This year’s West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference will kick-off on Friday, May 6, 2016 and include two days of events, panels, and workshops through Saturday, May 7, 2016 at West Hollywood Park and West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The conference is organized around the theme “Knowledge. Power. Community” and is presented by the City of West Hollywood with nearly two dozen organizational partners. It will bring hundreds of people together for two days of inspiration, leadership, and connection.

“We encourage women and others who live, work, and play in West Hollywood to join us,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister. “It is a great opportunity for community members to meet new people, network, and learn new skills — whether it be job-related or for personal growth. There’s something for everyone at the Women’s Leadership Conference!”

On Friday, May 6, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the conference will begin with the EmPower Breakfast. California leads the nation in the number of women-owned businesses. The EmPower Breakfast and networking event will celebrate women business owners and provide information about how women can create opportunities for self-reliance and empowerment. It will feature Keynote Speaker Dawn McCoy, lifestyle and beauty expert, social media influencer and Creator and Editor of Beauty Frosting. Panelists will include: Darya Allen-Attar, Founder, Women Founders Network–Broads Circle; Dr. Yasmin Davidds, President & CEO, Latina Global Executive Leadership Institute; Holly Holton, Founder and Owner, Pink Iron Gym; and Dimple Thakkar, Founder and CEO, SYNHERGY. The moderator will be Lisa Tsou, Founder of, and Consultant for, The Winning Pitch and Founder and Producer of Women Entrepreneurs Community of Los Angeles (WECLA). There is a $10 admission charge, which includes entry, a light breakfast, and validated parking in the adjacent five-story parking structure.

The official conference Kick-Off Event will take place on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be a special screening of Trapped, a feature-length documentary film by award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter about the fight that reproductive health clinics in the United States must take on to remain open and about what remains of a woman’s right to choose. The screening will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion including: June Ayers (who is featured in the film), Owner and Director of Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery, Alabama; Rebecca Griffin, Assistant Director, California Programs, NARAL Pro-Choice California; Janette Robinson Flint, Executive Director, Black Women for Wellness; and Laura Jimenez, Executive Director, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. The moderator will be Maria Hall Brown, Executive Producer of Arts and Cultural Content at PBS SoCal. The Kick-Off Event is co-sponsored by Independent Lens, ITVS, PBS SoCal, and Women In Film Los Angeles. Admission is free; seating is limited. RSVP is required. For more information and to RSVP, please call (323) 848-6840.

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, the Women’s Leadership Conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The daylong event will include dynamic speakers, informative panels, an exhibitor area, and career-building workshops. Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast and a luncheon. This year’s conference will weave together conversations about advancing women’s leadership and the impact of women in media, and will provide opportunities for career and communications skills development, including an exclusive panel discussion with human resources professionals from AEG, CAA, Nestlé USA and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and expert-led digital marketing workshops co-sponsored by Constant Contact.

Conference speakers will include Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President, Physical Production, Marvel Studios and Executive Producer, (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3); Naketha Mattocks, Vice President, Original Movies for the Disney Channel, The Walt Disney Company; Our Lady J, TV writer (Transparent); Michelle Valles, NBC4 Anchor and Reporter; Tina Mica, On Air Personality, 100.3 The Sound; Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director, Women In Film Los Angeles; Angela Baker, Vice President Human Resources at AEG; Kristena D. Hatcher, HR Executive, Talent Acquisition at CAA; Tatiana Oueini, Human Resources Manager at Nestlé USA; Emily Weprich, Manager, Human Resources at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network; Rupa Dash Producer, Brillstein Entertainment Partners/Dash Global Media and Co-Founder & CEO, World Woman Foundation; Kristin Marguerite Doidge, Media & Entertainment Reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal; Courtney Kovacevich, President of West Coast Sales, Influential; Liz H Kelly, CEO/Founder Goody PR and Goody Awards; Sydney Goldman, Manager, Marketing and Communications, engage:BDR; Karen Ocamb, veteran LGBT journalist; and Maikiko James, Manager of Operations & Public Programs, Women In Film, Los Angeles.

Conference topics will include a Keynote Session: Rethinking Leadership: How the Entertainment Industry is Changing Culture, and a timely closing session curated by Impact Media Partners and Women In Film Los Angeles titled Voces Femeninas—The Female Voice in Film, featuring award-winning Latina filmmakers Aurora Guerrero and Anayansi Prado and film festival programmer Christine Davila, followed by a dessert reception sponsored by The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

General conference tickets range from $35 to $45 with advance registration; tickets will be $55 on the day of the conference. Tickets for seniors and full-time students are $15. Ticket prices include meals and free onsite parking.

To purchase advance tickets please visit Eventbrite. Participate in social media — @WeHoWLC and #WeHoWLC.

For more information about West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference 2016, please call (323) 848-6840. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.