Women’s Conference:

Leading through Impact

March 14-15, 2019

Washington, D.C.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 11th Women’s Conference in Washington D.C.  A big thank you to all our speakers and sponsors for making the conference so special.

Save the date for the 12th Annual USC Women’s Conference in Seattle, Washington on Friday-Saturday, March 6-7, 2020. See details in the “About” section below for speakers and committee members.

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About USC Women’s Conference

The USC Women’s Conference is held in March during International Women’s Month and brings together women 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 12th Annual USC Women’s Conference will take place in Seattle, Washington on Friday-Saturday, March 6-7, 2020.

If you are interested in joining the planning committee, please complete this online form by Friday, May 3 to be considered.

If you are interested in speaking at the conference, please complete this online form by Friday, June 14 to be considered.

2019 Conference Schedule*

THURSDAY,  MARCH 14, 2019

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Networking Reception: National Museum of Women in the Arts

Keynote by Sandra Evers-Manly ’81, Vice President of Global Corporate Responsibility, Northrop Grumman.

FRIDAY,  MARCH 15, 2019

USC Women’s Conference: Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Program

Keynote by USC Interim President Wanda M. Austin PhD ’88

USC Deans Panel moderated by Rachel Scott ’15 (ABC News/GMA Digital)

  • Karen Symms Gallagher(Education)
  • Laura MosquedaMD ’87 (Medicine)
  • Erica Muhl DMA’91 (Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation)

10:50 – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Session I (Select 1 session)

  • Transforming Breast Cancer Care at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience”
  • “Women Making Waves in Media”
  • “Sexual Harassment Law and its Impact in the 21stCentury”

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
USC Student Showcase

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Session II (Select 1 session)

  • “Rising Up: Elevating Women in Leadership”
  • “Own Your Worth”
  • “The Radical Act of Self-Care”

2:40 – 3:30 p.m.
Closing Program

“Women Leading through Impact” featuring Martha M. Escutia ’79, Symone D. Sanders and Gwen K. Young

Closing keynote by Jaime Lee ’06, JD ’09

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

*The 2020 Conference Schedule will be announced in September 2019.

Click here to submit a speaker proposal for the 2020 USC Women’s Conference in Seattle, WA. 

2019 Featured Speakers*

Thursday Reception

Special Guest: 

Sandra Evers-Manly ’81 
Vice President of Global Corporate Responsibility

Northrop Grumman

     Co-author of  “Raised Up By Mrs. Manly & Her L’s” *USC Alumni use discount code SCALUM2019

Friday Program

Keynote Speaker: 

Wanda M. Austin PhD ’88  Twitter-Bird
Interim President

University of Southern California

Dr. Wanda M. Austin is an American businesswoman who is internationally recognized for her work in aeronautics and systems engineering.  Read more

Morning Program Speakers: 

Karen Symms Gallagher Twitter-Bird
Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean

USC Rossier School of Education

Karen Symms Gallagher has been the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education since 2000. Read more

Laura Mosqueda MD ’87 Twitter-Bird
May S. and John H. Hooval Dean’s Chair in Medicine

Keck School of Medicine of USC

Laura Mosqueda, MD was appointed dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on May 1, 2018. Read more

Erica Muhl DMA ’91 Twitter-Bird
Dean

USC Iovine and Young Academy for the Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation

In May of 2013, Erica Muhl was appointed founding director of the USC Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, which welcomed its first freshman class in 2014.  Read more

Rachel Scott ’15    
Reporter/Producer

ABC News/GMA Digital

Rachel Scott is an Emmy Award-winning journalist at ABC News, where she produces and reports across all platforms, including digital, radio and broadcast.

Friday Breakout Session Speakers:

Morning Breakout Sessions

“Transforming Breast Cancer Care at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience”

Jeremy Mason MS ’10, PhD ‘13
Assistant Professor of Research,
Department of Urology

Keck School of Medicine of USC

Stephanie Shishido
Postdoctoral Scholar – Research Associate

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

Cristina Zavaleta
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

“Women Making Waves in Media”

Monica Alba ’09
White House Producer

NBC News

   

Christina Bellantoni
Professor of Professional Practice, Director of the USC Annenberg Media Center

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

 

Michelle Russo MA ’94
Strategic Communications Leader

 

Udeitha Srimushnam MCG ’13
Founder and Chief Practitioner

CommonGround Communications

 

Shawna Thomas MA ’06

Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief

VICE News

       

“Sexual Harassment Law and its Impact in the 21st Century”

Alison Dundes Renteln JD ’91
Professor of Political Science  Anthropology, Public Policy and Law

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

“Own your Worth”

Kathleen A. Burns ’83, CFP®, CRPC®
Wealth Advisor
Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor

UBS Financial Services, Inc.

  

Leslie H. Chang MBA ’05, CFP®
Assistant Market Head, Los Angeles Market

UBS Financial Services, Inc.

  

Carey Shuffman
Manager, Women’s Segment

UBS Financial Services, Inc.

“Rising Up: Elevating Women in Leadership”

Karen Dahut MS ’88
Executive Vice President

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

 

Marsha Ershaghi Hames ’95 CCEP®
Managing Director, Strategy and Development

LRN, Inc.

 

Alyson Kil ’10, MD ’14
Staff Physician, Medical Readiness Clinic, Walter Reed National Medical Center,
and the White House Medical Unit
Captain, U.S. Army

 

Caroline Leach MA ’95
Founder and Consultant

The Carrelle Company

    

“The Radical Act of Self-Care”

T. Morgan Dixon ’99
Founder and CEO

GirlTrek

   

Vanessa Garrison
Co-Founder and COO

GirlTrek

  

Hafeezah Ausar ’99

Natural Health and Wellness Advocate

  

Closing Program Speakers:

Martha M. Escutia ’79

Vice President, Government Relations

University of Southern California

  

Symone D. Sanders

CNN Commentator
Former National Press Secretary, Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign Strategist
Fellow, USC Center for the Political Future

  

Gwen Young

Director, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project

The Wilson Center

  

Keynote Speaker

Jaime Lee ’06, JD ’09
CEO

Jamison Realty, Inc.

   

* The 2020 USC Women’s Conference Speakers will be announced in September 2019.

Sponsor opportunities for the 2020 USC Women’s Conference in Seattle will be announced in June.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!

Sponsors

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Conference Sponsors

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