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FRIDAY, March 8, 2024

The Annual

Young Women's

Career Conference

 is devoted to introducing the student population (our GALA Goddesses) to innovative, female leaders in various industries.

YWCC gives our students the opportunity to interact with, learn from and be inspired by women currently leading and working in STEM Careers.

2024 keynote speaker

Justina Blakeney
Multidisciplinary Artist, Designer, New York Times Bestselling Author, Founder & Creative Director 

2024 Guest Speakers 
YOUNG Women's Career Conference

AimEE L. Meyer
Public Engagement Specialist
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Karen Sturges
Chief Financial Officer

 VP+ Deputy General Counsel
Snap Inc.


iAsia Brown
Senior Producer
Microsoft | Xbox

dr. Medellk. Briggs-Malonson MD, MPH, MSHS
Chief, Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Michelle Jubelirer
Artist Advocate
Former Chair and CEO

Capitol Music Group

Shannon Pappas
President of Consumer Brands
Beauty Industry Group

Daniela Corrente
Chief Strategy and Business Officer
Suma Wealth

Tracy quinn
Heal the Bay

Norma SernA
Deputy District Attorney
Los Angeles County District Attorney

Melissa R. Yang M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC
TCEO, Speak Live Play; Supervisor of Rehabilitation
Speak Live Play; Providence St. John’s Health Center

Liz mahlow PE
Founding Partner
Nous Engineering

kat superfisky
Urban Ecologist
City of Los Angeles

Ellah Ronen
Director, Strategy & Impact at DoGoodery/President, Gente Buena Foundation

kristinA larson
Spacecraft Systems Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

DR. Alaina Rajagopal MD.,Ph.D,CTropMed
Cofounder, Chief Medical Officer,
Attending Physician
Esperto Medical

Shalaya shipman
Senior Director, Product Marketing at Salesforce and
Broker Associate at Compass

andrea Avila Weiler
Senior Director, New Technologies

Alma SAiya
Principal Project Manger
Northrop Grumman Space Systems 
Chairwoman, SAMPE

Taylor jacobs
Senior Principal Systems Engineer

Northrop Grumman


Nurit katz
Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA, Commissioner at LADWP

Gabriela Juarez, AICP
City Planner
City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning

Johanna Schmidt MPH, MGC
Genetic Counselor

Julie annis MLS (ASCP)
Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)

Dr. Trisha saul Ph.D, RN, PMGT-BC
Director of Research
Providence Southern California

dr. grace DeukmedjianMD, MSc
Assistant Professor/Pediatric Hospitalist
University California, Los Angeles

Katka werth 
Senior Staff Attorney
Public Counsel

rebecca coleman
President (The Narrative) &
CEO (We Are Social)

Mei Ling C. Robinson
Supervising Criminalist
Los Angeles Police Department

dr. Isabel Pedraza
Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit
Cedars Sinai Medical Center in the Division of Pulmonology, Department of Internal Medicine

dr. jenny Iglesias Ph.d
Staff Software Engineer

Julie dubrow
dubroWorks PR+

Sherry Jhawar
Blended Strategy Group, GXVE Beauty,
NEZ Care

Tara Hally
LightBay Capital

Pia Rosner ms
Assistant Laboratory Director
Los Angeles Police Department

lina Cordero
Creative Director
Onlychild Design

Schessa Garbutt
Creative Director & Founder
Firebrand Creative House

Jeanette James
Vice President, Construction
ACCO Engineered Systems

dr. Natalie Nguyen
Kaiser Permanente LA Medical Center

Samantha Alvarado
Color Designer

Kelli Smith MS, OTR/L 
Director/ Owner
Abundance Therapies, Inc

dr. Senta Georgia ph.d
Associate Professor/Principal Investigator
The Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Saban Research Institute Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)

dr. Paria Hassouri
Transgender HealthCare Provider 
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

dr. emily hu
Plastic Surgeon
Artista Surgery & Aesthetics

Lori Kozlowski
More Light Media


dr. Sendia kim
Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Julia Bailey ph.d
University California, Los Angeles

jana Schirmer
Visual Development Supervisor
Marvel Studios

Leslie Ysamar Jimenez
Museum Educator
Museum of Latin American Art

Natalie M. Godinez
Community Engagement &
Youth Programs Manager
Self Help Graphics & Art

