2016 Schedule

10th Annual
West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference

Friday, May 6th & Saturday, May 7th, 2018


Sponsored by the City Of West Hollywood

Friday | May 6

The EmPower Breakfast

Dynamic Speakers & Networking

8 – 10 am | West Hollywood City Council Chambers

Start your conference weekend with the EmPower Networking Breakfast, celebrating women business owners. Did you know that California leads the nation in the number of women-owned businesses? In honor of national small business week, discover how self-made success stories thrive and compete in the marketplace. Learn how women create opportunities for self-reliance, empower themselves and others as well as contribute to America’s economy. Get inspired to start your own business and achieve financial independence!

Keynote Speaker:
  • Dawn McCoy — Tastemaker, Entertainer & Do-Gooder
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Official Conference Kick-Off

Film Screening, Panel Discussion & Dessert Reception

7 – 10 pm | West Hollywood City Council Chambers

Join the West Hollywood City Council, local leaders and advocates for the official kick-off of the 10th Annual West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference. Join us for a special screening of the documentary TRAPPED from award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter, a startling film about what remains of a woman’s right to choose and how U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open.

Followed by Q&A Discussion featuring panelists:
  • June Ayers — Featured in the film; Owner & Director, Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Janette Robinson Flint — Executive Director, Black Women for Wellness
  • Rebecca Griffin — Assistant Director, California Programs, NARAL Pro-Choice California
  • Laura Jimenez — Executive Director, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

Co-sponsored by Independent Lens, ITVS, PBS SoCal & Women in Film Los Angeles

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Saturday | May 7

All-Day Conference

An exciting day-long event geared towards women who live, work and play in West Hollywood featuring dynamic speakers, informative panels, expert-led trainings and valuable resources, plus an exhibitor area, continental breakfast and luncheon.

KeyNote, Luncheon, Panels & Workshops

8:30 am – 5:30 pm | West Hollywood Park & Library Complex

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Opening Session

Sponsored by
Capitol Drugs, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Constant Contact & City of West Hollywood

8:30 am
Check-in & Exhibitor Hub Open; Continental Breakfast & Networking

9:30 am
Welcome From West Hollywood City Council & Special Guest Speakers

10:00 am
Keynote – Rethinking Leadership: How the Entertainment Industry is Changing Culture
For decades, films, television shows and digital media have shaped American identities and cultural expectations, showing us who we are and who we can become. From Transparent to Scandal; from The Hunger Games to The Boss, media plays a huge role in changing perceptions of women and girls. Join an esteemed panel of writers, directors and executives as they explore the following questions: do women lead differently and if so, what does that look like? what is the impact of women-led films, shows and companies within the industry? As storytellers at the heart of this art form and business how do we continue to break new ground? What (if any) is our responsibility to the next generation of girls and women? What does a Utopian women-centered industry look like and how do we get there?


Curated by Women in Film Los Angeles

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Panels & Workshops

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Insider Career Advancement Tips from Human Resources Experts
This is a rare opportunity to get the inside scoop on professional development tips from a panel of Human Resources experts. Discuss the habits for success that employers value in an interactive “informational interview” platform. Understand how to advance even when your current situation has no ladder. Gain insight on job search do’s and don’ts tactics from industry leaders. It’s time to shine!


Create Your Ideal Vision for Success Workshop
As many successful women know, creating success starts with having a clear vision. Before we take action, we need to know where we’re going and what we want to achieve. Join us for an inspirational and hands-on workshop to support you in creating a clear vision and action plan for your professional and personal life. What do you want for your career or business, your health and relationships? This workshop will guide you, step-by-step, on how to use a powerful tool to map out your vision and clarify your goals.
Facilitated by Margalit Ward — Certified Life Empowerment & Business Coach and Co-Founder, Get Up Girl Women’s Coaching

What to Say, and How to Say It – Crafting Your Compelling Marketing Message
Do you have a great product, service or message to share but don’t quite know how to say it?  What you say, and the way you say it (tone, date&time, frequency) is how you will attract, engage and be shareworthy to your audiences. This workshop will teach you the time-saving tips, techniques, and apps that will help your content — and the way you share it — succeed! You’ll learn how to: Create, Curate, and Extend…the content that will help you achieve your goals. We’ll cover tidbits like how many links create the most engagement, how to turn questions into high-open subject lines, tips on using graphics, pictures and videos, re-purposing content across multiple platforms, and more. And, we’ll give you the structure and tools to make creating your content fast, easy and effective.
Facilitated by Natalie Gouché — Founder, L.A. Social Media Trainer Inc.
Sponsored by Constant Contact


