USC Women’s Conference

Thrive Together: Seattle

March 6-7, 2020
Seattle, Washington

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.

Take advantage of early-bird pricing and register by Saturday, February 1 to attend this year’s conference in Seattle on March 6 and 7.

2020 Conference Schedule*

Friday, March 6, 2020

5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Thrive Together Networking Reception
Museum of Pop Culture

8:30 p.m.
Dine Seattle – Explore Seattle’s culinary scene with fellow Trojan Alumnae.
Various Locations – Restaurants will be announced in February 2020.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

USC Women’s Conference
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Westin Seattle

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Opening Plenary Session

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Session I*

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch & Program

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Breakout Session II*

2:15 – 2:20 p.m.

2:20 – 3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Plenary Session

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
School Receptions

4:30 p.m.
Conference Concludes

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Alumni Club of Seattle Excursion (Tentative)

*Sessions may include the following topics Sustainability, Mental Health & Wellness, Social Impact, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Women and Technology.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Post Conference Brunch – Time and Location TBA

*Schedule is tentative. Updates to the Conference Schedule will be announced in January.

The USC Women’s Conference provides excellent visibility with one of the university’s most successful, affluent and devoted constituencies. We invite you to partner with us on the 2020 conference by choosing from among several sponsorship packages, which can be found here, with a wide range of marketing options:

• Brand exposure to more than 183,000 women – alumnae, parents, students and friends of USC – through e-mail broadcasts and social media.

• Advertising in the commemorative program book, mobile app and including of your company’s materials in the conference bag giveaway.

• Event signage acknowledging your support.

• Podium recognition during the conference program.

By partnering with the USC Alumni Association on the 2020 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.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. If you would like to purchase a sponsorship, please click here .

Questions? Please email or call the USC Alumni Association at 213-740-2300.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!


USC Marshall
USC Gould
USC Annenberg
USC Rossier
USC Price

Conference Sponsors

USC Dornsife
The Carrelle Company Logo Final (print)
USC Viterbi Logo

USC Alumni Association Premier Partners

Bank of america-logo

As you plan your travel to Seattle, we are pleased to offer the following discounts on air travel, rental car and hotel accommodations.

American Airlines is offering a discounted airfare of 5% off published rates for the 2020 USC Women’s Conference.  This discount is only applicable when flying into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) and can only be used from February 29th -March 15th.  To make reservations, please visit or by calling American’s Meeting Services Desk at 800-433-1790 and use promotional code: 8620DE.

*Discount cannot be applied towards Basic Economy.

Hotel Accommodations:
We are please to be partnering with our host hotel, the Westin Seattle, to provide a discounted room rate for Women’s Conference attendees.  Rates of $165++ per night are available until February 1st.   Please visit the Westin’s website for more details and availability.

Car Rentals:

USC alumni receive a discount on Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s already low prices and are also eligible to sign up (for free!) for Emerald Club®. Make your reservations here or by calling 1-800-261-7331 and using code: XZ33884. Enterprise is the official car rental Partner of the USC Alumni Association.

Both Avis and Budget are also offering discounted car rentals.  Discounted rentals are only available for travel to Seattle between February 29th – March 15th.    Please see below for contact and promotional code information:

Avis Rental Car:
Make your reservations by visiting or by calling 1-800-331-1600 and using promotional code: AWD# B136001

Budget Rent a Car:
Make your reservations by visiting  or by calling 1-800-842-5628 and using promotional code: BCD# U001650


Please contact the USC Alumni Association at (213) 740-2300 with questions regarding travel to Women’s Conference.

Thrive Together – Seattle Co-Chairs

Cari Berg ’89

Terri Chan ’95 , MA ’00, MBA ’08

Committee Members

Gloria Burgess PhD ’80, MBA ’08

Brenna Clairr O’Tierney MA ’13

Evelyn De la Vega Stewart MS ’06

Sriratna Josyula MS ’10

Michele Kahrs ’06

Chanyn Kirtman

Monique Richards Lipman

Maithreyi Shankar ’13

Sumy Thomas

Cassandra Villa MAT ’09

Carol L. Folt
President, University of Southern California

Carol L. Folt was appointed the twelfth president of the University of Southern California in July, 2019.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology and a master’s degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She earned her doctorate degree at the University of California, Davis.  Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kellogg Biological Station in Michigan, she joined the faculty at Dartmouth College, where she taught and conducted research on salmon restoration, global climate change and the impact of metal toxicity on mothers and infants and the environment. Her work has had significant influence on the development of national and global policy in these areas, and later earned her recognition as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.  President Folt has published widely in leading science journals, contributing to understanding of some of the most serious environmental issues of our day, beginning with her studies into the limnology of aquatic ecosystems.

President Folt began her career as a university leader at Dartmouth, serving as a dean, provost and acting president while mentoring more than 100 students, publishing extensively, and leading several major centers focused on the environment and human health. She then became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. During her tenure, UNC Chapel Hill became one of the top ten research institutions in the United States, passing the $1 billion mark in research expenditure.

