OLP Women’s Symposium

Save the Date: Seventh Annual Women's Symposium on Friday, March 12, 2021

Join us for OLP’s Seventh Annual Women’s Symposium virtually on Friday, March 12, 2021. This annual event brings together top women leaders to share their insights and pathways to success with our students and community. To sponsor this event, please reach out to our Associate Director of Annual Giving, Kaila Weedman ’08, at [email protected] or 619-725-9188. Tickets will be available in January!

Sixth Annual Women's Symposium Recap

On September 11, OLP held it's Sixth Annual (and first virtual!) Women's Symposium. Our keynote speaker was Haben Girma, the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School and an advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. We were so moved by Haben's story. Thank you to all the participants who engaged with Haben during the Q&A in our closing session.

The day began with an emphasis on wellness through a yoga and meditation session led by Kelli Corder '09. This was followed by five Pre-Conference Skills Workshops that were designed to give a practicum in professional skills that are essential for success. The event featured four panels of speakers which addressed salient issues for women and girls, from combating imposter syndrome to blazing your own trail.

The day concluded with a virtual cooking class taught by OLP alumna Sara (Valine) Harris '08, Executive Chef & Partner of Herb and Sea restaurant. The Women's Symposium also featured a Roundtable Mentoring event which brought together 18 different women, including DA Summer Stephan, and a Virtual Vendor Marketplace.

Thank you to everyone who participated! It was a beautiful event!

Funds raised from this event will benefit OLP's Carondelet Annual Fund which supports our students and programs in all areas, including academics, athletics, co-curricular activities, technology, campus maintenance, and so much more.


Danitza Villanueva '98 
 Giving Back Magazine

Jen Turbiak Carroll 
 Associate Director of Public Relations, Illumina

Carrie Sawyer 
 CEO and Founder, Diversity by Design

Peter Dennehy
 VP Customer and Market Research, Newland

2020 OLPWS Committee

Jamie Flannery, English Department Faculty Member 
Liz Bui, Vice President & Intellectual Property Counsel at ViaCyte, Inc.
Sandy Young, Vice President, J. Walcher Communications
Andi Scherschel, MSN, FNP
Rana Sampson, Community Relations Ambassador, Union Bank
Stephanie Kanaski, Director of Institutional Advancement
Kaila Weedman, Associate Director, Annual Giving
Bridgette Ouimette, Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives

Thank You, 2020 Sponsors

Innovator Sponsor

Trailblazer Sponsor

Change Maker Sponsor

Pathfinder Sponsors

Anne Sweeney

Trendsetter Sponsors


Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Priscilla Ibarra, MD
Ann Harris

In Kind Sponsors

Marlee J. Ehrenfeld
Union Bank

2019 Women's Symposium

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