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Pepperdine Graziadio Invites Leaders to Attend Complimentary International Women’s Day Virtual Conference on March 8th



In honor of International Women’s Day, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School will host a complimentary virtual mini-conference, Learn - Inspire - Challenge, on Monday, March 8, 2021 from  11:30 AM to 1:00 PM PST. The conference will highlight how women are taking the lead to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the business world; create resilience and agility in themselves and others; and encourage their communities to come together to build a better future.

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter, director for Graziadio’s Center for Women in Leadership, and Elizabeth Goodwin, Graziadio assistant vice chancellor and senior director of development, will host the event.

“Women bring skills, different perspectives, and cultural diversity to organizations that can ultimately drive solutions,” said Dr. Ledbetter. “Currently only 5% of CEOs of major corporations in the U.S. are women. Today’s female business leaders have the hard task of knocking down barriers and setting the pathway for women of all backgrounds to create a diverse and inclusive world. The Learn - Inspire - Challenge event will feature a powerhouse panel of women that are advancing leadership in the business world and inspiring others to do the same.

The event is free to attend and open to the public. Interested participants must register. Topics and speakers include:

Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Stacey A. Gordon, CEO and Diversity, Inclusion, and Career Strategist, Rework

Leading at the intersection of recruiting, career development, and workplace culture, Stacey focuses on reducing bias in recruiting and addressing barriers common in the hiring process.

Britta Wilson, Vice President of Inclusion Strategies, Pixar Animation Studios

Inspiring and compelling audiences from around the world at notable events hosted by SXSW, the NFL Network, and Next Wave in Entertainment Symposium, Britta brings career insights and wisdom with numerous vantage points on the critical role women play in the industry. 

Creating Resilience and Agility

Vikki Dorsey, Principal and Senior Consultant, Dorsey Management Consulting 

Working with companies of all sizes in diverse industries, Vikki helps business leaders see new possibilities to achieve their goals, improves team effectiveness, and helps executives with strategy alignment.  

Binwa Sethi, Principal, Threefold Leadership 

Managing talent in over 20 countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, Binwa’s experience in talent management and executive coaching spans multiple industries and organizations, including PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, ADP, and more.

Engaging Community + Unity 

Charla Griffy-Brown, Associate Dean for Fully Employed and Executive Programs, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School 

Working extensively in the area of digital innovation, Charla helps organizations leverage new opportunities through analytics, risk evaluation, and emerging technology deployment to achieve their strategic objectives.

Chau Le, Chief Operating Officer, Northwestern Mutual

Chau brings more than 26 years of experience developing strategic services focused on growing high performing advisors and teams, and has successfully integrated philanthropy with business goals to advance corporate responsibility. 


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