ASBA’s Inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference & Expo! Empower. Inspire. Transform.

March 5, 2024   •   8:00am – 5:00pm

Introducing ASBA’s Inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference & Expo!  

Register early through Feb. 9 for a chance to win a $100 gift card!  Registration deadline is Feb. 22. 

Empower. Inspire. Transform.  

Mark your calendars for a groundbreaking event you won’t want to miss! ASBA proudly presents its FIRST-EVER Women’s Leadership Conference & Expo. Get ready to be inspired, connect with like-minded professionals and elevate your leadership skills! 

🗓️ Date: March 5, 2024 📍 Location: 4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040 – Desert Willow Conference Center.

Step into the power of contrast at our Women’s Leadership Conference! This year, we invite all attendees to embrace the empowering simplicity of black and white attire. As leaders, we understand the impact of bold choices, and what better way to symbolize unity and strength than through the classic combination of black and white. Thank you to our sponsors Veregy and Grand Canyon University.

What’s in Store for You?  

Inspirational keynote, transformative breakout sessions, an expo extravaganza, interactive workshops, free professional headshots, a licensed professional makeup artist, networking opportunities, entertainment and more!

Special Perk: Register early through Feb. 9 for a chance to win a $100 gift card! 

Don’t wait! Grab your ticket, invite your friends and colleagues, and let’s make history together at the ASBA Women’s Leadership Conference & Expo!  

 

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Mallika Chopra

Keynote Speaker - Mallika Chopra, Media Entrepreneur, Published Author, and a Notable Voice in the fields of Parenting, Meditation and the Power of Intention

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Dr. Cherryl Paul

Assistant Vice President, Academic Alliances | K12 Educational Development, Grand Canyon Education

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Dr. Meredith Critchfield

Dr. Meredith Critchfield, Dean of the College of Education, Grand Canyon University

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Debbie Esparza

Debbie Esparza, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix

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Ana Cortes

Positive Intelligence Certified Mental Fitness Life Coach

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Franchela Ulises

Franchela Ulises, CEO, Mujeres of all Shades

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Luisa Ramirez

Luisa Ramirez, Certified Coach

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Dr. Loretta Cheeks

President and CEO of Strong TIES and DS Innovation

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Marshelle Barwise

Marshelle Barwise, Strategic Transformation Executive at Achieve, Published Author, Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Chaplain

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Veronica Sanchez

Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications, Arizona State University

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Danielle Lerner

EMMY-Winning Journalist, Host of "Arizona Living" and Media Consultant

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Renee Romo

Multimedia Journalist, KOLD News 13 & Former ASBA Communications Intern

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Catherine Runge

Director of Insurance Operations, First Western Trust Bank

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Christine Joseph

Market President, First Western Trust Bank

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Gaby Cardenas

Founder & CEO, The Colibri Collective

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Shelly Hornback

Founder, Hornback Communications

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Agenda

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Grand Canyon University

Before the Women's Leadership Conference kicks off, attendees have the opportunity to check in, grab a cup of coffee, capture professional headshots and indulge in a unique shopping experience.

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Welcome, Room: Cottonwood

Let's kick off this empowering gathering with a heartfelt welcome, setting powerful intentions and engaging activities designed to foster connection and community among this dynamic assembly of women leaders.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Keynote Speaker Sponsored by Veregy

Mallika Chopra, Media Entrepreneur, Published Author and a Notable Voice in the fields of Parenting, Meditation and the Power of Intention

Join us for a captivating keynote address at the Women's Leadership Conference featuring Mallika Chopra, a remarkable figure in the realms of parenting, meditation and the transformative power of intention. As a mom, media entrepreneur and published author of eight books, including the acclaimed "Living With Intent - My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy," Mallika brings a wealth of wisdom and insight to the stage. Join us as Mallika Chopra shares her unique perspectives on intentional living, mindfulness and the profound impact of being open to seeing the world in new ways. This keynote promises to inspire and empower, leaving you with valuable insights for your leadership journey.

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Networking Break

Use this time to to connect, rejuvenate and establish meaningful relationships with other attendees. Take advantage of professional headshot sessions and explore a unique shopping experience.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Morning Breakout Sessions 

  • Visionary Leadership: Strategic Decision-Making for Tomorrow's Triumph, ROOM: Cottonwood - Immerse yourself in the art of visionary leadership as we explore strategic decision-making tailored for women leaders. Discover how to align your vision with actionable strategies, make informed decisions, and lead with purpose. Our speakers will share insights on navigating uncertainty, fostering innovation, and turning your vision into impactful leadership. Join us for a session that empowers you to lead with clarity and shape a successful future Speakers - Dr. Cherryl Paul, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President, Academic Alliances | K12 Educational Development, Grand Canyon Education & Dr. Meredith Critchfield, Dean of the College of Education, Grand Canyon University
  • Breaking Barriers: Women Rising to Leadership Roles, ROOM: Brittlebush - Gain insights into the resilience, determination and success strategies that have propelled women into leadership roles, paving the way for the next generation. Join us in understanding the keys to breaking barriers and unlocking the untapped potential of women leaders in various industries. Be part of the movement dedicated to fostering a culture of diversity, equality and innovation. Speaker - Debbie Esparza, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix
  • Elevate and Embrace: Emotional Intelligence in Women's Leadership, ROOM: Desert Star - Join us for an enlightening session focused on Emotional Intelligence (EI), a key element in unlocking your leadership potential. Our speaker will guide you through conquering self-sabotage, fostering self-awareness, and building resilient leadership skills. Learn how EI can be a transformative force, empowering women leaders to navigate challenges, build strong relationships, and thrive in diverse professional landscapes. Speaker - Ana Cortes, Positive Intelligence Certified Mental Fitness Life Coach

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch (provided)

Guests will enjoy a delectable lunch buffet. Get ready to be impressed as the stage comes alive with performances by all-female student artists and the electrifying "Power" Fashion Show.

