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Mount Saint Mary’s is hosting three tracks for you to learn, grow, network and get inspired:

Bold You
Empowering Your Personal Growth
Bold Professional
Empowering Your Professional Development
Bold Changemaker
Empowering You to Lead Change in Your Personal and Professional Communities


8:30-4:00 p.m.

Alumnae Leadership Lounge
Location: The Circle (outside)

A comfy space exclusively for MSMU alums where you can relax, meet 1-1 with an expert career coach, receive fun swag, and sign up for the new alum career networking platform, Mount Connect! Learn more at

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Come early to jumpstart your day and make connections!
Location: The Circle (outside)

Registration, breakfast bites, speaker meet & greet and book signing, book store, Headshot Truck and expo

9:30-10:05 a.m.

#BestBoldYou Opening Remarks and Keynote
Location: Hannon Theater

Opening Remarks
Emerald Archer, PhD, director, Center for the Advancement of Women, Mount Saint Mary's University

Opening Keynote
Identifying the #BestBoldYou: How to Impact What You are Known For 

Joanna Bloor, Founder, The Amplify Lab and LADYBADASS

Every decision regarding people’s opportunities – personal and professional – is made in a room that they are not in. This begs the question – is your name even on the list? And if you are, what is being said about you in that room that you’re not in? Can you impact what you are known for? Joanna Bloor says, “Not only can you have an impact on that conversation, but in today’s modern workplace, you absolutely must do so!” How can you do that? It starts with each of us understanding our unique value proposition. When this happens, everyone wins.

10:05-10:15 a.m.

"Coffee is Served" Micro Break
Coffee and water on the 1st and 4th floors

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Bold You Track:
SHEro: The Challenges We Face Trying to Have it All
Tana M. Session, PhD, coach, trainer and consultant, Huffington Post "Top Female Expert to Follow in 2018"
Location: Campus Center West

This interactive workshop will explore the challenges current and future women leaders face in trying to have it all and do it all. Through personal stories, case studies, and proven practical advice, this session will help participants learn key strategies to manage careers, family life and personal obligations, while maintaining a holistic view of the "work-life balance" fantasy. 

Bold Professional Track:
Women Negotiating Leadership Success
Yasmin Davidds, PhD, president and CEO, Women's Institute of Negotiation
Location: Hannon Theater

Research shows that women continue to undermine themselves when attempting to get what they need for leadership success. In this workshop, you will garner the tools needed to implement the “gracefully assertive” negotiation style that you can use in formal and informal negotiations. You will also learn how to assess whether you are “getting in your own way” when negotiating and how to overcome this setback, in order to effectively get what you want for you and your organization.

Bold Changemaker Track:
Panel: Making a Difference: Bold Leaders in Action
Moderator: Abbe Land, executive director, L.A. County's Women and Girls Initiative and former mayor, West Hollywood
Eunisses Hernandez, Los Angeles campaign coordinator, JustLeadershipUSA
Amelia Herrera-Robles, commissioner, The Commission on Community and Family Services
Diane Manuel, board chair, Women's Foundation
Location: Campus Center West

Michelle Obama once said, "Success isn't about how much money you make; it's about the difference you make in people's lives." Many of us want to serve the public, but aren’t interested in becoming an elected official. Others are looking for ways to get involved to create positive social change but are unsure where to start. Our speakers today will share their stories of activism and ways to make a difference in your community whether at the local, state or national level.

11:15-11:25 a.m.

"Coffee is Served" Micro Break
Coffee and water on the 1st and 4th floors

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

Bold You Track:
Bold Leaders are Healthy Leaders: How to Fit Wellness into Your Busy Schedule
Heather Moreno, sports medicine certified exercise physiologist and national board-certified health and wellness coach
Location: Campus Center East

Wellness is the foundation of a successful leader. People who don’t make it a priority will never fully realize their leadership potential. Ask and you’ll find that professionals regularly work through lunch, skip workouts, skimp on sleep and carve into family time for the sake of work. They push hard to meet deadlines and objectives, leaving little time to make themselves a priority. The #BestBoldYou requires that your well-being is non-negotiable. This session examines the main problems in attempting to change behavior and how to shift perspective to make health a priority. Learn specific strategies for integrating healthy habits into your busy life to achieve the results that matter most.

Bold Professional Track:
Panel: What’s Your Next Act? Making a Career Pivot at Any Stage
Moderator: Emerald Archer, director, Center for the Advancement of Women
Stacey Moore, advisor, planning & research, AARP California
Wendy Spinner, vice president, wealth management, The Spinner Group
Location: Hannon Theater

Fifty years ago, a typical career trajectory was clear: excel in school, go to college, land a stable job and stick with it until retirement. Jobs back then were a means to pay the bills without much focus on happiness. Today, job opportunities are wide ranging from rising the ranks in a corporation to working part-time on a side hustle. However, career paths vary depending on age, experience, race, socio-economic status, and age, and the prospect of shifting careers can be overwhelming. This session will explore women’s financial security as they consider their next pivot, how they can successfully advocate for themselves, and consider what the future of work looks like for women across California.

