"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.
Consultant
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.
   


Womens Organizations
 

ASTIA
astia.org

American Association of University Women
aauw.org

Black Women Organized
for Political Action (BWOPA)

bwopa.org

California Women Lead
cawomenlead.org

The Center for
Asian Pacific American Women

apawomen.org

EMILYs List
emilyslist.org

Filipina Women's Network
ffwn.org

Friends of the San Francisco
Commission on the Status of Women

friendscosw.org/cedawsf

Hispanas Organized
for Political Equality (HOPE)

latinas.org

Leadership Women America
Leadership Women International
Leadership Women Texas

leadership-women.org

League of Women Voters
lwv.org

Los Angeles African-American Womens
Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI)

laaawppi.com

National Association of
Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

nawbo.org

National Women’s Political Caucus-California
nwpcca.org

San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women
sfgov3.org

WISH List
thewishlist.org

Womens Campaign Fund
wcfonline.org

The Women’s Foundation of California
womensfoundca.org


Partner Organizations
 

Annenberg Foundation
annenbergfoundation.org

Brookings Institution
brookings.edu

McKinsey & Company
mckinsey.com

The Milken Institute
milkeninstitute.org

Mills College
mills.edu

Mount Saint Mary's University
msmu.edu

The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs, Cal State University, Los Angeles patbrowninstitute.org

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)
ppic.org

University of California at Davis Graduate School of Management
gsm.ucdavis.edu

University of San Francisco (USF)
usfca.edu/graduate

University of Southern California (USC)
research.usc.edu


State Organizations


California State Agencies (Listing)
ca.gov

California Coastal Conservancy
scc.ca.gov

California Commission on the Status of Women
women.ca.gov

California School Boards Association
csba.org

California State Assembly
assembly.ca.gov

California State Association of Counties
csac.counties.org

California State Senate
senate.ca.gov

The California State University
calstate.edu

Governor’s Office
gov.ca.gov

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
business.ca.gov

League of California Cities
cacities.org

Supreme Court of California
courts.ca.gov/supremecourt

University of California, Office of the President
ucop.edu

 

 



 

 
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