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Dr. Kathy Magliato, Bonnie St. John headline Sept. 7 "The Power in You" Women's Leadership Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University

Contact:Phillip Jordan

Aug. 15, 2013 — Trailblazers in the fields of medicine and sports, Dr. Kathy Magliato and Bonnie St. John will deliver bookend talks at the September 7 Women's Leadership Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.

Mount St. Mary's Women's Leadership Conference takes place at a pivotal time, with women holding fewer political and business positions of leadership in Los Angeles. Mount St. Mary's latest Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California reveals L.A. trends extend statewide. Statewide, just 9 percent of California's mayors are female. Only 3 percent of the state's CEOs are women, and California females comprise just 11 percent of corporate boards.

Dr. Magliato, one of the few female cardiothoracic heart surgeons in the United States, is the director of women's cardiac services at Saint John's Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif. St. John, the first African American to win Olympic medals in ski racing during the 1984 Paralympics, went on to become a White House economic adviser, media personality, business owner and a prolific author.

Some of the conference's other speakers include Araceli Campos, president of the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women; Kimberly Freeman, director of community relations for the Southern California Gas Company; Rachel Hollis, founder of the popular lifestyle blog and the L.A.-based event-planning firm Chic Events; Gwen Miller, executive vice president and manager of City National Bank's private client services; and Helen Iris Torres, executive director of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality.

With a theme of "The Power in You," Mount St. Mary's Women's Leadership Conference aims to change those types of statistics. Speakers will explore topics such as: how to turn passion into profit, strategies for work-life balance and leadership lessons learned by some of L.A.'s leading women. Participants will have the chance to connect with successful women leaders from a wide range of professions.

This event is open to the public. To register for the conference, or to learn more about speakers and sessions, visit

What: Women's Leadership Conference
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 / 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Mount Saint Mary’s University, Chalon Campus / 12001 Chalon Road, L.A., CA 90049
Fee: $50 (includes sessions, networking breakfast, lunch and parking)
Registration/ Information:


About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles offers a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences. Primarily a women's college, Mount St. Mary's has a diverse student body, with 50 percent of our students the first in their families to attend college. We are dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. For more information, visit

To read Mount St. Mary's latest Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California, visit: This year's Report compiles data on a dozen key issues vital to the well being of California's 18.9 million women and girls. A new Report will be published in spring 2014.

Contact: Phillip Jordan / 213.477.2506 /

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