2024 Women’s Leadership Symposium & Awards


Thursday, June 13, 20248:00am – 2:30pmIntercontinental Los Angeles Downtown  The Los Angeles Business Journal Women’s…

Thursday, June 13, 2024
8:00am – 2:30pm
Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtow

The Los Angeles Business Journal Women’s Leadership Symposium & Awards is a half day event of inspiration, education, and recognition. The top businesswomen in Los Angeles will share their wisdom through a series of dynamic discussions during the breakfast symposium covering topics such as leading with authenticity, advice to the younger generations, embracing technology and innovation, and much more!

The afternoon portion is a luncheon awards program where we will honor outstanding achievements by women who make a difference throughout Los Angeles.


Symposium Breakfast
8:00am: Breakfast, Welcome Remarks & Introductions
9:10am: Developing Tomorrow’s Next-Gen Leaders
9:50am: Advice to My 25-Year-Old Self
10:30am: Women Embracing Tech & Innovation
11:10am: Leading with Authenticity

Awards Luncheon
12:00pm: Check-In, Nominee Reception & Networking
12:45pm: Opening Remarks & Awards Luncheon
2:30pm: Closing Remarks


Developing Tomorrow’s Next-Gen Leaders

Shameka Beaugard, MSW
CEO & Founder
Youth With A Purpose

Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes
Mayor of Carson
City of Carson

Elaine Hagan
Associate Dean, Entrepreneurial Initiatives at UCLA Anderson School of Management & Executive Director of its Price Center for
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Geovanny Ragsdale, MIB, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley

Advice to My 25-Year-Old Self

Karen (Dee Dee) Hines
Territory Vice President, West
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Alice C. Juarez
Regional Branch Network Executive, Los Angeles Region
Wells Fargo Bank

Janie Marquez
SVP, Relationship Manager
Enterprise Bank & Trust

Shannon Pearce
Senior Manager

Molly Ann Woods
Chief Development Officer
Development & Communications

Doheny Eye Institute


Women Embracing Tech & Innovation

Christine Devine
News Anchor
KTTV Fox 11 News

Denise LeDuc Froemming, CPA, CAE
President & CEO
California Society of CPAs

Cindy I. Keefer
CEO Fashion Techworks
The New Mart

Heather Rim
Chief Marketing Officer

Moira Shourie
Executive Director
Zócalo Public Square,
a unit of ASU Media Enterprise

Emily Villalba
Software Engineer
Sony Pictures Entertainment – TV Distribution

Leading with Authenticity

Michelle C. Feng, Ph.D.
Chief Clinical Officer

Executive Mental Health

Yesenia Gallegos
Co-Office Manager Partner –
Southern California Offices &
Employment Litigator/Counselor
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Kristina M. Martel
Strategic Director, CGH Division Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
American Cancer Society

Jacqueline Roth
President, Employee Benefits
IMA Financial Group

Wendy Schiffer
Senior Director, Strategic Planning
L.A. Care Health Plan

Danone Simpson
President & CEO
Montage Insurance Solutions






















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