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The Annual Young Women's

Career Conference is an important

way in which the GALA community recognizes and celebrates

International Women's Day.

 

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

2021 Guest Speakers 

YOUNG Women's Career Conference

Wife and Mother of Two, BA and MA – Columbia University. PhD – UCLA , FIFA World Cup Veteran African Cup of Nations Silver Medalist . Former Fashion Model – Wilhelmina , TEDx Speaker , Professor – UCLA, LMU, Occidental  Author , Player Development Consultant – Philippines Women’s National Water Polo Team  Mimi is passionate about integrating science and philosophy to teach and promote social justice. She pulls from her diverse personal and professional experiences as a world class athlete, an Ivy League-trained researcher, a fashion model, and a working mother to deliver inspiring, but relatable presentations about empowerment, identity, and leadership. For many years, Mimi has been involved in women’s empowerment research and scholarship. She has taught several courses that include empowerment components as an adjunct faculty member at UCLA, LMU, and Occidental College.

Nichol Whiteman

CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

Keynote Speaker

Cynthia McClain-Hill

President, Board of Water and Power Commissioners, LADWP

Evelyn Cortez-Davis

Assistant Director of Water Operations, LADWP

Winifred Yancy

Director of Legislative Affairs, Interim Racial Equity Officer LADWP 

Rachel Jordan Bascombe

AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, Architect, Associate, CO Architects

Edith Hsu-Chen

Manhattan Director, Department of City Planning, City of New York

Jane Chung Hoffacker

Senior Director Creative Manager, 

Activision Blizzard

Heather T. Roy & Learka Bosnak

Realtors, Douglas Elliman

Dr. Michaelyn Thomas, EdD, MBA

. Head of Affordability & Project Manager, Launch Site Development, Virgin Orbit 

Tammy Funasaki

Head of Investor Relations,

Breakwater Management

Ariella Loewenstein

Deputy Regional Director,
Anti-Defamation League

Amy Guittard

Director of Marketing and
Fifth-Generation Chocolatier,
Guittard Chocolate Company

Marie Colabelli

Sr. Producer,
Walt Disney Imagineering

Kimberly Rudloff

Captain I, Paramedic,
Firefighter Recruitment Section,
Los Angeles Fire Department

Dr. Nidhi Mistry, PT, PCS

Physical Therapist and Owner,

South Bay Pediatric Physical Therapy

Dara Peyton M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist/Speech Therapist, Encore Rehabilitation

Jennifer Sherman

Senior Vice President Product,
NMI

Louise Jandura

Sampling & Caching Chief Engineer, Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover, Principal Mechatronics Engineer, JPL

Sophie Pierce

Entrepreneur and Owner,
Sophie Dance Studios

Lacy Russell

Director Channel Sales,
FluentStream Technologies

Samantha Srinivasan

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Sechel PR

Sarah Schecter

Chairwoman Production,

Berlanti Productions, Berlanti/Schecter

Amanda Sichon & Seda Bilginer

Chemists & Co-Founders,
Esas Beauty

Siobhan Hanna

Managing Director,

Lionsbridge AI, Global Platforms

Vicky Rangsuebsin

Private Wealth Advisor & Accountant,

Ameriprise Financial Services

Alyssa Do, JD, LL.M

Wealth Strategist,
Boston Private

Wendy Barbas

Vice President & Credit Officer,
Boston Private

Anneka Gupta

President and Head of Products and Platforms, LiveRamp

Dr. Andrea Hsu

Senior Scientist,

The Aerospace Corporation

Dr. Cheryl De Matteis

Principal Engineer,

The Aerospace Corporation

Alexandria Jones-Patten, MSN, MBA, RN

Registered Nurse at Go RN

Nursing PhD Student, UCI

Molly Peterson

Science Reporter, KQED

Dawn Yoshioka Eberly

Doctorate of Chiropractic, Masters, Acupunture and Oriental Medicine,

Founder, Embrace Healing

Cynthia Lynch

Midwife, Clinical Manager at NYC Health & Hospitals, Adjunct Faculty in Clinical Obstetrics, Concordia College New York

Aya Obara

Epidemiologist,

County of LA Dept of Public Health

Megan Turner

Director of Operations, Los Angeles Taconic Builders, Inc

Jessica Trinca

General Manager | Advisor | Consultant

WIMMIES (Women in Media & Marketing)

Elizabeth Steinberg

Founder & Director,

Martian & Sons

Shameeka Emanuel

Diversity STEM Strategist,
Google

Renee Ronit Edry

President & Director of Investigations,

Westside Detectives Inc.

