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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.
  • There are more than 1.55 million women-owned businesses in California and 59% of these businesses are owned by women of color.
  • 26% of Californians employed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations are women.
  • In 2017, female representation made up 30% in the California State Legislature.
  • California women earn 89 cents for every dollar men earn for full-time work.
    Source: 2019 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™

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

Maggie Chieffo, general manager and editor-in-chief, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
Karen Chong, marketing and partnerships, AARP
Mallika Chopra, founder,
Asha Dahya, creator of a women’s news media blog,
Linda Davis Taylor, chairman and CEO, Clifford Swan Investment Counsel
Joy Donnell, CEO, Parajin Media Corp and editor-in-chief, Vanichi Magazine.
Susan Feniger, chef and owner, Border Grill and Mud Hen Tavern
Jennifer Ferro, general manager, KCRW and president, KCRW Foundation
Ana Flores, founder and CEO, #WeAllGrow Latina Network
Carolyn Horwitz, editor, Entrepreneur magazine
Beverly Jackson, vice president of social portfolio strategy, MGM Resorts International
Janice Kaplan, former editor-in-chief, Parade Magazine and bestselling author
Olympia LePoint, speaker, author, NASA rocket scientist
Suzanne Lerner, co-founder and president, Michael Stars
Dr. Kathy E. Magliato, MD, MBA, FACS, heart surgeon, founder and director, Multidisciplinary Women’s Health Center, Providence Saint John’s Medical Center
Gwen Miller, executive vice president and manager, City National Bank’s Private Client Services
Margie Moreno, manager, International Originals, YouTube
Liza Mundy, award-winning reporter, Washington Post staff writer, and author
Cora Neumann, founder, the Global First Ladies Alliance and RESET
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, executive director, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University
Diane Reichenberger, vice president, consumer products global strategy, Mattel
Lateefah Simon, program director, Rosenberg Foundation and one of Oprah Winfrey’s Power List
Bonnie St. John, Olympic medalist, author and leadership consultant
Michelle Williams Court, judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court
And many more…

About the Center for the Advancement of Women

Promoting gender equity through research, advocacy and leadership development.

The Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University is a hub for gender equity research, advocacy and leadership development. Our vision is to find solutions to persistent gender inequities and work with partners to eradicate them in our lifetime. As a leading researcher on issues of gender equity in California, the Center produces original research, contributes to the national conversation on gender equity, and promotes solutions to reach gender parity. Our goal is to eliminate obstacles women face in the workplace, their communities, in the media and beyond to make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls in California and our nation.

To learn more about our Center for the Advancement of Women, contact Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center, at or 213.477.2544.

For more information about sponsorship and partnership opportunities, contact Heather Schraeder, director of special events and public programs, at or 213.477.2761.