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Symposium for Women in Policy and Politics


Monday, October 23, 2017
8:30 am - 2:30 pm


Of the many areas of our public life where women have advanced as leaders, the gains made in politics and policy are the most prominent. Around the world, and here in the United States – from Margaret Thatcher in the UK to Hillary Clinton here in the US – current generations of women in political leadership have paved the way for even greater strides in the future. In this engaging and fast-moving half-day event, we will highlight the challenges and opportunities for women in policy and political leadership through exploring the subject in three parts.


Pepperdine University, Graduate Campus in the Wilburn Auditorium
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263



8:30 am - Check-in Wilburn Auditorium

9:00 am - Welcome

Andrew K. Benton
Pepperdine University President

9:30 am - Panel 1 Women in Non-Profit Policy Leadership

Dr. Regan Harwell Schaffer (Moderator)
Director, Non-Profit Leadership Collaborative; Professor Seaver College, Pepperdine University

Sally Pipes (Speaker)
President and CEO, Pacific Research Institute

Montse Alvarado (Speaker)
Executive Director, Becket Fund

10:30 am - Panel 2 Women in Government Leadership

Ashley Trim (Moderator)
Davenport Institute, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

Sabrina Adu-Hamdeh (Speaker)
Foreign Affairs Officer, US Department of State

Lindsay Young (Speaker)
18F White House web consultancy

Ingrid Hardy Parks (Speaker)
Rec, City of Oxnard

Sahar Shirazi (Speaker)
CA Gov. Brown Advisor on Transportation

11:30 am - Lunch

12:30 pm - Panel 3 Women in Elected Leadership

Pete Peterson (Moderator)
Dean, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

Kathryn Barger (Speaker)
Los Angeles County Supervisor

Alicia Weintraub (Speaker)
Councilwoman, City of Calabasas

Shirley Weber (Speaker)
CA Assembly Member

1:30 pm - Keynote

Julia Ormond (Keynote)
NGO on sex trafficking

2:30 pm - Adjourn