Natascha French

Head of Marketing, 

Diamond

Samantha Chaney Prado was born and raised in La Mirada.  She attended Cerritos Community College and graduated from Cal State Dominquez Hills with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies.  Her plan was to become a high school math teacher.  Samantha’s plans changed when she gave birth to her daughter at the age of 22.  She was forced to find work to provide for her daughter.  She began working in the legal department of a large corporation.  Her education helped promote her to the company’s paralegal where she stayed for 10 years.  In 2016, Samantha decided to follow her true dream…becoming a firefighter.  She is currently a firefighter for the Los Angeles Fire Department.  Samantha resides in Huntington Beach with her two daughters ages 17 and 9. In her spare time she trains and competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and coaches youth sports.

Samantha Chaney Prado

Firefighter,
Los Angeles Fire Department

Dr. Moogega Cooper PhD

Planetary Protection Lead,
Mars 2020, 
JPL

Amy Green

Conservator and Co-Owner, 
Silverlake Conservation LLC

Michelle Cornman Thomas M.D.

Pediatric Hospitalist & Transport Physician, Pediatrician, Kaiser Downey Medical Center

Ester Kamp

Vice President, Business Support Manager, Boston Private

Kendyl Van Hoesen

Founder and Lead Designer,
Van Hoesen Design

Jasmina Muller

VP, Global Channel Sales, Alliance Channel of Women

Jayashri Srikantiah

Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Professor of Law, Director Immigration Rights Clinic, Director Mills Legal Clinic, Stanford Law School

Marcie Phillips

Game Designer,

Skydance Interactive

Anu Bhardwaj

Founder, Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL, The State of Women, SHEQONOMI

Shruti Shankar

Sr Urban Designer and Associate,

Studio One Eleven

Lynn Azali

Senior Designer/Artist,

RDC - Retail Design Collaborative

Rosanne Sachson

The Sachson Group, Architectural Interior Designer, NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Flight System Testbed, Solar System Ambassador

Padmini Srikantiah

Senior Program Officer - Infectious Disease, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Rachel Zimmerman Brachman

Public Engagement Specialist, Earth, Solar System, Exoplanets, and Technology, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Kristen Hammer

Business Development Manager, Engineer, Virgin Hyperloop

Dr Crystal Reul-Chen

California Air Resources Engineer,
California Air Resources Board

Sabrina Damast

Immigration Atty. Founding Attorney, 

Law Office of Sabrina Damast

Tammy L. Choy

Vice President and Chief Information Officer, The Aerospace Corporation

Stephanie Barish 

CEO,

IndieCade

Jane Marie Chen

CEO & Co-Founder,

Embrace Innovations

Andrea Razzaghi

Deputy Director of the NASA Management Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Andrea Connell

Captain,

United Airlines

Tal Kahana

Deputy District Attorney,

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

Amy Cass

Client Partner,

Facebook

Avygail Sanchez

VP, Business Development Officer, HNTB

Carina Mills

Senior Talent Manager, Senior Associate, RDC

Dr. Sendia Kim

Plastic Surgeon,

Kaiser Permanente

Jennet Chow

Co-CEO/Founder
Head of Design and Marketing
Evolution Design Lab

Holley Hunt
IOT EcoSystem Builder,

Intellisite

Lauren Brassel

RN, MSN, FNP-BC,

Providence Medical Associates 

Kara Storage,

Materials Engineer, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Katherine Hamel
Senior Financial Analyst, Business Management, The Boeing Company

Dr. Nicole Green
Director, Public Health Laboratories, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Linnaea Dix Dawson

Conservator

Silverlake Conservation