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Women’s Leadership Conference brings more than 20 leadership experts to speak at Mount Saint Mary’s University on Sept. 17

Contact:Phillip Jordan


LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1, 2016 — For more than 90 years, Mount Saint Mary’s University has taught young women how to become leaders. Six years ago, L.A.’s women’s university took its mission to the public, launching an annual Women’s Leadership Conference designed for women of all ages and career levels. 

This year’s Women’s Leadership Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s, scheduled for Sept. 17, examines the power of leadership across a wide range of professional fields. More than 20 speakers will share their experiences and expertise to help participants enhance their existing leadership skills and gain a better understanding of themselves and their role as leaders.   

WHAT: Women’s Leadership Conference
WHERE: Mount Saint Mary’s University, Chalon Campus
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
COST: $100 general public / $25 students

Talks, panels and workshops include sessions such as:


  • An opening keynote by Liza Mundy, award-winning author and Washington Post writer on “What successful organizations do to empower women in the workplace.”
  • A panel on “Successful nonprofit leaders: turning passion into reality” that features Betty LaMarr, founder and CEO of the EmpowHer Institute; Diana Means, president of the Alliance of Women Filmmakers and program director of the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival; Keren Taylor, founder and executive director of WriteGirl; and Kelly Kester-Smith’88, founder and president of Yes! Ventures.
  • A workshop on “A roadmap to creating a successful small business” with Chako Fairbanks, co-founder of FarmBoxLA; and Joe McClosky, co-founder of Helping Women Help Themselves. 
  • Discussions on “The language of leadership and empowerment for building social movements” with Alison Crossley, associate director, and Erika Gallegos Contreras, program analyst, both of Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research; and “The power of personal storytelling to create positive social change” with Allison Myers, southern region director at StoryCenter.
  • A panel on “Stress management for mind, body and spirit,” moderated by Mount Saint Mary’s Chief Wellness Officer Bryant Adibe, MD.
  • A closing keynote by best-selling author Janice Kaplan on “How looking on the bright side can transform your life.” 


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.

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.

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