An Evening That Will Inspire You With:

#1: Powerhouse Speakers


Sheryl SandbergSheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank.

Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.

Sheryl is the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates and founder of LeanIn.Org, a global community committed to empowering all women to achieve their ambitions. Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, the Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.

Sheryl lives in Menlo Park with her son and daughter.


Gloria FeldtGloria Feldt has accomplished visionary goals throughout her career, including her nine-year role as President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She currently teaches “Women, Power and Leadership” at Arizona State University and is the best-selling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. A public speaker, educator and national leader with a passion for advancing women’s equality, Gloria was named to Vanity Fair’s “Top 200 Women, Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers.” Her 30 years of CEO experience, public stature, connections with funders and entrepreneurial spirit will ensure the success of Take The Lead.



Amy LitzenbergerAmy Litzenberger founded Take the Lead to change the playing field for the next generation of women. Her personal experience at an all-women’s school gave her the confidence to lead and laid the foundation for a successful career in investment banking. There, she witnessed the factors that make success so difficult for women, and she was inspired to act on her observations. Amy’s background in founding, funding and strategic planning for startup- and emerging growth companies and non-profit organizations, has earned her the expertise to turn the profound and passionate vision for Take The Lead into a reality.



Carla Harris Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. In August 2013, Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is the Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on the boards of the Food Bank for NYC, The Executive Leadership Council, The Toigo Foundation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc., The Apollo Theatre Foundation, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Xavier University.




Michael Crow Michael Crow is the president of Arizona State University. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, an institution that combines the highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact—a model he terms the “New American University.” Under his direction the university pursues teaching, research, and creative excellence focused on the major challenges of our time, as well as those central to the quality of life, sustainable development, and economic competitiveness of Arizona and the nation. During his tenure the university has tripled research expenditures and completed an unprecedented infrastructure expansion. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Academy of Public Administration, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Barbara Barrett Former U.S. Ambassador to Finland Barbara Barrett is CEO of Triple Creek Guest Ranch in Montana and board member of Aerospace, Sally Ride Science and RAND corporations. In 2012, she was also Interim President of Thunderbird School of Global Management. Earlier, she served various top diplomatic, defense and aviation/aerospace roles including Ambassador to Finland. She was CEO of American Management Association, President of International Women’s Forum and leadership instructor at Harvard. Before age 30 she was an executive of two Fortune 500 companies. Philanthropically, she is on the boards of Horatio Alger Association, Smithsonian Institution, and Lasker Foundation and previously, Mayo Clinic and Hershey School, among others. Barbara is a pilot and certified astronaut.


Alberto Álvaro RíosAlberto Álvaro Ríos is Arizona's inaugural poet laureate and is a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is the author of ten books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. His books of poems include The Dangerous Shirt, preceded by The Theater of Night, winner of the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, along with The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, a finalist for the National Book Award, Teodoro Luna’s Two Kisses, The Lime Orchard Woman, The Warrington Poems, Five Indiscretions, and Whispering to Fool the Wind. Ríos is the recipient of the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Walt Whitman Award, the Western States Book Award for Fiction, six Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and fiction, and inclusion in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, as well as over 250 other national and international literary anthologies.


#2: Women in the Media Discussion

Some of the country's top journalists will discuss the latest findings in a report by the Women's Media Center on women in the media. Karen Finney will moderate this panel sponsored by the Women's Media Center and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Karen FinneyKaren Finney is a political commentator for MSNBC and hosts the show Disrupt with Karen Finney. Finney’s more than 20 years in national politics includes four presidential campaigns, the Clinton White House, a New York Senate race, and first African American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee. Finney works with political and corporate clients in the United States and globally in the areas of political and communication strategy, message development, crisis communications, branding, and public affairs.



Julie BurtonJulie Burton is the president of the Women's Media Center, leading the organization in its efforts to create a level playing field for women and girls through media monitoring, training, advocacy, original content, and the promotion of women and girls as media experts. She is the Executive Producer of Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan on CBS and available on iTunes. For more than a decade, she was on the frontlines of the women's movement as the youngest CEO of a national pro-choice political action committee, Voters For Choice. She was the Founding Executive Director of Choice USA, and has worked to advance opportunities for women at leading advocacy organizations, including People For the American Way, Project Kid Smart, and the National Women’s Law Center.


Erica GonzalezErica Gonzalez is the executive editor for El Diario-La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the country. As the executive editor, Erica develops and writes the paper’s editorial position on local and national issues. She edits weekly columnists, recruits guest writers, and initiates editorial board meetings with candidates for elected office and an array of organizations and leaders. In 2006, Gonzalez joined El Diario as opinion page editor and has since written editorials about immigration reform and electoral campaigns, managed regular and guest columnists, and represented the paper on CNN, New York 1, Grit TV and more. Gonzalez has also reported for the New York Post, served as editor of SoloElla.com and worked as director of communications for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Gonzalez has received two awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications. She regularly represents El Diario-la Prensa on media panels and has appeared on CNN and Fox 5’s Good Day Street Talk.

Kristin GilgerKristin Gilger is associate dean at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She oversees the school’s professional programs and directs the national News21 program and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, both headquartered at the Cronkite School. She was director of Student Media at ASU from 2002-2007. She spent 21 years in various reporting and editing roles at newspapers across the country, including the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La., the Salem Statesman Journal in Oregon and The Arizona Republic. She conducts training in leadership and management for newspapers and other organizations nationally and internationally.



Aminatou SowAminatou Sow is a digital strategist who loves the Internet. As one of the cofounders of the women in technology networking group Tech LadyMafia, she was named by Forbes recently to its list of 30 Under 30 in tech. She is the Digital Engagement Director at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, where she spearheads powerful, innovative storytelling projects. Before coming in house at IAVA, she was a digital media strategist in Washington DC working with and consulting for big brands, media companies and government agencies. .




Pat MitchellPat Mitchell’s diverse background in media includes work as a journalist and producer and executive. She has worked in front of the camera and behind, anchoring the news and reporting for broadcast networks, producing award winning documentaries as President of CNN Productions, becoming the first woman President and CEO of PBS, and currently is the President and CEO of the Paley Center for Media whose mission is to convene media professionals and media consumers for programs that explore the role of media in society. Throughout her career, Mitchell has engaged the power of media and storytelling as an agent of social change. She was the first woman to launch, produce and host her own nationally syndicated Emmy winnng talk program “Woman to Woman,” and continues to be active in breaking new ground for women across the media landscape, including a current series of initiatives and programs called Women@Paley which includes producing an annual TEDxWomen conference in partnership with the TED organization. Her many awards, include multiple Emmy Awards, five Peabody’s and two Academy Award nominations. Ms. Mitchell serves on the boards of VDAY, Vice Chair of the Sundance Institute, Global Green USA and Acumen Fund. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women’s Forum Inc. and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Mitchell also sits on the corporate board of AOL.


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