Lead On! 2019 Women in Communication Leadership Forum

Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8:00am to 3:00pm

This is a past event.

Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Sheindlin Forum
3630 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Public Relations is a $15 billion global industry with a workforce that is approximately 70% female (Holmes Report). Yet, about 70% of C-suite and executive positions in agencies and corporate communications departments are held by men.

Lead On! 2019 is our second annual leadership forum created to equip future women leaders with real-world skills, insight and practical tools to succeed. Lead On! moves beyond the talk. Speakers, panelists and industry executives will roll up their sleeves to train, mentor and guide future female leaders.

Only 40 participant spots are available. The small group environment ensures participants get meaningful networking and training time with industry leaders and trainers.

Continental breakfast, catered lunch and Thursday evening reception will be provided.

Program Format

  • Two-day, interactive workshops, panels and keynotes

  • Meet and network with executive speakers and trainers, who are C-suite executives and leaders in the industry

  • Hands-on training in negotiation

  • Practical business skills and leadership solutions

  • One-on-one mentoring to fine-tune and focus career goals

  • Attendance limited to 40 professionals

Who Should Attend

  • Future female leaders in strategic communication and PR

  • Corporate, agency and freelance professionals

Confirmed speakers and workshops include:

  • Willow Bay, dean and holder of the Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
  • Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO, 2020 Women on Boards and author, "The Board Game - How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors"Women on Boards
  • Cathy Calhoun, chief client officer, Weber Shandwick: Know Your Value
  • Liz Fosslien, author, "No Hard Feelings"How Female Leaders Can Effectively Harness Emotions At Work
  • Lisa Gates, founder, Story Happens Here: Negotiate What You Deserve
  • Kristin Gilger, author and Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism, ASU Walter Cronkite School: “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned About What It Takes To Lead”
  • Cynthia Kalk, regional CFO, Weber Shandwick & Jonathan Adelman, global director of client finance, Edelman: The Business Behind The Business
  • Holly Mandel & Brian Palermo (The Groundlings): “Good Girls Aren’t CEOs”
  • Blythe Yee, vice president, employee communications, LinkedIn: "What's Your Legacy?"
  • Fred Cook, chairman, Golin, and director, USC Annenberg Center for Public RelationsImprovisational Leadership
  • Your Career Path
  • The Biggest PR Problem I Ever Solved
  • C-Suite Success

Also confirmed as panelists and presenters:

  • Cheryl Cook, client relationship manager, Edelman & Weber Shandwick
  • Melissa Robinson, vice president marketing and communications, Boingo Wireless, and adjunct professor, strategic public relations, USC Annenberg
  • Nita Song, general manager, IW Group
  • Heather Wilson, managing director, SKDK
Event Type

Conference/Symposia, Careers, Event Highlights




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