Bryant Adibe, MD
As Mount Saint Mary’s chief wellness officer, Bryant Adibe, M.D., leads the university’s health and wellness movement. He is an assistant professor of physical therapy and health policy management at Mount Saint Mary’s. He received his medical doctorate from the University of Florida and completed clinical clerkships in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Stanford University Medical Center. Adibe also completed graduate coursework in evidence-based healthcare and research methodology at Oxford University (U.K.). Prior to joining the Mount, he served as a Fellow in Medical Education within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
After leading teams on billion dollar brands like Twitter and Garnier at some of the largest ad agencies across the country, Abby noticed that small businesses and startups lacked access to the same caliber marketing resources as bigger brands. She started Neon Butterfly to change that--a brand development and communications consultancy rooted in storytelling and human insight. Her mission is to offer “big" agency level strategy and marketing services on a sliding scale to those with a good idea and desire for positive social change, primarily focusing on female and POC founders and entrepreneurs. Her belief is that if more women pursued their dreams the world would change, so she wants to use her skills to bring more dreams within reach.
Emerald Archer, PhD
Emerald Archer is the director of the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She has dedicated her career to studying questions related to gender equity and women’s representation in non-traditional domains such as the United States military. Through the Center, Emerald’s primary goal is to promote and increase gender equity in California and our region. She leads the Center's efforts related to applied research, education and policy analysis. She has published articles in The European Legacy and Armed Forces & Society, and recently wrote a book, titled “Women, Warfare and Representation: American Servicewomen in the Twentieth Century,” that will be published by Bloomsbury in August 2017.
Joanna Bloor is founder and CEO of The Amplify Lab with over 20 years’ experience in media and technology startups. She has experience in cultivating peopling, growing brands and scaling businesses from idea to IPO. Joanna’s passion for helping people identify their personal vision and create a strategy to amplify that vision for a desired impact led her to develop executive coaching and organizational workshops. In 2015, Joanna also embarked on a new idea that leveraged her business acumen around media, her curiosity about 3D printing and her personal struggles with weight loss. The result? 3D L.I.L.A. (Late in Life Athlete) was born. Her podcast series and blog chronicles how she uses 3D printing and a love of running to win her weight loss battle. She shared this story at the TED 2016 Dream Conference.
Jacqui Burge has been practicing and teaching fitness, nutrition and yoga for more than two decades. The motivation behind Desk Yogi began with her own realization that even the way we sit affects our long-term health and wellbeing. Jacqui began researching the effects of sitting for long periods of time and its impact on workplace productivity. Regardless of previous efforts to make employees comfortable—ergonomic chairs, workstations and even after-work fitness classes— she realized more could be done to intervene and reduce the negative health effects caused by prolonged sitting. Jacqui created the Ojai-based online company Desk Yogi in 2015. Her mission of offering wellness to everyone that wants it in the spaces they need it most has become her calling card for contributing to a healthier lifestyle and reducing our daily stress.
Maggie Chieffo currently serves as the general manager and editor-in-chief of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Co-founded by Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker, Smart Girls is an organization dedicated to providing a healthy alternative to so much that is being marketed to young people on the internet. Prior to Smart Girls, Chieffo co-produced the documentary "Be Prepared to Stop" and worked as an associate producer on Michael Mann’s feature film "Blackhat" released January 2015. Additionally, she has held various positions in casting, production, and post production on the television series “Luck” and “Witness”, as well as feature films "The Texas Killing Fields" and "Public Enemies".
Karen Chong is a leader in synergistic marketing and partnerships. Throughout her career, she has focused on maximizing value for leading corporations and non-profits by leveraging traditional and innovative social media to amplify messaging through technology information products, sales forces, and multi-platform content marketing campaigns. In her role as the director of audience & influencer engagement at AARP, she is responsible for identifying and developing strategic partnerships that drive integrated content across sponsored events and social activations. One of her main areas of focus is #DisruptAging, an initiative aimed at reaching across demographics to change the conversation around age and aging by redefining what longevity means and re-thinking the negative stories we tell ourselves.
Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker and published author. Her most recent book, “Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy,” was published in 2015. She is the founder of Intent.com, a website and app focused on personal, social and global wellness. Mallika has taught meditations to thousands of people. She enjoys speaking to audiences around the world and has shared her passion about Intent at TedXSan Diego and TedXBerkeley, Ideacity, Business Innovation Factory, the Green Festivals, LOHAS, Prevention R3, Wisdom 2.0, Women’s Conferences around the United States, and the Parliament of World Religions.
Lucia Cottone is a veteran Hollywood television development executive. Her last corporate post was as SVP Original Programming for the Global Sony TV Network Group. In mid-2013 she decide to pursue a masters of arts degree in spiritual psychology, which followed certifications in several coaching modalities. Lucia’s diverse background, coupled with her experience in creative development and communication, propelled her to launch Knack Talent, which guides individuals and organizations in developing their human capital. Lucia also co-founded LA Media 3, an independent production entity that develops stories which cross all barriers to tap into our human universality. LA Media 3’s first project is an adaptation of Alisa Valdes’ novel “The Dirty Girls Social Club”. She is also a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post.
Alison Crossley is the associate director of Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, where she leads strategic focus, operations, and academic and community relations. She co-organized the Institute's Online Feminism Conference, drawing a diverse group of scholars and activists from across the country to discuss the challenges and possibilities of Internet activism. Her areas of scholarly expertise include gender, social movements, and feminism. Her book "Finding Feminism: College Students, Feminist Mobilization, and the Unfinished Gender Revolution" was published by NYU Press in April 2017. She has also published scholarship about women's movements, online feminism, and social movement continuity.
Asha Dahya is a host, writer and content creator with 15 years of both broadcast and digital media experience in Australia and the United States. She has worked for MTV, Nickelodeon, Disney, Fox, ABC, MSN, CW, and The Food Network. She holds a bachelors with a double major in Film and Journalism. Asha is also the creator of a women’s news media blog called GirlTalkHQ.com.
Joy Donnell is a brand builder, conscious luxury advocate, activist and entrepreneur driven by purpose. Her vision is to create media that inspires. Her PR expertise touches all of her work as she brings that insight to content strategy, content creation and luxury fashion and luxury lifestyle branding. When she isn’t behind the camera creating fashion editorials and fashion films as a producer or director, she steps in front of the camera as a model and sustainable luxury advocate. Joy is currently CEO for Parajin Media Corp and editor-in-chief of its flagship fashion lifestyle publication, Vanichi Magazine. She’s also an advisor for Creative Visions Foundation and Charles and Company luxury tea. As an international speaker, Joy shares insight on branding, multi-platform content strategy and public image.
Angel Faith, PsyD
Angel Faith, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. She has a passion for working with adults on issues related to relationships, identity development, self-esteem, goal achievement and finding meaning in life. She completed most of her clinical training in university counseling centers such as Los Angeles Valley College Counseling Center, University of Miami Counseling Center and Mount Saint Mary's Counseling and Psychological Services. Some of her additional interests include group counseling, positive psychology, passionate living, cognitive behavioral psychology, creativity and practicing vulnerability. Angel currently works in private practice where she provides individual therapy services to adults.
Ana Flores is founder and CEO of #WeAllGrow Latina Network, the first and largest network of digital Latina influencers in the country. After a career of more than 15 years creating content for US Hispanics and the Latin American market as a producer for major Spanish-language networks, she transitioned to launching the award-winning SpanglishBaby.com. Ana has been recognized by the prestigious Holmes Report among their 2015 Innovator 25 and was named as one of People en Español’s “Las 25 Mujeres Más Poderosas” of 2017. In 2016 she was invited to speak on two occasions at the White House, including the United State of Women Summit on gender diversity and women empowerment issues.
