USC Women’s Conference

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


Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM | VIP Reception

Friday, March 3, 2023 | 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM | 15th Annual USC Women’s Conference

Early-bird registration will be available on December 1, 2023.

Submit a Speaker Proposal

The USC Alumni Association is seeking proposals for keynote, breakout session speakers and performers for the 14th annual USC Women’s Conference at the USC University Park Campus.

This in-person conference will cover a wide range of topics and will incorporate the values of: agency, authenticity, connection, and wholeness.

Proposals can be submitted beginning Tuesday, August 23, and must be completed and submitted no later than Tuesday, November 1, at 11:59 PM PT in order to be considered.

All submitters will be notified of the status of their proposal by email the week of November 18.

Proposals must convey the values of the conference while covering topics such as:

  • health (physical and mental), wellness, and relationships
  • leadership and career management
  • financial education and empowerment
  • personal transformation
  • diversity, access and inclusion
  • mentor and mentee relationships
  • activism, social issues, and advocacy

The USC Alumni Association does not cover speaker fees, travel or accommodations.


Questions? Please contact the USC Alumni Association at

Thank you very much for taking the time to review a possible relationship with the USC Alumni Association and the USC Women’s Conference on Thursday – Friday, March 2-3, 2023. Attendance for this award-winning conference has grown significantly since its launch in 2009, with this year promising to be equally successful and inspiring!

Featuring outstanding leaders in the fields of medicine, business, public service, personal wellness and the arts, the USC Women’s Conference has provided companies excellent visibility with one of the university’s most successful, affluent and devoted constituencies. We invite you to partner with us on the 2023 conference by choosing from among several sponsorship packages with a wide range of marketing options:

  • Brand exposure to more than 175,000 women — alumnae, parents, students and friends of USC — through e-mail broadcasts and social media
  • Advertising in the digital program book, during the program, and inclusion of your company’s materials and information at the marketplace
  • Event signage acknowledging your support
  • Podium recognition during the conference program

By partnering with the USC Alumni Association on the 2023 conference, you can take advantage of this valuable opportunity to market your company name and brand, and place your products and materials directly in the hands of attendees whether that is through a sponsorship level or through one of our a la carte opportunities.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. If you have any questions or would like to confirm sponsorship availability, please contact the USC Alumni Association directly at (213) 740-2300 or

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

Cynthia Low

Cynthia Low ’98

Priya Kapoor

Priya Kapoor ’93, MFT ’06

Gitanjali Mohindra

Gitanjali Mohindra ’94

Stephanie Paggi

Stephanie Paggi ’74, MS ’77, EdD ’90

Deidre Strohm

Deidre Strohm ’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.