"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.


2015 CIT Session III
July 19-21, 2015

California's Global Business and Economy:
Opportunities and Challenges


WHY IS THIS MAN SMILING? Managing director of research at the Milken Institute, Perry Wong spoke to the Class of 2015 on "California’s Global Economy: What’s Fueling It—What’s Not." He is a specialist in California’s regional economy, with emphasis on technology and development. His 2015 outlook: California's in pretty good shape.

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP: "Lessons Learned on the Journey," led by Pam Hemann, left, featured panelists sharing stories about their professional careers, as they looked back on their leadership experiences, career moves and personal and workplace challenges.

VIEWS, VALUES OF LEADERS: Janice Doucet Thompson, Ed.D., standing, returned for part 2 of a "Leadership Point of View (LPOV)" class discussion. She conducted exercises for leaders, to enhance their abilities to define their values, communicate ideas, and motivate others.

A NEW ROUTE TO REDEVELOPMENT: On foot and by bus, the Class toured San Francisco's Mission Bay district, where improvements in housing, transportation, access to parks, and vibrant commercial and retail centers are underway. Above, a presentation on community investment and infrastructure for the City of San Francisco focused on public/private partnerships that provide the financial underpinning for new building projects.

A MODEL OF HISTORY: A visit to the California Historical Society provided the class with an evening stroll and an opportunity to network over dinner in a museum of cultural artifacts. Above, a mock-up of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, which commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal. 

SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE: A presentation on the "Sharing Economy: Driving Change in Business & Social Norms" featured representatives from Stanford University and Airbnb.

EDUCATED, TRAINED AND READY: A presentation on California education and workforce dealt with ideas and solutions to the shortage of skilled workers in the state. Carole Goldsmith, Ed.D., President, West Hills Community College-Coalinga, and Randy Fischback, Public & Government Affairs Director, The Dow Chemical Company, introduced the class to the issues.

Leadership Point of View
with Janice Doucet Thompson, Ed.D.

Presenter and facilitator of "Leadership Point of View" was  Janice Doucet Thompson, Ed.D.  (’97), founder and principal of JD Thompson & Associates, LLC.

The interactive presentation was a continuation of explorations and exercises begun at Session I. The activity was designed for leaders to discover ways to build and strengthen bonds of trust between themselves and those they lead.

Building a "LPOV" helps leaders be more authentic and intentional, more aligned with their personal core values, and therefore able to inspire others.

Table discussions focused on each class member's LPOV. Others listened and provided feedback.

Classwork focused on past events and people who influenced each person's leadership strengths and values.

Leadership success depends on clearly defining expectations: what can leaders expect from their direct reports, and what can team members expect from their leaders.


Women Leaders: Lessons Learned
on the Journey


Moderated by Pam Hemann, left, a panel of women leaders shared their insights with the class. From left, Anni Chung, President & CEO Self-Help for the Elderly and Leadership California 2012 Community Award Recipient; Lydia Beebe, Senior Of Counsel Corporate Law & Governance, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and member, Leadership California Executive Advisory Council; and Mirian Saez, Director, Island Operations Treasure Island, City & County of San Francisco, and member, Leadership California Executive Advisory Council.

Saez (left) was born to a first-generation Puerto Rican-American family of blue collar workers and had little idea of her career options. A high school teacher advised her to go to college, where she realized that public service was her key interest. Chung went to a Catholic girls' school in Hong Kong, where she was drawn to social work as a 15-year-old. When she moved to the U.S., she needed mentors to help her learn English. Now she's in demand as a mentor herself. Class members Linda Lu and Pam Haynes, right.

Beebe recently retired as corporate secretary and chief governance officer at Chevron Corporation. Though she was serving in a leadership position, Beebe (center) found that her superiors "saw her in a different light" when she was appointed to serve on a commission.


California’s Global Economy: What’s Fueling It -What’s Not?


Perry Wong, Managing Director of Research, Milken Institute, gave a presentation on the global, national, and state economy. California has been in relatively good shape because the state is diverse and diversified, with exports and tech in the north, entertainment and tourism in the south, and agricultural output in between. He's positive in outlook for 2015-16.

