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YOUNG WOMen'S CAREER CONFERENCE

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2023

Presented by

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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.

2023 keynote speaker

Kiesha Nix

Vice President of Charitable Affairs & Executive Director of the Lakers Youth Foundation

2023 Guest Speakers 
YOUNG Women's Career Conference

Ambassador Brooke Anderson
President
Pivotal Ventures

Karen Sturges
Chief Financial Officer
LA28

Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy
Kate Gordon

 Department of Energy

ASHLEY Portillo-baloy
Community Engagement Specialist, Verizon

Windie Yancy, P.e.,MBA
Director, Power New Business & Experience, LADWP

Claudia Botero
TV Anchor Reporter

Dr. Phoebe R. Stubblefield PHD
Interim DirectorCA Pound Human Identification LabUniversity of Florida

Evelynn Cortez-Davis P.E.
Director of Water Engineering, LADWP 

 Meiling C. Robinson
Supervising CriminalistLA Police DepartmentForensic Science Division

Janelle Hartley
Municipal Engagement Partner
Verizon

Dr. Clara O'Farrell PHD
Guidance and Control Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Professor Elizabeth Pryor
Associate Professor of History
Smith College

Tamar Braz
Senior Counsel
United States Securities and Exchange Commission

Claudia C. Erminy
Senior Graphic Designer
Viacom CBS

Manisha patel
Executive Director - Network Engineering
Verizon

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

dr. Claire Watkins MD, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Stanford University

Rema W. Morgan-Aluko
VP of Software Engineering
Fandango  

Professor Jayashri Srikantiah
Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Director, Immigrants' Rights Clinic
Stanford Law School

Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Naomi Thomas
Founder & CEO
infinity.careers

Andrea J. connell
Captain
United Airlines

Dr. Mi'quael Houston M.D.
Physician, Anesthesiologist (Board Certified)
Independent M
edical Practice, Cedars-Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital

Captain Lonya C, Childs
Assistant Commanding Officer
Los Angeles Police Department

Leslie Ysamar Jimenez
Museum Educator
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

Katherine Moriwaki

Associate Professor of Media Design
Parsons School of Desig
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Kathleen Cohen
Tech Humanist, XR Strategist, Creative
The Collaboratorium

Falguni Lakhani Adams
Network Executive
Vice Media Group

Elizabeth Mahlow PE
Principal
Nous Engineering

Dr. Martina R. Randall 
Board-Certified Foot & Ankle Surgeon
The Foot and Ankle Sports Institute

Marie Colabelli
Senior Producer/ Professor
Donna Lawrence Productions/
Temple University

Lina Cordero
Creative Director
Onlychild Design

AstriD Theeuwes
Associate
KPFF Consulting Engineers

Olivia Frias
Narrative Lead
Singularity 6

Estelle Reyes Madrid ed.m.
SVP, Enhancing Community
Los Angeles Cleantech
Incubator (LACI)

Laurie Parres
Writer / Producer / Founder
Words Delivered

Jeny Quine
Writer/Executive Producer/Showrunner
 

Jessica Stamen
Co-Founder, Program Director
Democra
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Katka Werth
Senior Staff Attorney
Public Cou
nsel

Daryl-Lynn Roberts
Vice President of Business Development
Visage Energy

Gia Mora
Writer/Performer/Producer
 

Sarah Blandy
Game Audio Producer
Riot Games, Inc.

