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Day One will engage women, girls, and allies from across the country through inspiring mainstage sessions, issue-breakouts, opportunities to connect with leading fellow changemakers, and an interactive center with organizations and women-owned businesses. You’ll choose 2 breakouts on Saturday: 1 from Session A and 1 from Session B. When you’re not in your breakouts, you’ll be able to take a break for lunch and explore The Center, where over 150 organizations and businesses are hosting activations!

On Day Two, attendees will fan out across Los Angeles to attend skills-based trainings or Community Teach-In’s hosted by a range of organizations that are making change on gender equity in Los Angeles. Please keep an eye out for an email from your Day Two Host with location instructions.

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Saturday, May 5

1:50pm PDT

#MeToo: A Movement of Stories *and* Strategies
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After the rise of the #MeToo last fall, a study quantified what millions of stories made clear and many have long-known: sexual harassment and assault impact almost every woman in America. As this watershed moment continues to unfold, what is the role each of us has to play? We’ll answer that question from different angles, looking at what comes next in our workplaces, schools, legal system, and in our own relationships. Join us for a discussion of tangible strategies you can employ wherever you are to ensure #MeToo continues to grow from a moment into a movement.

avatar for June Barrett

June Barrett

Domestic Worker/Activist
avatar for Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke

Founder, 'me too.' Movement
avatar for Charlotte Burrows

Charlotte Burrows

Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
avatar for Leanne Guy

Leanne Guy

Indigenous Advocate and Activist
avatar for Matt McGorry

Matt McGorry

avatar for Tracey Vitchers

Tracey Vitchers

Director, It's On Us

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:50pm - 2:45pm PDT
2nd Floor Lobby

1:50pm PDT

Answering the Call: Public Service In Today's World
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One thing we know for sure: there are many ways to create change. Be it running for office, working as campaign staff, serving your country or government, or organizing in your community, there are no shortage of ways to be an agent of change. The leaders on this panel demonstrate that being of public service can take many forms, and is one of the most noble and rewarding paths to choose as woman looking to make a difference in the world. Get ready to be inspired, and most importantly, to take their lessons back for your own playbook.

avatar for Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett

Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

Andrea Jenkins

Vice President, Minneapolis City Council
avatar for Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar

State Representative
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Jennifer Palmieri

New York Times Best Selling Author

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:50pm - 2:45pm PDT
Pavillion 2

1:50pm PDT

Being a Woman in Today's Media World
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Women are influencing and shaping the media more than ever before, but men are still positioned to tell more of the stories and decide which (and whose) stories get told. Add to that fake news, online trolls, and the harassment that follows women across platforms, and it’s clear that the mediasphere is still a challenging place for women to engage. During this candid conversation with leading mediamakers and influencers, we’ll explore their experiences and discuss how women can leverage our rising media prowess and power to change the field.

avatar for Cheryl Contee

Cheryl Contee

CEO, Fission Strategy
avatar for Morgan DeBaun

Morgan DeBaun

CEO/Founder, Blavity, Inc.

Zerlina Maxwell

Senior Program Director and Political Analyst
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Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Filmmaker & Founder/CEO, The Representation Project
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Amanda Seales

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Kelly Marie Tran

Actress and Philanthropist

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:50pm - 2:45pm PDT
Expo Hall Mezzanine A

1:50pm PDT

By "Trust," You Meant "Support," Right? The Importance of Investing in Black Women
When Doug Jones beat Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election last December, hashtags like #ThankBlackWomen and #TrustBlackWomen went viral, sparking a conversation about Black women’s power. Black women are trendsetters and trailblazers who routinely shape American culture and politics, but they’re still underrepresented at decision-making tables. How do we ensure “thanking” Black women means investing in them? How do we ensure “trusting” Black women means listening to them when they’re advocating for themselves and their communities? This panel of experts will explore those questions, looking at what it will take for all Black women to have access to all levels of political and social power.

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Mayor Aja Brown

Mayor of Compton
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LaTosha Brown

Political Strategist, Organizer and Cultural Activist
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Bre Campbell

Executive Director, Activist, Actress, Trans Sistas of Color Project-Detroit
avatar for Glynda C. Carr

Glynda C. Carr

avatar for Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza

Black Futures Lab, Principal

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:50pm - 2:45pm PDT
Auditorium (First Floor)

1:50pm PDT

Female Founders Fast Pitch
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Watch six stellar female founders fast-pitch their innovative tech startups to an esteemed panel of
investor judges from Upfront Ventures, Greycroft, Brava Investments, Backstage Ventures, Halogen Ventures, The Helm and WndrCo.


