"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.


CIT Session III
July 17-19, 2016

California's Global Business and Economy:
Opportunities and Challenges


GREEN AND CLEAN INNOVATION: A visit to the SoCalGas Energy Resource Center provided the class with learning opportunities about strategic and crucial policy decisions on future energy needs. 

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP: "Lessons Learned on the Journey," led by Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D., left, featured women leaders who have served as Leadership California presidents. They shared stories about their professional careers and looked back on their leadership experiences, career moves and personal and workplace challenges.

THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE: Mary O’Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D., peered into the future with the Class of 2016, looking at current weak signals that could be the next big thing. Octogenarians at work and marijuana as food are two trends to watch. 

BEST PLACE TO PLAN FOR A WORST-CASE SCENARIO: A cross-bureau situation room stands at the ready for crisis response at the LA County Sheriff's Emergency Operations Bureau, where the class was invited for a tour.

AT CANADA HOUSE WITH THE CONSUL GENERAL: Canadian Consul General James Villeneuve welcomed the Class of 2016 and guests at a reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of Leadership California. From left: Canadian Foreign Policy & Diplomacy Service Consul Nadia Scipio del Campo ('09), LA Family Housing Vice President of Development & Community Engagement Yvette Herrera ('95), Leadership California Executive Director Pam Hemann, LA Economic and Workforce Development Department General Manager and EAC member Jan Perry, and Canadian Consul & Trade Commissioner Tina Shih ('10).

CONNECTING THE DOTS ON STYLES OF LEADERSHIP: The class used a model to measure leadership behaviors, presented by Barbara L.  Kaufman, Ph.D. Styles of leading can be learned and altered when the situation calls for it. A behavior might not come naturally to a leader, but can prove more effective in achieving a desired outcome.  

GLOBAL, NATIONAL REGIONAL ECONOMY: Managing director of research at the Milken Institute Perry Wong spoke to the Class of 2016 on "California’s Global Economy: What’s Fueling It—What’s Not." He is a specialist in California’s economy, with emphasis on technology and development.

LA CLEANTECH INCUBATOR: LACI offers a unique space and support system, along with training, mentoring and specialized equipment for innovative startups to increase their chance for success as they ready their products for market. Above, Mark Steffler, CFO of Legend 3D, spoke to the class about his visual effects and virtual reality company.

Achieving Styles Inventory
with Barbara L. Kaufman, Ph.D.

With Barbara L. Kaufman, Ph.D. presenting, the class used an evaluation tool to analyze their leadership behaviors.

The class learned the Connective Leadership Institute's model to evaluate their individual behaviors and options for trying new behaviors.

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

Good leaders learn which behavior works best in each unique situation, and can learn other behaviors that lead to a successful outcome without necessarily relying on their natural strengths.

Kaufman is president of ROI Consulting Group, Inc., a Leadership California past president and a current Executive Advisory Council member.




Women Leaders: Lessons Learned
on the Journey


Moderated by Barbara L. Kaufman, Ph.D., a panel of women leaders—all former presidents of Leadership California—shared their insights with the class. From left, Cathleen Greiner, Ph.D. ('03), Dean, School of Business Sciences and Online & Extended Education, Irvine Valley College; Debbie Manning (’02), Chief Sergeant at Arms, California State Senate; and Yvette Herrera, (’95), Vice President, Development & Community Engagement, L.A. Family Housing. Kaufman and Manning serve on the Leadership California Executive Advisory Council.

Each panelist discussed her career trajectory. Greiner described a non-linear path, "like a switchback." But she always returned to her fundamental love of being an educator. Manning started as a summer temp in the security office of the State Capitol, and found she couldn't leave. "It was something I fell into, but I was seduced by our State Capitol," she said. Herrera made a jump from the corporate world to a small women-owned business, then found the best fit in the nonprofit world.

Each of the panelists reflected on what her legacy would be. "My legacy is helping each person find their own path," said Greiner. Manning wants to be remembered for her good work and respect for the Capitol. Herrera referred to the Leadership California "Success to Significance" slogan: "Success is the personal part, and that expands outward to your legacy, your significance. Mentoring is your lasting impact."


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. Global events such as Brexit and struggle for control of the South China seas will impact California, the 8th largest economy in the world—but it might be as much as a decade until we know the effects.

The U.S. economy is "finally out of the woods" on job growth, at 200,000 jobs per month nationally. The largest job gains are in healthcare.

Manufacturing, mining and logging have experienced negative growth, and housing starts have not risen to pre-recession levels, due to tighter lending practices. But California is home to several of the best-performing cities in the country, including San Luis Obispo.

The World in Upheaval: The Big Disrupters & the
Implications for Women Leaders
with Mary O'Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D.

Mary O'Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D., Founder & President, Global Foresight LLC, gave an overview of futuristic products, practices and policies. She advises business leaders on global trends.

