The 2021 Conference Center

The 2nd annual California Conference for Women will be held virtually on March 2, 2022. Join our email list for news and announcements about the upcoming Conference!

To get a sense of what you can expect in 2022, please browse some of the highlights of our 2021 Conference, below.


“Leading the Way Forward”

The inaugural California Conference for Women was held virtually on March 4, 2021 during Women’s History Month.


Keynote Session Recaps

Stacey Abrams, founder, author, voter rights activist, and the first Black woman to be a gubernational nominee of a major party in the U.S., shared her keys to success and thoughts about ambition, fear of failure, and perfection with Lisa Ling, award-winning journalist and host of This is Life with Lisa Ling.

Ursula Burns, former CEO and Chairman of Xerox Corporation and the first Black woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company, offered her advice about what people need from leaders now in a conversation with Jennifer Siebel Newsom, award-winning filmmaker, advocate, founder of The Representation Project, and First Partner of California.

Dr. Jane Goodall, iconic conservationist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institue, and UN Messenger of Peace, shared her winning strategies for creating change with Alicia Menendez, award-winning journalist and author of The Likeability Trap.

Angie Thomas, New York Times best-selling author of The Hate U Give and Concrete Rose, spoke about the power of compassion and storytelling as she challenged our preconceptions and viewpoints on the underrepresented.


Leadership Session Recaps

Adam Grant, organizational psychologist, author, and host, WorkLife—a TED Original Podcast, invited us to examine the critical leadership skills of rethinking and open mindedness in his session on, “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.” Celeste Headlee, award-winning journalist and host of the Conferences for Women podcast, Women Amplified, moderated the session.

Nina Shaw, award-winning entertainment lawyer, activist and diversity advocate, spoke with CNN news anchor and Huddle author, Brooke Baldwin about, “Breaking Barriers and Leading the Way Together” by enacting meaningful change and bringing more chairs to the table.

Daisy Auger-Domínguez, chief people officer of VICE Media Group, shared her compassionate and transparent approach to dismantling inequalities in the workplace and ensuring fairness, justice, equity, and inclusion for all.


Career Advancement Session Recaps

Glennon Doyle, activist and New York Times best-selling author, Untamed, flipped the script on imposter syndrome and challenged us to “untame” our careers by moving beyond others’ expectations, squashing self-doubt, and reclaiming control of our career and life. Kelly Corrigan, best-selling author and host, Kelly Corrigan Wonders podcast, moderated the session.

Herminia Ibarra, organizational behavior professor, best-selling author, and one of the foremost management thinkers in the world, showed us how to, “act like a leader” and “think like a leader” by making small, but crucial changes in our career roles, networks, and leadership styles.

Linda Raynier, career strategist and YouTube star, compelled us to question what matters, what’s possible, and even what our life’s purpose could be as she shared steps for clarifying our goals and growing our careers with purpose.


Personal Development Session Recaps

Julie Lythcott Haims, best-selling author, How to Raise an Adult and Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, offered timely advice for allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary during challenging times.

Jen Sincero, New York Times best-selling author, You Are a Badass and Badass Habits, walked us through breaking, making, and better understanding our habits. She also provided a proven framework for ditching habits that don’t serve us and developing badass ones that will truly stick.

Dr. Emily Nagoski, PhD, co-author of Burnout, shared the difference between stress and stressors and offered practical, research-based solutions to complete the stress response cycle and avoid (or recover) from burnout.