Liz McLean AIA
Architect
ARG

Whitney Clavin
Science Writer
Caltech

Andrea A. Avila Weiler
Senior Director, New Technologies
Universal Pictures

Leatte Dahlhoff
Environmental Technical Analyst and Councilmember
WA Department of Enterprise Services and City of Tumwater

Sarah JaklE MSW, MPP
Executive Director
DemocraShe

Alexandria Jones-Patten PhD, MBA, RN
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Columbia University

Melisa McGregor
Composer/Producer
Studio Della Morte

Jane Chen
Co-founder
Embrace Global

Jill R. Meyers FRAeS
Aviation / Aerospace Consultant

Meyers AeroConsulting

Dr. Pavani Ram
Global Health
 

Adelara A. Adekoya
CEO and Founder
Fleurs et Sel Bakery

Jennie Ko
Design Director
adidas

Dr. Emily Hu, MD
Medical Director/Owner
Artista Surgery + Aesthetics with Dr. Emily Hu

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

Kathleen Hetrick
Associate - Sustainability
Buro Happold

Bloomberg MPH Fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Halleh Kianfar
VP of Product Management
Gracenote, a Nielsen company

Sarah Lorenzen AIA
Professor / Architect
Cal Poly Pomona / TOLO Architecture

Elizabeth Rosenbaum
TV and Film Director
DGA

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

Jacqueline Elliott
VP, Operations, Digital Platform Servicing
NBCUniversal

Pooja Bhagat M.Arch
Principal
Pooja Bhagat Architects & Planners

Leslie Sydnor AIA, NOMA, LEED AP
Director
AIALA

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter FAIA, NCARB
Architect
ACLA

Allegra N. LeGrande PhD
Physical Research Scientist
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Chavonne Stewart
Director
Exposher

Nina Sevilla
Sustainable Food Systems Program Advocate
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Sherrie Berger
Consultant
sherrieberger.com and the Los Angeles Center of Photography

Dr Ghada Zamzmi PHD
Research Scientist
National Institutes of Health

Orit Harpaz
Photographer
Orit Harpaz Photographer

Frances Anderton
Writer
Design and architecture journalism

 

SpeakeR
To be announced
 

Ishmeet Kaur
Software Engineer

Samantha Joy Alvarado
Color Footwear Designer
Adidas

Taylor Jacobs B.S.,M.E.
Principal Systems Engineer
Northrop Grumman/National Society of Black Engineers

Jennifer Sterling-Trotter
Program Manager
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Claudia Benitez-Nelson
Sr. Assoc. Dean for College Initiatives & Interdisciplinary Programs, Professor & Endowed Chair in Marine Studies 
University of South Carolina

Crystal Knabeschuh
Studio Director
Level Up Dance Academy

Carmen Beal
Development Manager
Riot Games

Carmen Suero
Principal
Good Project Company

Dr. Vivian Mo
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine 
Keck School of Medicine at USC
 

Faith Umoh
CEO, Digital AI Artist
Creative Aya

Pavlina Karafillis
Entry/Descent Mechanical and System Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

Graciela Cruz-Sierra BSCE
Senior Civil Engineering Assistant
Los Angeles County Public Works

Aqsa Altaf
Writer and Director
 

Sophie Pierce
Owner Sophie Dance & Level Up Dance Academy
 

Mimi Pond
Cartoonist/Writer

Neha Yadav
Principal
KPFF Consulting Engineers

Francine E. Orr
Photojournalist
Los Angeles Times

Monique Candiff
Litigation Associate
Sidley Austin LLP

Erin Brown
Executive Director

Inspiring Girls USA
 

Roxanna Pakkar
Member of Technical Staff
The Aerospace Corporation

Radka Opalka
Partner
ERS, Holdings

Major Marissa Reabe
Integrated Production Lead - Vulcan/Cantaur
United States Space Force

Kienna Qin
Data Scientist
Capital Group

Supria Rosner
Assistant Laboratory Director
LA Police Department Forensic Science Division

Tomoko Nagashima 
Partner
PwC

LisA Ross
Executive Director
Shero's Rise

Kiley Sensi
Manager Lakers Youth Foundation
Los Angeles Lakers

Candyce Ha
Community Outreach Specialist
FBI Los Angeles

Nicole Mungues
Athlete & Business Owner
Rainbow Los Angeles

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Inspirational woman with a career in a STEM field 

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Interested in sponsoring

and/or supporting YWCC

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If you have any questions, please email our Speaker, Sponsor, Supporter or Volunteer Coordinator.

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