Third Annual Women’s Leadership Conference Set for March 10

UCR alumni and industry experts will lead sessions on overcoming challenges women face in the workplace

Participants from last year’s conference learn how to navigate the workplace as women and young professionals.

This year’s Women’s Leadership Conference will feature deans across three UCR colleges in a leadership discussion, as well as keynote addresses by speakers Candace Wiest, president and CEO of West Valley Bancorp. Inc. and West Valley National Bank, and Joanna Wagner, managing director and vice president at Fidelity Investments.

All are welcome.

Breakout sessions will focus on topics relevant to women in the workplace, including, among other things: women working in government and civics; emotional intelligence at work; work-life integration; women in television; women in non-profit, and women working in male-dominated fields.

Candace Wiest, president and CEO of West Valley Bancorp. Inc. and West Valley National Bank, will be opening keynote speaker.

“When I was 21 I became a single mom of three children under four.  I only had a high school diploma but I had something more powerful.  A dream for a better life for me and my kids.  I took that dream and broke it down into a plan that included a timeline and actions plans,” said Wiest, who became CEO of her company after only seven years in banking.

“Some people might have thought I didn’t have a chance to meet those goals, but I didn’t listen.  I just outworked my critics and ran my own race,” she said. Wiest will speak about focus and gratitude on the path to success.

The event, which will also provide networking opportunities for participants, is aimed to provide advice for students and young professionals navigating the workplace. Nine breakout sessions will host  18 alumni panelists, many of whom are well established in their careers. Industries represented include everything from entertainment to government.

The conference is Saturday, March 10, and will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in HUB 302. Staff, alumni, community members, and students are encouraged to attend. Reservations may be made online. Registration fees range from $25-$30 and are free for Student Alumni Association members.

Registration includes the leadership luncheon and discussion, noon to 1:30 p.m. The luncheon will feature Milagros Peña, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Kathryn Uhrich, dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; Emma Simmons, associate dean of Student Affairs at the School of Medicine; and Nicole Weaver-Goller, executive director of development at the School of Medicine.   Discussion will focus on speakers’ professional stories, exploring how each entered higher education and what challenges they’ve conquered along the way.

* please note that this information is subject to change

Women Working in Government and Civics

  • Violeta Aguilar-Wyrick ’09 Field Director for the Service Employees, International Union Local 121 RN (Labor Relations)
  • Patricia Lock Dawson ’88 Political Advisor and Strategist, PLD Consulting; Riverside Unified School District Board of Trustees- President; two-time gubernatorial appointee to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Elizabeth Romero ’05 Assistant Vice Chancellor, Government & Community Relations, University of California, Riverside
  • Keona Henderson ’08 Probation Officer, County of Riverside & Founder Positive Women Meet Up LLC.

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

  • Candace Gruber The John Maxwell Team Certified Coach, Trainer & Speaker & Project Manager Analyst, University of California, Riverside

Work Life Integration

  • Jennifer Carlson ’92 Senior HR Consultant and Executive Coach, JP Carlson Consulting
  •  Ann Oliver ’74 Vice President, Participations at Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Kristi Bieber Regional Director of Development, University of California, Riverside

Women in Television

  • Reyna Harvey ’14 Weekend Anchor/Reporter, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Leslie Lopez ’09 Weekday morning meteorologist, ABC7 Eyewitness News
  • Lynn Gutstadt ’77 Managing Partner, LG Communications Consulting

Professional Networking

  • Karen Tom ’87 Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office
  • Anna Lo ’00 CEO, Pacific Transportation Federal Credit Union & UCR Alumni Association Board Member
  • Marlenee Blas Pedral Student Employment Coordinator, UCR Career Center, University of California, Riverside
  • Sabine M Freij Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, School of Business Administration, University of California, Riverside

Building Professional Presence and Image Consulting

  • Bernice Maldonado ’02 Image Coach and Principle Consultant, Growing Forward

Making Social Impact: Women in Non-Profit

  • Claudia Sandoval ’05 Director of Donor Relations, California Art Club
  • Rene Jones ’92 Global Head of Philanthropy & Employee Enrichment, United Talent Agency
  • Janice Penner Executive Director, Riverside Downtown Partnership
  • Ninfa Delgado ’95 Vice President, Riverside Community Health Foundation

Women In Male Dominated Fields

  • Star Jahansouz ’16 Stress Lead Engineer, UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Angela Lunt ’04 Brand Ambassador, Glutenberg Craft Brewery
  • Kathy Doolaege ’96 Vice President, Sales Operations, Acuity Technology Group

Resumes that Get You Noticed

  • Kristine Fioresi ’70 Retired, Director of Human Resources, Boeing

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