Some trends: Traditionally, the EU and U.S. have been global economic growth leaders. Now, developing economies in Africa and Asia are leading growth.

In the U.S. economy, we're "almost out of the woods" in the recovery from the recession of 2008-9. Jobs are recovering, employment is more stable in the last 18 months. Personal consumption is up and auto sales have returned to pre-recession levels.

Workforce Development: 
Filling the Gaps

Carole Goldsmith, Ed.D., President, West Hills Community College-Coalinga, and Randy Fischback, Public & Government Affairs Director, The Dow Chemical Company presented two sides of the coin: how to educate and provide skilled workers for jobs in our state.

Goldsmith, right, with Margot Everett, said that for every dollar spent on education, four dollars return to the California economy. She's for simplifying the transfer of community college credits to Cal State Universities, and for allowing community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees in industry-related specialties such as respiratory therapy.

Fischback leads in an industry where there is a shortage of trained chemical engineers. Dow Chemical has an apprenticeship program and a partnership with a community college, but can't attract the skilled workers his company needs. For ten job openings at Dow, there were 200 applicants. Only six were qualified.

Economic Redevelopment through Partnerships  


Tiffany Bohee, Executive Director, Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure, City of San Francisco, introduced the class to community development in the post-urban renewal era.

Today's processes for building development embrace new financing tools, streamlining of building permits, and joint powers agreements.

Three SF projects are now under construction: Transbay, Mission Bay, and Hunter's Point/Shipyard.

The class learned about projects in several parts of the city, then went on a tour of San Francisco's Mission Bay district.

A visit to an affordable housing complex.

The class walked to view construction work and the layout of the Mission Bay planned community. 

California Historical Society    

Session III featured a dinner at the California Historical Society, founded in 1871, a repository for documents and artifacts revealing the environmental, economic, social, political, and cultural heritage of the state.

Paintings, manuscripts, advertisements, and historical objects related to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, commemorating the opening of the Panama Canal, were on display. Above, a model of the Exposition buildings and grounds. The current exhibit is part of San Francisco's Centennial Celebration.

Technological and product innovations such as the typewriter and candlestick telephone were showcased. Nineteen million people—about twenty times the population of San Francisco at the time—were drawn to the fair in the ten months of its duration.

The class enjoyed a catered dinner in the museum's central foyer and an opportunity to network.

The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition —its planning, construction, exhibits and promotion—form the basis of the display. Vintage photographs, souvenirs and other artifacts gave the class an idea of what fairgoers encountered 100 years ago.



California’s Economic Drivers    

Presenters from the traditional corporate sector and from the new sharing economy gave their views on economic and social impacts of doing business in California. Marty Gilles, Vice President, Strategy, Planning & Technology, Chevron Corporation; and Leadership California Executive Advisory Council member, gave a talk on "Energy 101" with a look at energy giant Chevron and its business priorities.

Class member Lucinda Jackson, with microphone, is also from Chevron, the largest corporation in California by revenue. Chevron is the 4th largest oil company in the world, with 10,000 employees in California. Questions from the class centered on the impacts of production on world politics and on the environment, supply and demand issues, and the regulatory environment in California.

Presenter Paolo Parigi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences Stanford University, gave insights into his research project on trust as a key mechanism on sharing websites such as Uber and Couchsurfing.                        

Parigi believes that his findings will conclude that the more users trust the platform—e.g. Airbnb or Uber—the more they trust the individuals in it: their Uber driver or Airbnb landlord.

Molly Turner, Global Head of Civic Partnerships, Airbnb, spoke on her company's history and its phenomenal growth. The company benefits cities by bringing money to neighborhoods outside of tourist districts, and provides income for low- and moderate-income hosts.                                       

Big questions wrapped up the session: Can the sharing economy, with its innovative technologies and challenges to conventional business bring us outside our comfort zone—in a good way? We're social creatures, but can technology make us more so, expanding our social networks into the unknown?





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