Leadership California International Visitor Leadership Program Meetings
Leadership California Alumnae and supporters lead the way in talks with international women's delegations visiting the state of California.
Now the "go-to" organization at the state capital and cities across the state, alumnae gather to welcome women's groups from across the globe.
A luncheon and open forum discussion highlight each meeting. The visitors are connected to Leadership California through trade and diplomacy organizations, listed below.
Visiting women leaders work in their home countries in roles related to human rights, violence against women and children, terrorism, religious extremism, drug trafficking, cybercrime, drug use, social mobilization, women’s empowerment, law enforcement and justice, conflict resolution and human trafficking. The work of many of the leaders also concerns policies and programs in a variety of professional sectors that promote leadership development for women, mentoring programs and networking opportunities for women.
Meetings Across the State
Women leaders from Canada met Leadership California alumnae and friends at the home of the Canadian Consul in Los Angeles on July 18 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CIT program. A panel of Canadian women entrepreneurs presented a special report.
Seventeen countries including Egypt, Sri Lanka, Netherlands - Roundtable discussion on “Women & Justice” - May 28, San Diego
Pakistan - Film screening of Miss Representation, San Diego
Palestinian Territories – March 13, Sacramento
Southwest & Central Asia – Sept. 18, Sacramento
Algeria, The Bahamas, Egypt, Georgia, Guatemala, Ireland, Kuwait, Lebanon, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom (Scotland), Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia - Nov. 3, Sacramento
Georgia – June 13, Sacramento
Israel – April 19, Sacramento
Europe – March 20, Sacramento
Afghanistan – Oct. 2, Sacramento
East Asia – March 21, Sacramento
Haiti – March 23, Los Angeles
Africa – Sept. 27, Sacramento
Northern California World Trade Center
San Diego Diplomacy Council
International Visitors Council of Los Angeles
Northern California World Trade Center
“Women and Justice” Roundtable with
International Women Leaders
May 28, 2015, SAN DIEGO - Six alumnae and friends representing Leadership California met with an international delegation of women from 17 countries including Egypt, Sri Lanka, and the Netherlands. Participants discussed “Women & Justice” followed by a Q&A with the delegates. The event was hosted by The San Diego Diplomacy Council. The group visited the U.S. under the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program.
Alumnae Host International Leaders
on Sacramento Stopover
GLOBAL DELEGATION - On November 2, 2014, Leadership California Alumnae and supporters met a delegation of visiting leaders in Sacramento.
by Kate Killeen, CIT Class of 2008 and LC to DC 2013
November 3, 2014—SACRAMENTO - Leadership California Alumnae met with 16 leaders from across the globe—Algeria, The Bahamas, Egypt, Georgia, Guatemala, Ireland, Kuwait, Lebanon, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom (Scotland), Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia. The visitors came under the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program.
CONCERNED WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE
PARTICIPANTS FROM Ireland, Scotland, and Zambia shared stories about their journey across the United States and expressed interest in American elections and voting, and issues of social justice. Rana Al-Sadoun of Kuwait, an entrepreneur and active member of the Kuwait and global human rights community, said she visited the town of Ferguson, Missouri, the site of mass protests following the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer. The visitors engaged in wide-ranging conversations about the election process, work-life balance, women in politics, and talked about their home country working roles. The speakers ended by quoting Martin Luther King: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
LEADERSHIP CALIFORNIA ALUMNAE attending the event were Debbie Manning, Judith Kjelstrom, Kate Killeen, Eileen Reynolds, Kathryn Dresslar and Ezilda Samoville. Tessa Carter, Manager, International Visitor Leadership Program, Northern California World Trade Center and others helped to organize the event.
Kate Killeen (’08) (center) lunched with Elsa Avalos Lepe, Vice Minister of Labor for Administration, Ministry of Labor, Guatemala; and Rana Al-Sadoun, a Kuwaiti entrepreneur.
International Women Leaders Delegation Visits Sacramento, Meets with Alumnae
DELEGATION OF LEADERS - On September 18, 2014, Leadership California Alumnae and supporters met in the capital for talks with women of note in a delegation from Central and South Asia. Leadership California is now the "go-to" organization at the state capital to welcome women's delegations from across the globe. A luncheon and open forum discussion highlight each meeting.
DISCUSSION OF CRITICAL ISSUES - From left, Kate Killeen ('08), Senior Staff Counsel, California Department of Water Resources; Naheeda Thohir, Inspector of Police, Head of Leadership and Training Management Unit, Institute for Security and Law Enforcement Studies, Maldives; Basundara Khadka, Police Inspector and Deputy Director of Human Rights Unit, Nepal Police.
