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8:00-8:45 a.m.

Power Breakfast with Jacqui Burge: Tips and Tricks to Bringing Zen to Your Home or Office

(Exclusive MSMU Alums Pre-Conference Workshop)

To register, please contact Susan Lee at

8:30-9:15 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Headshot Truck* and Book Sale/Signing
9:30-10:05 a.m.

Opening Session

Ann McElaney-Johnson, President, Mount Saint Mary’s University
Emerald Archer, Director, Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s

Keynote: Ultimate Wellness for High Performing Women

Speaker: Dr. Susanne Bennett, holistic chiropractic physician and best-selling author

10:05-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:15 a.m.

The Science Behind Effective Conversation: Creating A Culture of Trust

Speaker: Amy Eliza Wong, founder, Always on Purpose

The Women’s Code: The ROI of Leadership Balance

Speaker: Beate Chelette, founder, The Women’s Code

A Road Map for Activism and Advocacy for All

SpeakerElisa Camahort Page, author, consultant, and co-founder and former COO, BlogHer, Inc.

11:15-11:25 a.m. Break
11:25 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

Mastering Your Money: An Exercise in Financial Fitness panel

Moderator: René Nourse, founder and managing director, Urban Wealth Management
Alma Banuelos, senior vice president and national head of Trust & Estate Services, City National Bank and RBC Delaware
Christen Berman, insurance and retirement income planning strategist, Fraser Financial Group
Angela Kil, partner, Carico, Macdonald, Kil & Benz, LLP
Ashley Russo, licensed financial representative, Northwestern Mutual

Implicit Bias: Tackling Taboo Topics for Women at Work panel

Moderator: Emerald Archer, director, Center for the Advancement of Women, Mount Saint Mary’s
Bettina Bush, editor, Working Mother Magazine
Kimberly Freeman, associate dean and chief diversity, USC Dornsife
Diane Reichenberger, vice president of consumer products global strategy, Mattel

The Power of Storytelling for Social Change panel

Moderator: Asha Dahya, creator and editor-in-chief, GirlTalkHQ
Xan Aranda, award-winning director, producer, writer, and consultant
Jeanette Schneider, founder, Lore Advocacy, author, and senior vice president, U.S. Trust

12:25-12:55 p.m. Lunch and Book Sale/Signing
1:00-2:00 p.m.

Identifying Your Expertise: Building a Legacy of Leadership

Speaker: Sabrina Garba, founder and CEO, Glass Ladder Group

Negotiating Effectively: What Works for Women

Speaker: Ching Valdezco, director, Exec|Comm

Get on Board: Building Strong Leaders and Champions for Change

Moderator: Jackie Filla, associate professor, History & Political Science, Mount Saint Mary’s; president, City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women
Betsy Berkhemer Credaire, CEO, 2020 Women on Boards; CEO, Berkhemer Clayton, Inc.
Yvette Chappell-Ingram, president & CEO, African Board Leadership Institute
Felicia Williams, Planning Commissioner, City of Pasadena

2:00-2:10 p.m. Break
2:10-3:00 p.m.

Closing Session

Mindful Movements

Jacqui Burge,
CEO, Desk Yogi and creator, Punk Wellness

Keynote: The Connection Between Self-Care and Effective Leadership

Moderator: Joy Donnell, CEO, PARAJIN MEDIA Corp.; editor-in-chief, VANICHI Magazine
Amy Denoon, CEO, Beach House PR
Maggie Q, actress, model and activist
Jess Weiner, CEO, Talk to Jess

3:00-3:30 p.m. Refreshments and Book Sale/Signing
*The Headshot Truck will be on campus from 8:30 to 12:30 a.m. View more information