President Folt is known for her focus on students and for her leadership in many of the key issues facing higher education around the world. She is a national spokesperson for access and affordability, and for the advancement of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. President Folt has been a leader in entrepreneurship, and her initiatives in this area have become widely successful models. Her strategic planning efforts in sustainability, the arts, and community service also speak to her ability to inspire others toward bold, collective goals and actions. Throughout her career, she has promoted inclusion and diversity across the academy–championing efforts to remove barriers, enhance collaboration, and drive positive change.

Karen Symms Gallagher
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. Under her leadership, USC Rossier has risen to #10 among all graduate schools of education in the country, according to the latest national rankings released by the U.S. News & World Report.

Since launching the online version of the school’s master of arts in teaching degree, USC Rossier has prepared more than 4,000 teachers, 78 percent of whom work in high-needs schools. And more than 70 alumni from the school’s educational leadership doctoral program are currently sitting superintendents in districts throughout California.

Dean Gallagher is also a leader of the USC Rossier team that opened USC Hybrid High School and four other charter high schools in Los Angeles and Orange counties. In June, Hybrid High graduated its third senior class, maintaining its 100 percent graduation rate; each student has received at least one acceptance to a four-year college or university.

Among her many honors, Dean Gallagher was one of six women recognized last spring as a Remarkable Woman for Remarkable Times by the LA City Club. In 2014, she received the Leadership Award from the USC chapter of the international education association Phi Delta Kappa, given to a member demonstrating an “extremely high level of leadership and inspiration.” And in 2010, she received the Social Responsibility Award from the Los Angeles Urban League.

Amber Miller
Dean, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Amber Miller began her tenure as dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences— the university’s largest, oldest and most academically diverse school—in August of 2016. She also holds the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair, in addition to a faculty appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at USC Dornsife.

Dean Miller’s research focuses on experimental cosmology, leading teams to build and deploy telescopes that probe the conditions in the universe when it was less than one second old. She and her colleagues examine relic light from the early universe with the goal of understanding the origin, evolution and fundamental nature of the universe.

Dean Miller is also deeply interested in the intersection of science and policy. She served as the chief science adviser to the New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau for two years and she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A champion of the liberal arts ethos, she piloted a seminar at Columbia titled “Science, Politics and Critical Thinking” and has taught courses ranging from “Weapons of Mass Destruction” to “Physics for Poets.”

Dean Miller received her MA and PhD in physics from Princeton University and her BA in physics and astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley. Before joining USC Dornsife as its 22nd dean, she served as dean of science for Columbia University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, where she was also a professor of physics.

She has published more than 100 scientific papers, and her honors and awards include a National Science Foundation Career Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and a Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. In addition, Dean Miller was a Hubble Fellow at the University of Chicago and a NASA Graduate Research Program Fellow. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Felicia A. Washington
Senior Vice President for Human Resources

Felicia A. Washington was appointed senior vice president for human resources in June of 2019. Washington arrived at USC with decades of experience as a dynamic university administrator and as a highly respected attorney specializing in employment law. She has built a strong reputation around implementing rigorous and ethical compliance standards while at the same time, caring deeply about students, faculty and colleagues. She is known for her collaborative, practical and people-focused decision-making.

Reporting directly to the president, Washington leads human resources for USC’s nearly 28,000 faculty members, staff, and student workers. In this capacity, Washington is providing the long-range strategic vision for building an integrated human capital strategy for the university, balancing the overall needs of the university with the unique needs of different schools and units. This leadership also includes attention to nuts-and-bolts issues at the university, such as providing strategic leadership on workforce analytics, benefits administration, compensation governance, employee relations, retirement plan administration, and talent acquisition. She is leading new initiatives in executive succession planning and workforce development. She is also leading efforts to bring excellence and consistency in the human resources enterprise across all departments and academic units.

Before USC, Washington served as vice chancellor for workplace strategy, equity and engagement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In that role, she helped lead the university through some of the most pressing challenges in its history. Additionally, she was instrumental in efforts to grow the capacity of the Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office teams, and was a key driver in bringing together central and campus human resources personnel to tackle the challenges of improving the search and hiring processes and restructuring of the university’s human resources operations to meet the needs of the modern workplace. Known for her collaborative style, Washington was a familiar presence at staff forums, faculty meetings and alumni councils.

Previous to her role at UNC-Chapel Hill, Washington spent more than two decades in private practice at the Charlotte office of K&L Gates, a multinational law firm. As an employment law partner, she litigated cases in federal and state courts and advised clients on a variety of matters, including such issues as hiring and firing, internal investigations and regulatory compliance. She has been involved in a wide range of legal and community organizations, including service on the North Carolina Medical Board, and as a member of the Board of Trustees at UNC-Chapel Hill for four years.

Washington holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Jaime Davern ’04
President, Compete to Create

Jaime Davern helped launch the mindset training business Compete to Create in 2013 with co-founders Pete Carroll and Dr. Michael Gervais. Having lived the company philosophy, framework and approach as the daughter of Carroll, the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, she is motivated to help people and companies find their best and live in the present moment more often. She previously worked at A Better LA, the nonprofit organization founded by Carroll that supports community-based solutions to prevent gangs, restore peace, save lives and give inner city Angelenos the resources they need  to thrive.

While studying at USC, Davern played volleyball with Compete to Create mindset coach Nicole Davis. Davern earned a a BS in communication and media studies from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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