"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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October 2017

LC GOES TO D.C. - Women leaders from across California posed on the front steps of the Supreme Court for a portrait with Sarah Weddington, front row, green jacket. Leadership California brought the program to Washington D.C. for the third time since 2013.



Leadership California Delegation visits D.C.

September 24-27, 2017

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LEADERSHIP CALIFORNIA women visited the hub of national power and influence in the nation's capital last week, representing California's strengths in diversity, innovation and pioneering spirit.

A DELEGATION of 36 women traveled to D.C., joining colleagues and peers from business sectors and regions across the Golden State. Attendees were drawn from the California Issues & Trends Class of 2017 and CIT alumnae and friends. Kim Armstrong ('12) and Noelia Rodriguez ('95) were program co-chairs.

THE 3-DAY PROGRAM featured provocative content addressing issues and trends of national importance with a focus on how national and international issues affect California leaders, California business—and all Californians.

HIGH ON THE AGENDA were a tour of the Supreme Court and luncheon with Roe v. Wade winning attorney Sarah Weddington and a visit to American Red Cross HQ featuring a conversation with CEO Gail McGovern, hosted by LC board member Donna Duhe ('09). Highlights included an evening reception on Embassy Row at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian, and a VIP private tour and dinner at Mount Vernon, home of George and Martha Washington.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED a panel on the phenomenon of "Fake News," which featured a former White House correspondent, a former White House press secretary, and a national political editor sharing their experiences on the media front lines. A breakfast with elected leaders on Capitol Hill was hosted by Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congresswoman Jackie Speier, both of whom have been LC Legacy of Service awardees. Talks on the State of the Nation, DACA, transportation policy, cyber security, and advocacy issues each provided a thought-provoking look at issues and trends of national significance.

OUR CALIFORNIA WOMEN LEADERS are no strangers to the national stage, where they so capably represent California's values of diversity, inclusion and innovation. All of us gratefully engaged with our distinguished speakers and panelists for this amazing and memorable experience. We leave D.C. knowing that the model that brought our learning forum to the nation's capital has delivered once again on our vision of “Moving Women from Success to Significance.”

Mark your Calendar! Next LC to DC is September 22-25, 2019

SAVE THE DATE: Recognition Events Begin!


November 3 luncheon in San Diego is first of many celebrations
to honor Pam Hemann

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - An outpouring of goodwill and support for Pam Hemann has gathered as she prepares to transition from her executive director role at Leadership California to an advisory role at the beginning of 2018. Celebrations are in the works!

The first of several recognition events will be held at a luncheon in San Diego on November 3, during the Class of 2017's final CIT session. Watch your email for a formal announcement with event registration link. This event is sure to sell out!

Leadership California alumnae, friends and supporters will have opportunities to say farewell to Pam and her staff and celebrate Pam's 26 years with the organization. Dates will be announced for more celebrations in 2018 across the state.


Emily Murase Runs for SF School Board 2018

Now in her second term on the San Francisco school board, Dr. Emily Murase (’09) is running once again to implement plans she spearheaded while serving as school board president in 2015.

Murase oversaw a strategic planning process for several new initiatives, and is seeking a third term to finalize the work. Emily is director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.

CA Women in Government: All Politics is Local

Want to know which California City has an an ALL FEMALE City Council? Read On

CALIFORNIA WOMEN LEAD has released its latest report, The Status of Women in California Government in 2017. The report analyzes women’s representation in elected office in California: in city councils, statewide offices, Congressional delegations, and more.

The report specifically focuses on local government: women serving as mayors and council members for California’s 482 cities.Though women make up more than 50 percent of the population, we have yet to meet 50 percent representation in elected office at any level. This report spells out where we stand.

Find out more about appointments and running for office at a daylong California Women Lead event on October 19 in El Segundo, featuring women leaders including Leadership California alumna Fiona Ma ('14), member, State Board of Equalization and 2018 candidate for State Treasurer; Leadership California Executive Advisory Council member Jan Perry, former Councilwoman, City of Los Angeles; and Mona Pasquil Rogers, Appointments Secretary, Office of Governor Brown.

Apply today or nominate an amazing
woman leader for CIT 2018

Download 2018 program overview


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


Welcome Class of 2018!

March 4-6, 2018
California Issues & Trends Program
Session I

The Political Landscape: California’s Dynamic Government


March 28, 2018
Central Valley Women's Forum


April 29-May 1, 2018
California Issues & Trends Program
Session II
Shaping California’s Future:
Diversity & Inclusion at the Core

San Francisco

Monday, April 30, 2018

July 18-20, 2018
California Issues & Trends Program
Session III
California’s Global Business & Economy: Opportunities & Challenges
Los Angeles


November 7-9, 2018
California Issues & Trends Program
Session IV
A Thriving California through Innovation
San Diego


September 22-25, 2019
Leadership CA Goes to Washington D.C.

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