Archelle Georgiou, MD
Dr. Archelle Georgiou is a nationally recognized physician, advocate, advisor and author. She initially practiced internal medicine but, wanting to have a broader impact on the healthcare system, she shifted her focus to the managed care industry,. She has served as a senior advisor for a diverse group of organizations and private equity firms. Archelle is currently an executive in residence and faculty at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Archelle’s first book, “Health Care Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Medical Care You Want and Need,” was published in February 2017. Based on her 20+ years of experience in patient care, managed care, media, and business, Archelle shares the CARES model, the approach she developed to teach consumers how to how to make smart healthcare decisions that balance the best medical options with individual preferences.
Jaime Hansen is a writer, speaker, investor, and thought leader on women and business. She loves inspiring and empowering women, evolving the intersection of business and social impact and new entrepreneurial ideas. In her previous roles with Yahoo, Fox and Cornerstone OnDemand, Jaime found herself working with clients as partners, building out the Local Reseller and Global Alliance teams for each company’s SMB product lines. Her work not only enhanced her skills in business development, strategy and operations, it also cultivated a passion for studying different leadership styles and work relationships in various organizations and cultures. In 2016, Jaime left her corporate job to write “Expanding the Conversation,” a book that looks at themes like leadership, perspective, and how to better leverage gender-dominated characteristics in business.
Danielle Harlan, PhD
Danielle Harlan is the founder and CEO of the Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential. Named one of Silicon Valley’s “40 Under 40,” Danielle has also been a speaker for TEDx and worked as an instructor at Stanford Graduate School of Business and UC Berkeley Extension’s Corporate and Professional Development Program. Prior to launching the Center, she was the chief of operations for the Carnegie Foundation, where she worked to harness the power of networks and quality improvement strategies in order to solve important educational problems. Her latest book, “The New Alpha,” spotlights a brave new movement of leaders who are redefining success, rewriting the rules and revolutionizing leadership for the modern world.
Lindy Huang Werges
Lindy Huang Werges is an entrepreneurial, philanthropist, and advocate for women’s initiatives and gender parity. Lindy has 25+ years of executive search and corporate finance & accounting experience. She entered the start-up world in 2005 and is the founder of Integritas Resources, Inc. and co-founder of Zen Yoga Strap, Inc. Lindy attributes her career and company successes to her “pay it forward” mentality. Her philanthropic advocacy efforts focus on providing educational resources and internships for under-resourced teens and young professionals; and professional development and mentoring to women entrepreneurs and business women.
Aída Hurtado is Luis Leal Endowed Chair and professor of Chicana and Chicano studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Hurtado is a social psychologist whose research focuses on the educational achievement of Latino/as and their views of the gender socialization in their communities. Her most recent work is on the criminalization of Latino/a youth and how it impacts their educational trajectories. Her most recent co-authored book is Beyond Machismo: Intersectional Latino Masculinities (UT Press, 2016). She has also served as a consultant on educational and gender issues for multiple organizations including: the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation and the federal program GEAR UP.
Henna Inam is an executive coach, speaker, and author of the book “Wired for Authenticity.” Her book serves as a touchstone for leaders who seek both authenticity and adaptability in a 24/7 dynamic, fast-paced workplace. She founded Transformational Leadership Inc. in 2010 to help organizations develop authentic leaders who create cultures of innovation, trust and inclusion. Henna, who serves as CEO, and her partners offer executive coaching, leadership development and team workshops globally. Henna is committed to several nonprofits that share her passion for the advancement of women in leadership. She is on the board of counselors for Carter Center and is the organizer of TEDxWomen in Atlanta.
