Empower Me, Invest in All

Saturday, March 14, 2015


For 18 years, the Women in Leadership Conference at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, has brought together more than 400 women and men annually to connect and learn from each other and develop the skills that can help women advance their paths to leadership.

For the 19th year of the conference, we celebrate the diversity in female leadership emerging across different industries, as we aim to bring together leaders in business, politics, sports, education, entertainment, non-profit, and the arts.

Our aim is to inspire through example, by connecting leaders to other leaders, and provide opportunities to gain the tangible leadership skills necessary to move forward as a leader in any industry.

Join us at the 19th Women in Leadership Conference at Haas on March 14, 2015.



For women leaders actively looking to explore their potential and impact in today’s business environment, the 2015 Women in Leadership Conference is a conference that will connect, empower, and inspire by bringing together diverse leaders from across different industries.

This year's theme - Empower Me, Invest in All - celebrates strides already made by women in leadership across industries and recognizes how empowering the next generation of women leaders is essential for investing in society at large.

Our goals are to:

  • Celebrate the example shown by women leaders in diverse industries even outside business, such as sports, politics, and entertainment, among others;
  • Connect women across different backgrounds to continue building a strong community of leaders;
  • Challenge the ongoing and new issues that rising women leaders face today;
  • Empower women with real skills needed to become an effective leader in today’s increasingly diverse workplace (ie. influencing without authority, negotiating, mentoring, and personal branding, among others). 



Previous Speakers

The Women in Leadership Conference has attracted a strong community of female leaders in the past. Previous keynote speakers include Heidi Roizen (Venture Partner at DFJ), Kamala Harris (California Attorney General), Carrie Dolan (CFO at Lending Club), Debra Martucci (CIO at Synopsys), Christine Paige (SVP Marketing at Kaiser Permanente), Sue Gardner (Executive Director at Wikimedia Foundation) and Joy Chen (CEO at Yes To, Inc.)

This year, we aim to bring together another strong group of leaders from diverse industries including business, politics, sports, entertainment, non-profit, and the arts.

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Haas Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership's mission is to serve the entire Haas community through a series of professional, educational, and social events designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of women's roles in business while equipping WIL members to achieve success.

Beyond hosting the annual WIL conference, WIL is actively involved in leading the Women's Workshop and Diversity Conference, and offers regular social events and an annual retreat for Haas students and partners to Napa Valley.

Visit the Women in Leadership website

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

For over 100 years, the Haas School of Business has offered exceptional management education to outstanding women and men from around the world. The school is one of the world's leading producers of new ideas and knowledge for all areas of business, and a launching point for many new businesses. The Haas School is widely known for its diverse and talented faculty, staff, students and alumni. Its programs benefit significantly from the university's practice of interdisciplinary research and teaching, and the school's strong connections to nearby Silicon Valley.

Visit the Haas School of Business website 

Work With Us

If you are interested in partnering with us as a sponsor, pitching a speaker, or get involved, please reach out to us via the form below or by reaching out to 2015 conference co-chairs Carmela Aquino and Libby Hadzima.

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The Women in Leadership conference will be held for the 19th time at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Haas is accessible via public transportation and car, and parking is available on the street or in private facilities.

University of California, Berkeley
Haas School of Business

2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720