"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.

Strategic Partners, Sponsors and Supporters

Leadership California is strengthened by the financial contributions and meaningful involvement of individuals, corporations and foundations from across California.

Sponsor Partners and Supporters enable us to deliver:

• high-quality speakers and faculty at the sessions
• assist us in bringing in-depth information and resources to all of our programs
• allow us to provide in-depth content on our website and in our outreach communications

We integrate our sponsor partners into our programs by:

• involving them as speakers
• recognizing them at our events throughout the year
• acknowledging them on our website, and in broadcast emails and printed materials

To find out more about sponsorships, email our executive director: jpersike@leadershipcalifornia.org.

Sponsor Levels

This partnership provides maximum exposure for an organization, and offers the most customized and comprehensive opportunity available. The Strategic Partnership is built around Leadership California initiatives and overall objectives, addressing areas of mutual interest in strategic issues such as technology, leadership, sustainability, business, demographics, diversity, and the local and global workforce. Funding target is a minimum of $25,000 and up, according to the package designed.

This partnership is built around the California Issues & Trends Program and outreach to our network of over 1,500 alumnae, and provides high exposure for an organization seeking to align itself with Leadership California. Funding Target is $10,000-$24,999

This partnership provides targeted support for specific elements of the California Issues & Trends program, the Legacy of Leadership Annual Awards, and other special events during the year. Funding Target is $2,500-$9,999

Sponsors and Key Contributors


• AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah
• Alta Devices
• Annenberg Foundation
Cristina Goggio Banks, Ph.D.
• Best Best & Krieger
• Jean Brennan
• California Bank & Trust
• California State University
Canadian Consulate-Los Angeles
• The Clorox Company
E. & J. Gallo Winery
Edison International
• Estée Lauder Companies
• Dorothy Farris
• Kerry Francis
• Genentech
• Gilead Sciences
• Cathleen Greiner, Ph.D.
• Michelle Hahn
• Linda G. Havard
• Yvette Herrera
• Isaacson, Miller
• Kaiser Permanente
• Barbara L. Kaufman, Ph.D.
• Rita Lane
• LA Sparks
• Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
• Debbie Manning
• Marchpartners
• McKesson
• Mills College
• Nossaman LLP
• Mary O'Hara Devereaux, Ph.D.
• Nancy O'Malley
• Sara Smith Orr
• Pacific Gas & Electric Company
• Sarah Smith Orr
Pacific Gas and Electric
• Park Central Hotel
• Qualcomm
• Monica Roscoe
• Sempra Energy
• Sheppard Mullin
Southwest Airlines
State Farm
• Tracy Dearman
• UC Davis Health System
• Walmart
Wells Fargo
YWCA Greater Los Angeles
• Karen Zamarripa




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