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The Resilient Leader: Sept. 16, 2017

Mount Saint Mary’s University’s sixth annual women’s leadership conference convenes women from all fields to share their insights on effective, resilient leadership.

Aug. 24, 2017 / Los Angeles — One of the most dynamic women’s leadership conferences in Southern California will put the focus on resiliency this time around. On Sept. 16, 2017, Mount Saint Mary’s University — the women’s university of Los Angeles — will host “The Resilient Leader: Propelling Our Ability to Succeed.”

The daylong conference will be hosted at Mount Saint Mary’s Chalon Campus, in Brentwood. Registration and complete event details are available at

Why resiliency? Because whatever your “stage” — be it the classroom, a boardroom, a nonprofit or an elected office, resiliency is an essential skill for leadership. By learning resilience, emerging leaders find it easier to stay grounded, bounce back from difficult situations and harness the successes that propel careers forward.

Hundreds of professional women are expected to attend this annual, interactive conference, presented by the University’s Center for the Advancement of Women. Dozens of women leaders, representing a diverse spectrum of fields and industries, will share their insights on what makes an effective, resilient leader. In addition to inspiring talks and hands-on workshops, the event will include plenty of networking opportunities and access to speakers.

The roster of speakers at this year’s women’s leadership conference includes:

Danielle Harlan, PhD, opening keynote: founder and CEO, The Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential; author of The New Alpha: Join the Rising Movement of Influencers and Changemakers Who are Redefining Leadership.

Mallika Chopra, closing keynote: founder of, media entrepreneur, public speaker author of “Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy.”

  • Bryant Adibe, MD, chief wellness officer at Mount Saint Mary’s University;
  • Abby Allen, founder, Neon Butterfly;
  • Emerald Archer, PhD, director, Center for the Advancement of Women, Mount Saint Mary’s University;
  • Joanna Bloor, founder, Amplify Lab;
  • Jacqui Burge, founder, Desk Yogi;
  • Maggie Chieffo, general manager, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls;
  • Karen Chong, director of audience & influencer engagement, AARP;
  • Lucia Cottone, founder, Knack Talent;
  • Alison Crossley, associate director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University;
  • Asha Dahya, content creator,, journalist and writer;
  • Joy Donnell, CEO, Parajin Media Corp and editor-in-chief, Vanichi Magazine;
  • Angel Faith, PsyD, clinical psychologist;
  • Ana Flores, founder and CEO, #WeAllGrow Latina Network and;
  • Archelle Georgiou, MD, physician, advisor, author and founder, Georgiou Consulting;
  • Jaime Hansen, author on women and business;
  • Lindy Huang Werges, founder, Integritas Resources, Inc.;
  • Aída Hurtado, professor, Chicana and Chicano Studies and Luis Leal Endowed Chair, University of California Santa Barbara;
  • Henna Inam, CEO, Transformational Leadership, Inc.;
  • Beverly Jackson, vice president, social portfolio strategy, MGM Resorts International;
  • LeeAundra Keany, co-founder, Keany Communications;
  • Katie Kelley, author and global executive development director, Fuerst Group;
  • Betty LaMarr, author and founder/CEO, EmpowHer Institute;
  • Paulette Lambert, RD, director of nutrition, California Health and Longevity Institute;
  • Ann Le, producer, Dear White People, winner, 2014 Sundance Festival Jury Prize;
  • Suzanne Lerner, co-founder and president, Michael Stars;
  • Uvinie Lubecki, Harvard School of Public Health; director, programs and partnerships, Dalai Lama Fellows;
  • Cristina Mancini, executive vice president, technology & creative strategy, 20th Century Fox;
  • Lori N. Mackenzie, executive director, Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University;
  • Diane Manuel, CRPC, financial advisor, Urban Wealth Management;
  • Ann McElaney-Johnson, PhD, president of Mount Saint Mary’s University;
  • Margie Moreno, manager, YouTube Red Originals international;
  • Valerie Mosley, chairwoman and CEO, Valmo Ventures;
  • Cora Neumann, PhD, founder, First Ladies Alliance and RESET;
  • Kiesha Nix, executive director, Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation;
  • Diane M. Reichenberger, founder, Women’s Accelerator; vice president, consumer products global strategy, Mattel;
  • Luz Rivas, commissioner, Board of Public Works, City of Los Angeles;
  • Mona Saint, MD, Chopra Center/UCSD School of Medicine board-certified gynecologist, integrative medicine physician;
  • Susan Salem, PhD, director of counseling and psychological services at Mount Saint Mary’s University;
  • Megan Sette; managing director, M Collaborative; co-founder, The Heart Series Conference.

Register for the conference, view full speaker bios, schedule and session options, and a social media action kit at

About the Women’s Leadership Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University 
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. The 2017 conference will focus on The Resilient Leader. We’ve identified three aspects of resiliency: The Resilient You, The Resilient Professional and The Resilient Community to help women build the personal/professional foundations they need for a lifetime of effective leadership and positive social change in the communities where we work and live. Learn more at

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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