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2019 Legacy of Leadership
The Legacy of Leadership Awards celebrate women, companies, and, new in 2019, one man, who lead the way through civic, business and service achievement, while advancing and supporting women leaders.
Gloria D. Gray
Chairwoman, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Director, West Basin Municipal Water District
Gloria D. Gray is the first African-American to serve as chairwoman of the Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors and only the second woman to do so in the district’s 90-year history. Gray began her career in water in 2006, when she was elected to the West Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors. She was the first African-American woman elected to that board in its 65 years and served as board president in 2010. Gray was the first African-American woman to serve as vice chair of the Metropolitan Board. In April 2010, Gray was appointed to the Delta Stewardship Council by former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and was the first woman and the first African-American to serve on the Council. Gray also has played key roles through appointments to numerous councils and committees managing critical water issues and has served on the boards of numerous community, business, educational and statewide policy organizations. She dedicated her 36-year career to the Los Angeles County Department of Health and Human Services and other public service arenas.
Dr. Timothy P. White
Chancellor, The California State University
Dr. White is a champion of inclusive excellence and student success, and a proponent of bringing individualized education to scale. As Chancellor of the California State University, Dr. Timothy P. White leads one of the largest and most diverse systems of higher education in the United States, with 23 campuses and a global community of 479,000 students, 50,000 faculty and staff and more than 3.3 million alumni. Additionally, under Dr. White’s leadership, the CSU stands as a national leader in environmental sustainability and diversity of leadership. During his tenure, the composition of CSU’s presidents has drastically changed—now, 12 of the 23 presidents are women, and several are minorities as well.
Dr. Lucy Jones
Founder, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society
Dr. Lucy Jones has been active in earthquake research for decades and is a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, a post she has held since 1984. She is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities. Her work aims to understand the greatest vulnerabilities and what cost-effective actions can be taken to reduce the risk. Dr. Jones also completed 33 years of federal service with the US Geological Survey in March 2016 where she developed the first American major earthquake drill, the Great Shake Out. She holds degrees from Brown University and MIT, and is the author of the book, The Big Ones.
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter
Dean of Students and Alumni Affairs Director, Center for Women in Leadership, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter helped launch the Center for Women in Leadership at Pepperdine University where she serves as Director. She is a recognized expert on the topic of women in leadership and her work focuses on empowering and advancing women in the workforce. Dr. Ledbetter has been featured in numerous news stories and is a frequent keynote speaker on advancing women in leadership. Dr. Ledbetter serves as Chair of the Master of Science in Leadership and Management degree program at the George L. Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University, where she is also an award-winning graduate-level teacher.
President/CEO, College Futures Foundation
Monica Lozano has a deep commitment to improving public education for all students, especially traditionally underserved student populations. She is president and CEO of the College Futures Foundation which works toward more graduates for a thriving California. She guides the Foundation’s strategic vision and oversees day-to-day activities, as well as serving as an external ambassador. Lozano recently served on Governor Newsom’s “All In California” advisory group. Previously, she was editor and publisher of La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country, and chairperson and CEO of the parent company, ImpreMedia.
Southwest Airlines is a long-term key supporter of Leadership California and its programs as the official airline for the organization, helping women attend programs across the state. In its 48th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 57,000 employees, 43% of whom are women, to a customer base topping 120 million passengers annually, in recent years. Inclusion has always been at the heart of Southwest, who knows to achieve its vision it must hire and develop a workforce as diverse as the customers they serve, all the while fostering an inclusive culture that inspires contributions from everyone. Southwest Airlines is proud to advance women leaders in business and communities across California by supporting Leadership California.