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Center for the Advancement of Women

2020 Women's Leadership Conference Event Program

#BeTheChange

Thursday, September 24, 2020
9:30 AM - 2:15 PM (PDT)

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  • 10:00 - 10:45 AM

    Women at the Forefront: Leadership Lessons from Women’s College Presidents

    Speakers: Zulema GarciaAnn McElaney-JohnsonSuzanne 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.

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  • 11:00 - 11:45 AM

    What is Implicit Bias: A Road Map for Everybody

    Speakers: 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.

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  • 12:00 - 12:45 PM

    Equity and Agency: Today’s Movement Makers and Their Path Forward

    Speakers: 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.

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  • 1:00 - 1:35 PM

    A Conversation with Poet and Author Cleo Wade

Program Speakers

Melina Abdullah

Emerald Archer

Zulema Garcia

Ann McElaney-Johnson

Kimberly Nao

Ngoc Nguyen

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

JoAnna Novak

Rachel O’Leary Carmona

Cleo Wade

Suzanne Walsh

Meredith Woo