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Jesse Draper

Halogen Ventures
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Arlan Hamilton

Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital
avatar for Nathalie Molina Niño

Nathalie Molina Niño

CEO, BRAVA Investments
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Erin Shipley

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, The Helm
avatar for Ambereen Toubassy

Ambereen Toubassy

Partner and CFO, WndrCo
avatar for Hamet Watt

Hamet Watt

Board Partner, Upfront Ventures
avatar for Sarra Zayani

Sarra Zayani

Investor, Greycroft

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:50pm - 2:45pm PDT
Expo Center

1:50pm PDT

Paving the Road: Growing Powerful Women-Owned Businesses
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Women are redefining the business landscape, and taking names while doing it. But the road to being a female CEO, especially for women of color, still isn't a paved one. In the last 20 years, Black women have become the fastest-growing demographic of entrepreneurs, owning nearly 60 percent of all Black businesses. But women entrepreneurs as a whole receive only four percent of venture capital funding, and women of color broadly 30 percent less than their white counterparts. Hear from extraordinary women executives their experience of navigating this rocky terrain and how we can make this road easier for others to walk.

avatar for Kathryn Finney

Kathryn Finney

Founder and Managing Director, digitalundivided
avatar for Tracy Gray

Tracy Gray

Founder & Managing Partner, The 22 Fund
avatar for KJ Miller

KJ Miller

co-founder & co-CEO, Mented Cosmetics
avatar for Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson

Founder & CEO, The Riveter
avatar for Kara Nortman

Kara Nortman

Partner, Upfront Ventures
avatar for Shannon Turner

Shannon Turner

Founder, Hear Me Code

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:50pm - 2:45pm PDT
Pavillion 1

1:50pm PDT

There's No Place for Violence Here: Inside America's Schools
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As headlines about school shootings become a heartbreaking and recurring sight in our newsfeeds, the demand for solutions is growing bigger and louder. But guns aren’t the only type of violence in our schools. Everyday, girls experience sexual violence, bullying, and other types of harm that require swift and significant action in order to make schools safer for all children. Speaking from their experience working at the forefront of this timely issue, these panelists will offer a look inside America’s classrooms and share the interventions we can help to support.

avatar for Lashea Brown

Lashea Brown

Reproductive /Sexual Health Program Coordinator
avatar for Eliza Byard

Eliza Byard

Executive Director, GLSEN
avatar for Amber Goodwin

Amber Goodwin

Founder, Community Justice Reform Coalition
avatar for Livier Gutierrez

Livier Gutierrez

Director of Programs, Alliance for Girls
avatar for Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett

Activist, Educator and Writer, and Co-Founder of Campaign Zero

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:50pm - 2:45pm PDT
3rd Floor Lobby

1:50pm PDT

What Do Women Need to Make It Work?
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Can I afford child care? Will I be able to stay home to care for my new baby? Will I get fired if I miss work because I have the flu? Is he making more than I am? Is my paycheck enough to cover my bills? These may be the issues that keep *each* of us up at night, but the reality is, we’re *all* grappling with them. When you add them together, the effects of these pocketbook issues can equal poverty for women. This panel of experts will discuss the roadmap that gets us from economic struggle to economic security.

avatar for Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush

Actress and Activist
avatar for Mary Ignatius

Mary Ignatius

Statewide Organizer, Parent Voices CA
avatar for Debra Ness

Debra Ness

President, National Partnership for Women & Families
avatar for Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel

Executive Director, US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty
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Michelle Rhone-Collins

Chief Cities Officer, LIFT

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:50pm - 2:45pm PDT
Expo Hall Mezzanine B

3:05pm PDT

A Conversation with the Women from GLOW
Join the women of the Netflix Original Series, GLOW, for a conversation about female empowerment, friendship, self-discovery and making television for today's audience.

Moderated by Netflix Vice President, Original Content, Cindy Holland. Featuring: Creator/Executive Producer, Liz Flahive, and cast members Alison Brie,  Britney Young, Sydelle Noel.


Liz Flahive

Creator/Executive Producer, GLOW
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Cindy Holland

Vice President, Original Content, Netflix

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:05pm - 4:00pm PDT
2nd Floor Lobby

3:05pm PDT

Breaking Stereotypes
Speakers with their discussion and stories will Inspire, Motivate & Activate you to engage on actively breaking the stereotypes to be the best version of yourself…EVERYDAY.  

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Shelly Kapoor Collins

Entrepreneur, The Shatter Fund
avatar for Claire Lee

Claire Lee

Head of Early Stage, Silicon Valley Bank

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:05pm - 4:00pm PDT
Expo Center

3:05pm PDT

Can Stories Help Save Us? How to Use Our Words to Shape the World We Want
The stories we tell have the power to shape our world. Stories are how we make sense of what’s going on around us. They help us to see ourselves and others differently, which can change what we think and believe. And in today's connected world, we now have access to stories anywhere, anytime. So how do we seize this huge opportunity? Hear from creatives using storytelling to break boundaries -- in film, television, literature, comedy and more -- and learn why telling *your* story is a crucial part of how you can create change.

