"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.


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March 2017

March 5-7, 2017
Leadership California
Session I, CIT Program
The Political Landscape: California’s Dynamic Government Today

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March 29, 2017

A day-long event featuring California issues and trends and regional perspectives important to the Central Valley.


April 23-25, 2017
Leadership California
Session II, CIT Program
California’s Heritage Shaping its Future: Diversity & Inclusion at the Core
Los Angeles


April 24, 2017

The Omni Hotel, Los Angeles


July 19-21, 2017
Leadership California
Session III, CIT Program
California’s Global Business & Economy: Opportunities & Challenges
San Francisco


September 24-27, 2017

The ultimate Leadership California experience, open to all executive women. Leadership California Goes to Washington DC 2017 is a special opportunity for California women leaders to study how national and international issues influence Californians and California business, and how California’s issues and trends influence the nation and the world.


November 1-3, 2017
Leadership California
Session IV, CIT Program
A Thriving California through Innovation & Inspiration
San Diego



Monday, April 24, 2017

Children’s Bureau: 2017 Community Leader

Children’s Bureau President & CEO Alex Morales and Board Chair Julia Stewart will accept the Community Leader Award on behalf of Children’s Bureau at Leadership California's Legacy of Leadership celebration on April 24, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Alex Morales and Julia Stewart
Children’s Bureau: Two leaders bring brighter future, big dreams for children and youth of LA

by Carol Caley
March 16, 2017

Q: Alex, you’ve been engaged as president and CEO of Children’s Bureau for nearly 30 years, at an organization that has been working to serve children and families for 110 years. You have spearheaded the evolution of your organization over a long period of time. This must be a labor of love for you.

Alex: VERY MUCH SO. When I came to Children’s Bureau in 1988, I had been leading another nonprofit. Coming here was just a strategic career move. But that was then. After a few years, my role became more than a career, it became a personal mission. I actually considered it a kind of ministry. My parents were both ministers, so people used to say to me, “you ought to become a minister.” I now say, “Children’s Bureau is my ministry.”

Q: As a leader, how do you define success?

Alex: CHILDREN'S BUREAU IS IN THIS WORLD called “nonprofit.” What I don’t like about that term is that it’s focused on how much money an organization makes—does it create a financial return, in the traditional sense, for the owners and investors? A nonprofit is a public benefit corporation, and our corporation has been formed to create a benefit to society. The board of directors, the investors, the staff, my leadership—is based on creating a benefit to the world of vulnerable children and families around us.

Q: So success is measured in terms of the value to the community, not the dollar value.

Alex: YES, FOR CHILDREN'S BUREAU, the benefit we’ve promised is to help vulnerable children grow up to become successful and caring adults. So our nonprofit leadership should be about creating that, and our leaders, investors and supporters all contribute to that. We’re a mission-driven organization. We’ve been successfully creating that benefit for a century.

CHILDREN'S BUREAU WAS DOING different things a century ago—it still focused on helping vulnerable children, but the help they needed then was a little different than what they need now. The ability for an organization to stay relevant, to keep delivering that public benefit in changing times—that’s what successful leadership is.

Q: Julia, you’ve just recently left your role as Chairman and CEO of DineEquity, where you had a remarkable career trajectory over more than 16 years. You started out as a food server at IHOP, learned the food service business from the inside, and experienced what it’s like to move up a ladder of success. Now you’re in your 5th year as board chair of Children’s Bureau, having been on the board since 2005. You’ve said that there is just one thing that took you from your days of waiting tables to the corner office—the honor and privilege to serve. Tell us about your role at Children’s Bureau.

Julia: I DON'T BELIEVE there is any greater privilege or higher calling than serving others. Our hard work at Children’s Bureau is incredibly important. But your own individual legacy is based on what you do for others, not what you do for yourself. Serving is a feeling not like any other. READ MORE

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Kim Stone Launches Lobbying Firm






Kim Stone ('13), former president and CEO of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), has left after six years at the helm, to launch her own lobbying firm in Sacramento, Stone Advocacy. At CJAC, she worked in the state legislature and courts for lawsuit reform. Stone served as a lobbyist for five years with CJAC Legislation before joining Blue Shield of California as its director of government affairs. She then returned as CJAC’s president and CEO. As a graduate of Stanford University’s School of Law, Stone previously served as a deputy district attorney for San Mateo County and as special assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California.

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