SoCal Women’s Leadership Summit Returns Nov. 10

The annual SoCal Women’s Leadership Summit, presented by Women in Technology Hollywood (WiTH), returns Nov. 10 as a virtual event, bringing together thought leaders in technology and management to discuss the changing landscape of leadership, diversity, accessibility and more.

The half-day, closed-door event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT, and will feature presentations and breakout sessions tackling the impact of bias, both human and algorithmic, leading during the enduring COVID-19 pandemic, and the social equality movement. The 2020 edition of the SoCal Women’s Leadership Summit saw more than 250 attendees, with more than 70 percent representing the media and entertainment industry and tech-adjacent companies.

The opening keynote of the day — “State of the Union: Women in the Workplace” — will be delivered by Kimberly Kenny, associate VP of external relations and institutional advancement for Mount St. Mary’s University. Kenny will provide highlights from research on how the pandemic specifically affects women and girls, as well as recommendations to consider for your own diversity programs.

Other sessions and presentations include:

• AI & Algorithmic Bias: Information Technology Ethics
• Considerations for Reducing Bias in Applying AI
• Changing the Game to Reduce Unconscious Bias
• Customer Experience: Leadership Through Design Thinking
• The Needs for Diversity Communities

Confirmed speakers include: Michele Spitz, voiceover artist, audio description narrator, and media accessibility advocate; Tobias Baer, consultant, coach and author of the book “Algorithmic Bias”; Christine Meinders, associate professor at the California Institute of the Arts and founder of Feminist.AI; Asia Brown with Microsoft and co-chair of DEI for the WiTH Foundation; and Gemi Bertran, CEO and founder of Nourish the Brain Institute.

For regular program updates, visit the event website here. To register, click here. To sponsor SoCal Women’s Leadership Summit 2021, contact Evie Silvers at [email protected], or Garrett Finley at [email protected].