Leadership Conference - Friday, August 28, 2020

Mallika Chopra

Stress, Anxiety, & Mindfulness in the Age of COVID-19

Mallika Chopra, the daughter of spirituality guru Deepak Chopra, has been steeped in questions of purpose, fulfillment, and enlightenment for her entire life. Yet even a Chopra struggled with the challenges of guilt and finding balance and serenity as her to-do list multiplied by the second. Her tipping
point led her to authoring Living with Intent, which is a chronicle of her search to find more meaning, joy and balance in life.

In this session, Mallika will draw from her book, Living with Intent, to describe how to use the remarkable power of daily intentions to shape the journey from stress, fear, doubt and procrastination into a life of happiness and self-acceptance. She will share a series of easy-to-follow steps to begin a process of becoming more open, quieting your minds, identifying your true purpose in life, and moving effectively toward your goals.

Linda Cureton

Leading in a Tough Environment

Linda Cureton, former CIO of NASA, certainly knows a bit about inclusion and what types of leadership behaviors help to foster an inclusive environment. Working and succeeding in a male-dominated industry, Linda has been credited with her leadership as being respected by many of her male counterparts at NASA.

Linda led one of the best IT organizations in government and while CIO, she served as principal advisor to the NASA Administrator, and provided insight and technology leadership to some of the most brilliant scientists and engineers in the world.

Tina Hay

Napkin Finance: Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less

Tina Hay is changing the conversation.

Tina started sketching explanations of financial concepts when she was an MBA student at Harvard Business School. What started as a personal learning tool has grown into a broader educational philosophy founded on visual learning.

A handy crash course in personal finance, Napkin Finance is the groundbreaking guide everyone needs to help them manage their money and feel more secure.

Daymond John

Powershift: Transform Any Situation, Close Any Deal, and Achieve Any Outcome

The bestselling author and star of ABC’s Shark Tank reveals how to master the three prongs of influence: reputation, negotiation, and relationships.

Have you ever wanted to make a big change in your life but weren’t sure where to start? In Powershift, Daymond John shares the answer. To take control of your destiny and drive the change you want to see, you need to lay the groundwork so you’re prepared to seize every opportunity that comes your way.

Whether you’re an innovator working to turn your big idea into a reality, a professional looking to land a major promotion, or a busy parent trying to find more time to focus on what’s really important to you, Daymond shows you how to shift your power and energy towards positive change.

Peggy Johnson

Leadership with a Changing Mindset

For Peggy Johnson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Business Development, the transformation that has taken place at her company over the past few years has been all about a changing mindset.

Since joining Microsoft in 2014, Peggy has been at the center of closing some of the biggest and most surprising deals in Microsoft’s history. Now Microsoft’s “chief dealmaker” will join us at SD Women's Week for an intimate conversation about leading in this age of technology and her approach to successful leadership.

Peggy will also talk about the journey that’s led her to embrace her quiet leadership style and how that changed her career trajectory, and will share her thoughts on how Microsoft’s growth mindset and cultural transformation have enabled her team to pursue collaborations and acquisitions that may have been unthinkable a few years ago.

Romi Neustadt

You Can Have it All, Just Not at the Same Damn Time

Ambitious career goals, a thriving marriage, flourishing kids, a tidy home, and a kick-ass bod—it’s no wonder so many women are overworked, exhausted, and abandoning the dream of “having it all.”

Drawing on her own experience and the wisdom she’s collected from working with corporate execs, working-out-of-home and stay-at-home moms, new college grads, and retired empty nesters, Romi shares the tools and mindset a woman needs to figure out what to focus on, what to let go of (and why), and how to live the life she really wants to live and become the person she really wants to be.

Patti Perez

The Drama-Free Leader

Workplace drama has the potential to derail business goals, including goals related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Hear Patti Perez as she dissects root causes of workplace drama, identifies the traits that drama-free leaders must hone to create healthy cultures, and provides practical solutions to ways to make yours a more equitable and inclusive workplace.

Ed Smart

Ed Smart

Two Miracles and Forgiveness

Ed Smart, the father of Elizabeth Smart, believes he has experienced two miracles in his life.

The first, he said, was when his daughter Elizabeth Smart was found alive nine months after she was kidnapped in Utah in 2002.

He had always held out hope that she would return home and feels unbelievably blessed that she did.

The second miracle, he said, is less obvious — though still powerful — and something he never thought would happen. He sometimes worries that he doesn’t deserve it after the first one. But it came earlier this year when, at 64,  Smart decided it was time to come out as gay and was warmly accepted by his neighbors, friends and family.

Ed will share with us the power of forgiveness and using your voice to stand up for yourself.

Amy Trask

Leadership Vulnerabilities

The Princess of Darkness. Former NFL team executive Amy Trask has held many titles during her career – including chief executive, analyst, and author – but this nickname is what she is first and foremost known by to Raiders fans. Trask joined the Raiders as an intern during law school after the team moved from Oakland to Los Angeles – the position, the result of a cold call she made to the team.

Trask worked her way up through the ranks of the organization, to become chief executive. Along the way, Trask worked extremely closely with the late Al Davis, a man who treated her and others on his team without regard to gender, race, and age. Trask may have been the highest-ranking female executive in the NFL during her tenure with the Raiders, and she shares how she found success by operating without regard to gender.

Christine Van Loo

Transcendence: How to Rise Above Your Limiting Beliefs

The foundation of every action you will take, every goal will you achieve, and every ounce of potential you bring to your success is believing in yourself.

When 85% of the population, that’s 4 out of every 5 of you, according to research, lack self-esteem though, the question becomes “How do you believe in yourself when you don’t?”

Learn 3 powerful strategies to transcend into peak confidence, conquer self-doubt, and achieve world class success.

Natasha Watley

Reinventing Yourself: What's Next?

Natasha's talk, Reinvention: Life After Olympic Gold is a powerful story about starting over. After a lifetime focused on the singular goal of winning an Olympic Gold Medal, Natasha was lost when it was all over and she realized that the Olympic Committee provided no guidance or support and she had no idea what her "next" would be. A powerful and inspirational story about starting over and doing good.  TEDxSanDiegoWomen

Panel - Pivoting During These Challenging Times

  • Sandwich Generation / Living in the "In-Between"
  • Recognizing Your Worth
  • The Courage to Pivot
  • Re-imagining (re-inventing) Your Life or Career
  • Finding Your Village
Erica Hatch

Erica Hatch
Vice President, Human Resources
Newland Real Estate Group

Stacey Hrountas

Stacey Hrountas
Senior Vice President, Chief Executive Officer
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers

Jean Loo-Russo

Jean Loo-Russo
Chief Philanthropy Officer

The Elizabeth Hospice

Kari Mahaffey

Kari Mahaffey
GVP, Diversified Industries


Rebecca Maffei

Rebecca Maffei, Moderator
Vice President, IT Data & Analytics


Panel - Standing Out and Speaking Up

  • Leading on Your Terms
  • Compensation and Gender Equity
  • Having a Seat at the Table
  • Impostor Syndrome
  • Leading Together
  • Finding Your Authentic Voice
Michiko Araki

Michiko Araki
Vice President, New Business Group and Corporate Marketing
Sony Electronics, Inc.

Faith Jennings

Faith Jennings
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
Northrop Grumman

Megan Joseph

Megan Joseph
Communications and Employee Engagement Lead for Print R&D
HP, Inc.

Samantha Nawrocki

Samantha Nawrocki
Director of Marketing
Bernardo Winery

Jana Vargas

Jana Vargas, Moderator
Director of Procurement
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority