The 8th Annual West Hollywood Women's Leadership Conference is almost here!  

Check out these exciting new conference 
programming updates!

West Hollywood Women's Leadership Conference Highlights!


Women & Entrepreneurship



This panel will be moderated by Denise Walker, Creative Strategist & Founder, Digital Media Wave and include speakers Jennifer Grady, Founder The Grady Firm, P.C., the Women Entrepreneurs Club and Ignite Startup School; Pilar Stella, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, AlchemyP4; Lou Lomibao, Director of Marketing & Strategy at SnapKnot; Ruth Yakubu,CEO & Founder,; and Anna Islamova, Founder of 


Women in Technology - The Future is Her(e)!


A panel of women from various technology related fields will discuss the many opportunities in technology, how and why women should find their inner "techie" and various ways to do it.  Moderator by Samara Bay, Content Creator & Host, this panel includes speakers Ali Shadle, Front-End Web Developer & UX Graphic Designer, Yael Swerdlow, Co-Founder & CEO at F.8 Interactive Video Game Company and Snapcious LLC., Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia, Founder and CEO of PlayWerks, Inc. and WhizGirls Academy, Natacha Gaymer-Jones, Director of Digital Production, HYFN and Product Management Instructor, General Assembly, Patricia Dao, Founder, and Managing Director, Girls in Tech Los Angeles and Hannah Howard, Founder, Tech Girl Wonder.


What in Your Career Toolkit? -

Skills, Strategies and Tips for Advancing Your Career Success



A panel of executive leaders will share insights and their experiences to help you succeed.  Speakers include Monique Jones, Vice President of Finance and Controller, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment; Suzanne Elliott, Consultant, Elliott Strategies; Monica Bouldin, General Manager for Los Angeles and Irvine; Hill + Knowlton Strategies.  Moderated by Reena De Asis, Director of West Coast Operations, Dress for Success Worldwide-West.


Take Action! Anti-Human Trafficking Training 



Yes human trafficking exists right here in California! This training workshop will teach you what human trafficking is, how it affects us locally, and train you to help implement a law that requires local businesses to put up human trafficking hotline information on their business premises.. Take action in stopping human trafficking in your community! Facilitated by Maya Paley, Director of Legislative and Community Engagement at the National Council of Jewish Women - Los Angeles and Jerilyn Stapleton, Chair, Advocacy Legislative Action Subcommittee for the National Council of Jewish Women - Los Angeles


Keynote Leadership Luncheon Panel:


"Women In the Arts & Media"



Our exclusive 2014 Keynote Leadership Luncheon panel moderated by City of West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land will feature an in-depth discussion around Women in the Arts & Media  with special guest speakers Patt Morrison, LA Times Writer, Columnist and Pulitzer Prize Winner; Charmaine Jefferson, Executive Director of the California African American Museum and California Arts Council Member; Jane Espenson, Writer and Producer of hit shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time, and the acclaimed online series Husbands; and Brad Bell, Writer, Actor, and Producer of the acclaimed online series Husbands!  
 "Baby Boomers & Beyond: The Next Chapter"
This year's conference has also crafted programming that speaks to the 50 and older audience who are extending their professional life and becoming a significant and influential demographic in our society. The "Boomers and Beyond: The Next Chapter" panel will discuss the impact of this new identity, the role of work, transitions and "encore careers." This informative and insightful panel will be moderated by Val Zavala, KCET-TV Vice President of News and Public Affairs and "SoCal Connected" anchor. Topics discussed will include the importance of preparing for the next chapter in order to reduce uncertainty, how to brand and re-brand yourself as you transition into this next chapter, whether it is starting a new business, re-envisioning a current business or finding a new job, and the issue of women's increasing invisibility as they age and how to ensure that they continue to be seen, heard and validated.

Featured panelists include

Connie Corley, PhD, Professor and Producer/Host of "Experience Talks" onKPFK-FM;

  Andrea Gallagher, president of Senior Concerns;  Leah Komaiko, branding expert and best-selling author; and Darryle Pollack, co-founder of WHOA! Network 

(Women Honoring Our Age).


"Planning And Organizing To Get Things Done" will be led
by entrepreneur and business consultant Alaia Williams, One Organized Busialaianess,  and geared towards those at any level of their career path, this  workshop provides the essentials to planning your strategy - whether you are looking to streamline your own company, climb the corporate ladder, grow an organization or find a new passion. This workshop wand geared towards those at any level will also give attendees the tools and technology that make staying organized easy. 




"Beating the Pay Gap - Pay Equity, Negotiation and Building Your Future

Do you know your worth? We are excited to be partnering with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) who are facilitating an essential workshop training whether you are early or mid-career, covering financial literacy, pay equity, negotiation skills and how to map your future. This venerable women's rights organization has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years they have worked as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.


"Building Your Community:  The Intersection of Technology  
&  Social Action"   will be powerful workshop wtih a group of dynamic  and

knowledgeable advocates who will discuss key elements for assembling  advocacy campaigns as well as creative and effective ways to utilize technology for greater impact. Moderated by Lindsey Horvath, Global Coordinator, One Billion Rising, the panel will feature Arianne Garcia, Boardmember, Honorpac; Laura McGinnis, Communications Director, The Trevor Project; Kara Scharwath, Storytelling Director, NationBuilder and  Heidi Shink,   Vice President of Communication, Stonewall Democratic Club. 



More Great Stuff!

The Saturday Conference workshops and panels
will also include:

  • How to Get Appointed to a Board or Commission
  • Advancing Women Now: Harnessing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Startup Prototyping Workshop

 Free Conference Friday Night Program!


 The conference officially kicks off Friday, April 4 with a free screening of HBO documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert, which illuminates the day-to-day challenges faced by millions of working-poor women in America today through the story of one single mom. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion and a "Call to Action" dessert reception. The kick-off event will take place at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theatre from 7-10 p.m. Entrance is free, but registration required. Click Here to Register!





Reception Sponsored by 

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf






2014 Conference Co-Sponsors:

California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls; California Women Lead; AAUW, American Association of University Women; Dress For Success Worldwide-West; Feminist Majority Foundation; National Women's Political Caucus; LA Westside Chapter; National Women's History Museum; Peace Over Violence; West Hollywood Employment Services and Training Program; National Council of Jewish Women/LA; Women in Technology International; West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center; Hollywood NOW; Girls in Tech LA Chapter; West Hollywood Women's Advisory Board; Women in Film Los Angeles; Southern California Leadership Network; Women At Work; West Hollywood Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board; West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Board; Women Entrepreneurs Club; LA Pride; Sunset Strip Business Association and Visit West Hollywood




The West Hollywood Women's Leadership Conference is a boutique conference. The accessible size of the conference and flexibility of the programming gives attendees the chance to create their own schedule and interact with the conference's main speakers, panelists and workshop leaders. This gives you the opportunity to





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