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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.

Did you know?

  • Among the 400 largest companies headquartered in California, only 4% have a women serving as CEO.
  • 432 out of 3,260 director seats in California’s Fortune 400 companies are held by women.
  • California is one of the nation’s largest television and film production centers, yet over the last 15 years, fewer than one in five directors, writers or producers have been women.
  • In 2017, female representation made up 22% in the California State Legislature.
  • California women earn 86 cents for every dollar men earn for full-time work.

Source: 2017 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™

2017: The Resilient Leader

Propelling our Ability to Succeed
This year’s 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.

Don’t Forget to Ask!

Did you know many companies have a budget set aside for employee development? Even seasoned professional forget to ask. Be sure to ask your company, boss, or mentor if they will underwrite the cost of your attendance at the conference.

Past Speakers

Bryant Adibe, chief wellness officer and chair, Wellness Task Force, Mount Saint Mary’s University
Natasha Case, co-founder, COOLHAUS Gourmet Ice Cream
Annie Chu, founding principal, CHU + Gooding Architects
Alison Crossley, associate director, Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Marie DaSilva, founder and president, The Jacaranda Foundation
Linda Davis Taylor, chairman and CEO, Clifford Swan Investment Counsel
Patty DeDominic, founder and managing partner, DeDominic and Associates
Marcie Edwards, general manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Freya Estreller, co-founder, COOLHAUS Gourmet Ice Cream
Chako Fairbanks, entrepreneur and co-founder, FarmBox LA
Susan Feniger, chef and owner, Border Grill and Mud Hen Tavern
Jennifer Ferro, general manager, KCRW and president, KCRW Foundation
Alissa Finerman, executive coach, Gallup-certified StrengthsFinder coach and author of "Living in Your TOP 1%"
Erika Gallegos, program analyst, Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Carolyn Horwitz, editor, Entrepreneur magazine
Jessica Jackley, co-founder, KIVA
David Jordan, sales and delivery manager, TEKsystems
Janice Kaplan, former editor-in-chief, Parade Magazine and bestselling author
Kelly Kester-Smith, founder and president,YES! Ventures
Betty LaMarr, founder and CEO, EmpowHer Institute
Olympia LePoint, speaker, author, NASA rocket scientist
Jean Lipman-Blumen, PhD, Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior, Claremont Graduate University
Dr. Kathy E. Magliato, MD, MBA, FACS, heart surgeon, founder and director, Multidisciplinary Women’s Health Center, Providence Saint John’s Medical Center
Joe McCloskey, entrepreneur and co-founder, Helping Women Help Themselves
Diana Means, president, Alliance of Women Filmmakers and programming director, Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
Gwen Miller, executive vice president and manager, City National Bank’s Private Client Services
Gina Montoya, vice president of community education, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund
Liza Mundy, award-winning reporter, Washington Post staff writer, and author
Allison Myers, southern region director, StoryCenter
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, executive director, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University
Kelly Primus, senior vice president, Strategic Client Solutions, Leading Women
Patti Quintero, founder, Uma Mother, prenatal expert and yoga teacher, YogaWorks
Dr. Svetlana Raichel-Stivi, associate clinical professor, UCI School of Medicine and medical director, Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine
Megan Rene Sellers, senior creative strategist, Yahoo!
Lateefah Simon, program director, Rosenberg Foundation and one of Oprah Winfrey’s Power List
Bonnie St. John, Olympic medalist, author and leadership consultant
Theresa Tavarez, founder and CEO, Tavarez & Associates, LLC
Keren Taylor, founder and executive director, WriteGirl
Helen Torres, executive director, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality
Tess Vigeland, journalist and CEO, Tess Vigeland Productions
Margaret Weber, dean, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Michelle Williams Court, judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court
Denita Willoughby, vice president of supply management and logistics, SoCalGas and SDG&E
Bri Winkler, meteorologist and reporter, ABC7 Eyewitness News Team