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Pow Wow Dance Performance

Experience the captivating rhythms of multi-age female Pow Wow dancers, The Etsitty Group, as they grace the stage. Adorned in vibrant regalia rich with symbolism and tradition, these performers weave tales of resilience and empowerment through their mesmerizing movements.

1:00 pm - 1:25 pm

The "Power" Fashion Show

Franchela Ulises, CEO, Mujeres of all Shades

The Fashion Show is a unique and inclusive event tailored for women in leadership, showcasing a diverse representation of sizes, ages and backgrounds. This empowering occasion celebrates the beauty and individuality of women from various walks of life, highlighting the importance of inclusivity in the workplace. This event aims to foster a sense of unity and empowerment among women in leadership roles, encouraging them to embrace their unique identities and styles. By featuring fashion that is inclusive of all sizes, ages and backgrounds, this event creates a space where every woman can feel seen, represented and celebrated.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Breakout Sessions Two

  • Owning Your Desire: Empowering Women in Their Leadership Journey, ROOM: Brittlebush - In a world that often encourages women to be reserved about their ambitions and desires, this session breaks down barriers and encourages participants to embrace and own their deepest aspirations. Through insightful discussions, personal stories and interactive activities, this session is a celebration of the power and potential within every woman. By owning your desires, you not only empower yourself but contribute to a more inclusive and diverse landscape of leadership. Join us for an inspiring and transformative experience that will propel you forward on your leadership journey. It's time to own your desires and lead with authenticity, courage and purpose. Speaker - Luisa Ramirez, Certified Coach
  • EmpowerHER: Navigating Leadership Horizons in AI - A Journey for Women, ROOM: Cottonwood - Embark on an empowering journey designed to showcase how artificial intelligence can specifically empower and support women in their leadership roles. This session goes beyond inspiration to provide practical insights on leveraging AI for leadership success. Speaker - Dr. Loretta Cheeks, President and CEO of Strong TIES and DS Innovation
  • Empowered Elegance: Unveiling the Intersection of Inner Beauty and Leadership, ROOM: Desert Star - Join us for "Empowered Elegance," where we uncover the synergy between inner beauty and leadership, celebrating the multifaceted qualities that make women leaders truly elegant and empowered. This session promises to be an inspiring exploration of self-discovery, authenticity and the profound connection between inner strength and the artistry of leadership. Speaker - Marshelle Barwise, Strategic Transformation Executive at Achieve, Published Author, Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Chaplain

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Networking Break

Use this time to to connect, rejuvenate and establish meaningful relationships with other attendees. Take advantage of professional headshot sessions and explore a unique shopping experience.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Breakout Sessions Three

  • Harmonizing Voices: Leading with Synergy in Multi-Generational Teams, Room: Cottonwood - Immerse yourself in a rich dialogue with our expert panel of women leaders as they share insights on harmonizing the diverse voices within multi-generational teams. Explore strategies for fostering collaboration, understanding unique perspectives and cultivating an inclusive environment that celebrates the strengths of every generation. Discover how to leverage the collective wisdom and create a harmonious symphony for unparalleled success in leadership. Our panel of esteemed guests will feature accomplished women with backgrounds in media and news, sharing insights on discovering and amplifying their voices in leadership. Panelists include Veronica Sanchez, Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications, Arizona State University; Danielle Lerner, EMMY-Winning Journalist, Host of "Arizona Living" & Media Consultant; Renee Romo, Multimedia Journalist, KOLD News 13; Shelly Hornback, Owner, Hornback Communications. This panel will be facilitated by Jade Frazier, ASBA Multimedia Communications Manager and Multimedia Journalist.
  • Empower Her Finance: Securing Your Tomorrow – Women, Wealth, and Wise Financial Planning, Room: Brittlebush - Delve into the realm of financial empowerment with our session dedicated to women leaders. Explore strategic financial planning, wealth-building tactics, and wise investment decisions. Our expert speakers will guide you through navigating the financial landscape, empowering you to secure a prosperous tomorrow. Join us for insights, practical tips, and a roadmap to financial success in your leadership journey. Speakers - Christine Joseph, Market President, First Western Trust Bank, Catherine Runge, Director, Insurance Operations, First Western Trust Bank.
  • Radiant Leadership: Developing Your Personal Brand for Success, Room: Desert Star - Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and brand development. In this session tailored for women leaders, learn how to craft and elevate your personal brand. Our esteemed speaker will share insights on building authenticity, enhancing visibility and strategically positioning yourself for future success. Join us for an empowering exploration of personal branding that aligns with your leadership aspirations. Speaker - Gaby Cardenas, Founder & CEO, The Colibri Collective

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

Use this time to to connect, rejuvenate and establish meaningful relationships with other attendees. Take advantage of professional headshot sessions and explore a unique shopping experience.

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Concluding Thoughts and Values Integration Activity

Cottonwood

Join us for the closing remarks of the Women's Leadership Conference, where we will wrap up the event with insightful reflections and engage in a final values integration activity.

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Networking Reception, Expo Exploration and Exciting Giveaways

Shop the Expo, savor the soulful vibes of Painted Soul at our reception. Elevate your evening with empowering connections and music. Click here for a musical preview.

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March 5, 2024 @ Desert Willow Conference Center 

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040

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