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Attallah College of Educational Studies

» 4th Annual Women's Leadership Forum

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Argyros Forum 209

2018 Women's Leadership Forum AttendeesSponsored by SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, the Annual Women's Leadership Forum brings together dynamic leaders from different fields to share their personal passions, the importance of collaboration and mentorship in the workplace, and career advancement advice.

The Annual Women's Leadership Forum includes keynote speakers, a panel discussion with Q&A, and breakout sessions with field leaders. The event also includes 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!

+ - 2018 Video Recap


+ - 2019 Breakout Session Topics

"Opening Doors for Women in Educational Leadership"
Dr. Trudy Arriaga

"Pursuing the Ethics of Care at Work: The Good, the Bad, and the Good Enough"
Alison Edwards

"Five Steps to Create and Clarify Your Path using the  Knowledge You Have Now"
Dr. Linda Rose

"3 Surprising Strengths of a Breakthrough Leader"
Kamin Samuel

"Reclaiming Our Place in Leadership: The Transformational Power of Hope"
Beatriz (Betty) Valencia

2019 Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Linda Rose

Dr. Linda Rose is president of Santa Ana College and a board member of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and Santa Ana Workforce Development Board. She also serves on Santa Ana's Economic Development Board and Youth Council. As an academic leader, Dr. Rose is a regular presenter, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator at local and national conferences and meetings, including the Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar, an intense four-day experience that focuses on issues facing women in community college administration.
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Gretchen DeVault

Gretchen DeVault is co-founder and lead web designer and strategist for Tiny Blue Sky. She has 15+ years of web design and branding experience and, as part of her work with nonprofit organizations, has served on the board of directors as board co-chair and marketing co-chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids. In addition to being a singer/songwriter and guitarist, she shares her love of all things entrepreneurship as producer and co-host of Lean the F*ck Out, a weekly podcast for female entrepreneurs.

2019 Panelists

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Dr. Trudy Arriaga

Dr. Trudy T. Arriaga is the chair of the Department of Educational Leadership in the Graduate School of Education at Cal Lutheran University and co-author of the book Opening Doors: An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency. Previously, she served the Ventura Unified School District for 14 years as the first female superintendent.
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Alison Edwards

Alison Edwards is the Chief Executive Officer of OC Human Relations. Before becoming CEO in 2018, she served as program director for the BRIDGES program and then Deputy Director of the organization. Alison has a passion for leadership and has served as a leadership trainer and speaker.
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Kamin Samuel

Kamin Samuel is an international business and executive coach, and she serves on the boards of the EduCare Foundation and the Internet Marketing Association (IMA). She is also a founding member of the IMA’s International Executive Council and the IMA's Women's Leadership Group. In addition to authoring the books Increase Your Abundance Starting Today! and The Wealth Transformation Journal, Kamin was the U.S. Navy's first female African-American helicopter pilot.
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Beatriz (Betty) Valencia

Betty Valencia is the Vice President of Operations, Business & Finance at AAF Finance, a member of the Santiago Canyon College Foundation (SCCF) Board of Directors, and the Central Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County. Betty is currently working on her PhD In Leadership Studies. She is also a published author and a motivational speaker on education and equity.