Beverly is the vice president of social portfolio strategy at MGM Resorts International. As an experienced digital marketing leader, Beverly has a passion for disruptive brand strategies and innovation. She speaks regularly about key learning’s for brands on leveraging content and social strategies at scale. Beverly has worked with some of the most iconic media and entertainment brands to create compelling content across platforms. This omni-channel approach has successfully delivered key insights, metrics and business winning ROI. Beverly has worked as a digital marketer in leadership roles at some of the largest agencies, media companies and startups including IPG, WPP and Tribune Interactive Media where she built innovative content and revenue generating programs.
LeeAundra Keany is an executive communications coach specializing in public speaking, media training, effective presentation training, and executive presence. In her 25 years as a coach, she has worked with former heads of state, Nobel Laureates, best-selling authors, award-winning producers, directors and actors, Olympians, high-ranking officials in the U.S. government and the CEOs of public, private and nonprofit organizations. LeeAundra is a national award-winning public speaker and speechwriter honored by the National Forensics Association. She has published numerous articles on public speaking in online journals and provides regular expert commentary for local and national cable news outlets.
Katie C. Kelley, author of “Career Courage,” serves as global executive development director for Fuerst Group (KEEN Footwear, Chrome Industries, ROFU) in Portland, Ore. Prior to joining Fuerst Group in 2015, her career included stints as a psychotherapist, a medical salesperson, an entrepreneur, an ABC Television contributor and an executive coach whose clients included Google, Time Inc. and Meeting Planners International.
Betty LaMarr, author/founder/CEO of EmpowHer Institute, is a passionate servant leader who is committed to being a spark to ignite transformation in other’s lives. While living in South Africa, she saw what happens when girls and women are offered even modest opportunities for empowerment: women discover independence, girls seek education, and life changes for entire families and communities as the cycle of poverty and dependency is broken. Inspired by her South Africa experience, she came back to the United States and founded EmpowHer Institute in 2003 with a small group of committed friends. EmpowHer now plants the seeds of success for at-risk teen girls to develop character, confidence and self-worth through education, determination and mentorship. Programs are delivered to 250 middle school girls in urban environments annually.
Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE
Paulette Lambert, registered dietitian and certified diabetic educator, has more than 30 years of experience in her field. Her experience with clinical nutrition includes expertise in the areas of weight management, diabetes, heart disease prevention and cardiac care, cancer prevention and management, obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, food allergies, supplements, sports training and more. As the director of nutrition for the California Health & Longevity Institute since its opening in 2006, she develops the nutrition programs and protocols for individual consultations, workshops for consumers and corporate groups, and the popular Wellness Kitchen. Paulette was the first registered dietitian in California to move to private practice.
Ann Le is a consultant with 15 years of extensive strategic, financial and operational experience in media, content and entertainment. Her domestic and international clients include experiential/entertainment companies, micro-budget film/TV studios, film festivals, digital and marketing strategy, start-ups, tech and production houses. Ann produced "Dear White People", winner of the Sundance Festival Jury Prize in 2014, and lauded for its digital marketing campaign and its creative commentary on race relations. The film was sold to Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, set for theatrical release October 17, 2014. Previously, she worked at Universal Pictures through the Universal Pictures Leadership Program in marketing, production, and development.
Suzanne Lerner is an entrepreneur, activist and advocate for gender equality. She is the co-founder and president of retail company Michael Stars. Suzanne Lerner boasts decades of experience in business, as well as a background in philanthropy with a primary focus on gender equality, economic empowerment and social justice. Lerner’s second career is philanthropy and giving back to communities both domestically and abroad. She is an advocate for gender equality and believes that a woman’s success should not be decided by where she is from. Suzanne has made it her mission to support women’s rights both in business and her personal life.
Uvinie Lubecki develops the curriculum and program for millennial leadership development at Dalai Lama Fellows. She creates secular perspectives and practices to develop self-awareness, resilience, compassion and connection to others. She's a longtime meditator and has attended several retreats with the Dalai Lama in South India. Prior to joining Dalai Lama Fellows, she was focused on health and wellbeing. She was the head of strategy for RelayHealth, a subsidiary of McKesson, and also worked for Deloitte Consulting, Aetna, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the World Health Organization in Sudan.
