"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.


MARY O'HARA DEVEREAUX, business forecaster, trend analyst and trusted advisor on business strategy and innovation, is the author of four books including the best-selling Navigating the Badlands: Thriving in the Decade of Radical Transformation and Global Work-Bridging Distance, Culture and Time. She has been a faculty member of the Leadership California CIT program for more than a decade.


The Future of Food
Five Accelerating U.S. Consumer Food Trends

By Mary O’Hara Devereaux
September, 2015


America has become a country of serial munchers. Snacks are increasingly healthier and more sophisticated, providing options of mini-meals.”


UNDERNEATH THE MYRIAD OF NEW FOOD TRENDS published each year are accelerating longer-term trends that will shape the consumption of food for the next five years. The following five shifts in consumer habits and preferences are growing the fastest.

Pre-prepared Foods—The Battle for Dinner

The purchase of fresh pre-prepared foods at retailers is forecast to increase 10% over the next decade. In contrast, restaurant growth is forecast to increase only 4%. Pre-prepared foods are increasingly perceived as a better, healthier choice than restaurants. Their purchase is further driven by the ease and convenience of purchase now offered with the exploding delivery choices.

Snackification of America

We are eating less at every meal but eating more meals daily but also eating more calories. America has become a country of serial munchers. Snacks are increasingly healthier and more sophisticated, providing options of mini-meals. The American mobile lifestyle and work-a-holism are the major drivers for snack adoption.

Fruits and Vegetables Increasing Share of Plate

Health and wellness trends favor plant-based proteins, nutrient-dense whole foods and cold pressed juice. The shift to snacking and immediate consumption favors fruits and vegetables particularly with savory tastes.The fresh convenience of fruits and vegetables is seen as a healthy antidote to a harried lifestyle. More consumers are practicing flexitarianism with meat out of the center of the plate replaced primarily with vegetables.

Just having great food is not enough—
it must be a fun experience with friends


Fast, Casual, Fun and Fine

Where you go to eat out continues to shift towards fast, casual and fun restaurants. A sub-set of this is focused on fresh local food prepared by great chefs emerging as the new fine dining. This is driven by the Millennial and Gen X who are looking for a more relaxed dining out experience that is more fun and interesting than the white tablecloth restaurant. Just having great food is not enough—it must be a fun experience with friends. The fine casual is driven by a quest for new and novel food flavors, traveling the world through eating and drinking.

Global, Ethnic and Fusion Tastes

"Good Taste" is fast undergoing diversification: 81% of Americans ate ethnic food in the last month. The majority likes familiar foods with a twist of global. This is driven by all generations but primarily by the growing multi-racial millennials who love to experiment with fusion foods, specialty drink combinations, and ethnic foods, particularly the more spicy and strong tastes. A key driver is food as entertainment through the Food Network and travel channels and shows.


Mary O'Hara-
Devereaux, Ph.D

FUTURIST, SPEAKER AND AUTHOR Mary O'Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D. is founder and president of Global Foresight LLC in San Francisco. She has been a trusted advisor to leaders of companies, non-profits and governments, providing long-term business forecasts, trend analysis, strategy, and innovation support, for more than 25 years.

Mary’s skill at helping executives thrive in turbulent times has spanned more than 62 countries on 6 continents including most of the leading emerging markets. Her cross-industry expertise includes work for well-known companies in the telecommunications, electronics, entertainment, media, biotech, financial services and accounting, consumer products, energy, health care/pharmaceuticals, general aviation, automotive, and staffing industries.

She delivers keynotes and executive briefings to global blue-chip clients and speaks at forums such as the Milken Global Institute and Harvard’s Kennedy School.



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