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On September 19, more than a dozen women leaders from a variety of fields will share insights and lessons learned at the 2015 Women’s Leadership Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.

'Make a Difference, Be a Leader' Women's Leadership Conference Sept. 19

Los Angeles, Sept. 3, 2015 — Rocket scientists and nonprofit heroes. Acclaimed chefs, media personalities and MacArthur geniuses. Government officials and business executives.     

On September 19, women leaders from these fields and more will share insights and lessons learned at the 2015 Women’s Leadership Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.    

This year’s opening speaker is Lateefah Simon, a program director for the Rosenberg Foundation. Simon’s inspiring story includes how she went from high school dropout at age 16 to become executive director of San Francisco’s Center for Young Women’s Development by age 19. Today, she is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and was named to the first-ever “Power List” published in O, the Oprah Magazine.    

Other speakers include Kajsa Alger, chef and co-owner of Mud Hen Tavern; Marie Da Silva, founder of Jacaranda Foundation and a CNN Hero; Olympia LePoint, rocket scientist and author; Gina Montoya, vice president of community education at MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Bri Winkler, meteorologist and reporter for ABC7; and closing speaker Marcie Edwards, GM of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. 

A wealth of sessions will be available throughout the daylong conference, including tracks for self-leadership, team leadership and community leadership. Participants will be able to network with other women leaders, and to participate in interactive workshops designed to educate, motivate and empower.     

Women’s Leadership Conference
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Mount Saint Mary’s University Chalon Campus
12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles 90049
Cost: $50 general public / $15 students  

About Women’s Leadership at Mount Saint Mary’s

This fourth annual Women’s Leadership Conference is presented by Mount Saint Mary’s, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2015-2016. This is also the 40th anniversary of the University’s Women’s Leadership program, one of the nation’s first college leadership programs specifically for women.

Since 2012, Mount Saint Mary’s has also published an annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California, one of the most comprehensive compilations of current research focusing on issues and trends affecting women and girls statewide. The University assists cities and counties throughout the state in creating reports on the status of women and girls in their own communities.      

About Mount Saint Mary’s University

Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary’s provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world.

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