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Maytha Alhassen

Speaker, USOW
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Elisa Parker

Co-Founder, Project Director, See Jane Do, #50WomenCan
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Erica Williams Simon

Social Critic, Host of The Call, Content @Snapchat
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Ahya Simone

Director, Harpist, Singer, Femme Queen Chronicles

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:05pm - 4:00pm PDT
Auditorium (First Floor)

3:05pm PDT

Here to Fight, Here to Stay: Updates from the DACA and Immigration Front Lines
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When Trump announced he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted by President Obama, he set off one of the most contentious battles since taking office. Ensuring the young adults protected under DACA can remain in America -- the only home they’ve ever known -- is a battle that impacts all of us and defines the very nature of our country. Hear from organizers on the frontlines of the fight, and the fight for undocumented youth and immigration more broadly, and learn what you can do to help, whoever and wherever you are.

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Alida Garcia

Director of Coalitions & Policy, FWD.us
avatar for Denea Joseph

Denea Joseph

Communications Coordinator / Immigrants Rights Activist, UndocuBlack Network

Greisa Martinez

Deputy Executive Director
avatar for Rubí Martínez

Rubí Martínez

Communications Strategist, NextGen America
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Jess Morales Rocketto

Political Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:05pm - 4:00pm PDT
Pavillion 2

3:05pm PDT

How to Stop the Prison Pipelines for Girls of Color
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In 2012, Salecia Johnson was arrested at school for doing something most six year olds do: throwing a temper tantrum. At the time, mainstream discussion of the school-to-prison pipeline focused mostly on boys of color, omitting experiences like Salecia’s. But in 2015, a groundbreaking report, Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, showed that girls of color are being funneled into the juvenile justice system at disproportionately higher rates. Simultaneously, more than 70% of girls in the system report a history of physical or sexual abuse. Hear from women working to dismantle the school-to-prison and sexual-assault-to-prison pipelines on how to refocus our energy so we’re educating -- not criminalizing -- our students.

avatar for Grace Dolan-Sandrino

Grace Dolan-Sandrino

Teen Activist, Root Young Futurist, Teen Vogue
avatar for A'Dorian Murray-Thomas

A'Dorian Murray-Thomas

Founder & CEO, SHE Wins Inc.
avatar for Joanne N. Smith

Joanne N. Smith

Founder/Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity (GGE)

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:05pm - 4:00pm PDT
3rd Floor Lobby

3:05pm PDT

It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint: What Women Need to Keep Fighting for Change
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Women are often the first to spring into action, and the last to take a break. But when we inhabit our full power, we are unstoppable. So what does it take for women to show up as leaders and changemakers, and how do we create an environment where everyone can do that? We all hear the phrase "self-care," but these women are here to show us what it means to truly advocate for ourselves, and create community for us all. 

avatar for T. Morgan Dixon

T. Morgan Dixon

Co-Founder & CEO

Sarah Sophie Flicker

Activist/Creative Director/Aerialist/Mother
avatar for Keisha Mabry

Keisha Mabry

Author, Speaker and Social Entrepreneur
avatar for Jess Weiner

Jess Weiner

CEO, Cultural Changemaker

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:05pm - 4:00pm PDT
Pavillion 1

3:05pm PDT

Our Bodies, Our Identities: What's Standing Between Women and Quality Health Care?
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When tennis star Serena Williams gave birth last September, she had to talk doctors through saving her life. Her story spotlighted an alarming statistic: that in the U.S., Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes than white women. Facts like these underscore the reality that *how* we experience healthcare is directly related to *who* we are -- our race, our immigration status, our ability, our gender identity, our sexual orientation, how much money we make, where we live, and more -- and that in some cases, discrimination and lack of access are costing women our lives. This panel of experts will consider what barriers stand between women and quality health care and what we’re doing to dismantle them.

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Dr. Barbara Ferrer

Director of Public Health, Los Angeles County
avatar for Melissa Hanna

Melissa Hanna

Co-founder and CEO, Mahmee
avatar for Dawn Laguens

Dawn Laguens

Executive Vice President & Chief Brand and Experience Office, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
avatar for Almas Sayeed

Almas Sayeed

Organizer and Lawyer

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:05pm - 4:00pm PDT
Expo Hall Mezzanine A

3:05pm PDT

The Ballot Box and Beyond: Taking the Reigns of Our Democracy
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Voting is the heart of democracy. Many have fought, and are still fighting, for the right to vote. And, casting a ballot is just one piece of our political process. In order for democracy to thrive, we have to think about how it fits into our broader civic life. How do we make sure elections aren’t the only time people get engaged? And what happens when people become disconnected or disheartened from our decision-making processes? The good news: these innovators, who are encouraging Americans to get hands-on with democracy through the ballot box and beyond, are here to share their insights and concrete strategies for action.

avatar for Tanzila Ahmed

Tanzila Ahmed

Political Activist, Podcaster and Writer
avatar for Angie Jean-Marie

Angie Jean-Marie

Managing Director, #VoteTogether
avatar for Amanda Litman

Amanda Litman

Executive Director, Run for Something
avatar for Carmen Perez

Carmen Perez

Executive Director, National Co-Chair, The Gathering for Justice, Women's March on Washington
avatar for Ramla Sahid

Ramla Sahid

Executive Director
avatar for Karla Zombro

Karla Zombro

Field Director, California Calls

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:05pm - 4:00pm PDT
Expo Hall Mezzanine B