Preparing for Public Leadership: 

Explore and discuss how to position yourself for boards, commissions and even public office.  Take inventory of your skills and discover what to put in your leadership toolbox.   Learn the power of negotiating for what you want, the power of networking and the meaning of mentoring.   Practical skills and tools to enhance your public speaking, leadership profile and community building will also be included.  Find your voice and then practice your pitch and leadership skills with seasoned and emerging leaders from a variety of backgrounds.  This coaching session will focus on how to identify the right place for you in the public policy arena. 

Moderators:   Glynda Carr


  • Julianna Hynes, PhD
  • Kriztina Palone
  • Kathleen Sullivan


Mobilizing Your Community for Impact: 

Learn how to influence the issues you are passionate about from seasoned leaders, political strategists and public policy professionals.   Get insider tools and tricks of the trade on how to expand your influence; engage your community around important issues; and mobilize assets to expand your leadership capacity.   Great for BWOPA chapter leadership and members.

Moderator:   Keisha Nzewi, Advocacy Manager, Alameda County Food Bank


  • Christine Keener
  • Sylvia High
  • Salih Muhammad


2014 Issues and Trends Panel

A literal powerhouse of girl power, this year’s panel features a diverse grouping of civic leaders, outspoken community advocates, and business professionals who will cultivate a dialog on the challenges to influence change in their respective communities.  The discussions will evolve from the past, present to the future roles women must take on to further the women’s influence and agenda. 

Moderator: Dr. Val Batts


  • Cassandra Joubert, ScD
  • Kimberly Mayfield, EdD
  • Barbara Becnel
  • Carol Belle Thomas Moss

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