We are thrilled to present an exciting opportunity to attend the College of Educational Studies inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum sponsored by SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. Hear from two dynamic keynote speakers about how to discover your life’s passion, keep the flame lit and empower others to do the same. A panel of women from different industries will share their personal passions and career advancement advice. People of all ages, genders and backgrounds can choose from six breakout sessions of their choice, led by current leaders in their field.

Event information: 8:30 am to 2 pm on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Check in begins at 8 am at Argyros Forum 209ABC on the Chapman University campus, 1 University Dr. Orange CA 92866

Keynote speakers

Dr. Myra Strober
Labor economist, author and Professor Emerita at the School of Education at Stanford University
Strober’s research and consulting focus on gender issues in the workplace and work and family in higher education. She is the author of numerous articles on occupational segregation, women in the professions and management, the economics of childcare and feminist economics. Her most recent book is a memoir, Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me About Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others). She was the founding director of the Stanford Center for Research on Women and the first chair of the National Council for Research on Women.                 


Dr. Sumun Pendakur
Director of Institutional Diversity at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont
Prior to Harvey Mudd College, Pendakur spent more than seven years at the University of Southern California, where she served as the director for Asian Pacific American Student Services. She serves as a consultant, speaker and facilitator regionally and nationally, helping campuses, nonprofits and other organizations build capacity for cultural competence, social justice and equitable practices. She is a scholar-practitioner whose research interests include critical race theory, Asian American and Pacific Islander students and institutional transformation.

Invited panelists include Dr. Aida Molina, Director of Education for the CA Collaborative for Educational Excellence; Ayesha Mahapatra, Vice President and Associate General Council for Young’s Holdings, Inc.; Emily Chiles, Professor at North Virginia Community College; Dr. Sheryl Bourgeois, Executive Vice President of University Advancement at Chapman University and Vicki Abeles, documentarian and Director of Race to Nowhere and Beyond Measure.

The six breakout sessions topics are Careers in the Marketplace, Education K-12, Higher Education, Law/ Public Sector, Community Engagement/ Philanthropy and Entertainment.


8:30-9:00 Check-in/ Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:45 Opening Keynote w/ Q&A
9:45-10:45 Panel
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Breakout Discussions
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 Closing Keynote & Networking

Check-in begins at 8:00 am. The registration fee is $20 for Chapman students and $30 for the general public, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Register here to reserve your spot: www.chapman.edu/womens-leadership-forum