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Emerging women leaders participate in one of the many workshops during the 2016 Women's Leadership Conference at Mount Saint Mary's University.

The 2016 Women's Leadership Conference: Amplifying the power of women leaders

Contact:Phillip Jordan
Email: pjordan@msmu.edu

 

The power of positive leadership is on display daily at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles’ only women’s university. That display was amplified on Sept. 17 thanks to the collective voices of more than 400 emerging and established women leaders taking part in Mount Saint Mary’s 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference. 

Speakers from across the professional spectrum — entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, wellness experts, academics, and representatives from media, entertainment and politics — helped participants enhance their existing leadership skills and gain a better understanding both of themselves and of their role as leaders.

“At Mount Saint Mary’s, we believe leadership can be developed,” says Rosalyn Kempf, EdD, director of Women’s Leadership and Student Involvement at the University. “It’s what we impart to our students every day, and this conference enables attendees to learn practical leadership skills, too.”

The conference began with an opening keynote by Liza Mundy, a longtime and award-winning writer for The Washington Post, a senior fellow at New America and a contributor to The Atlantic and Politico. She focused her talk on what successful organizations do to empower women in the workplace.

“When women are able to lead and achieve, everybody wins,” Mundy said. “When you have policies that make everybody feel like they’ve won, when women and minorities are not excluded, when you have a family leave policy that’s available to all and diversity policies that reward everyone, those are the visionary policies we need to make everybody understand that we’re in this together. This is about everybody benefiting.”

Throughout the day, a variety of seminars, interactive workshops and expert panels were offered to educate, motivate and empower. Topics included everything from negotiation strategies and strengths-based leadership to stress management habits and insights on the language of leaders. The conference also included a post-event networking reception.

In the day’s bookending closing session, Janice Kaplan — the former editor-in-chief of Parade Magazine and bestselling author of books such as The Gratitude Diaries — talked about the personal and professional power of gratitude. “When you’re positive to other people, they respond in kind. When you express gratitude, it comes back,” she said. “Gratitude and ambition play very nicely together. You can be appreciative of what you have right now and still want to achieve more.”

Visit msmu.edu/WLC for more info on the Mount’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference. Additional conference speakers are noted below.

Bryant Adibe, MD, chief wellness officer and chair, Wellness Task Force, at Mount Saint Mary’s University
Svetlana Raichel-Stivi, MD, associate clinical professor at UCI School of Medicine and medical director at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine
Patti Quintero, founder of Uma Mother, doula, prenatal expert and yoga teacher at YogaWorks
Kelly Primus, senior vice president at Leading Women
Kelly Kester-Smith ‘88, founder and president of Yes! Ventures
Betty LaMarr, founder and CEO of the EmpowHer Institute
Diana Means, president of the Alliance of Women Filmmakers and programming director of the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
Keren Taylor, founder and executive director of WriteGirl
Theresa Tavarez, founder and CEO of Tavarez & Associates
Chako Fairbanks, co-founder, FarmBox LA
Joe McCloskey, co-founder, Helping Women Help Themselves
Alison Crossley, PhD, associate director of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Erika Gallegos Contreras, program analyst at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Megan Rene Sellers '12, senior creative strategist at Yahoo!
Natasha Case, co-founder, COOLHAUS
Freya Estreller, co-founder, COOLHAUS 
Alissa Finerman, executive coach and Gallup-certified StrengthsFinder coach
David Jordan, manager at TekSystems
Allison Myers, southern region director at StoryCenter
Shaunelle Curry, founder and president of Media Done Responsibly
Anne Moses, PhD, founder and president of IGNITE
Jacqueline Larios ’12, L.A. Department of Mental Health
Stephanie Mkhlian ’14, L.A. Promise Zone
Anestassia Yu ’14, Warner Music Group 

About the Women’s Leadership Conference
Mount Saint Mary’s Women's Leadership Conference is a forum for women of all ages to enhance and expand their existing leadership skills. Attendees learn practical skills; gain access to successful leaders who share expertise and insights; and participate in sessions designed to educate, motivate and empower women to transform their lives, teams, organizations and communities. msmu.edu/WLC  

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 women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world. msmu.edu

The power of positive leadership is on display daily at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles’ only women’s university. That display was amplified on Sept. 17 thanks to the collective voices of more than 400 emerging and established women leaders taking part in Mount Saint Mary’s 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference. 

