2023 Speakers

Samara Bay

PERMISSION TO SPEAK: How to Change What Power Sounds Like, Starting with You

Samara will reveal how anyone can use their voice to get what they want - the gig, the support, the funding, the votes, the future that's calling. She will offer extremely practical tips, moving and inspiring tales, and a massive dollop of permission to help you find your power, out loud.

The result? A voice that's specific, not generic, brave not safe, joyful not self-serious, varied not squeezed into one boring note, diverse in all the ways.

Attendees will learn:

  • Why it's critical to rethink what power sounds like for the world we live in today
  • How to "find your voice" and understand why it went missing in the first place
  • How to use your newfound authentic voice to get what you want, despite tricky office politics, power dynamics, or voice biases at play

Moderated By


Ruchika Rastogi
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, M&A

Gretchen Carlson

YOU HAVE THE POWER, NOW MORE THAN EVER: A Conversation on Speaking Out & Making Workplaces Safer

Gretchen Carlson is a fierce, fearless, and internationally recognized advocate for women’s rights, whose bold actions against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes helped pave the way for the global #MeToo movement.

Nearly half of employed American women have reportedly experienced some form of harassment, abuse, discrimination, or retaliation at work. Your story can help empower other women to speak out and inspire policymakers to take action.

A journalist, author, TED talk alum, and champion for workplace equality, Carlson was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”. She is also a PEOPLE TV special contributor. Carlson is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Be Fierce” and “Getting Real,” and recently co-founded the non-profit Lift Our Voices to end the silencing of harassment victims through forced arbitration and non-disclosure agreements.



Moderated By


Deborah Dugan
Beyond Type 1

Scarlett Cochran

IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY: A Proven Path to Building Wealth and Living the Rich Life You Deserve

Do any of these “rules” sound familiar? Don’t buy that five-dollar coffee! Debt is terrible! Live below your means! Cochran’s approach is different. If you want a latte every day, go get it. You can have your lattes and your millions, too. Have big goals for your life, like buying your dream house, traveling the world, or leaving a meaningful legacy for your family? Your money can make all of that possible for you—and more. Cochran can help you, even if you think you’re “bad with money,” define your personal path to building wealth your way, including how to:

  • redefine wealth;
  • change your money story;
  • expand your money capacity;
  • define your version of a rich life; and
  • create your money practice.

Empower yourself to truly own your money and make financial decisions confidently, based on your unique vision of what a good life looks like.

Moderated By


Heather Diamond
SVP, Business Development & Community Relations
San Diego County Credit Union

Ugochi Iwuaba


Award-winning international designer Ugochi Iwuaba always had a love for fashion. However, being the firstborn girl in a traditional Nigerian family, her parents disapproved and wanted her to pursue a more “prestigious” career as either a doctor or a lawyer. Hence, her fashion story starts after she emigrated to the United States.

While courage is tough and comfort is easy, Ugochi will share with us the power of courage and where it has taken her over the years. She will share the scary moments where she had choices and had to make them quickly and the result of moving forward with courage.

Moderated By


Leah Sicat
Global Head of Digital Inclusion and Employee Impact

Nada Lena Nasserdeen


In today's world that is full of consumption overload, an ever-changing workforce, and constant navigation on how to communicate, the big question is, how do you stand out?

How do you get the exposure needed to build your brand, your presence, and your leadership in a sustainable and effective way?

Nada will break down the three critical factors of being seen, heard, and relevant as a professional for your personal success and to elevate the success of your organization. You will walk away with skills for building confidence, tips for public speaking and delivering strong messaging with your team, and strategies for being seen as the expert.

Moderated By


Stacey Hrountas
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers

Wendy Hovland

Live Announcer

Panel - Working Across the Divide of Opinions


  • Why You Need to Know Your Audience
  • Strategies for Listening to All Opinions and Ideas
  • Strategies for Engaging Everyone in a Dialog
  • Strategies for Asking Questions to Engage Everyone’s Opinions
  • Strategies for Managing Discord Among Opinions

Kristin Gaspar
President & CEO
Palomar Health Foundation

Barbara Eaton
Senior Director, Assay Development
Hologic, Inc.

Sarah Hassaine
Head of Inclusion and Diversity

Susan Miller
Sr. Director, Technical Oversight & Reporting

Panel - Negotiation Strategies - Making the Ask


  • Reading Body Language, Voice, and Tone
  • Win-Win Mindset
  • How to Get What You Want With an Intentional Ask
  • Knowing Your Value
  • Planning Your Negotiation Strategy

Denise Visconti

Trudy Armstrong
Director of Regional Outreach
San Diego Foundation

Virginia Morrison
Second Chance Beer Company

Anita Rees
VP Quality Compliance
Dexcom, Inc.

Panel - Communication Styles Between Men and Women


  • Differences in Voice Tone and Body Language
  • Strengths of Each Communication Style
  • Making Your Communication More Effective
  • Emotional vs. Non-Emotional Communication
  • Style Differences in Making Decisions

Leah Sicat
Global Head of Digital Inclusion and Employee Impact

David Hallisey
Chief Communications Officer

Joe Leventhal
Office Managing Partner
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Jaime Yablonicky
Director of Safari Experiences
San Diego Zoo Safari Park