Cristina Mancini Jones
An acknowledged expert in bridging the creative aspects of technology and storytelling, Cristina leads the newly-formed Technology & Creative Strategy group at 20th Century Fox. Technology, as a creative partner, is driving and shaping the ways in which stories are now found and told. In this environment of constant change, Cristina continues to explore how the most basic human art form, creating and sharing stories, will evolve alongside the convergence of AI, experiential platforms and the Internet of Things.
Lori N. Mackenzie
Lori N. Mackenzie is the executive director of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Her work has been published in numerous outlets, and she speaks widely on the topics of Bias 2.0, leadership and creating effective workplaces. She is executive editor of Gender News and the annual research magazine upRising. Lori is the founder of the online Voice & Influence program aimed at providing people with the skills, information and inspiration to be as effective as possible. Prior to joining the institute, Lori worked in marketing and business management for 20 years at companies such as Procter & Gamble, Apple Inc., eBay, PayPal and CafePress.
Diane Manuel, CRPC, CFP
Diane Manuel joined Urban Wealth Management after a successful career with Merrill Lynch, the California Endowment, and The J. Paul Getty Museum. She has published articles on Investopedia.com, Nasdaq.com and on the Urban Wealth Management website, where she writes a series called “Your Life. Your Legacy.” Diane currently sits on the advisory board for WriteGirl, a writing and mentorship program for girls, and is a founding member of the Giving Circle Angelenos 4 Los Angeles. She is active in the entrepreneurship and the promotion of innovative solutions to support uplifting change in the African-American community in Southern California. Diane has over 20 years of experience helping individuals and organizations in their efforts to identify, implement, and accomplish their goals.
Ann McElaney-Johnson, PhD
Ann McElaney-Johnson, PhD, is the 12th president of Mount Saint Mary's, the only women’s university in Los Angeles. She is recognized as a thought leader for women’s issues and a champion for innovative teaching and learning. Ann is a member of various boards including the Women in Public Service Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; the Advisory Council of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; and the Board of Directors for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), among others. She has received numerous awards and honors, most recently the YWCA Woman of Vision award and the Women of Distinction award from L.A. law firm Alston & Bird. She has over 25 years of service to liberal arts colleges throughout the country as a faculty member, associate dean and chief academic and student affairs officer.
Margie Moreno oversees all Spanish content worldwide as part of the YouTube Red Originals international team. Before joining YouTube, she served as the vice president of production and development for NBC Universo, the NBC Universal cable network targeting US Hispanics. She has over 15 years of television experience, having served as both a producer and network executive. Prior to NBC Universo, she was head of development for Imagina US/ Promofilm US. Margie began her career as director of original programming at Turner after stints at Lionsgate Television and Mandalay Entertainment. She also serves as board co-chair for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and is a Los Angeles board member of Step Up Women's Network which looks to empower girls from under-resourced communities.
Valerie Mosley is CEO of Valmo Ventures, which advises, partners with or invests in companies that generate value for shareholders and society. Valerie spent 20 years at Wellington Management Company, where she managed billions for institutional clients and was partner, senior vice president and portfolio manager. Valerie is an independent director of The Eaton Vance Fund Family, Dynex Capital, and Progress Investment Management Company. She is an advisor to the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the third largest pension fund in the U.S., and the Risk Audit Committee of the United Auto Workers Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. Black Enterprise magazine has honored Valerie as one of the Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street and 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.
Cora Neumann, PhD
Cora Neumann, PhD, is the founder of the Global First Ladies Alliance and RESET, and served as senior advisor under Secretary Hillary Clinton at the U.S. Department of State. Through her experience working with first ladies, heads of state, CEOs, nonprofit leaders and women entrepreneurs, Cora witnessed that the world’s most influential and effective leaders are rooted in a connection to self, humanity and the planet. For women leaders in particular, sustained success is grounded in the ability to set boundaries and consistently realign with purpose, meaning and impact. Prior experience includes work for the RAND Corporation, the Bush Institute, Care.com, the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations.
