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Legacy of Leadership Awards
The Legacy of Leadership Awards


Monday, September 28, 2020

Please join Leadership California in recognizing our honorees at the 2020 Legacy of Leadership Awards Reception. We are proud to honor these individuals and corporations who have made significant contributions and support the advancement of women. 

This reception and dinner continue to be an annual highlight and we can’t wait to “meet” virtually to recognize this year’s honorees that truly promote and exemplify the very qualities of leadership that Leadership California is committed to fostering in women from all sectors throughout the state.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

The format of the inaugural virtual Legacy of Leadership Awards event is in development and specific sponsorship benefits are being fine-tuned and will be announced shortly! No doubt, however, that a virtual event will offer unique ways to promote sponsor and attendee engagement such as virtual breakout/networking “rooms,” etc. We’re excited to explore further and would be thrilled to customize a package that is right for you! 

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Past Recipients

The Legacy of Leadership Awards were created to recognize leaders who have had a positive influence on California. Leadership California presents awards annually at an evening event that celebrates leadership, connections, and diversity.

Gloria D. Gray
Chairwoman, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Director, West Basin Municipal Water District
2019 Awardee

Honors a woman who, through influencing policy and programs, exemplifies extraordinary leadership in the public sector.

Past recipients include: Senator Jackie Speier, Julie Meier Wright, Delaine Eastin, Senator Liz Figueroa, Senator Dede Alpert, Senator Martha Escutia, Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill, Assemblywoman Gwen Moore, Rebecca Morgan, Senator and CEO of Joint Venture-Silicon Valley Network Rebecca Morgan; Assembly Member & Majority Leader Karen Bass; U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin; Congresswoman Judy Chu; Assembly Member Fiona Ma; Nancy O’Malley, District Attorney, Alameda County; Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard; U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis; Felicia Marcus, President, State Water Resources Control Board, University of California President Janet Napolitano; and Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland. 2019: Gloria D. Gray, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Dr. Timothy P. White
Chancellor, The California State University
2019 Awardee

Honors a man who champions women leaders and is dedicated to advancing women in leadership positions.

Established in 2018. 2019: Dr. Timothy P. White, Chancellor, The California State University

Dr. Lucy Jones
Founder, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society
2019 Awardee

Honors a woman who exemplifies excellence in the identification and solution of community problems.

Past recipients include: Marva Smith Battle-Bey, CEO, Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation; Janice Mirikitani, Executive Director of Programs, Glide Church; Doris Anderson, Executive Director, Elementary Institute of Sciences; Linda de Mello, former Executive Director, Alumni Resources; Shirley Gordon, Vice President, State Farm Insurance Company; Meredith Blake, Executive Director, Break the Cycle; Adrienne Pon, CEO, Zeum; Tonia Reyes Uranga, Member, Long Beach City Council; Jan Masaoka; Executive Director CompassPoint; Lisa Rawlins, Vice President, Warner Bros. Entertainment; Lynette Jung Lee, Executive Director, East Bay Asian Local Development Corp.; Elise Buik, CEO, United Way of Greater Los Angeles; Julie Castro Abrams, CEO, Women’s Initiative; Dr. Lula Ballton, CEO, West Angeles Community Development Corporation; Anni Chung, President & CEO, Self-Help for the Elderly; Priscilla Lizárraga, TELACU Foundation; Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Founder & CEO, Center for Youth Wellness, Faye Washington, CEO, YWCA Greater Los Angeles; and, Regina Jackson, President, East Oakland Youth Development Center; and Children’s Bureau with Chair of the Board Julie Stewart, President & CEO, Alex Morales, and Pamela Hemann, Leadership California. 2019: Dr. Lucy Jones, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society

Southwest Airlines
2019 Awardee

Presented to a company that has demonstrated support for the inclusion of women on its board, in its executive suite, has supported Leadership California, and shares our core values around diversity and inclusion. This award was initiated in 2008.

Past recipients include: PG&E Corporation, State Farm Insurance Companies, AAA of No. California, Nevada & Utah, and Edison International, Chevron Corporation, Sempra Energy, Wells Fargo, UPS, Symantec Corporation, and Genetech, Inc. 2019: Southwest Airlines

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter
Dean of Students and Alumni Affairs Director, Center for Women in Leadership, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School Program Chair, MS Management and Leadership
Monica Lozano
President/CEO, College Futures Foundation
2019 Awardees

Honors women whose lifetime career and leadership demonstrate a pioneer spirit, and exemplify a spirit of exploration, passion and groundbreaking achievement that leads the way for others.

Initiated in 2010, past recipients have been Claire Pomeroy, MD, Dean, UC Davis School of Medicine; Dezie Woods-Jones, State President, Black Women Organized for Political Action; Major General Mary Kight, California National Guard; First Lady Gayle Wilson; Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, President, Mills College; Penny Toler, EVP & General Manager, L.A. Sparks; Vandi Verma Tompkins, Ph.D., Robotics Specialist-Curiosity Driver, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Geisha Williams, EVP Electric Operations, PG&E Corporation, the Six Women Presidents of CSU Campuses; Lois De Domenico, Philanthropist; and Debbie Manning, Chief Senate Sergeant, California State Senate; and Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey; Janet Liang, President, Northern California Region of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc and Hospitals and Lateefah Simon, President, Akonadi Foundation and Member of the CSU Board of Trustees. 2019: Monica Lozano, President/CEO, College Futures Foundation and Dr. Bernice Ledbetter, Director, Center for Women in Leadership, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School Chair, Master of Science in Leadership and Management Degree Program, Pepperdine University