2017 Event Schedule

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    8:30 -9:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
    Location: Rose Hills Patio
    9:15-10:15 a.m. Opening Session
    Location: Rose Hills Auditorium

    Opening Remarks
    The University welcomes you!
    Jackie Filla, Associate Professor, History & Political Science Dept.

    In Conversation: What It Takes for Women to Get Elected and Govern
    Moderator: Jackie Filla, Associate Professor, History & Political Science Dept.
    Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County, District 5
    Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County, District 3

    Opening Keynote: Making a Career in Politics
    U.S. Congresswoman Yvonne B. Burke (Ret.)
    10:15 a.m. Break (15 min)
    10:30-11:30 a.m. A Beginner’s Guide to Political Fundraising
    Fundraising is an essential part of running a successful campaign. This session is designed to teach you the ins and outs of courting donors and raising money. We will discuss fundraising laws, how to ask for money, digital grassroots fundraising and the resources available through political action committees (PAC’s). We will also explore why the support of PAC’s matter to your campaign, and conduct practice interviews.


    Political Fundraising: Tips for First Time Candidates
    Location: Rose Hills Auditorium

    How to get started with your fundraising campaign
    Carina Franck-Pantone, Finance Director, Office of Sen. Connie Leyva and president, The Franck Firm

    Panel: PAC’s: The Endorsement Process and Why They Matter

    Location: Donohue Center

    What are PACs and why does their support matter to your campaign, and practice interviews
    Moderator: Jackie Filla, Associate Professor, History & Political Science Dept.
    Julissa Gomez, Vice Chair, Latinas Lead CA
    Celestine Palmer, Los Angeles African American Women’s Political Action Committee
    Grace Yoo
    , Attorney and Community Advocate
    11:30 a.m. Break (10 min)
    11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m. In Conversation: Women Who Win: Female Representatives in Legislature
    Location: Rose Hills Auditorium

    These women elected to serve in the California State Legislature will share their stories of running for office, what it takes and why it matters to have women in Sacramento and beyond. “If you don’t have a seat at the table, there’s a good chance you’re on the menu.” The ladies in these seats will help you get to the table.

    Moderator: Felicia Williams, Commissioner, Pasadena Convention Center Board
    Lynn Daucher, Former California State Assembly, 72nd District
    Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, California State Assembly, 47th District
     12:10-12:45 p.m. Catered Break
    Location: Rose Hills Patio
    Grab your lunch and proceed to breakout session
    12:45-1:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions
    These sessions are designed to be more intimate conversations and workshops to connect participants with women who have been successful in many of the areas research shows women struggle with in their decision to run for office. The goal is to gain some skills, be inspired and ask questions!


    How to Use Social Media to Develop Your Online Brand and Start a Political Movement
    Location: Rose Hills Auditorium

    Elizabeth Matthews, Former Chair of PR, Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    From Grassroots to City Hall: How to Build Political Power
    Location: Donohue Center

    Ana Guerrero, Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
    1:20 p.m. Proceed to Next Session (5 min)
    1:25-2 p.m. Breakout Sessions


    Creating Impactful Messaging and Tricks to Political Communication
    Location: Rose Hills Auditorium

    Naomi Seligman, Director of Communications, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

    Choosing Issues that Matter to You
    Location: Donohue Center

    Abbe Land, Former Mayor and Councilmember, City of West Hollywood
    2 p.m. Proceed to Next Session (5 min)
    2:05-2:40 p.m. Breakout Sessions


    Combining Politics with Motherhood
    Councilmember Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Council (CD6)
    Location: Rose Hills Auditorium

    Politics 101: How to Get Involved as a Young Woman
    Councilmember Lindsey Horvath, West Hollywood City Council
    Location: Bldg. 4 / Classroom 118

    Women Get it Done: Working for Elected Officials
    Emily Williams, Assistant Senior Deputy for Human Services, Child Welfare, and Education, Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
    Felicia Williams, Commissioner, Pasadena Convention Center Board
    Location: Donohue Center
    2:40 p.m. Break (15 min)
    2:55-3:45 p.m. Political Appointments Process
    Location: Rose Hills Auditorium

    Many of us want to serve the public, but aren’t interested in becoming an elected official. Others are looking for ways to build political networks. Appointments offer an opportunity to do both, and there are hundreds of appointed positions out there. Our speakers will share how to navigate the appointment process in the city of Los Angeles and the state of California.

    Panel: Insights from Political Appointees on How to Get Appointed
    Women discuss the process and their work as appointed officials

    Moderator: Rebecca Ninburg, City of Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners
    Araceli Campos, Los Angeles City Ethics Commission
    Karriann Farrell Hinds, Los Angeles County Commission for Women
    Amy Thomas Howorth, Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families and Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro Tem

    The Governor’s Process for State Wide Appointments
    How to get a statewide appointment in California

    Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary, Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
    3:45 p.m. Break (10 min)
    3:55-4:45 p.m. Closing Session
    Location: Rose Hills Auditorium

    Closing Remarks:
    President Ann McElaney-Johnson, PhD, Mount Saint Mary’s University

    Closing Keynote: The Exciting Opportunities in a Government, Of, By, and For the People
    U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, (Ret.)
    4:45-5:30 p.m. President’s Networking Reception and Book Signing
    Location: Doheny Mansion

    Network with women who are all about promoting women in politics. Meet some of the event’s speakers, women’s groups and movers and shakers in local politics. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.