Ariele Pratt
Sr Manager, Global Marketing Partnerships
Amazon - Prime Video

Tania Pineda PH.D
Water Quality Data & 
Policy Associate Specialist
Heal the Bay

Katherine m. Pease PH.D
Director of Science & Policy
Heal the Bay

Gabrielle b. Heyman
Head of Global Brand Partnerships

Jennifer K.Sterling-Trotter
Program Manager
Amazon Web Services

Heather m. Culbertson ph.d
Assistant Professor
University of Southern California

Claudia c. Erminy
Senior Graphic Designer
Paramount Studios - Nickelodeon and AwesomenessTV

DR. Fangyun Olivia Zhao PH.D
Senior Product Manager
Futronics NA Corporation

Elania C. Scott
Senior Animator
Zenimax Online Studios

Miranda G. Gardiner LEED Fellow, Assoc. AIA, WELL AP, 
Executive Director
iMasons Climate Accord

DR. gayle S. Butler Pharm.D.

Cienega Pharmacy

dr. Nikita T. Hamilton PH.d
Television Writer

Tal Kahana
Deputy District Attorney
Los Angeles DA office

Isabel c. Durón
Great Wall Research Director
Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)

Dr. Amber d. Stubler
Assistant Professor
Occidental College

Amy L. Chapman BSN, RN
Clinical Consultant


Lesley McKenzie
Managing Editor

karen Sabbah M.A.
Office Manager
CSU, Northridge

Sarah E. Lorenzen AIA
Professor /Principal
Cal Poly Pomona / TOLO Architecture

Dr Alison Heney
Vice President of Learning and Public Programs
Museum of Latin American Art

JodiLynne Steiner BSE,JD,LLM

sue Y. Thotz MPH
Director of Outreach
Common Sense

Qiana Conley Akinro
Senior Executive Director
Recording Academy/GRAMMYs


Taylor M. Torregano
Spectrum Networks

Astrid theeuwes Pe, leed ap
KPFF Consulting Engineers

Kate Pletcher

Treehouse Partners

Ali Ferber Peters
She's Birdie

Alexis E. Medrano MS
Performance Field Tearing Manager

Lindsey K. Alvarez CAS
Re-recording mixer


Mariel Cisneros
Senior Program Manager
Northrop Grumman

crystal n. knabeschuch
Studio Director, Competition Director
Level Up Dance Academy

Kristina y. Forest
Personal Trainer/Coach

Nicole Snell
CEO & International Speaker

Girls Fight Back

Jacqueline elliot-Botts
VP, Global Digital Platform Servicing

annie Hickey
Assistant Director of Competition Team and Studio Manager
Level Up Dance Academy/Sophie Dance

YArel ramos

Sherrie Berger
Photography Consultant

Helen Grace A. Olivares P.E.
Managing Water Utility Engineer
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power


Dr. kelly Horgan
Patronus Pet Care

Angelica L. Brooks
Upper School Choral Director
Westridge School

Cristina L. Zavaleta Ph.D
Assistant Professor
University of Southern California

Julie Choi Hawkinson esq.
Atheria Law

elise K. Wolf
VP & GM of Orthopedics & Digital

Sara Ghandehari MD, MCSO
Faculty Physician
Cedars Sinai

Sarah Heuschele
Equity Trading Analyst
Capital Group Companies

Archana Sudamalla

Frances Anderton
Architecture journalist
Frances Anderton

Krishauna Hines-Gaither PH.D
Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Justice
Mount Saint Mary's University Los Angeles

Shakira L. Gagnier
Operating Partner
LightBay Capital

JuliannA E.K. ColwelL B.s
Professional Civil Engineer (P.E.)
 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power


Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
Film & TV Director
Soundview Inc

Courtney Fernandez
Sr. Automation Engineer
United Robotics Group

Patty Rodriguez
Lil’ Libros and Sin Miedo Productions

Jennifer A. Dobkin BS, RVT
Manager, People-Animal Connection
UCLA Health People-Animal Connection

Paula M Savastano
Sr. Director, Royalties
Seeker Music

Laura G. Lariu
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Daksha Córdova
Manager, Advanced Analytics
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Erika Bensch PE
Manager of Reuse & Compliance
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Myrna Nejat
Talent Acquisition Lead
Veracyte, Inc

Bonique Edwards
Business Owner
Kaleidoscope Consulting Group

Carmen Palmer
Chief Product Officer

Women In Product

Gillian E. Friedman JD
Deputy Attorney General
Department of Justice


Emily Wagner
Department of Justice
Micropause, Emily Wagner Studio,
Groomed LA

Sanghee OH
Senior Product Manager

Whitney Clavin
Senior Content and Media Strategist

Prema Sampath
Director of Product Management