Speakers from across the professional spectrum — entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, wellness experts, academics, and representatives from media, entertainment and politics — helped participants enhance their existing leadership skills and gain a better understanding both of themselves and of their role as leaders.

“At Mount Saint Mary’s, we believe leadership can be developed,” says Rosalyn Kempf, EdD, director of Women’s Leadership and Student Involvement at the University. “It’s what we impart to our students every day, and this conference enables attendees to learn practical leadership skills, too.”

The conference began with an opening keynote by Liza Mundy, a longtime and award-winning writer for The Washington Post, a senior fellow at New America and a contributor to The Atlantic and Politico. She focused her talk on what successful organizations do to empower women in the workplace.

“When women are able to lead and achieve, everybody wins,” Mundy said. “When you have policies that make everybody feel like they’ve won, when women and minorities are not excluded, when you have a family leave policy that’s available to all and diversity policies that reward everyone, those are the visionary policies we need to make everybody understand that we’re in this together. This is about everybody benefiting.”

Throughout the day, a variety of seminars, interactive workshops and expert panels were offered to educate, motivate and empower. Topics included everything from negotiation strategies and strengths-based leadership to stress management habits and insights on the language of leaders. The conference also included a post-event networking reception.

In the day’s bookending closing session, Janice Kaplan — the former editor-in-chief of Parade Magazine and bestselling author of books such as The Gratitude Diaries — talked about the personal and professional power of gratitude. “When you’re positive to other people, they respond in kind. When you express gratitude, it comes back,” she said. “Gratitude and ambition play very nicely together. You can be appreciative of what you have right now and still want to achieve more.”

Visit msmu.edu/WLC for more info on the Mount’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference. Additional conference speakers are noted below.

Bryant Adibe, MD, chief wellness officer and chair, Wellness Task Force, at Mount Saint Mary’s University
Svetlana Raichel-Stivi, MD, associate clinical professor at UCI School of Medicine and medical director at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine
Patti Quintero, founder of Uma Mother, doula, prenatal expert and yoga teacher at YogaWorks
Kelly Primus, senior vice president at Leading Women
Kelly Kester-Smith ‘88, founder and president of Yes! Ventures
Betty LaMarr, founder and CEO of the EmpowHer Institute
Diana Means, president of the Alliance of Women Filmmakers and programming director of the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
Keren Taylor, founder and executive director of WriteGirl
Theresa Tavarez, founder and CEO of Tavarez & Associates
Chako Fairbanks, co-founder, FarmBox LA
Joe McCloskey, co-founder, Helping Women Help Themselves
Alison Crossley, PhD, associate director of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Erika Gallegos Contreras, program analyst at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Megan Rene Sellers '12, senior creative strategist at Yahoo!
Natasha Case, co-founder, COOLHAUS
Freya Estreller, co-founder, COOLHAUS 
Alissa Finerman, executive coach and Gallup-certified StrengthsFinder coach
David Jordan, manager at TekSystems
Allison Myers, southern region director at StoryCenter
Shaunelle Curry, founder and president of Media Done Responsibly
Anne Moses, PhD, founder and president of IGNITE
Jacqueline Larios ’12, L.A. Department of Mental Health
Stephanie Mkhlian ’14, L.A. Promise Zone
Anestassia Yu ’14, Warner Music Group 

About the Women’s Leadership Conference
Mount Saint Mary’s Women's Leadership Conference is a forum for women of all ages to enhance and expand their existing leadership skills. Attendees learn practical skills; gain access to successful leaders who share expertise and insights; and participate in sessions designed to educate, motivate and empower women to transform their lives, teams, organizations and communities. msmu.edu/WLC  

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 women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world. msmu.edu

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