How to Get Appointed to a Board or Commission
Ever wonder about how you can become part of one of the City of West Hollywood’s Boards or Commissions and what exactly they do? Get the insider scoop from City appointed officials! Learn about County, State and Non-profit Board Service Opportunities too!

  • Karen Eyres — West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board
  • Sam Borelli — West Hollywood Human Services Commission


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Panels & Workshops

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Leveraging Your Power: Women’s Voices (Women in Media)
Media shapes our perception of who we are and our potential. Engage with an award-winning journalists, veteran radio on-air personality and global entertainment entrepreneur. Learn how they get their stories heard in their field. Gain a better understanding of the industries they thrive in as they engage with the world’s most powerful consumer: women. Discover how to leverage your power and advance women’s voices.


The Power of the Inbox
What is the first impression you give when they see you in their email inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do? This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing:

  • What it really is (and isn’t)
  • What it can do for your business
  • And the five easy steps you must take to harness the power of the inbox!
    1. Grow a healthy list
    2. Create great content
    3. Customize a beautiful, mobile-friendly template that matches your brand
    4. How to get your emails opened
    5. Tracking your results

From revealing why regular email doesn’t work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don’t!), this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective marketing you can do: email marketing. Join us!
Facilitated by Natalie Gouché — Founder, L.A. Social Media Trainer Inc.
Sponsored by Constant Contact


How to Get Appointed to a Board or Commission
Ever wonder about how you can become part of one of the City of West Hollywood’s Boards or Commissions and what exactly they do? Get the insider scoop from City appointed officials! Learn about County, State and Non-profit Board Service Opportunities too!


Panels & Workshops

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Social Media Speak and Trends
The social media landscape has changed. Have you? Immerse yourself in a fun workshop with digital influencers and social media experts. Take home practical resources and examine social media trends. Get F2F time in IRL or FOMO will set in. OMG #WeHoWLC #WeHo

  • Alaia Williams — Entrepreneur, Procrastinatrix, Community Cultivator

Maximizing Your Personal Productivity 
Have you ever thought about the huge amounts of time you spend working or trying to finish things that never seem to end? Leaving you wondering why you are not accomplishing more? Do you feel like time is slipping away; leaving you feeling you will never reach what you know and feel you can do? This workshop is about creating a way to start living your dreams one step at a time to become the person you are destined to be. It is about finding the hidden moments to being more, feeling more and LIVING more. Through the philosophy of achievement, consistent practices and creating new habits, you can achieve and accomplish MORE. Learn the framework to attain higher personal productivity and gain control of your life!
Facilitated by Sahar Andrade — Diversity, Leadership, Culture Competence Consultant & Certified Social Media Strategist

Leadership Without Limits
What makes a leader? What does it take to run for office, lead a project, become an advocate or start an organization or business? How do you move from inspiration to action? Hear from local leaders who have made the leap. Learn how to find your leadership style, overcome obstacles and become stronger and more effective in whatever you are passionate about without limits!


  • June Ayers — Owner & Director, Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Caroline Heldman — Associate Professor, Politics, Occidental College & Co-Chair, End Rape Statute of Limitations
  • Drian Juarez — Program Manager, Transgender Economic Empowerment Project, Legal Services, Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • Carolyn Ramsay — Fundraising Consultant

Closing Session

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Voces Femeninas — The Female Voice in Film
We have heard a lot this year about demographics in Hollywood. From #OscarsSoWhite to the infamous Hollywood gender gap, there are real problems with representation in media. Against this backdrop, our all-female panel will talk about the importance of the Latina perspective in front of and behind the camera. Speaking on issues of representation, the storytelling craft, and professional development, this is a session not to be missed.


Curated by Impact Media Partners & Women in Film Los Angeles

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Reception/Wrap Up

5:30 pm

Please Note: Schedule subject to change.

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