"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
November 3 luncheon in San Diego is first of many recognition celebrations honoring Pam Hemann and her staff
San Diego Central Library, Shiley Special Events Suite
AN OUTPOURING OF GOODWILL and support for Pam Hemann is gathering as she prepares to transition from her executive director role at Leadership California to an advisory role at the beginning of 2018. Register now for this big celebration, as this event is sure to sell out!
A luncheon in San Diego on November 3, during the Class of 2017's final CIT session, kicks off events across the state honoring the outgoing leader that will stretch into 2018. Click REGISTER NOW to find out details.
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. Watch your email for formal announcements of future celebrations.
Lisa Massarweh Receives DNP, Promotion
Lisa J. Massarweh (’17), DNP, RN, PHN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, CCRN-K has successfully completed her doctoral studies at University of San Francisco, earning her doctor of nursing practice with a focus on executive leadership. She has also received a promotion to executive director, PCS Performance & Workforce Strategy at Kaiser Permanente Patient Care Services, Northern California. In her new role, she leads finance and staffing projects across 21 medical centers, ensuring consistency of strategic decision support and maximizing workforce efficiency and effectiveness. Lisa was formerly the director of financial performance and staffing operations. She recently co-authored an article published in Nursing Economic$ on technology to facilitate nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.
NOW RECRUITING for CIT 2018
November 1-3, 2017
Welcome Class of 2018!
March 4-6, 2018
March 28, 2018
April 29-May 1, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
July 18-20, 2018
November 7-9, 2018
September 22-25, 2019
LEADERSHIP CALIFORNIA is a network of diverse, accomplished women leaders who are engaged in shaping the future of California. We accept applications on a rolling basis for the yearlong California Issues & Trends program: APPLY NOW on our home page.
Visit us at leadershipcalifornia.org or call 626-793-7834