Missed one of our virtual events, or looking to re-watch? We invite you to explore our recorded virtual events from this year to learn more and hear from our esteemed guest speakers.
2021 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™
The 2021 event brought together thought leaders to discuss the systemic vulnerabilities that the pandemic has revealed and consider how we create a stronger California for women and girls now and post-pandemic. Explore the event page to learn more and to download the 2021 Report.
2020 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™
On August 25, 2020, The Center for the Advancement of Women hosted their annual event, Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California, online. Refer to the video playlist below to view this event.
2021 Women's Leadership Conference
September 30, 2021 – Sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s in partnership with the Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice.
Join Mount Saint Mary’s Center for the Advancement of Women, Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice and more than 400 professional women for our annual conference featuring inspiring keynotes, powerful workshops and engaging panels with industry leaders who have mastered what it means to be an inclusive leader.
Women's Leadership Conference 2021 (Full)
September 30, 2021
Women in the Workforce: Leading Inclusively. Driving Change.
Join Mount Saint Mary’s Center for the Advancement of Women, Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice and more than 400 professional women for our annual conference featuring inspiring keynotes, powerful workshops and engaging panels with industry leaders who have mastered what it means to be an inclusive leader. Get ready to explore what it means to create inclusive workplaces, learn how your experience can be leveraged to make positive change, and the tools that will help you become a more inclusive leader. As we imagine a more rewarding and productive future of work, prioritizing inclusivity and belonging in our workplaces and communities is more important than ever.
Keynote: Beyond Bias: Achieving Equity Through Structural Change
Every day, more people wake up to the growing need for real progress on social issues of gender, race, class, ability, and more. Yet, while avenues for taking action seem to be everywhere — taking an unconscious bias training, signing a petition, sharing a post — we more often than not still worry that our allyship and advocacy is superficial. Of course, driving real social change is easier said than done. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategist and author Lily Zheng will share with us new ways of understanding and contextualizing our aspirations as allies, and how each and every one of us can channel their inner DEI practitioner to make effective change.
In Conversation: A Focus on the “Future You”
Joanna Bloor and Connie Chan Wang
In the past year, we have experienced major shifts in the workplace which have led to the “Great Resignation” and the “She-session” with record numbers of women leaving their jobs or seeking new ones. Women everywhere are considering “what’s next for me?” We need women in leadership roles across all industries to build the inclusive workplace we envision. But, you also have to consider that every decision made about you and your opportunities are made in a room you’re not in. So how do you position yourself effectively and communicate your value and potential? How do you articulate the Future You to your organization or to a new role you are pursuing? Join us in conversation with Joanna Bloor and Connie Chan Wang to learn about how to focus on the Future You to achieve your personal and professional goals.
Workplace Inclusivity: Are We Gaining Ground or Just Talking About It?
Chinako Miyamoto Belanger, Betsabe Botaitis, Rekha Chiruvolu, Sharon Evans, and Maria Shelton
The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges and opportunities to building workplaces and spaces that are inclusive. We know that leaders are asking themselves how they can create organizations where individuals can bring their full, authentic selves to work. In this panel, industry leaders will share their innovative approaches to inclusivity issues and how we can facilitate the transformational cultural shifts that are required for all of us to thrive.
2020 Women's Leadership Conference
From the global pandemic to racial injustice, 2020 has challenged communities across the country. And yet, women continue to rise. They are meeting the moment by organizing, learning and collectively working together to secure a better tomorrow. A more equitable future is in our hands and it’s up to each one of us to #BeTheChange. This annual conference features conversations and workshops that will inspire you to take action.
Women's Leadership Conference 2020 (Full)
September 24, 2020
From the global pandemic to racial injustice, 2020 has challenged communities across the country. And yet, women continue to rise. They are meeting the moment by organizing, learning and collectively working together to secure a better tomorrow. A more equitable future is in our hands and it’s up to each one of us to #BeTheChange.
Join the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University for our annual conference featuring conversations and workshops that will inspire you to take action.