Kiesha Nix currently oversees and directs programming and funding priorities for the charitable arm of the Los Angeles Lakers as the executive director of the Lakers Youth Foundation. She is responsible for implementing the mission of the foundation which is to assist underserved youth in our communities to develop and recognize their full potential by providing positive experiences and resources in education, health & wellness and sports. She currently sits on the advisory board for the Los Angeles Dodgers and MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program, USC Black Alumni Advisory Board and the Korean Healthcare Education Information & Research Center. Kiesha currently serves as one of Procter & Gamble’s 2017 “My Black is Beautiful Ambassadors,” and recently received the YWCA - Greater Los Angeles Community Game Changer Award.
Diane M. Reichenberger
Diane M. Reichenberger is a retail and licensing professional with over 30 years of executive leadership experience. She currently serves as vice president of global strategy for consumer products and promotional partnerships at Mattel. Prior to joining Mattel, she co-founded Giiv.com a mobile gifting company. She served as COO of Rock & Republic, CEO of Dualstar Entertainment Group, president of L.A. Gear Inc., senior vice president and general manager of the women's division of Joe Boxer Corp. She also co-founded the Women’s Accelerator, a high-touch, management development program experience for women leaders at key advancement points in their careers.
Luz Rivas was appointed by Mayor Garcetti as a commissioner on the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works in 2016. She has built a her career at the intersection of engineering, education and public service — most recently as founder and executive director of DIY Girls, a non-profit dedicated to increasing girls' interest and success in science and technology. For the last 15 years, she has worked at nonprofits, museums and universities where she has developed partnerships between educators and STEM research institutions to make cutting-edge science content accessible for K-12 students. She taught service learning for engineering undergraduates at USC, and worked to increase diversity at Caltech. Additionally, Luz has worked on NASA and National Science Foundation funded projects that aimed to increase access to STEM in community-based organizations.
Mona Saint, MD, MPH
Mona Saint, MD, MPH, is a board-certified physician in both obstetrics & gynecology and integrative holistic medicine and a staff physician and master educator at the world-renowned Chopra Center for Wellbeing. She integrates the best of conventional and complementary/holistic medicine to facilitate the body's natural healing responses. She is a weekly speaker at the Chopra Center Perfect Health Program and co-facilitator of the Chopra Center Healing the Heart/Emotional Freedom Workshop. She serves as faculty and an invited speaker at the Journey Into Healing Conference. She has published medical articles in the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Journal of Contraception. She has also served as a medical textbook reviewer, community speaker and medical contributor to contemporary magazines such as Fitness and Cosmopolitan.
Susan Salem, PhD
Susan K. Salem is the director of counseling & psychological services at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She has worked at the Mount for 16 years and has served in college counseling centers for a total of 28 years, including working at Loyola Marymount University and the Claremont Colleges. As a member of the Mount Wellness Council, she is the leader of the stress management segment of the University’s wellness movement and has been instrumental in bringing a resiliency program to the Mount. Susan is an active member of the Organization for Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education in California and is a former chair, steering committee member and awards committee chair of the organization. She is a licensed psychologist and has a specialty in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Megan Sette is the founder of M Collaborative, a boutique marketing and communications agency that works with conscious brands to build community and make a greater social impact. She created her first organization at the age of 10, built her first website in 1997, and by the age of 16 found herself working for Hyperion Solutions, an enterprise software company that was later acquired by Oracle. Post-college she spent 10 years in the nonprofit sector before launching an entity that combined her passions for storytelling, innovation and helping people. Megan is also a cofounder and board member for GRID110, a 501c3 economic and community development organization in partnership with the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The initiative aims to help the startup ecosystem thrive in downtown LA and ultimately create jobs by providing entrepreneurs with access to office space, mentorship and the resources necessary for success.