Some trends: We'll have a 4-D printing robot, brain fitness activities, personal memory chips for Alzheimer's patients and air-scrubbing trees. And self-driving autos—but of course, we already have those. "The future is already here," said O'Hara-Devereaux, "It's just not evenly distributed."

O’Hara-Devereaux uses her cross-industry and cross-cultural expertise to deconstruct economic and social shifts. Our fastest-growing group is 85-year-olds and up. There is huge growth in numbers of multi-racial youth, which could portend the end of racism.

A Visit to the SoCalGas
Energy Resource Center


The Class of 2016 traveled to Downey to visit the SoCalGas Energy Resource Center (ERC). Business owners visit the ERC to attend seminars and demonstrations, and to access consulting services to lower their costs and save energy. Above, a hydrogen-powered car.

The class enjoyed lunch with SoCalGas staff and CIT alumnae. 

Crucial policy decisions on energy usage for the future are needed to mitigate energy crises caused by increased demand and climate change.

A panel of nationally recognized energy leaders spoke on the big need for innovation in technology, policy and financial arenas. Solar energy has huge potential and renewables are on the rise. We need game-changing ideas to realize the benefits.

A tour covered demonstration kitchens for food-service business owners to learn about energy-saving equipment and practices.


A smart garden featured a "living wall" of succulents, water-wise landscaping and a vegetable garden. 

A Visit to the Canadian Consul General's Residence in LA    

The class traveled to Hancock Park to visit the Canadian Consul's residence, Canada House. Canadian-born class member Brenda Livingston posed with Pam Hemann in front of the flag of Canada.

The class lined up to enter the Consul's residence for a panel presentation and a 25th anniversary celebration with Canadian women leaders, the Consul's honored guests, and CIT Alumnae.

Kim Walker, spouse of the Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles, spoke to the CIT class and a delegation of Canadian women.

On a panel about Canadian women entrepreneurs, Clare Beckton, (right) Executive Director, Centre for Women in Politics & Public Leadership, Carlton University and Janice McDonald, (center) President, The Beacon Agency shared their insights on the challenges of entrepreneurship. Sheri Griffiths, (left) Regional Vice President, Commercial Banking, Bank of Montreal, gave a lender's perspective. Bank of Montreal sponsored the study.


Members of the Canadian women's delegation posed with James Villeneuve, Consul General, Canadian Consulate, Los Angeles.

Alumna Nadia Scipio del Campo ('09) addressed the group. She is Consul - Foreign Policy & Diplomacy Service, Government of Canada, Consulate General of Canada, Los Angeles.

Villeneuve is Canada's senior representative in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.

The class enjoyed hors d'oeuvres around the pool at the Canada House.

Promoting the power of women in business on both sides of the border is key.

A Visit to the Los Angeles
County Sheriff's Emergency Ops Bureau

At the LA Sheriff's Emergency Ops Bureau, Class of 2016 member Angela Walton (left) hosted an insider's tour. Presenters included Commander John Stedman, Lieutenant Tracy De Mello, and Intelligence Manager Cynthia Gatiglio.

The Bureau handles more than just crisis-response, but also focuses on pre-planning to make a seamless response to emergencies.

The concept of a "fusion center" was born after 9/11, when cities and counties across the U.S. had to forge partnerships among first-responder agencies and began to share data and intelligence.                       

Information-sharing leads to "connecting the dots" in both crime and terrorism intelligence work.

A centrally-located situation room seats officials from fire, police, jail, court, military, transportation, health, academic institutions, and many other agencies that might be called on during an emergency such as a fire or demonstration. There is even a chair reserved for an animal control representative.                                      

A computer center monitors all media, including social media. The intelligence unit works to identify and prioritize threats. Cyber-intelligence threat assessment is a relatively new effort, where experts scan jihadi forums, the Dark Web, and encrypted communications.

A Visit to LA Cleantech Incubator    

The La Kretz Innovation Campus is the site of the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI), which provides flexible office, conference and meeting, event and training, assembly and warehouse, and prototyping space. The Campus comprises 3.2 acres and is owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

As LACI entrepreneurs engage in building their businesses, the space provides opportunities for collaboration and learning among executives from diverse companies. Peer mentoring, events and mixers, talent identification and internship opportunities are offered.

A luncheon program for the CIT Class featured Mark Steffler, CFO of Legend 3D, interviewed by Patricia Elliott. Steffler's company does visual effects for Sony and Disney movies and has pioneered advancements in virtual reality.

The CIT class toured the facility, which features offices, conference rooms, R&D labs, a training center and an event space all under one roof.

Three-D printers are available in a digital prototyping lab.

An advanced fabrication center is ramping up with all-new machinery and tools. The workshop is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.





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