"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.

First Person Profiles with Women Leaders

Alecia DeCoudreaux: Shaping Women Leaders Beckons Trailblazer from Corporate Sphere

by Carol Caley - March 13, 2012  Mills College President Alecia A. DeCoudreaux greets faculty members after her appointment in 2011 as the 13th president, and the first African-American president, of the oldest women’s college in the West..... MORE>

Anni Chung: Her Chance to Serve
2012 Community Leader Award - Anni Chung Sees Through Elders’ Eyes

by Carol Caley - February 9, 2012  Anni Chung, standing, visits with seniors at Lady Shaw Senior Center in San Francisco. She will be honored as the 2012 Community Leader at Leadership California's Legacy of Leadership Awards on April 30.... MORE>

Can-Do is her Creed
Q&A with the New LC President - Paula March brings Energy, Experience and Expertise to President’s Role

by Carol Caley - January 9, 2012  Paula March, right, greeted the Hon. Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker and current Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives at the groundbreaking... MORE>

Mary Kight’s Mission #1: Cultivate Diamonds
After 37 Years of Military Service, She’s Not Finished Yet

by Carol Caley - May 19, 2011  Major General Mary Kight is the first woman to command the California National Guard and also the nation’s first African-American, female adjutant general... MORE>

Judy Chu: Leadership is a Winding Road

Dr. Judy Chu is the first Chinese American woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, representing San Gabriel Valley's 32nd District. Read our exclusive interview with Dr. Chu>

Sarah Weddington: A Landmark Case and the Road After

by Carol Caley—Best known as the attorney who successfully argued Roe v. Wade...MORE>

A Conversation with Elise Buik

Leadership Means Greater Good for Greater LA—As the first female president and CEO of United Way...MORE>

A Father's Legacy: Lead by Example

by Emily Murase, Executive Director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women—The death of a parent, while often tragic... MORE>

Judy Kjelstrom: Musings from a Woman Scientist from the ’60s

by Dr. Judy Kjelstrom, Director, Biotechnology Program, University of California, DavisAs I enter my 60th year of life... MORE>
State Farm Gives a Hand Up the Ladder to Women

by Carol CaleyKaye Lindsey needed a job. With a husband... MORE>

Fiona Ma: Legislative Leader has Passion and a Plan

by Carol CaleyAssemblywoman Fiona Ma is the Assembly Majority Whip for the State of... MORE>

Dr. Claire Pomeroy: Academic Leader Advocates for Communities on Healthcare Edge

by Carol CaleyAs California and the nation face critical issues around healthcare access and quality... MORE>

Dezie Woods-Jones: Empowerment is a MuscleUse It or Lose It

by Carol Caley—Hon. Dezie Woods-Jones is California State President, Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA)... MORE>

Diversity is Job One for AAA's First Female President

by Carol CaleyPaula Downey is the face of AAA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, NEVADA AND UTAH, a company which is recognized MORE>

Debbie Manning: She’s Tough Enough
Deputy Chief Sergeant-at-Arms had to Pass Muster in State Senate
by Carol CaleyDebbie Manning is six months into her two-year term as president of Leadership California. A 2002 alumna of the CIT program and a Leadership California Executive Board member since 2005, she is a MORE>

Kay Iwata in Beijing: Reflections from My Rice Bowl
Leadership California’s Diversity Thought Leader Files a First-Person Report from the People’s Republic of China
by Kay Iwata
Nov. 15, 2010As we landed at Beijing Airport (11.5 hr. flight from SFO) I was flooded with memories of my first trip to Beijing in 2004. I was anxious to see what had changed since then, especially MORE>

Dr. Lula Ballton: Building a Community of Compassion
by Carol Caley February 8, 2011 - Dr. Lula Ballton is co-founder and CEO of West Angeles Community Development Corporation. Under her leadership, WACDC has developed nearly 400 units of affordable housing, trained  MORE>

Gayle Wilson: First Lady and Onetime Science Whiz
Inspires Next Generation

by Carol Caley– March 21, 2011- Gayle Wilson is a former First Lady of California, Trustee, Society for Science and the Public, and Chair Emeritus, Advisory Board of the California State Summer School for Math and Science (COSMOS)  MORE>
A Banner Year for Anniversaries:
125 for Southern California Edison, 30 for Top Exec Lynda Ziegler

by Carol Caley– April 11, 2011- When we flip a switch, we don’t think much about what it takes to bring electric power to the people. Lynda Ziegler, Executive Vice President, Power Delivery Services at Southern California Edison, spends just about all of her time at SCE thinking about that.  MORE>



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