Women’s Leadership Conference Set for March 11

The event will showcase a program that will assist Highlanders — past and present — in professional and personal development.

Participants work on a project during the 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference. courtesy

This year’s Women’s Leadership Conference will feature a keynote address by Josefina E. Canchola ’88, associate director of partnerships for the Puente Project at UC Berkeley and UCR Alumni Association board member, and Rupsi Burman, an IT project manager at the Port of Long Beach and founder of Hope in Life Foundation, a local nonprofit established in 2013.

Josefina E. Canchola ’88

Canchola, who will discuss the art and skill of salary negotiations with employers, says being a speaker at the conference is an honor. “It is an opportunity for our Highlander women to be empowered; build partnerships with each other, and break bread together to strengthen their future opportunities through leadership development.”

Burman will speak on the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, a treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979.

The conference, scheduled for Saturday, March 11, is open to all, and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in HUB 302. Reservations may be made by March 3 online. Registration fees range from $25-$35, and free for student alumni association members.

About 200 participants are expected. Presented by the UCR Alumni Association, the UCR’s Women’s Resource Center and the Women in Business student organization, the program seeks to assist Highlanders — past and present — in professional and personal development.

Rupsi Burman

Break-out sessions will include varied topics such as writing a resume, developing a personal brand, and job search strategies.  The day will cap off with a professional dress fashion show by Women in Business.

“My hope for the conference is that the information, wisdom, and knowledge that is shared by the day’s speakers allows participants to be equipped for a better future filled with more professional options,” Canchola says. “Additionally, may it serve as a space where true dialogue on self-empowerment and reflection occurs so that every attendee acknowledges her own strengths and puts them into action.”

Breakout sessions:

  • Get The Job You Want: Top 10 Job Search Strategies for 2017
    Serena Santillanes, president of Career Journeys and professional career counselor, will give practical advice on navigating a  job search, negotiating offers and getting the job you want.
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling in IT: Women in IT
    Lorene Miller, director of IT Business Integration & Delivery at Southern California Edison, will present a perspective on career opportunities for women in a male-dominated field such as the utility.
  • You Inc.:  The Art of Developing Your Professional Brand
    Shruti Miyashiro, a board member of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. And the Foundation Board for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, will give insight on how to establish first impressions via language, tone, and actions that will come to be known as your professional brand.
  • Resumes that Get You Noticed
    Emma Geach, senior employment analyst for the Talent Acquisition and Diversity Outreach Department in the Human Resources Department at UCR. This workshop will help you create an effective resume or improve the one you already have.
  • Women in Science and Technology 
    Kathryn Uhrich, dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences as well as professor of chemistry, will be sharing her perspective as a scientist, educator, entrepreneur, and academic leader.  She is widely recognized as a leading innovator in polymer research.
  • Creating a Healthy Environment – Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
    Julie Chobdee, wellness program coordinator for the UCR Faculty/Staff Wellness Program with Human Resources on changing the environment and culture to support and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Women in Leadership
    Sharon Walker, interim dean of UCR’s Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, where she also serves as John Babbage Chair in Environmental Engineering, professor of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, and associated faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering, will share her personal journey and thoughts on how to collectively level professional playing fields. She is a leading expert on water quality.
  • How Your Personality Can Impact Your Wallet
    Kimberly Bradshaw, the founder, and president of The Accounting Group LLC will give strategies for different ways of budgeting and saving.
  • Assertive or Aggressive? Skills for Women at Work
    Mika Onishi, co-founder of UPTOGOOD, a video and storytelling platform that helps folks create videos for social impact campaigns, will give practical tips on fine-tuning the art of assertiveness for women in the workplace.

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