2017 Speakers

2017 Speaker Highlights

WLC’s spectacular group of Keynote, Panel and Workshop Speakers


Official Kick Off

Welcome from West Hollywood City Council & Special Guest Speakers

Keynote Speaker:

Sandra de Castro Buffington

Founding Director, Global Media Center for Social Impact, UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health

   |   gmimpact.org

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Leadership Sessions | Morning

Taking the Lead — Get Appointed to a California State Commission or Board!

Nikki Johnson

Sr. Advisor to the Speaker on Appointments, Office of Speaker Anthony Rendon

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Mona Pasquil

Appointments Secretary, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

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Workplace Gender Equality and Economic Advancement for Women

Emerald Archer

Director, Center for the Advancement of Women, Mount Saint Mary’s University

  |   msmu.edu/About-MSMU/Center-for-the-Advancement-of-Women/

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Ina Coleman

Organizational Development Consultant, Sirenia Partners


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Tiffany Smith-Anoa’I

Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, CBS Entertainmentment

  |   cbscorporation.com/diversity/diversity-institute/introduction/

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Dulari Amin

Chief Operating Officer, Qello LLC

   |   qellomedia.com

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Technology as a Pathway to Women’s Equality

Lilly Kam

Product Manager, i.am+

  |   lillykam.com

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Cam Kashani

Godmother of #SiliconBeach, COACCEL

  |   coaccel.com

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Marina Lee

Founder & CEO, Women In Tech Network

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Loretta Whitesides

Founder Astronaut and Consultant, Virgin Galactic

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Espree Devora

Producer & Host, WeAreLATech

  |   wearelatech.com

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Lunchtime Breakout Discussions

Reproductive Justice | Human Trafficking | Climate Change

Reproductive Justice

Sara Mitchell

Public Affairs Specialist, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

(Also facilitating Taking on Legislation: Effectively Lobby & Advocate with Your Legislators | 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm)

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Human Trafficking

Cassandra Krcmar

Associate Director, Incarceration & Anti-Human Trafficking and NCJW/LA Human Trafficking Outreach Project Volunteer

  |   ncjwla.org/

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Climate Change

Marta Segura

Southern California Engagement Director, Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute


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Leadership Sessions | Afternoon

Democracy Now: Local Leaders Speak Out

Shikha Bhatnagar

Executive Director, South Asian Network (SAN)

  |   southasiannetwork.org

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Diana Colin

Civic Engagement Director, Coalition For Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

 |   chirla.org

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Emiliana Guereca

Co-Executive Director, Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation

  |   womensmarchla.org

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Alex Mohajer

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Bros4America

  |   bros4america.com/alexmohajer

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Allison VanKuiken

Program Director, Equality California

  |   eqca.org

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Abbe Land

Co-Founder, Indivisible LA; Former Mayor and Councilmember, City of West Hollywood

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Women In Media – Leading the Way Forward

Finola Hughes

Emmy® Award-winning Actress & Filmmaker
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Grace Lee

Peabody® Award-winning Filmmaker

 |   www.ktown92.com

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Li Lu

Writer & Director
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Marianna Palka

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Cady McClain

Emmy-Award Winning Actress and Director/Producer of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct

 |   www.seeingisbelievingwomendirect.com

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Advocacy Training Breakout Session: Round One

Op-Ed Writing: Become a Thought Leader & Take Your Leadership to the Next Level

Tom Zoellner

Politics Editor, The Los Angeles Review of Books; Associate Professor of English, Chapman University

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Taking on Legislation: Effectively Lobby & Advocate with Your Legislators

Sara Mitchell

Public Affairs Specialist, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

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Tech Platforms & Cool Tools for Advocacy

Meredith Prunkard

Director of Membership & Development, Together We Will | Los Angeles

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Sarah Louise Tooke

Founder/Consultant, AP Consulting

  |   allpurposeconsultinggroup.com

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Be the Grassroots Change: Learn How to Get Appointed to a Local Boards or Commissions

Karen Eyres

Vice Chair, City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board
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Nadia Sutton

Board Member, City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board
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Josh Kurpies

District Director, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom
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Workshopping Your Advocacy Ideas: Bring Your Project to the Table & Figure Out How to Make it Happen

Rachel Fox

Project Coordinator, Center for Nonprofit Management

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Christina Gnozzo

Senior Account Executive, Dog And A Duck

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Selina Vazquez

Director of Advocacy, Together We Will | Los Angeles


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Artists Lead & Create Change: Make a Difference with Your Art, Your Voice, & Your Preferred Medium

Julianna Parr

Founder of CraftNight and SparkleBlob

  |   sparkleblob.org

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Advocacy Training Breakout Session: Round Two

Storytelling for Change: Create Messages that Will Connect & Persuade

Leda Maliga

Executive Producer, TaskForce

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Cristina Pacheco

Activist Producer & Non Profit Consultant

  |   cristinapacheco.com

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Resistance, Protest, and Knowing Your Rights: Skills for Effective Activism

Nourbese Flint

Policy Director, Black Women For Wellness

  |   bwwla.org

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Kelli Soto

Community Engagement & Policy Advocate, ACLU of Southern California

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It’s Your Turn: Running for Office 101

Ennette Morton

Southern California Recruiter, Close the Gap CA

  |    closethegapca.org

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Silissa Uriarte Smith

Board Member, Close the Gap CA; Owner & Consultant, 360 Collaborative Solutions

  |   closethegapca.org

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Stronger United: Effective Coalition Building for Organizations, Community Groups, and Individuals

Juana Rosa Cavero

Executive Director, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom

  |   reproductivefreedomca.org

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Be a Social Entrepreneur! How to Create Change and Opportunity

Arlin Crane

Director of Social Enterprise, Homeboy Industries

  |   homeboyindustries.org

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Margo Lang & Annie Lascoe

Co-Founders, Conscious Period

  |   https://consciousperiod.com/

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Conference Program MCs

Noemi Torres

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Maxine Tatlonghari

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