Stop by the mobile storytelling booth to share your leadership story. What does leadership mean to you? What type of leader are you? What type of leader would you like to be?
How it works
When you register for the conference, you can also sign up for your 15-minute time slot. During your session, a facilitator and filmmaker will prompt you with some questions. You can participate alone or with another person. Your story will be edited into a 30-second video featured with all the other stories on our website and for your own personal use. Space is limited.
Facilitator: Mary Trunk
Speaker: Dr. Ashley Lauren Joseph
How do our brains enable us to tell and follow stories? And how do stories affect our minds? Keynote speaker Dee O’Neill will discuss the cognitive processes involved in constructing and exchanging stories, exploring their role in the neurobiology of mental, emotional, and social experiences.
Speaker: Dee O’Neill, MS, LPC, BCN
Interested in learning how you can you leverage stories as a strategic tool to empower people, advance social justice issues and educate communities? Learn from creative professionals who use various mediums to tell stories in the most impactful ways to inspire change.
Experts will discuss the power of social impact filmmaking in the modern age and will offer practical advice for anyone seeking to bring women’s stories to life through film to drive social change.
Moderator: Sylvia Hathaway Chavez, Executive Director, Look What SHE Did!
Speakers: Yu Gu, Anayansi Prado, Marlene McCurtis
Personal stories can be powerful tools for communication. They help people feel connected, as well as provide information that can shape the listener's understanding of an issue. This session will explore the structure and elements of a compelling personal story and the ethics of incorporating personal stories into advocacy efforts. Participants will listen to sample stories and reflect on case studies.
Speaker: Andrea Spagat
Whether you’re marketing yourself, selling a product or motivating a team, storytelling is fundamental to your success. Industry professionals will offer strategies to help you craft and articulate powerful stories.
Today’s workforce is competitive. In this session, experts from leading companies will share strategies and tools to help you bring your authentic self to the forefront and get noticed (and get ahead) in your career.
Women at every level have the power to cultivate communication and leadership skills to inspire change for you and others. The secret: to be more YOU. In this session, you'll learn 3 business storytelling strategies you can use to unlock your magnetic stories to create more connection, influence, and impact in your career and life.
Speaker: Stephanie Zhong
Speaker: Coming soon
Leading at the intersection of diversity, inclusion, and workplace culture, in her role as Executive Advisor and Diversity Strategist of Rework Work, Stacey Gordon coaches and counsels executive leaders on DEI strategies for the business. She has worked with people managers and executive leaders from companies such as American Express, ADP, Kia Motors, Hewlett Packard, Walmart, GE and many others to deliver education, coaching and consulting sessions that support their D&I efforts.
As a globally recognized keynote speaker, leadership consultant and DEI strategist, Stacey has provided subject matter expertise to Harvard Business Review, SHRM, Fast Company, Skillsoft, Forbes, NPR Radio, BBC Radio, and the Association for Talent Development.
Stacey’s book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Release list, her unconscious bias course on the LinkedIn learning platform was the #1 most watched course of 2021 and has been translated into several languages. Her audience includes more than 2 million unique learners and Stacey has been recognized as a passionate supporter of DEI by Forbes, Pepperdine University and LinkedIn. She earned her MBA from Pepperdine University Business School and her SHRM-SCP certification, as well as the SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture Credential. www.reworkwork.com.
Yu Gu is a filmmaker and visual artist born in Chongqing, China and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She explores the clash between individual identity and social forces with a lyrical and visceral approach. Yu’s hybrid documentary A MOTH IN SPRING, which follows her family’s fight for freedom of expression in China, premiered at Hot Docs International Film Festival and was broadcast on HBO.
She co-directed the feature documentary, WHO IS ARTHUR CHU?, chronicling the redemption of an Asian American Jeopardy! champion turned internet iconoclast. The award-winning film premiered at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, broadcast on Emmy Award-winning series America Reframed on PBS and released across all digital platforms. Her second film continues to explore the intimate journeys of people rising from the margins to transform the mainstream. A WOMAN’S WORK world-premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film festival
Yu is currently directing INTERIOR MIGRATIONS, a multi-platform project documenting the memories of migrant workers in Canada. The first 3-channel short documentary from this series premiered at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s “Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood” exhibit.
She is an alumnus of the Film Independent Documentary Lab, the Firelight Media Producer’s Fellowship, the TFI/CNN/Points North Institute Story Lab, and the Sundance Institute Rockefeller Foundation documentary partnership. Yu received her MFA in film production from the University of Southern California and a BA from the University of British Columbia.
Sylvia Hathaway Chavez is the Executive Director for Look What SHE Did!, a media arts nonprofit that produces a film series of women storytellers talking about the women who inspire them. Sylvia completed her M.A. in nonprofit management at Antioch University Los Angeles, during which time she managed arts education programs in schools from Compton to Santa Monica through her work with P.S. ARTS. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, she spent ten years working in theatres in the San Francisco Bay Area as an education program director, actor, and teaching artist with companies including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, TheatreWorks, and others. For several years she has been leading workshops for young girls and their parents that teach leadership and conflict resolution skills through dramatic play with Girl’s Leadership Institute. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and hails from Cleveland, Ohio. She loves writing and cake.
Dr. Ashley Lauren Joseph, serves as the Director of Women’s Leadership and Community Engagement at Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles leading the department with over 10 years of experience in student affairs, leadership engagement, and theory-based research. Ashley is a three-time alumna of the University of La Verne, holding degrees in Psychology (08’), Educational Counseling (11’), and Organizational Leadership (21’), with current research focusing on the trajectory of African American women in leadership positions within California universities, as it relates to resiliency and cross generational mentoring. She also holds certifications in higher education assessment and cocurricular design. She is known in the field for her leadership framework models as it pertains to student leadership development and performance. Dr. Joseph is passionate about civic engagement and community dialogue. While being an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated she serves as a faculty member in the Ida L. Jackson Leadership Institute in addition to being a regional delegate for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She is a righteous leader and whole-heartedly committed to advocacy, dialogue, and equity. Ashley’s goal in life and career is simply to be an organizer and advocate for generations of new world leaders through civic leadership and self-development.
