SoCal Women's

reg-button-socal-v3The SoCal Women’s Leadership Group is co-locating their first- ever cross-industry event and mixer with HITS Fall. Attendance at the SoCal Women’s Leadership Group meeting is complimentary for qualified end-users and requires separate registration. PLEASE NOTE: If you register for HITS, your registration will also gain access to this co-located event.

First Lady of Los Angeles, Amy Elaine Wakeland, will keynote the meeting with a presentation on “The Business Case for Women in Leadership,” exploring the shift in discourse of gender equity in business leadership – from reflection to action.  The keynote will be followed by a panel of industry leaders who will discuss the fundamental question, “How Did You Get Where You Are Today?” The group will then host individual table discussions before joining the HITS networking reception.


4 – 6 p.m.
The Business Case for Women in Leadership:
How to shift the discourse of gender equity in business leadership from reflection to action.

4 p.m.

4:30 p.m.
Keynote Address: Amy Elaine amy-elaine-wakeland-first-lady-of-la-headshotWakeland, First Lady of Los Angeles
Wakeland is a political strategist, public policy expert, and advocate for children and families. She is active with organizations and campaigns focused on combating sexual and domestic violence and recently led successful efforts to fund and complete the City’s first-ever data driven analysis of the status of women and girls and to expand the city’s Domestic Assault Response Teams (DART). Her professional career also includes positions as Executive Director of the Coalition for Kids, Director of the Progressive L.A. Network, and Strategic Planner for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services.

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion:

Female executives from participating companies will discuss relevant topics, ‘how did you get to where you are today’ career triumphs and lessons learned – with specific suggested action items around what audience members can do about gender parity in leadership.
Lizzy Paulson, Events Director, Time Warner Cable
Jamia Bigalow, Senior Vice President, Distribution Marketing, Fox Networks Group
Janet Graham Borba, Senior Vice President, West Coast Production, HBO
Kim Overall, Executive Vice President, Consumer Strategy, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Tracey Pakosta, Executive Vice President, Comedy Development, NBC Entertainment
Cathleen Taff, Senior Vice President, Integrated Planning & Franchise Management, The Walt Disney Company
5:30 – 6 p.m.
Round Table Discussions:

Members of each participating women’s group (ERG) will act as facilitators at each of the tables helping to lead the
discussion and interaction around our topic.

6 p.m.
Joint HITS Fall/SoCal Women’s Networking Reception

The SoCal Women’s Leadership Group meeting is produced by:
Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT)
Women in Technology Hollywood (WiTH)

Participating groups include:
Sony – Women in Technology (WiT) and Women of Action Vision and Empowerment (WAVE)
Warner Bros. – Women of Warner (WOW)
NBCUniversal – SoCal Women’s Network (WNN)
Disney – [email protected] and Disney Studios
FOX Sports – Women of FOX Sports
Netflix – Women in Technology

To register for the SoCal Women’s Group event ONLY, click here.