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Leadership California During the Pandemic

Friday, May 8, 2020   (0 Comments)

During unprecedented times like what we are facing today, strong leadership is more important than ever.  Women leaders aremaking a difference right now all over the world on the front lines of healthcare, food and medical supply, government and other public service. 

We at Leadership California applaud everyone leading us through this pandemic and are proud of the example that the women of the world and our home state have set during this very trying time. 

  • Every doctor, nurse, store worker, delivery driver and all essential workers who are putting themselves at risk to ensure we are all able to continue with our lives in a safe manner.
  • San Francisco mayor London Breed was the first to issue a shelter in place order before the virus decimated the community.
  • Santa Clara County Medical Officer, Dr. Sara Cody, has continued to investigate the outbreak to provide additional intelligence to those tracking the spread of the virus to ensure an accurate understanding of its trajectory.
  • Speaker of the House and CA State Representative, Nancy Pelosi, has been leading the effort to ensure that small businesses and individuals throughout the state and country have the resources they need to survive this period.
  • CA State Senator Kamala Harris who is fighting to ensure citizens have access to the healthcare resources and food they need -- especially if they are in an at risk category.
  • There are many women leaders, in California and around the country and world, of all political affiliations, who have provided strong leadership during this difficult time. Unfortunately we are unable to list them all here. Please note below our request for stories to share so that we can highlight more great leadership examples.

As you know, Leadership California is focused on motivating and inspiring women to have the knowledge, confidence and connections necessary to act in ways that improve California’s future. With the shelter-in-place order, we are working to creatively shift our programming so that we can continue to safely engage and empower women throughout the state to make a difference. When major events create unexpected challenges for leaders, we pivot and deliver in an innovative way.  Therefore, the CIT II session will be presented virtually throughout the months of June and July to ensure we continue to deliver on our mission and advance our participants' knowledge, connections, and influence across the state of California. As things continue to change daily around COVID-19, we are monitoring the impact to our events in July and October and will be providing more frequent communications around those events and the virtual CIT program.

  • Also, each of us has an expertise that the Leadership California network can benefit from.  We would like to give you a platform to share your expertise at one of our virtual events. Please let us know if there is a topic you would be open to sharing with the broader Leadership California network. This will help us continue to provide valuable programming for our network and help us evolve the Leadership California offering.
  • Finally, we also would like to invite you to share any stories of extraordinary leadership during this period that you think should be celebrated. We are planning to amplify these stories with our network and on our social media channels and would love to feature stories about how you and your organization are demonstrating leadership during this challenging time.

We would also like to thank our sponsors and the individuals who have continued to support us and participate in our California Issues and Trends Program.  While each of us may be touched by the pandemic in very different ways, many in the non-profit community are working to pivot and maintain the value they add to their networks as well as the funding required to keep them going. As we shift our approach, there are plenty of opportunities for both organizations and individuals to foster the next generation of California’s leaders.

Strong leadership has never been more critical as the state, the country and the world face unprecedented challenges. Leaders are required in government, healthcare and across every industry in the public and private sectors. As a community, we must continue to invest in training leaders with the skills they need to meet the challenges of today and those we can’t even imagine tomorrow.

Our hearts go out to those who are currently struggling with the varied impacts of the pandemic and those who have lost loved ones as a result. This is a difficult period, but we have faith in the leadership across the state to ensure that we emerge from this in a position of strength.

Thank you again for your continued support.


Best wishes,

Carol Hunter
President of Leadership California