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Who We Are
Who We Are

Our Vision

"Moving Women from Success to Significance"

Our Mission

The mission of Leadership California is to increase the representation and influence of diverse women leaders across the state and inspire them to act on their knowledge of issues and cutting-edge trends facing California, the nation and the world.

History

The founding of Leadership California actually started in Texas, in 1983, with a group of women leaders gathered around a kitchen table in Austin.

The women around that kitchen table were:

  • Ann Richards, the 45th Governor of Texas;
  • Sarah Weddington, who successfully argued the landmark Roe v. Wade case as a young attorney before the U.S. Supreme Court;
  • Liz Carpenter, an aide to Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson and Founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus
  • Cathy Bonner, founder of the first and only women's museum, The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future;
  • Barbara Jordan, the first African American representative to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas; and others.

They then thought about how they could change that and created Leadership Texas. A program that would bring women leaders together from across the state to learn the issues and trends and meet the movers and shakers and knowledge holders making things happen.

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Executive Board

Jennifer Persike
Executive Director

Jennifer Persike
Leadership California
Marguerite (Margie) Wheeler
President

Marguerite (Margie) Wheeler
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Nancy	DiLella
Vice President

Genentech
Catherine Brown
Vice President

Vetted Solutions
Carol	Hunter
Treasurer

Symantec Corporation
Sue Parker
Secretary

California State Assembly Office of the Chief Clerk

Directors

Ann Ayres


Director
SoCalGas
David Boyd


Director
Kaiser Permanente
Donna Duhe


Director
American Red Cross
Kathleen Grave


Director
El Group
Michelle Hahn


Director
Amazon Business
Christi Haley-Stover


Director
Platinum Resource Group, Inc
Mary Ellen Kassotakis


Director
Oracle
Vicky Kidman


Director
State Farm
Mary King


Director
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Lori Krepismann


Director
Chevron Corporation
Kimberly (Kim) Shiner


Director
California State University, San Bernardino
Linda	White


Director
BMW of North America
Celina Zacarias


Director
California State University, Channel Islands

Staff

Melissa Dixon
Administrative Director
Elizabeth Cardwell
Meeting Planner
Kristy Schrimsher
Meeting/Board Secretary
Vanessa Henderson
CIT Coordinator
Justin Lewis
Director of Technology
Amanda Smith
IT Coordinator

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General Giving Contribution

We appreciate having you as a member of our community, and we thank you for your support! Leadership California is a 501(c)(3) organization and your contributions are 100% tax deductible.

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Pamela Hemann Scholarship Fund

In honor of long-time executive director Pamela Hemann, Leadership California has established the Pamela Hemann Scholarship Fund to assist candidates for the CIT Program with tuition.

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