"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.


Learn more about CIT

Leadership California's core program, California Issues & Trends (CIT)


A Conversation with Six Women Presidents
of the California State Universities

A panel of six trailblazing women academic leaders share insights and lessons learned on their leadership journey.
Moderated by Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D.


The Legacy of Leadership Awards Highlights

Leaders from across the state gathered in Los Angeles to honor women leaders who have positively influenced the lives of Californians. Celebrants enjoyed a “moveable feast” and ceremonies with a stellar slate of honorees.


Central Valley Women’s Forum Highlights

Leadership California presents a daylong session in the Central Valley featuring a slate of speakers who bring California’s urgent issues and leading-edge trends squarely front and center for women leaders from across the region.


“State of the State” with Rafe Sonenshein

AT SESSION I IN SACRAMENTO, Raphael Sonenshein, Ph.D. gives the CIT class a nutshell version of California's political state of affairs in a "State of the State" presentation. Sonenshein is executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA, and taught politics and government classes at Cal State Fullerton for 29 years. The author of three books on local, regional and national politics, Sonenshein engages with a mix of serious and satiric analysis bordering on stand-up comedy.

State of the State 2015: Sonenshein on the Unfulfilled Quest for Political Bipartisanship and the Role of Government

WHAT'S HAPPENED TO CALIFORNIA'S political parties, what demographic changes has California experienced, and who thinks what about the true role of government, nationally and regionally? Hear Sonenshein on the political climate in Sacramento and the forces at work in California politics in 2015. Listen to the Podcast HERE

State of the State in 2013: Sonenshein on Peeling Onions: Is Real Bipartisanship on the Horizon in California?

ONE MILLION MORE WOMEN THAN MEN voted in the 2012 California election. If that doesn’t shake us up enough, the realities of California politics have changed so much that we might even have to cry about it. Listen to the podcast HERE


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