"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.

Publications from
Leadership California and Partners


Leadership California Press Releases

  1. Legacy of Leadership Awards, 2017 Download PDF
  2. Leadership CA 25th Anniversary Recognized by CA Senate & Assembly, 2016 Download PDF
  3. Leadership CA Holds Breakfast with Elected Leaders 2016 Download PDF
  4. Legacy of Leadership Awards, 2016 Download PDF
  5. Legacy of Leadership Awards, 2015 Download PDF
  6. Legacy of Leadership Awards, 2014 Download PDF
  7. Leadership CA Delegation Goes to Washington DC, 2013 Download PDF

Studies and Articles

  1. February 2017- Leadership California D&I Assessment Report Overview: Through the assessment, Leadership California sought to better understand and articulate its diversity and inclusion (D&I) core value by developing proof points, both qualitative and quantitative, that demonstrate the organization’s unique learning opportunities and program outcomes. Read Key Findings HERE
  2. March 2014- Mount St. Mary's College Third Annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California®: The 2014 Report includes information on the status of the 19 million women and girls who call California home from this key Leadership California partner organization. For the first time, Mount St. Mary's has also compiled a supplement examining the Status of Women and Girls in its hometown of Los Angeles County. Read Key Findings HERE
  3. August 2013- HOW SPORTS INTERSECTS WITH THE LIVES OF LC ALUMNAE: Leadership California Research Highlights. Conducted by the Sport Management Master’s students of Cohort 14S in Orange County. Masters students in the University of San Francisco’s Sport Management Program conducted service learning-based research in the Fall of 2012 under the direction of Assistant Professor Dr. Nola Agha examining how sports intersects with the lives of the women of Leadership California, including participation, spectatorship, volunteering, work, stress, and fitness, and the effects of Title IX. Download PDF
  4. October 2012- HOW SPORTS INTERSECTS WITH THE LIVES OF LC ALUMNAE: SURVEY QUESTIONS AND RESULTS from the survey of Leadership California alumnae by University of San Francisco’s Sport Management Program Master’s students. Download PDF
  5. July 2013- THREE SCENARIOS ON THE FUTURE OF CALIFORNIA TO 2030, Exploring the Future of California: Moving Leadership California from Success to Significance, with Paula March of Leadership California and Judy Cheng of Global Business Network. The results from two scenario thinking sessions by the Leadership California board of directors, as well as insights gathered from a wide variety of interviews provided by Global Business Network. The overarching conclusion from all three scenarios is that Leadership California should position itself as the steward of an asset that is unique in this state: immediate access to a pool of more than 2,000 women leaders from all sectors, ethnicities, political parties and regions. Download PDF
  6. September 2012- FUTURE OF CALIFORNIA TO 2030: A SCENARIO THINKING WORKSHOP, External Perspectives. As part of our research to prepare for a scenario-thinking session, Global Business Network interviewed four provocateurs from outside Leadership California to stretch our thinking about the future and challenge conventional wisdom. Their views help us understand the scope, pace, and dynamics of possible long-term changes in areas critical for Leadership California: business and education, women’s roles and opportunities, demographics and philanthropy, and more. Download PDF
  7. May 2011- 20TH YEAR PROGRAM ASSESSMENT: Leadership California’s California Issues and Trends Program Assessment, conducted by Mount St. Mary’s College – Masters of Business Administration candidates under the direction of faculty advisor Keith Gosselin, MBA. This assessment follows up the May 1998 Leadership California Program assessment evaluating how well the program meets its organizational goals and fulfills three objectives: determine whether Leadership California is meeting its vision of Moving Women from Success to Significance by developing quantifiable data; provide specific examples of the impact Leadership California has had over the last 20 years; provide a benchmark for future assessment surveys. Download PDF
  8. May 2011- 20TH YEAR PROGRAM ASSESSMENT KEY FINDINGS: Assessment highlights prepared May 2011 by Mount St. Mary’s College – Masters of Business Administration candidates under the direction of faculty advisor Keith Gosselin, MBA. Program strengths and weaknesses, participation, quality of the program, level of satisfaction with the program, quantitative outcomes, recommendations. Download PDF



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