March 3, 2023

Celebrate International Women’s Day at the 2023 USC Women’s Conference!

One of our most popular events, the conference brings together women, non-binary and transgender people of all ages and backgrounds—alumnae, parents, students and friends—for a day of programs and activities designed to inspire and empower them to create positive change in their personal lives, their communities and the world.

The annual USC Women’s Conference will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023 on the USC University Park Campus. Please check back on December 1 for early-bird registration and confirmed speakers.

For updates and announcements about this year’s exciting conference and speakers follow:
@USCWomensConference #USCWC


Registration is now open! You may select either a VIP Reception Package or general admission to the conference. Early registration is available through Thursday, January 19. General registration opens Friday, January 20.

Each registration price includes a $5 donation, which supports USC Alumni Association programs and services.

VIP Reception Package Includes:

  • Admission to the VIP reception at the Coliseum’s 1923 Club on Thursday, March 2
    Network with conference speakers, attend an exclusive panel discussion on women in sports, and enjoy hosted appetizers and beverages.
  • Admission to the conference on Friday, March 3
    Enjoy a full day of inspiring panel discussions, breakout sessions and speaker presentations, as well as marketplace access, a continental breakfast and lunch, and a networking reception.

Alumni VIP
Early: $125 | General: $165

Young Alumni VIP (35 years old and younger)/USC Student VIP
Early: $110 | General: $150

Non-alumni VIP
Early: $145 | General: $185

General Admission Includes:

  • Admission to the conference on Friday, March 3
    Enjoy a full day of inspiring panel discussions, breakout sessions and speaker presentations, as well as marketplace access, a continental breakfast and lunch, and a networking reception.

Early: $75 | $105 after January 19

Young Alumni (35 years old and younger)/USC Student 
Early: $60 | $90 after January 19

Early: $95 | $125 after January 19

Thursday, March 2, 2023
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy a VIP networking reception at the Coliseum’s 1923 Club. Network with fellow attendees and attend a panel discussion on women in sports, featuring:

  • Amelia Brodka ’11, Olympic Skateboarder and Founder of Exposure Skate
  • Erin Coscarelli ’06, NFL Network Host and Anchor of the Ultimate Surfer
  • Tasha Danvers ’02, British Olympic Bronze Medalist and Public Speaker

Friday, March 3, 2023

USC Women’s Conference: University Park Campus

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast (Alumni Park)

9:40–11:00 a.m.

Morning Program (Bovard Auditorium)

Carol L. Folt Fireside Chat with University of Southern California President Carol L. Folt.

Attend an informative discussion on recent medical advances in women’s health, featuring Carolyn C. Meltzer, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Diana Ramos ’88, MD’94, California’s surgeon general.

Participate in a facilitated wellness break, led by Danielle Gray ’14, mental health advocate and founder of Train Like A Gymnast.

11:30–12:15 p.m.

Breakout Session I (Various Locations)

The Business of Beauty: Women Entrepreneurs Transforming the Industry
Le’Marquinita Lowe Le’Marquinita Lowe MAT ’12
CEO, Black and Crème
Dana Ward Dana Ward ’05
Founder, Barefoot Scientist
Alexis Jeffries MBA ’17
(Moderator) Head of Business Product Marketing, Glassdoor
Staying Ahead of the Curve: Positioning Yourself for Career Advancement
Raquel Buscaino Raquel Buscaino ’18
Emerging Tech & Foresight Lead, Deloitte
Tensie Taylor Tensie Taylor ME ’14
Consultant, Lindauer
How Our Stories Can Help Create Spaces of Belonging
Vanessa Vancour Vanessa Vancour ’06
Founder, Vancourage

Stay tuned for more breakout sessions!

12:30–1:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch (Alumni Park)

2:00–2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session II (Various Locations)

Resilience in the Boardroom: Building Your Executive Presence
Jessica Lall ’06
CEO, Central City Association of Los Angeles
Jamie Lee Jamie Lee ’10
Vice President of Ecommerce, Vital Proteins
Elizabeth Penniman ’14
Vice President of Communications, American Red Cross
Leading Through Allyship
Mimi Shih Mimi Shih ’12
Financial Advisor, UBS
Retirement Financial Planning
Kathleen Campos Kathleen Campos ’83
Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Stay tuned for more breakout sessions!

3:00–4:00 p.m.

Closing Program (Bovard Auditorium)

Participate in a facilitated wellness break led by Danielle Gray ’14, mental health advocate and the founder of Train Like A Gymnast.

Hear from three powerful changemakers who will leave you feeling empowered.

Kaitlin Mogentale Kaitlin Mogentale ’15
Founder, Pulp Pantry
Gina Clayton-Johnson Gina Clayton-Johnson ’05
Founder, Essie Justice Group
Kristen Kavanaugh Kristen Kavanaugh MSW ’12
Vice Chair, Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, U.S. Department of Defense

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Morgan St. Jean Rising pop star Morgan St. Jean ’16, whose collaboration with Loud Luxury, Aftertaste, reached #8 on Billboard’s Top 40, will give a special performance.

We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Learn more and sign up today!

The USC Alumni Association sincerely thanks the sponsors of the 2023 USC Women’s Conference:

Presenting Sponsor

Premier Partners

USC Credit Union
Carmen Herrera

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

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.

Amy Carter

Amy Carter ’03

Paola Fernandez

Paola Fernandez ’14, MPP ’19

Priya Kapoor

Priya Kapoor ’93, MFT ’06

Cynthia Low

Cynthia Low ’98

Gitanjali Mohindra

Gitanjali Mohindra ’94

Stephanie Paggi

Stephanie Paggi ’74, MS ’77, EdD ’90

Deidre Strohm

Deidre Strohm MPW ’96

Bryanna Wallace

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.