Panel 1: Women at the Forefront: Leadership Lessons from Women’s College Presidents
Zulema Garcia, Ann McElaney-Johnson, Suzanne Walsh and Meredith Woo
The events of 2020 – COVID-19, a crippled economy, and racial injustice – have compelled us to look for strong leaders. On the global stage, for example, we know that women-led nations have generally handled the pandemic more successfully than male-led nations. This may speak to inclusive political institutions and values. Women’s university and college presidents have fostered inclusive environments that allow young women to thrive and grow their leadership potential. Join four women’s university and college presidents from around the country to discuss women’s leadership, engagement, and how to prepare the next generation of leaders for new challenges.
Panel 2: What is Implicit Bias: A Road Map for Everybody
Emerald Archer and Lori Nishiura Mackenzie
While US opinion polls have shown a steady decline in racist views over several decades, recent events have shown us that systemic racism and overt acts of racism are still pervasive throughout our country. Explicit racism may be easier to identify, but implicit bias may be playing a larger role. Join us for a deep dive into implicit bias, how it shows up in our daily lives, and what we can do as individuals and communities to guard against it.
Panel 3: Equity and Agency: Today’s Movement Makers and Their Path Forward
Kimberly Nao, Melina Abdullah, Ngoc Nguyen and Rachel O'Leary Carmona
Women are at the forefront of demanding change in our current culture – from Black Lives Matter, to Times Up, #metoo and the Women’s March. Join social justice leaders from the front lines to discuss the successes and challenges they face, and how they stay on course to achieve their goals and mission.
Panel 4: A Conversation with Poet and Author Cleo Wade
Cleo Wade and JoAnna Novak
Join JoAnna Novak, Associate Professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary’s University in conversation with Cleo Wade. Cleo is a friend, community builder, and the author of the bestselling books, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life and Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change. She has been called the poet of her generation by Time Magazine and one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company.
Virtual Events Series
Explore Mount Saint Mary’s free Virtual Event Series happening throughout the year to learn, engage and stay connected with the Mount community!
Campaign Finale Virtual Celebration
Friday, June 12, 2021
An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary’s University was the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in the Mount’s history. The campaign expanded academic programs, funded vital scholarships, and allowed us to turn the vision of a Wellness Center into reality. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who supported this campaign.
Reflecting on a Past Pandemic: The Bubonic Plague in California, 1900-1904
April 29, 2021
Bob Perrins, PhD
Bob Perrins, PhD, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs presented a history of the 1900-1904 bubonic plague outbreak in California noting the many similarities that exist between this earlier public health crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Compassion in Times of Deep Healing
July 30, 2020 – Mindful Moments Series
How do we find peace and understanding amidst the pace and chaos of this time? How do we find a sense of healing and moments of true joy? Finding happiness in times of healing can only happen through compassion, for self and other. Watch as we explored solutions for individual and collective healing, focusing on compassion in your body, your family and your community. We addressed and refined our daily rituals and practiced meditation as true medicine.
Whole Grains for the Holidays
December 10, 2020 - Digital Dish Series
Alison Halpern, RD, CHES
The holidays are the time to share special food with loved ones. Join the Mount’s Wellness Manager and registered dietitian, Alison Halpern, RD, CHES, as she introduces you to some delicious whole grain holiday recipes.
Navigating the New Normal
November 19, 2020 – Mindful Moments Series
Our lives have shifted dramatically since the pandemic. Whether you are living solo and working remotely or have a full house and need to go into an office, let’s explore ways to create that elusive work life balance through movement practices, stress reducing techniques, self-care routines, and tips to stay connected with colleagues and our families.
President’s Scholarship Virtual Celebration
Friday, February 26, 2021
Every year, we bring together our Unstoppable supporters and scholars to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, and the importance of supporting their academic dreams through scholarships. At the Mount, we pride ourselves on providing a quality education for our students – a transformational experience that prepares them to be brave, ethical, resilient leaders. And our scholarship donors help us make this vision a reality. Now, more than ever, their support allows our students to develop the tools they need to be leaders in a highly competitive, global workforce.