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“Women Like You” Leadership Symposium

Women Like You Leadership Symposium – March 6, 2020 from 10 AM - 2 PM in the BMU Auditorium

She’s the CEO of a national women’s sports team. She’s a local government dignitary. She’s the CEO of a multimillion-dollar nonprofit. She’s the CFO of our university…She’s a woman like you! 

Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, “Women Like You” will not be held in 2021. However, we hope to see you all again in 2022 with even more opportunities to celebrate and hear from our female leaders.

With distinguished alumni guest speakers and words from our own Chico State faculty and staff, female leaders will tell their personal stories of success and failure and share their experiences with controversial topics related to women’s issues. Join us for a day filled with engaging conversations, hosted by the Associated Students’ Wildcat Leadership Institute, as we celebrate women’s resilience.

Last year, speakers included Chico State Vice President of Business & Finance and Associated Students Board Member, Ann Sherman, Dynamic CEO duo Alexa and Alisha Valavanis, Chico Vice Mayor Alex Brown, Assistant Director of the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, Krystle Tonga, and Activist, Social Worker and Alliance for Education Solutions Board Member, Martha McLemore.


“Absolutely amazing! 10/10 would recommend!!”

– 2019 Attendee (from survey)

“This event was beautiful and such an intriguing experience!”

– 2020 Attendee (from survey)

“Women Like You” Schedule – March 6, 2020

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Doors Open, Sign In
10:10 AM – 10:20 AMIntroductions by Mary Wallmark and President Hutchinson
10:20 AM – 10:35 AMSpeaker: “A Step Ahead of Your Comfort Zone: Reflections on Mentorship, Representation, and Persistence”
10:35 AM – 11:00 AMConversation Couch
11:05 AM – 11:25 AMSpeakers: “How the Pursuit of Self-Awareness, Authenticity and Building Teams Guide CEOs”
11:25 AM – 11:50 AMConversation Couch
11:55 AM – 12:10 PM Speaker: “Sisu and Surviving: the Path to Resilience”
12:10 PM – 12:35 PMConversation Couch
12:40 PM – 12:55 PMSpeaker: Women of Color in the workplace; Building confidence as a young professional
12:55 PM – 1:20 PMConversation Couch
1:25 PM – 1:40 PMSpeaker: “A Letter To My Younger Self”
1:40 PM – 2:10 PMConversation Couch
2:10 PMClosing Remarks

“Women Like You” 2019 Presentations

“Women Like You” 2020 Presentations