Mark your calendars! On Friday, March 1, 2024, join hundreds of alums, supporters, parents, friends and staff at our annual USC Women’s Conference on University Park Campus. Women’s Conference 2023 was one of our most exciting conferences yet, and we are deeply grateful to our extraordinary speakers for sharing their insights, experience and expertise. Stay tuned for program updates in December!
If you were unable to join us, please check out our social media posts, as well as our virtual program book, for more information about the 2023 conference and our speakers:
Women’s Conference 2023 Photos
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2023 Conference Co-Chairs
Carmen Herrera ’89
Entrepreneur and Former Corporate Executive
Carmen Herrera is an entrepreneur and CPA currently working on launching Vida for Vitality, a juice enterprise aimed at brain health, with a particular focus on underserved communities. Her corporate experience includes finance and operational roles with Fortune 500, international, start-up and Big Four public accounting companies. She began her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young LLP, and spent 19 years (beginning in 2001) at Sempra Energy. In 2007, she became the first Latina director at that firm. Herrera, who holds a BS in business administration from the USC Marshall School of Business, serves on the USC Alumni Association (USCAA) Board of Governors, and is past chair of the USC Latino Alumni Association Corporate Advisory Council. She volunteers at other nonprofits and charities, and enjoys various sports in her spare time.
Marissa Stahl ’12
Founder and CEO Cherry Creative
Marissa Stahl is the founder and CEO of Cherry Creative, a Los Angeles-based digital marketing firm. She is also simultaneously pursuing a career in entertainment as an actor, director, producer and writer. Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Stahl graduated from the USC School of Dramatic Arts with a BA in dramatic arts and a minor in communications and the entertainment industry. While at USC, she was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and served as vice president of education for the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity. Stahl has served as chair of the USCAA’s Young Alumni Council, and is currently a member of the USCAA Board of Governors.
2023 Conference Committee
Amy Carter ’03
Paola Fernandez ’14, MPP ’19
Priya Kapoor ’93, MFT ’06
Cynthia Low ’98
Gitanjali Mohindra ’94
Stephanie Paggi ’74, MS ’77, EdD ’90
Deidre Strohm MPW ’96
Bryanna Wallace ’19
2022 USC Women’s Conference Clips
Welcome & University Greeting
Co-Chairs Karen Carr-Crawford MPA ’83 and Eva Iino welcome conference participants to kick off the 2022 USC Women’s Conference.
What Leaders are Made Of
USC President Carol L. Folt and Willow Bay, Dean of USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, share their thoughts of modern leadership.
Sheroic Tales of Activism
USC’s Associate Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08 introduces this panel discussion that includes Christopher Manning, Vice President, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer; Sheryl Evans Davis EdD ’20, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission; and Joanna Joyce Weiss JD ’97, Founder/President of WAVE (Women for American Values and Ethics).
Making Entertainment Diverse, Inclusive & All-Embracing
A panel discussion with Poppy Hanks ’95, Executive Vice President of Production and Development, MACRO; Leslie Lehr ’82, A Boob’s Life, Pegagus Books, HBO Max, Truby Writers Studio; Liza Pano ’90, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Distribution Services, Paramount Pictures; and Tiffany Everett ’02, Senior Marketing and PR Professional.