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Girls Academic Leadership Academy



FRIDAY, March 4, 2022

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 keynote speaker

Nichol Whiteman
CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

2021 Guest Speakers 
YOUNG Women's Career Conference

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

Tammy Funasaki
Head of Investor Relations,
Breakwater Management

Heather T. Roy &
Learka Bosnak

Realtors, Douglas Elliman

Dr. Michaelyn Thomas, EdD, MBA
. Head of Affordability & Project Manager, Launch Site Development, Virgin Orbit 

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
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
Los Angeles Fire Department

Dr. Moogega Cooper PhD
Planetary Protection Lead,
Mars 2020, JPL

Amy Green
Conservator and Co-Owner, 
Silverlake Conservation LLC

Dr. Michelle Cornman Thomas M.D.
Pediatric Hospitalist & Transport Physician, Pediatrician, Kaiser Downey Medical Center

Ester Kamp
Vice President, Business Support Manager, Boston Private

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

Kendyl Van Hoesen
Founder and Lead Designer,
Van Hoesen Design

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