Laverne Cox
Celebrated and Award-Winning Transgender Actress, Producer and Equal Rights Advocate
Laverne Cox is an Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer best known for her work on the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is The New Black where she plays the ground breaking role of Sophia Burset.

Laverne is the first Trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show.

Mainstage Speakers

Dean Willow Bay

Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Jessica Jackley and Reza Aslan

Social Entrepreneur and Author

Best-Selling Author, Commentator, Professor, and Producer

Amy Ziering

Executive Producer of The Hunting Ground, Invisible War, and The Bleeding Edge

Erin Foster

Co-Head of Creative, Bumble

Sara Foster

Co-Head of Creative, Bumble

Karissa Bodnar

Founder and CEO, Thrive Causemetics

Janice Kaplan

Gratitude Expert and New York Times Bestselling Author

Victoria Arlen

ESPN On-Air Personality, Model, Actor, Author, Gold and Silver Medalist

Maryellis Bunn

Founder and Creative Director,
Museum of Ice Cream

Tina Sharkey

Co-Founder and CEO, Brandless

2018 Speakers

Meet some of the amazing women we've had the privilege of hosting.

Keynote Speaker

Congresswoman Judy Chu

Women in Entertainment

Yvonne Orji

Lisa Kudrow

Tiffany Smith Anoa’i

Startup Superwomen

Jen Gotch

Brooklyn Decker

Alli Webb

Social Changers: Girl Bosses

Jess Weiner

Amanda de Cadenet

Shabnam Mogharabi

Female Trojan Olympians

April Ross, Kami Craig, Dalilah Muhammad, Rebecca Soni, and Nicole Davis

Breakout Panelists

Women in Health

Wellness & Womanhood
Amanda Bucci | Influencer & Entrepreneur

Rachel Cherney Klaer | Business Development Manager at Fitbit

Kaitlin Mogentale | Founder of Pulp Pantry

Morgan Buehler | Co-Founder & President at Primal Kitchen

Women in Sports

Play Like a Girl
Kristen Kuhn | Director, Brand & Community at LAFC

Tanja Olano | Deputy General Counsel for LA 2028 Olympics

Tiffany Shine | Director of Marketing at Relativity Sports

Women in Social Media

Mitzi Gaitan | Entertainment Partnerships Coordinator, Emerging Talent at Instagram

Krassi Hristova | Technical Program Manager at Snapchat

Katie Benesh | Brand  Partner Manager at Pinterest

Women in Entertainment

Jen Weinberg | VP Talent Relations + Special Events at 20th Century FOX

Mercedes Bryce Morgan | Director at Sonder Films

Jennifer Romolini | Chief Content Officer at Shondaland.com

Cindy Mori | VP Talent Relations and Booking at OWN Network

Iris Ichishita | Filmmaker/Producer at Mattel and Netflix

Bree Nguyen | Celebrity Partnerships at Facebook

Women in Law
Setting the Precedent

Cisca Brouwer | Associate General Counsel at Snap

Daphne Anneet | Owner at Burke, Williams and Sorenson

Hope Garcia | General Counsel at Tumblr

Bonnie Moore | Partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Women in VC
Venture Capitalists

Maxine Kozler Koven | Co-Managing Director at LDR Ventures

Olivia Monroe | Partner at CRVJustine Monroe | Partner at CRV

Molly DeWolf Swenson | Partner at 3Rodeo

Women Entrepreneurs
From Idea to Startup

Lauren McGoodwin | Founder & CEO of Career Contessa

Chelsea Moore | Co-Founder & CEO of BOXFOX

Erica Stanulis | Founder of Follow the Sun

Erika Jensen | Co-Founder of The Flex Company

Women in Space
High Flying Women

Sarah Schulberg | Manager, Propulsion Build/Manufacturing Engineering at SpaceX

Tracy Drain | Deputy Project Systems Engineer for the Psyche Mission

Michelle Murray | Deputy Division Manager for FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation

Women in Lifestyle
Living Creatively

Sarah Dubbeldam | CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Darling Magazine

Anna Frances Wood | Founder & CEO of Brains over Blonde

Lindsay Miller | News and Culture Director at POPSUGAR

Sabine Quetant | Director of Marketing at Blavity

Women in Nonprofit
Making an Impact

Sheri Bonner | President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley

Samantha Williams | Chief of Staff at Teach for All

Jennie Pasquarella | Director of Immigrants’ Rights at ACLU California

Erika Hartman | Chief Program Officer at Downtown Women's Center

Helene Reola | United States of America representative for the United Nations UNA-USA

Women in Finance
Paying it Forward

Brittney Castro | Founder of Financially Wise Women

Carolina Zimmerman | Financial Analyst at Virgin Hyperloop One

Shivani Siroya | Founder of Tala

Emilie Menghin | Senior Associate at PIMCO

Mary Lehmann | Vice President Finance & Treasurer at Amgen

Kirsten Fraunces | Co-Head of Equities Division at Wedbush Securities

Women in Music
Tuning In

Ethiopia Habtemariam | President of Motown Records

Glenne Christiaansen | Music Partnerships at Snapchat

Livia Tortella | CEO of BlackBox

Sue Drew | GM Creative and Acquisitions at Kobalt Music Publishing

Women in Consulting
On The Case

Renee Saria | Partner at PwCBinti Yost | Principal at KPMG

Yvette Elisaldez Holguin | Client Service Lead at Slalom

Candice McLeod | Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young

Women in Fashion & Beauty
Style Gurus

Maile Pacheco | Founder of BeGlammed

Mari Muller | Award-Winning L’Oréal Strategy Director at Urban Decay

Lauren Alexander | Founder of LNA Clothing

Hilary Novelle Hahn | Designer, CEO, & Founder of TheStyleClub.com

Women in Tech
The Tech Directs

Beth Cofsky | Director, Cloud Services at Salesforce

Katrin Vasku | CEO at CogneXa

Rima Olinger | Global Lead-VMware Cloud on AWS at Amazon

Morgan Bowser | Director of Project Delivery at Vista Entertainment Solutions

Rhonda Eiffe | Regional Manager at World Wide Technology

Women in CSR
Better Business

Jenna Greene | Founder & CEO at Forward Collective

Dana Jennings | Project Manager, Global Sustainability at LinkedIn

Aimee Gilbreath | Executive Director at Michelson Foundation

Mindy Nguyen | Senior Account Strategist, Partnerships at GOOD Worldwide Inc

Women in Science
Problem Solvers in Science

Dr. Barbara Wirostko | CMO of Eyegate Pharmaceuticals & Co-Founder of Jade Therapeutics

Dr. Cheryl Hoffman | Professor and Medical Director at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Mayssa Attar | Vice President of Clinical Pharmacology and Non-Clinical Development at Allergan

Jennifer Schaab | Chief Operating Officer at Dignity Health

Dr. Sherry Ross | OBGYN, Author & Entrepreneur

Women in Journalism
Reporting the Facts

Jan Yanehiro | Emmy Award-winning Broadcast Journalist, Co-Host of Evening Magazine

Lara Parker | Senior Editor at Buzzfeed

Christina Bellatoni | Asst Managing Editor, Politics at LA Times

Women in Marketing and Media
Market Yourself

Elizabeth Landau | Senior Storyteller at NASA JPL

Marissa Nance | Managing Director, Multicultural Content Marketing & Strategic Partnerships at OMD USA

Jennifer Stephens Acree | Founder of JSA Strategies

Women in Politics
Who Run the World #Girls

Eleni Kounalakis | Lieutenant Governor of California Candidate

Nicole Avant | Former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas

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