2017 Women's Leadership Summit

The second annual MMASC/WLG collaborative Women’s Leadership Summit

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Networking Reception to follow

Almansor Court
700 S Almansor Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

Registration Rates Early Bird Rates
March 15 through March 31
Regular Rates
April 1 through April 27
MMASC Member $105 $130
Nonmember $130 $155
WLG Member $105 $130

MMASC Member and Nonmember Online Registration
WLG Member only Online Registration

Registration is now closed.  Click here to view photos from the event.

2017 Women's Leadership Summit Planning Committee

Kristen Nelson, Chair, MMASC Desert Region Board Member
Alma Janabajab, Co-Chair, MMASC Immediate Past President
Amber Haston, Co-Chair, MMASC Orange County Region Board Member
Sarona Vivanco, WLG Financial Chair
Cheryl Hughes, WLG Central Coast Regional Representative


please email wls@mmasc.org

Event flyer

Summit Program 

8:30 AM


9:15 AM HARNESS Your Potential
Presented by Elaine Polachek, Assistant City Manager, City of Santa Monica

On March 10, 2017, International Women’s Day, Elaine was honored as a trailblazing woman in labor and business as the recipient of the OWLie award presented by Santa Monica’s Organization of Women Leaders. She will share how Santa Monica’s culture is particularly supportive of women attaining leadership roles. We will hear from Elaine the importance of harnessing your potential not only for your own career success, but also to inspire the next generation of women leaders in local government. This session will motivate you to set goals with intention and answer the call to make a positive social impact in the community you serve.

10:30 AM EMBRACE Diversity 
Presented by
Mary Chavez, Public Works Director, City of Alhambra
Shohreh Dupuis, Assistant City Manager/Director of Public Works, City of Laguna Beach
Valerie Phillips, President, Bob Murray & Associates

Learn to embrace your unique self through an interactive discussion about our panelists' experiences in overcoming age, gender, management style difficulties, challenging circumstances, and changing office demographics. 

11:45 AM ACHIEVE Your Goals

Knowing your goals is one thing, but how do you achieve them? Your afternoon is set up with an Executive Roundtable to help you delve into this question and provide you the opportunity to speak with leading executives from all facets of the local government profession about putting your goals into action. These movers and shakers are here to help! 

1:30 PM RISE To The Occasion
Presented by Karen Pinkos, Assistant City Manager, City of El Cerrito & Cal-ICMA Past President

Learn how stepping out of your comfort zone to take risks and using challenges as opportunities can help you advance in your career and organization. Karen will share her career journey and how she has risen to the occasion by embracing the unfamiliar. Hear from Karen ideas for re-framing experiences to face change with courage. She will dare you to think differently about your job, your organization, and yourself.
3:00 PM THRIVE In A Complex World
Presented by Laura Minnich, Deputy City Manager, City of West Covina

Laura will explore how to adapt and thrive during times of organizational change in your agency.  She will share both successes and challenges when working to shift an organization's culture and mindset.  Learn how employees at all levels in an organization can be the catalyst for change while building teamwork, trust, and innovation.   Leading with HEART will help your organization advance in positive, innovative, and community enhancing ways while simultaneously showing you ways to set and achieve your individual goals.

4:00 PM Networking Reception