Women's Leadership Forum 2018 Speakers

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Dynamic leaders from different fields share their personal passions, the importance of collaboration and mentorship in the workplace, and career advancement advice.

2018 Women's Leadership Forum AttendeesThe Annual Women's Leadership Forum includes keynote speakers, a panel discussion with Q&A, and breakout sessions with field leaders. The 2018 Women's Leadership Forum also included a special session for members of CALSA (California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators). 

People of all ages, genders, and backgrounds are invited to attend. Networking opportunities are available and encouraged!


Save The Date

The 3rd Annual Women's Leadership Forum will be on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

2018 Breakout Session Topics

  •  “Urban Educational Leadership: Preparing a New Generation of Urban Leaders”
    Maria Ott, Executive in Residence at USC Rossier School
    In partnership with CALSA (California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators)
  • “Peace Leadership”Women's Leadership Forum attendees
    Fran Faraz, Director, Peace Studies Program and instructor at Golden West State College
  • “The Leadership of Giving Back”
    Diane Kahn, Advisory Board Member at University of San Francisco
  • “The Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Access in Leadership”
    Theresa Esparrago Lieu, Senior Associate at Informing Change
  • “Strategic Partnerships and Entrepreneurship”
    Melinda Masson, CEO of Scripsense Inc. and Chair of the Chapman Board of Governors
  • “Values Based Leadership in Business and Life”
    Betty Uribe, Executive Vice President of California Bank & Trust

2018 Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Betty Uribe
International bestselling author, speaker, and Executive Vice President of California Bank & Trust. A dynamic bilingual, bicultural, international speaker, coach, and international best-selling author of #Values, named by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 60 Business and Leadership Books written by women. Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Most Powerful Latinas. A recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, organizational turnarounds, and peak performance.
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Shafiqa Ahmadi, JD
Associate Professor of Clinical Education at the Rossier School of Education and Co-Director for the Center for Education, Identity, and Social Justice. An expert on diversity and legal protection of underrepresented students, including Muslims, bias and hate crimes, and sexual assault survivors.

2018 Panelists

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Theresa Esparrago Lieu
Senior Associate, Informing Change. Theresa has a passion and research interests center on issues of diversity, equity, and access for underserved and underrepresented communities. She applies her skills by managing project teams, designing surveys, facilitating focus groups, conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis, supporting systems thinking and developmental evaluation efforts, and authoring a range of deliverables to help social justice and public service nonprofits, philanthropic and youth development organizations answer the most pressing question: Is what they’re doing making a positive difference?
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Fran Faraz
Director, Peace Studies Program and Instructor at Golden West State College. Teaching courses in peace studies, conflict resolution, leadership, and social justice, Fran focuses on teaching peace through an understanding of human rights, ecological and economic well-being, equity, nonviolence, and intellectual transformation. Hosts the annual Peace Conference at Golden West College, as well as a number of other peace-themed events and forums throughout the year.
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Diane Kahn
Advisory Board Member, University of San Francisco. Advisory Board Member for the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Conference and the Dean’s Circle for the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, former teacher and current teaching volunteer at San Quentin correctional facility.
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Melinda Masson
CEO at Scripsense Inc. and Chair of the Chapman Board of Governors. Leads business planning and strategic partnerships as CEO of Scripsense. Known for mergers and acquisitions and the integration of new business models, she continues to unveil new opportunities worldwide to support the greater good. As chair of the Board of Governor’s for Chapman University, serves on the board of trustees for the Urban Land Institute and conducts strategic planning sessions to enhance business plans.
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Maria G. Ott
Professor of Clinical Education at USC Rossier School. Having served as Superintendent of the Rowland Unified School District, leading the district through major instructional improvement initiatives and modernization of facilities, she is nationally known for establishing partnerships with private foundations in support of Rowland Unified and its strategic plan and efforts to reach high levels of literacy and raise student achievement. Her work on cultural proficiency is detailed in her book, A Culturally Proficient Society Begins in School: Leadership for Equity, with co-authors Carmella S. Franco and Darline P. Robles. Ott has presented to national audiences on the topic of her book and continues to contribute to the educational literature about the importance of cultural proficiency in closing achievement gaps.