LEADER TO LEADER - Judy Kjelstrom, Ph.D., in yellow, and Eileen Reynolds, right, in a small-group talk with visiting women leaders. Participants agreed that support and mentoring from women can help each woman find her voice.
Leadership California Reaches Around the Globe with Women Leader Roundtables
In June, a Women's Delegation from the Republic of Georgia visited the Capitol in Sacramento and met with Leadership California Alumnae.
by Carol Caley - June 27, 2013 - CALIFORNIA, HOME OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY GIANTS, nucleus of media and entertainment, birthplace of innovative products and social trends—is also one of the most forward-looking places in the world for the advancement of women. So it’s no surprise that women leaders from across the globe aspire to visit—and that Leadership California alumnae are there to meet them.
LEADERSHIP CALIFORNIA HAS NOW MADE A NAME FOR ITSELF by rolling out a warm welcome at roundtables for international women’s delegations. Last week, a group of delegates from the Republic of Georgia met with alumnae Kate Killeen (’08), Dr. Judy Kjelstrom (’08), Debbie Manning (’02), and Ezilda Samoville (’08) in Sacramento. The four delegates were invited to the United States through the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, representing a Georgian project called “LGBT NGO Management and Social Diversity.”
Alumnae Meet with Israeli Women–Leadership CA is “Go-To” Group for Women's Delegations
June, 2013- In April, the California Senate Office of International Relations (SOIR) invited Leadership California to organize a group of CIT Alumnae to meet with a delegation of Israeli women who were visiting Sacramento.
The five women were curious about women’s political leadership in the U.S. and constitutional safeguards here that recognize and protect women’s rights. The women’s visit is part of a three-week U.S. Department of State-sponsored project.
Leadership California Alumnae participants were Amy Alley (’11),Kathryn Dresslar (’03), Tiffany Hunter Green (’12), Kate Killeen(’08), Debbie Manning (’02), and Ezilda Samoville (’08).
Leadership California Pres Meets Women Scholars
from Countries in Crisis
January 2013- Leadership California Board President Paula March, second from left, met with international scholarship students from Open A Door, an organization that provides mentoring and financial support to women from countries in conflict who are studying at U.S. universities. Six young women from Rwanda and Afghanistan are currently attending top-rated U.S. colleges through the organization's scholarship program. Open A Door focuses on countries where women are most likely to be marginalized after a conflict. For more information: www.openadoorfoundation.org
A Haitian delegation visited Pasadena in December 2011.
Southland alumnae hosted the meeting.
by Kate Killeen
June 22, 2011- A DELEGATION OF 13 WOMEN LEADERS from North Africa and the Middle East met with women from Leadership California and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) on June 20 at the California State Library in Sacramento. Women from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates were selected to spend 21 days in the United States through the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.
Delegates were here to network, acquire an overview of the involvement of women in the social, political, and economic systems in the U.S., and to identify ways to enhance the role of women as economic leaders.
Leadership California attendees included Debbie Manning, Ezilda Samoville, Myesha Jackson, Amy Alley, Joan Coleman and Kate Killeen.
Alumnae meet African Entrepreneurs in Roundtable
Women’s Delegation Welcomed to State Capital
Women from across Africa visited the State Capital and met with Leadership California alumnae.
October 20, 2011- Six women entrepreneurs from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan and Swaziland visited the State Capital on September 27, hosted by members of the California Senate Office of International Relations. After a VIP tour of the Capitol, the women met Leadership California alumnae and board members for a roundtable discussion.
Leadership California president Debbie Manning and Executive Director Pam Hemann were on hand, along with alumnae Dr. Judy Kjelstrom (’08), Maria Madril (’10) and Sandra Perez (’07). Ezilda Samoville (’08), Executive Director, California International Relations Foundation, hosted a buffet luncheon for the group.
The State Capitol event featured a meeting with women leaders from
East Asia and the Pacific region.
LC Alumnae meet East Asian, Haitian Women Leaders at U.S. State Department Forums
March, 2011 - This week, Leadership California alumnae met with women leaders from East Asia at the Capitol in Sacramento, and with a delegation from Haiti at a Pasadena community center. The two events were part of the U.S. State Department's 100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges.
Escorting the Sacramento delegation was Shannon Shellenberg, California State Senate International Relations.