Mentoring Future Leaders

At She Shares we believe strongly in nurturing the next generation of women leaders. That’s why She Shares is also a mentoring and networking opportunity for young women.  She Shares works closely with our nonprofit partner, the California Center for Civic Participation, on the mentorship program. The California Center has helped thousands of young people become active players in the public policies affecting their communities, cities, and states. She Shares highly values our mentorship program as a way to cultivate successful and meaningful professional experiences for the next generation.


This year long mentorship program pairs young women with professional Sacramento women at the top of their careers. The pairs meet at each She Shares event during the year where they will also have an opportunity to talk with the featured speaker. Mentees will also be engaged between events at workshops hosted by sponsors and community leaders on topics relevant to professional development. These will be open to additional young women, allowing the program to reach beyond just those participating as mentees.


She Shares: Mentoring Future Leaders Program is a part of She Shares: Conversations with Women Leaders, a conversation series produced for California women, by California women. She Shares features trailblazing leaders who have created a lasting impact for women in California and beyond.

Applications are open for the 2019 She Shares Mentoring Future Leaders Program! We urge those that are interested to apply and share with others. Please return your completed application to Tamara Torlakson at 


2019 She Shares MENTEE Application.docx
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2019 She Shares MENTOR Application.doc
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"I was fortunate to have had and still have a mentor, let alone a female mentor, throughout my career, so the least I can do is be the same for someone else.    It is difficult to balance your career and family so being able to walk through and share your experiences with the hope it helps someone else is very rewarding." 

- Emily Pappas, 2015 She Shares Mentor


"As a young professional, I thoroughly benefited personally and professionally from She Shares facilitating an engaging conversation with President Janet Napolitano. Meeting leaders in the Sacramento area and the She Shares network was a priceless experience for me to expand my web of connections in my young legal career. I particularly enjoyed the She Share’s Mentorship Program's private audience where the President spoke on her work to increase diversity in the UC system while keeping tuition dormant as both are passions of mine." 

- Olivia Filbrandt, 2015 She Shares Mentee


"Phil Collins said: 'In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.
Being a SheShares mentor, I’ve taught and shared a little and learned a lot.'"

-Gayle Miller, 2015 She Shares Mentor


"I think She Shares is a great program because young women get to learn from experienced professional women leaders who were once in their shoes at some point when they were first starting their career. My mentor has become an incredible role model to me and has given me valuable lessons that I will forever take and utilize as a I continue to pave a career path for myself. She Shares is one of a kind because they give young women a platform to rise as upcoming leaders for the community."

- Nathalie Nguyen, 2015 She Shares Mentee


“I've really enjoyed getting to know [my mentee] and becoming involved in her career development. She has a lot to offer the community and professionally is already achieving at a very high level for someone her age. It's also been rewarding to get to know some of the other mentees and I've had the opportunity to meet with many of them one on one as well as discuss career and other objectives with them. Spending time with the other mentors, especially socially, has been an added benefit. I find the sense of community in SheShares so rewarding and feel very fortunate to be a part of it. This program has really helped keep purpose foremost in my professional life and that is a reward beyond measure.

- Kelly Boyd, 2015 She Shares Mentor

2018 Mentorship Class



Amii Barnard-Bahn, Principal, Barnard-Bahn Consulting; paired with Xochitl Hermosillo, Musician and Activist


Dr. Angela Leslie, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Studies in Education, California State University, Sacramento; paired with Alma Barreras, Legislative Aide, Office of Assemblymember, Rob Bonta


DaVina Flemings, Manager, State Government Relations, PG&E; paired with Mariela Ruacho, Education & Communications Program Manager, California ReLeaf


Deanna Johnston, Vice President, Regional Government Affairs, Magellan Health; paired with Katie Van Deynze, Legislative Aide, Office of Assemblymember Kansen Chu


Joelle Terry, Senior Vice President, Communications, Sacramento Kings; paired with Ashley Crutison, Communications, Event & Public Affairs Intern, Kaiser Permanente


Karen Zamarripa, Former Assistant Vice Chancellor, California State University; paired with Erica Costa, Chief of Staff, Office of Assemblymember Jose Medina


Kelly Boyd, Partner, BBC Public Affairs; paired with Jacquelyn Foust, Event Manager & Pride Director, Sacramento LGBT Community Center


Kristy Wiese, Partner, Capitol Advocacy; paired with Norma Mendoza, Student, Sacramento State Master’s in Public Policy and Administration


LaKenya Jordan, Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; paired with Lilia Stone, Associate of State Government Affairs, California Life Sciences Association


Linda White, Government Affairs Manager, BMW North America; paired with Christine Smith, Public Policy Coordinator, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence


Lisa Page, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations, Sutter Health; paired with Michelle Mott, Public Relations Intern, California Medican Association and Health Communications Research Institute, Inc


Lori Raderschadt, Senior Vice President, Organization & Administrative Services, Buzz Oats; paired with Lea Park-Kim, Communications Director, Office of Senator Joel Anderson


Maggie Stern, Attorney, Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedmann, & Girard; paired with Domonique Jones, Legislative Aide, Office of Senator Robert M. Hertzberg


Margaret Gladstein, Partner, Capitol Advocacy; paired with Allison Lim, Legislative Aide, Office of Assemblymember Phil Ting


Marlene Garcia, Strategic Initiatives Group, K-20 Education Apple Education; paired with Marina Espinoza, Legislative Aide, Office of Assemblymember Kevin Mullin


Dr. Rachel Dong, Physician, Assistant Chief Dept of OB/GYN South Sacramento, The Permanente Medical Group; paired with Keishy Pitts, Plan Configuration and Quality Control Analyst


Roxanne Gould, Founder, Roxanne Gould Government Relations; paired with Mary McCune, Regulatory Analyst & Advocate, California Dental Association


Sandra Perez, Director, California Program on Access to Care; paired with Sydney Asmus, UC Davis Graduate


Shauna Franklin, Deputy District Attorney, Sacramento District Attorney’s Office, Community Prosecution Unit; paired with Krista Lister, JD Candidate, Lincoln Law School Sacramento

Get Involved

Mentoring Future Leaders

Run in partnership with the California Center for Civic Participation, She Shares offers a mentorship and networking opportuntiy for young women.


For more information, contact She Shares.


She Shares offers event sponsorship at many levels for organizations and businesses interested in supporting the next generation of women leaders. Because the California Center for Civic Participation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributions to She Shares are tax-deductible.


For more information, please contact Tamara Torlakson.


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