"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."
Director Corporate Diversity
"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."
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
Asian Law Caucus
"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."
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."
Manager of Corporate Public Affairs
Our flagship series of quarterly master classes, the California Issues and Trends Program (CIT), offers a unique perspective of our state and our world to California’s most talented and successful women leaders. CIT provides insight, opportunity, and confidence for women leaders who are ready to move from success to significance. Women leaders move from success to significance by increasing their knowledge and deepening their relationships across sectors, geography, and backgrounds. Leadership California’s network is an influential force contributing to the collective power of women leaders impacting California for better outcomes and results.
• Class members hear from experts on subjects such as changing demographics, innovation and technology, the California economy, education, and health care challenges. They discuss the implications for organizational development, business and community leadership, and personal and professional development.
• Participants spend a session at the California State Capitol where they have the opportunity to speak with policy makers. They visit community organizations to experience firsthand the results of successful public/private partnerships.
• A diverse group of 60 successful women leaders is selected annually to participate in the program. Through the yearlong experience, each woman leader gains valuable knowledge and relationships that can be leveraged in her job and community. Each participant has multiple opportunities throughout the year to build a network of access and influence with key leaders in the class, and with alumnae, supporters, faculty and staff.
• The program is structured in four, two-and-one-half-day sessions in different locations across the state.
Class of 2013 members at the State Capitol in Sacramento
The Class of 2015 seated on the floor of the California State Senate
The Class of 2012 visiting San Francisco's Wells Fargo Museum
Maggie Tyler Watkins, left, and