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Kathy Magliato, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Kathy Magliato is currently Director of Women’s Cardiac Services at Saint John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, where she is developing a Women’s Heart Center to address the cardiac needs of female patients. Dr. Magliato is a nationally recognized authority on women's heart health and has been interviewed by Barbara Walters on "20/20," Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey, as well as being highlighted in the media on CBS's "The Doctors," NBC's "Home & Family," and ABC, NBC and CBS news. Dr. Magliato serves on numerous boards, including President of the Board of the Greater LA County American Heart Association (first woman ever), The John Ritter Foundation, the Board of Trustees of Union College and the Dean's Visiting Committee Board of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Magliato is the author of Heart Matters, a fast paced journey of her life and career, which received a 4/4 star review in People magazine. She lives in Pacific Palisades with her husband, a liver transplant surgeon at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and their two sons, ages 6 and 8.

Leading with Heart

Dr. Magliato will start the day with a heart-felt discussion about using compassion, passion and commitment to advance your career. As one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world, Dr. Magliato is accustomed to being the first, and usually the only, woman in the room. She will discuss how to navigate a demanding work environment, how to gain trust and how to communicate your needs.


Margaret J. Weber, PhD

Dr. Margaret J Weber is dean of the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) and a professor of Education. She is also founder of the Global Center for Women’s Leadership and Work-Life Balance, which examines the balance-seeking strategies of women across the globe. Her areas of expertise include diversity and women, faith, and leadership. Dr. Weber also served as chair of the Legislative Committee of the Board on Human Sciences and as Vice President of the American Association of Housing Educators.

Strategies for Work-Life Balance

How do you create a life of balance? What are the strategies that you implement into your life to create equilibrium among all the competing demands that are placed on you? Do you meditate and pray regularly? Do you reactively go for a run when the stress builds up? What meaning does your work have in your life? In this session, Dr. Weber will share results from her study on work-life balance, which thus far has collected data from more than 225 interviews of women leaders to explore themes and strategies around work-life balance.


Edythe Davis

Former Mount St. Mary's faculty member Edythe Davis is an actress, producer, and adjunct professor in the Speech Department at Los Angeles City College. As an actress, she has a long list of film credits including the film "Gone Fishin'" where she played Danny Glover's wife. Television credits include various commercials and appearances on "Law and Order," "Chicago Hope" and "Grey's Anatomy." In addition to film and TV, Ms. Davis has worked in Regional theatres on both coasts. Recently, Ms. Davis produced and starred in the film "Reflection Day" based on the award-winning play by Chuck Cummings which depicts the special relationship between an Alzheimer patient and her attendant. Ms. Davis received a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Kent State University and an M.S. in Mass Communications from Emerson College.

Working From the Inside Out: New Communication Strategies

Speaking is natural but communicating takes skill. Effective communicators will tell you they have developed their skills through a lot of practice and trial and error. But despite the "practice makes perfect" ideology, how do some people make communications look so easy? In this session, you will develop your communication skills from the inside out, discover ways to find your X factor and explore how to combine your trained skills with your "bliss or passion" so that you too can feel confident when speaking to any size group.


Dr. Helen Boutrous, Panel Facilitator
Panelists: Araceli Campos, Kimberly Freeman, Gwen Miller

Dr. Helen Boutrous is Chair and Associate Professor of the History and Political Science Department at Mount St. Mary's College. Dr. Boutrous is the Director of the Pre-Law program, and coach of the college's award-winning Mock Trial and Moot Court teams. A specialist in bureaucratic theory and process, her article "Regulatory Review in the Obama Administration: Cost-Benefit Analysis for Everyone" was published in the Administrative Law Review. She teaches courses in American Politics, Law, and Public Policy. Before joining the faculty of Mount St. Mary's, Dr. Boutrous was an attorney for the Federal Government in Washington D.C. She received her PhD from Georgetown University in American Government and Public Policy; her JD from the University of San Diego School of Law; and her BA in economics from UCLA.

Araceli Campos is Corporate Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a leading national Latino civil rights organization.  She is also President of the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and Vice President of the Association of California Commissions for Women (ACCW). Ms. Campos is a first-generation American and first-generation high school graduate. The product of Los Angeles area public schools, she went on to attend Yale University and Stanford Law School. Ms. Campos began her legal career with the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.


