11th Annual
West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference

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Sponsored by the City Of West Hollywood


Saturday, May 13, 2017  |  8am – 7pm


8:00 am

Activation Center:
Activate your morning with meaningful connections and impactful actions!

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Official Kick Off:
Welcome from West Hollywood City Council & Special Guest Speakers

9:00 am – 9:30 am

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

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Women Leaders Wanted! The Office of the Governor and The Speaker of the State Assembly have the authority to appoint members to California State Boards and Commissions. There are hundreds of opportunities to serve in a multitude of areas. California needs quality leadership that reflects the rich diversity of our great state. Learn what it takes to become an appointed official for the State of California. Hint: You are more ready than you think you are! Leave this workshop prepared to take the next step!

Nikki JohnsonSr. Advisor to the Speaker on Appointments, Office of Speaker Anthony Rendon
Mona PasquilAppointments Secretary, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Leadership Sessions:
Workplace Gender Equality and Economic Advancement for Women

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Explore effective ways on how you can advocate for yourself and other women in the workplace. Unleash the ripple effect of women’s advancement in leadership roles and closing the pay gap. Get motivated by trailblazers for gender equality and learn to create and cultivate a gender-sensitive work environment.

Emerald Archer — Center for the Advancement of Women, Mount Saint Mary’s University
Ina Coleman — Organization Development Consultant, Sirenia Partners
Tiffany Smith-Anoa’I — Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, CBS Entertainment

Leadership Sessions:
Technology as a Pathway to Women’s Equality

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Technology offers tremendous opportunities as a game-changer to rapidly advance the status of women and girls and end gender inequality. Learn how women are leading in scientific progress and technological innovation and how you can be a part of this global revolution.

Lilly KamProduct Manager,
Cam Kashani — Godmother of #SiliconBeach, COACCEL
Marina LeeFounder & CEO, Women In Tech Network
Loretta Whitesides — Founder Astronaut and Consultant, Virgin Galactic
Espree DevoraProducer & Host, WeAreLATech

Activation Center/Lunch

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Hungry for more Advocacy and Activism?

Leadership Sessions:
Democracy Now: Local Leaders Speak Out

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm

Shikha BhatnagarExecutive Director, South Asian Network (SAN)
Alex Mohajer — Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Bros4America
Allison VanKuikenProgram Coordinator, Equality California
Abbe LandCo-Founder, Indivisible LA, Former Mayor and Councilmember, City of West Hollywood

Leadership Sessions:
Women In Media – Leading the Way Forward

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm

Film and TV have the power to educate, inspire, and move audiences to action! A panel of women filmmakers will present an array of current projects that help us to better understand the unique power of women in setting the agenda and promoting advocacy on behalf of issues they care about. Clips from exciting new films and media projects will punctuate robust discussion of women as directors, storytellers, and advocates.

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

Advocacy Training Breakout Session: Round One

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm

  • Op-Ed Writing: Become a Thought Leader & Take Your Leadership to the Next Level
  • Taking on Legislation: Effectively Lobby & Advocate with Your Legislators
    Sara Mitchell — Public Affairs Specialist, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
  • Tech Platforms & Cool Tools for Advocacy
    Haylee Vance — Executive Director, Together We Will Los Angeles
  • Be the Grassroots Change: Learn How to Get Appointed to Local City Boards & Commissions
  • Workshopping Your Advocacy Ideas: Bring Your Project to the Table & Figure Out How to Make it Happen
    Selina Vazquez — Director of Advocacy, Together We Will Los Angeles
  • Artists Lead & Create Change: Make a Difference with Your Art, Your Voice, & Your Preferred Medium
    Women’s Center for Creative Work

Advocacy Training Breakout Sessions: Round Two

3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

  • Storytelling for Change: Create Messages that Will Connect & Persuade
    Leda Maliga — Project Manager, TaskForce
    Cristina Pacheco — Activist Producer and Non Profit Consultant
  • Resistance, Protest, and Knowing Your Rights: Skills for Effective Activism
    Lashea Brown — Program Coordinator–Get Smart B4 U Get Sexy, Black Women For Wellness
    Stephanie Feld — Civic Engagement and VREAM Coordinator, Black Women for Wellness
    Kelli Soto — Community Engagement & Policy Advocate, ACLU of Southern California
  • Be the Grassroots Change: Learn How to Get Appointed to Local City Boards & Commissions
  • It’s Your Turn: Running for Office 101
    Facilitator: Ennette Morton — Close the Gap
  • Stronger United: Effective Coalition Building for Organizations, Community Groups, and Individuals
    Juana Rosa Cavero — California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom
  • Social Entrepreneurship & You: How to Create Change and Opportunities
    Arlin Crane — Director of Food and Beverage, Homeboy Industries
    Margo Lang — Co-Founder, Conscious Period
    Annie Lasco — Co-Founder, Conscious Period

Closing Sessions:
Art and Music Reception

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dj, Special Guest Speaker, Art-making, Refreshments & more!

Please Note: Schedule subject to change.

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