Victoria Kurzweg is a brand strategist at Microsoft with a background in storytelling and an eye for brands that are pushing today’s technology forward. While at the brand consulting firm Siegel+Gale, she developed positioning and brand architecture strategies for Fortune 500 companies including Google, Visa, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and semiconductor producer Global Foundries.
A hands-on builder and creator, Victoria’s multi-disciplinary approach has also been influenced by her experience in web development, public affairs and journalism. She earned her master's in history of international relations from the London School of Economics and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Marlene McCurtis is a director, producer and digital and literary storyteller whose expertise spans directing and writing nonfiction television and documentary films, community media engagement, and teaching creative writing in diverse communities, including system-impacted individuals. She has directed and produced documentary series on A&E, Lifetime, PBS, The Discovery Channel, and NatGeo. She is in post-production on Wednesdays in Mississippi her first documentary feature film about a little-known interracial alliance between women during the civil rights movement. Marlene has directed several short non-fiction films including Here I’ll Stay about a powerful coalition between immigrant rights activists and local Civil Rights veterans in Mississippi. Her latest short, The Circle, a collage of spoken word and movement written and performed by system impacted artists is currently on the festival circuit. Marlene is an alum Fellow of the Firelight Media Documentary Lab and a Sundance Institute Humanities Fellow. She holds MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State.
Dee O’Neill works with organizations that want to optimize brain health, resilience, and fitness so that they can support the wellness and increase performance of their staff, leading to improved results. Her work focuses on translating complex brain science into practical practices that transform our brains, behavior, and bottom line.
Dee has worked in the brain science field for more than 20 years at nationally recognized research and medical centers. She has been recognized as a compelling speaker on brain health topics, engaging participants in fun, interesting, and inspiring ways to enhance learning and adoption of strategies. While grounded in evidence-based research, the application is more practically focused on the impact of our daily habits and choices on brain health and performance.
Insights are gleaned from her book "Brain B.A.S.I.C.S." as well as numerous years training corporate and executive leadership teams. Dee’s learner mindset led to over 20 years of study and practice in positive psychology, peak performance, and using neurotechnology to measure and maximize neuropsychology and electrophysiology. Dee has uniquely specialized education and experience in applied cognitive neuroscience, along with coaching for increased efficiency and effectiveness both personally and professionally.
Dee is a licensed professional counselor. She received an M.S. in Counseling Psychology and B.A. in Human Health and Exercise Science.
Anayansi Prado is an award-winning documentary director and producer with over 20 years of filmmaking experience. Her work has focused on issues of undocumented immigration, indigenous land rights, race identity, education and other social and humanitarian issues. Anayansi's films have aired nationally on PBS and abroad, including her four feature films Maid in America about Latina domestic workers in LA, Children in No Man’s Land about unaccompanied immigrant minors crossing the US/Mexico border and Paraíso for Sale about American retirees migrating to Panama. Her films have screened at numerous film festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and Full Frame & Double Exposure. Anayansi is a 2022 Chicken & Egg Fellow, a Creative Capital Artist, a Rockefeller Media Fellow and a Film Expert for the State Department’s film diplomacy program. She holds a bachelor's degree in TV & Film Production from Boston University. Born in Panama, she resides in Los Angeles, CA and is represented by William Morris Endeavor.
Andrea was raised by her bilingual/bicultural family in both Argentina and the United States. She believes in the power of listening. Before starting at StoryCenter in 2006, she worked for 12 years as an educator in a variety of settings, including a jail GED project in Wisconsin, a training program for rural school teachers in Bolivia, and a substance abuse prevention initiative for youth in San Francisco. Andrea’s work at StoryCenter is varied– she focuses on public health projects that have included stories with HIV-impacted communities and workshops in behavioral health settings. She is committed to creating safe spaces in which storytellers exert agency over their own narratives. BA, International Relations and Spanish, University of California, Davis; MS, Adult Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Mary Trunk is a filmmaker, choreographer and multi-media artist living in Altadena, CA. She has been producing and directing documentaries, dance videos and experimental hybrid films for more than 20 years. Mary is co-producer and director of the CSJ Oral History Project and is now helming the MSMU Centennial Documentary celebrating the Mount’s 100 year anniversary. She recently completed, Holding Still, a short documentary about centering prayer at Folsom Prison and several of her new experimental films have screened at festivals all over the world including Mexico, Serbia, Greece and the UK. Her fourth feature documentary, Muscle Memory, will premiere in January. Mary is an Assistant Professor in the film department at MSMU where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. Her work can be found at http://www.maandpafilms.com/ and www.musclememoryproject.com.
Stephanie Zhong is a brand strategist and story coach who helps mission-driven entrepreneurs and thought leaders define their unique brand story and message to build a movement for their work.
She’s the creator of Own Your Message, a program that teaches participants how to go from best-kept secret to undeniable authority with their personal brand story.
With over 20 years of experience in digital media, Stephanie has helped clients large and small grow their business with storytelling including Planned Parenthood, Teach For America, education startups, entrepreneurs and consultants.
Stephanie’s expertise has been featured in Reuters, Washington Post Express, Balance The Grind, VoyageLA, and the You Should Write a Book About That podcast.
Stephanie has a M.A. in Comparative Literature from UCLA and a B.A. in English and African American Studies from Indiana University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and is “Steph-Mom” to two almost-adult sons.