"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.

Our Faculty and Presenters

Leadership California has assembled a core faculty of experts, across a wide range of subject matter, augmented by high-level speakers on California’s critical issues.

Lori Ajax
California Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation

Wanda Austin, Ph.D.
CEO (Ret.)
The Aerospace Corporation

Lydia Beebe
Board Director & Corporate Governance Advisor
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Former Chevron Senior Executive

Diane Boyer-Vine
Legislative Counsel
State of California

Laurie Cozart
Brain2 Solutions, Inc.

William Deverell, Ph.D.
Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

David Graham
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
City of San Diego

Clothilde V. Hewlett
Executive Director, Cal Alumni Association
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Clare Hasler-Lewis
Executive Director
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis

Kay Iwata
K. Iwata Associates, Inc.

Hannah-Beth Jackson
State of California

Barbara Kaufman, Ph.D.
ROI Consulting Group

Senator Connie M. Leyva
Dist. 20, California State Senate

Dowell Myers, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Population Dynamics Research Group
Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California

Mary O’Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D.
CEO, Global Foresight

Sascha Rice
Director, producer, writer
Fire of Life Films

Raphael Sonenshein, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs
Cal State University, Los Angeles

Van Ton-Quinlivan
Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development
California Community CollegesAna Guererro
Chief of Staff, Mayor's Office
City of Los Angeles

Dr. Janice Thompson Ed.D.
JD Thompson & Associates
Founder & Principal

Perry Wong
Director of Research
Milken Institute


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