Bold Changemaker Track:
After #MeToo: A Toolkit for Productive Conversations in Community
Kimberly Nao, PhD, Fritz Burns Endowed Chair of Education and director of induction and instructional leadership, Mount Saint Mary’s University 
Location: Campus Center West

As the world’s first mass movement focused on sexual harassment, #MeToo has mobilized women, transformed conversations, and shifted cultures. But the work is not done, and this workshop will teach participants how to deconstruct gender, integrate ideas of ‘intersectionality’ in the workplace, and craft strategies on how we can more effectively create safe and equitable workplaces and spaces. From implicit bias to microaggressions, this workshop will prepare you to have more nuanced conversations with community members and offer solutions on how to make our communities more responsive to gender justice issues.

12:25-1:10 p.m.

Let’s Eat and Meet!
Lunch, speaker meet & greet and book signing, bookstore, Headshot Truck and expo

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Bold You Track:
Panel: What Does it Mean to Be Financially Literate—and am I?
Moderator: Helen MacKinnon, chair, Los Angeles Giving Circle and president emerita, Technical Connections 
Miriam Khorramian, vice president, financial consultant, Fidelity Investments
Lisa Ann Nevins, private mortgage banker, Wells Fargo
Shamya Ullah, first vice president, financial advisor, portfolio manager, RBC Capital Markets, LLC
Location: Campus Center East

Being financially literate is a not only a critical part of planning for your future, but also an imperative to have the lifestyle you want NOW. It affects all ages and all socioeconomic levels. It goes far beyond just balancing your checkbook and your budget—it means having the skills and knowledge to make your money, manage your money, save your money, and give it away, all in a responsible manner. We’ll touch on how and when to pay your bills, how to borrow and save money, and how, when and why to invest and plan for retirement. We’ll also talk some about the stock market, IPO’s, start-ups, and unicorns, all those words that are thrown around with ease these days. This session will help you truly grasp the meaning of financial literacy so that you can consistently do the right things that lead to the best financial outcomes.

Bold Professional Track:
You Aren’t a Robot so Why Do You Sound like One When You Introduce Yourself?
Joanna Bloor, founder, The Amplify Lab and LADYBADASS
Location: Campus Center West

We buy everything on emotion and justify on fact. But what about people? How do you answer the question "What do you do?" Most people answer with just facts. In a world where the line between humanity and technology is getting blurrier by the day, why are we still sounding like robots, why are we just giving the facts? Known for "live coaching" audience members, Joanna will help you walk away with a bold, compelling, authentic and unique answer to the question, "What do you do?”

Bold Changemaker Track:
Panel: Collaboration is Key: Men and Women Advancing Gender Equity
Moderator: Lindy Huang Werges, founder, Integritas Resources, Inc. and co-founder, Zen Yoga Strap, Inc.
Jason Spaltro, senior vice president, information security & privacy officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Erik Takayesu, vice president, transmission, substations and operations, Southern California Edison
Venkat Yepuri, vice president, global business solutions/chief procurement officer, Amgen
Wendell Younkins, senior vice president and global controller, NBCUniversal’s Global Television Distribution
Location: Hannon Theater

Equity is relational. Inequities always arise because of the unbalanced dynamics between two groups. Inequities will only be rooted out by involving everyone in changing the dynamics of the workplace. This is one reason we need advocates, supporters and allies – of people across the gender spectrum – to help increase opportunities for women. Hear from male leaders who are committed to eliminating inequities in the workplace by advancing candidates based on the value they bring to organizations. The panelists will discuss what drives their gender justice advocacy, the benefits of an inclusive workplace, and how women can identify allies.

2:25-3:00 p.m.

#BestBoldYou Closing Remarks and Keynote
Location: Hannon Theater

Closing Keynote
The How, What, and Why of Happiness: The Science of Interventions Aimed at Increasing Well-Being
Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, professor and vice chair, department of psychology, University of California, Riverside

Happiness not only feels good; it is good. Happy people have more stable marriages, superior health, and higher incomes. Fortunately, experiments have shown that people can intentionally increase their happiness. In this presentation, Sonja Lyubomirsky will share new research revealing when and why such practices as gratitude or kindness work best and how small and simple activities can transform women leaders—and their colleagues, families, and friends—into happier and more flourishing individuals.

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Happy Hour Hustle
Location: The Circle (outside)
Speed networking, complimentary wine and dessert, speaker meet & greet and book signing, bookstore and expo

No matter how many hands are shaken at conferences, there will always be more people to meet and too little time. Join us for this year’s Happy Hour Hustle speed networking event to connect with bold leaders in a fun, easy way. This is a great opportunity to network, explore partnerships, and make new friends. You must register for the speed networking portion of Happy Hour Hustle, which takes place from 3:30 to 4:00 pm.

*The Headshot Truck will be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.