Kimberly Freeman is Director of Community Relations for the Southern California Gas Company. Ms. Freeman is responsible for directing charitable giving, implementing community outreach, and developing and maintaining high quality relationships with hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout Southern California. Since she began her career with the Gas Company as a college intern nearly 24 years ago, she has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, environment and safety, sales and marketing, regulatory relations, and community relations. Ms. Freeman also serves on many boards including the California African American Museum, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the Women's Foundation of California. Ms. Freeman earned an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from University of California, Berkeley, a master of public policy degree from USC, and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Gwen Miller is executive vice president and manager of City National Bank's Private Client Services offices in the greater Los Angeles area. Ms. Miller also is a member of the company's Executive Committee and serves as regional executive for Los Angeles. In that capacity, she is responsible for coordinating the delivery of City National's banking and wealth management services in the greater Los Angeles area, including Downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach and the Westside. Since 2005, Ms. Miller has led a team of wealth management, banking and credit professionals in the coordinated delivery of the bank's broad array of financial products and services to high-net-worth individuals and families, professional firms and nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Scripps College, Ms. Miller is a member of the boards of directors of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Silverlake Children's Theatre Group.

Women Leading the Way in LA
 Panel Discussion
Mount St. Mary's College has researched and released the first-ever comprehensive report on women and girls in our state. The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California (tm) is used by elected officials, community leaders, educators and corporations to discuss gender-based gaps and advocate for issues that affect the lives of women and girls. We know the statistics show serious inequities for women and girls in our state, so how do women overcome these challenges to succeed in the workplace? What advice is there for women just starting their career? Come join in the conversation with some of Los Angeles' most prominent leaders who will share how they broke through gender-based roadblocks on their quest for professional success.


Helen Iris Torres

Helen Iris Torres is the Executive Director of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). Ms. Torres has over twenty years of alliance building, community relations, marketing, and fundraising experience and expertise. Prior to joining HOPE, Ms. Torres was a community relations officer for United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Ms. Torres earned a MA in Urban Studies and Communications from Michigan State University. She holds a BA in Communication from Michigan State University.



Leadership Lessons Learned

Helen Torres assumed the leadership of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) when she was 31 years old. A young leader with passion and commitment, she found herself at the helm of an organization ready to make a difference. Under her leadership, HOPE has grown into one of the most respected women's leadership and advocacy organizations for Latinas in the United States. How did she do it? What would she have done differently? Ms. Torres will share her inspiring stories and practical lessons so that you can seize opportunities, steer clear of land mines and learn along the way.


Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis is the founder of the popular lifestyle blog and LA-based event planning firm, Chic Events. She was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the "Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30" and has designed and produced fabulous parties for many of Hollywood's elite. She is the entertainment contributor to Traditional Home Magazine and a regular contributor for The Huffington Post. In addition, Rachel is a lifestyle expert for "The Talk," "EXTRA," "The Nate Berkus Show," "The Steve Harvey Show," and "Home and Family" on the Hallmark channel.

I Wish I Could Do This For a Living: Turning Passion into Profit

Are you trying to plot your career course to get to where you'd like to be tomorrow? Are you trying to realize your vision but are unsure about how to do so? Rachel Hollis will share how she achieved success by tapping into her passion to create a successful business from the ground up. She will provide leadership tools and strategies to help YOU arrive at your chosen destination and gain personal and professional success. 


Mae Choe

Mae Choe is a certified community mediator and facilitator. She has over 10 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and has held several positions in conflict management, including executive director of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center. Ms. Choe received a BA with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MA from the UCLA, both in Asian American Studies. In addition to her current position as Director of Foundation Relations at Mount St. Mary's College, Ms. Choe is pursuing a PhD in education at Claremont Graduate University.

Lessons from the Animal Kingdom: Strategies for Managing Everyday Conflicts

We face conflicts every day - within our families, in the workplace, or among friends. Some situations are minor irritations, but others affect our careers, well-being, and path to success. Learn how to transform challenges into opportunities by choosing the role you will play within the conflict.


Bonnie St. John

Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American to win Olympic medals in ski racing, taking home a silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Ms. St. John is a Fortune 500 business consultant, a television and radio personality, a business owner, and the author of six books including her most recent best-seller, How Great Women Lead, co-written with her teenage daughter, Darcy. Ms. St. John graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, and served in the White House as a director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration.

Closing Plenary
How Great Women Make History

Bonnie St. John will close the day with a discussion about how women of all ages can tap into their own leadership potential to unleash personal and professional success. Bonnie will share her life lessons, values, and attitudes that will help YOU define yourself as a powerful leader and inspire YOU to create your own journey to greatness.