OLP Women’s Symposium

Join us for OLP’s Fourth Annual Women’s Symposium on March 9, 2018 at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.

OLP is honored to serve as an epicenter for women's education and is excited to host this unique event centered on reciprocal learning and inspiration. Modeled after speaker panels at leading universities, OLP’s Women’s Symposium brings together top women leaders to share their insights and pathways to success with our students and the community. Through dialogue and modeling, these female leaders empower young women to stand up for themselves and fearlessly chase their dreams.

The funds raised from this event will support the OLP Alumnae Scholarship Fund for students who embody the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, show academic potential and demonstrate financial need.


  • $50 – General Admission
  • $15 – OLP Alumna / College Student / Young Professional (under 30 years old)

Become a Partner

Join us as a corporate partner for the Fourth Annual Women’s Symposium. Through your support, your business or organization will benefit from direct exposure to hundreds of community members who are interested in supporting and encouraging young women to pursue their dreams, find their voices and reach their true potentials.

Sponsorship Opportunities range from $1,000 to $15,000 and can be customized to fit your needs.

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About the Event

Friday, March 9, 2018
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
At the Academy of Our Lady of Peace


  • 8:30 am: Registration Opens
  • 9:35 am: Welcome and Keynote Assembly
  • 10:20 am: Session 1
  • 11:00 am: Break
  • 11:15 am: Session 2
  • 12:05 pm: Closing Assembly
  • 1:00 pm: Networking Lunch

Dynamic Panels:

  • Finding Purpose & Passion in Your Work
  • You Can Have it All... But What Does That Mean?
  • Taking a Seat at the Table
  • It Wasn't My Plan

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Kanaski '99 at skanaski@aolp.org or (619) 725-9136.

2017's Speakers & Panelists

Keynote Speaker: Marcela Valladolid '96
Chef, author and co-host of the Food Network television series, The Kitchen

Marcela is passionate about changing the perception of authentic Mexican food. She has released two Mexican cookbooks, both reaching the #1 spot on Amazon; hosted her own Food Network show, Mexican Made Easy, for five seasons; created her own product line of tasty Mexican snacks and meats at Safeway stores; and is currently a host on the Emmy-nominated TV show, The Kitchen. Read More


Mistress of Ceremonies: Katia Lopez-Hodoyan '98
Bilingual Journalist at NBC 7 San Diego

Katia Lopez-Hodoyan is an award-winning bilingual journalist, currently working for NBC 7 San Diego. She recently came back from Rome, Italy, where she worked as a foreign TV correspondent for five years. She covered the election of Pope Francis, both terrorist attacks in Paris, and papal trips to Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. While overseas, Lopez-Hodoyan lived in a refugee camp in Jordan. Read More

Closing Speaker: Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi
Founder and CEO of ‎NuttZo LLC

Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi is revolutionizing the peanut butter and nut butter industry. With over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, Danielle developed and implemented the strategic rollout of the NuttZo™ brand. Of course, NuttZo is more than just nuts and seeds. The heart and soul of the company is its non-profit, Project Left Behind. Read More

Arts & Entertainment Panel

Anne Sweeney
Member of Netflix's Board of Directors
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Carol Lazier
President, San Diego Opera Board of Directors
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Brenda Chapman
American Writer, Animation Story Artist and Director
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Pamela Davis
Segment Producer at KUSI
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Priscilla Guido '00
Client Development at Christie's Mexico City
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Alexia Maria Esquer
Fashion Designer/CEO at Alexia Maria
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Business & Entrepreneurship Panel

Felena Hanson
Founder at Hera Hub: Collaborative Workspace for Women
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Mary Ann McGarry
President and CEO, Partner at Guild Mortgage Company
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Michele Comtois
Principal of Executive Liability Practice at Barney & Barney
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Kymberli Parker
Owner of Mrs. Parker's Charm School
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Jamie Moraga
President and CEO of intelliSolutions, Inc.
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Amy Wimer
VP & Associate Publisher at San Diego Business Journal
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Healthcare Panel

Dr. Diane Perez
Internationally Recognized Physician, Medical Journalist, Televisa, Galavision/Univision
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Patricia Aubanel, M.D.
World-renowned Interventional Cardiologist
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Priscilla Ibarra, M.D. '98
Renowned Dermatologist
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Patricia Robinson, R.N.
Co-Founder and Executive Board for Mercy Outreach Surgical Team
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Laura van‘t Veer, Ph.D.
Molecular Biologist, Leader of the Breast Oncology Program and Associate Director of Applied Genomics
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STEM Panel

Ilkay Altintas, Ph.D.
Chief Data Science Officer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center
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Cheryl K. Goodman
Executive Director at Athena and Co-Founder of SoGloMo, LLC
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Corina Antal, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
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Kristi Jaska
Vice President, Engineering at ViaSat, Inc.
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Saura Naderi
Staff, Government Affairs Analyst at Qualcomm Incorporated
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Thank You, Sponsors

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The Trendsetters:
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Dr. Mary M. O'Connor, D.D.S.
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The Groundbreakers:
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First Republic Bank
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Marathon Construction Co.
Rachel Mollering, CPA
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