of 2013 had one-on-one conversations with panelists.

The panel covered the interaction between technology, distribution, user experience, and community impact. Panelist Marisa Brutoco, left, chatted with class members.

Nola Agha, Ph.D., center, presented the results of a research study that polled Leadership California Alumnae on their involvement in sports. At left, Kim Conti ('12), at right, Joanne Pasternack, Director of Communications for the San Francisco 49ers.

A Women Leaders in Sports panel featured, from left,  Lindsay Ray, Director of Operations & Coach Marketing, CBS MaxPreps; Joanne Pasternack, Director, Community Relations, 49ers Foundation and San Francisco 49ers; and Gloria Nevarez, Adjunct Professor, USF and Sr. Associate Commissioner/Sr. Woman Administrator, PAC-12.

An evening reception, in USF’s Del Santo Room, honored the event's participants and included special guests.

The event was an opportunity to celebrate gains made by women since the advent of Title IX, while informing and educating attendees on the big business of sports in California.

Commission on Community Investment
and Infrastructure with
Tiffany Bohee

Presenter Tiffany Bohee, right, spoke on San Francisco's response to the statewide elimination of 400 redevelopment agencies by the Governor. Bohee is the executive director of the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure for the City of San Francisco. At left, Pam Hemann.

You look marvelous! Class members Joy Florentino, left, and Julie Adams wore coordinated outfits for a tour of the city.

The Class boarded buses to tour three areas of the city where improvements in housing, transportation, access to parks, and vibrant commercial and retail centers are greatly needed.

The tour included major approved projects in Mission Bay North and South, Transbay, and Hunters Point/Candlestick Point.

Public/private partnerships provide the financial underpinning for the new projects. Prior Redevelopment Agency projects relied on taxpayer funding and often-inequitable division of funds.

Mission Bay's development has been well-received by the community, with much of the new residential, retail, office, research laboratory, parks, and UCSF campus space being constructed on previously uninhabited land.

One of the poorest areas of the city is a former naval base, Hunters Point and Shipyard. The area's buildings are slated for demolition, to be replaced by multifamily homes and parks. An artist's collaborative on the site will be preserved.

Underground rail infrastructure is being built to better connect the new developments to the city center. Above, the Transbay Transit Center under construction.

Education to Workforce Gap    

A panel on workforce issues discussed the challenges California businesses face to fill the need for skilled workers. However, state funding for higher education has declined sharply.

Sarah Bohn, Ph.D., left, Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), pointed out that a student's low educational achievement leads to a lifetime of lowered income. Those with college degrees still fare best in the current economy.

For the first time in the country's history, the next generation of workers has less education than the current oldest workers, the Baby Boomers.

Class member Lori Nascimento asked a question of the panel.

Van Ton-Quinlivan, left, is Vice Chancellor of Workforce & Economic Development, California Community Colleges. "In the past, companies skilled, re-skilled, then up-skilled their employees," she said. But today, "What is the role of employers in developing the talent pool?" At right, class member Tressa Bader.

Blair Blackwell, left, Manager, Education and Corporate Programs, Chevron Corporation, talks with class members after the session. Blackwell detailed Chevron's efforts to support STEM education and other youth educational and adult training programs.





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