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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! “Women Like You” Leadership Symposium is back for its second year! On Friday, March 6th, the campus community will gather together to share stories and discuss topics designed to inspire and empower all.

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.

This year, speakers include 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.

Drop by the BMU Auditorium at your convenience between 10 AM – 2 PM.
No registration required. Due to the nature of the event, seating will be limited but will transition regularly as people enter and exit the symposium.


“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