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2022 UCLA Anderson Women’s Leadership Summit

Friday, March 11, 2022
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT

Velocity 2022 is a celebration of the power and impact of women, bringing together current and future leaders of all backgrounds to explore ideas for a more equitable future in business and society. This year we convene under the theme “Rise” to celebrate female leaders who have come together to become a catalyst for change and rise above the challenges our society faces today. We rise by lifting others. True to tradition, Velocity will inspire our passionate and forward-thinking community to continue its learning, growth, leadership and empowerment through all stages of life and career.

UCLA and the Skirball Cultural Center follow the LA County COVID-19 health protocols, which are subject to change. Currently, event attendees are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the past 72 hours. A valid photo ID is also required for visitors ages 18 and up. Additional information can be found in the Safety Protocols section of this link: Updated information will be sent to attendees prior to the event.
Keynote Speakers
Ezgi Barcenas
Chief Sustainability Officer
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Julie Rice
Peoplehood & SoulCycle
Shivani Siroya



March 11, 2022
Skirball Cultural Center

March 11, 2022

Skirball Cultural Center

All scheduled events take place in PDT.

8:00 a.m.
Breakfast Networking Session
9:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
9:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Shivani Siroya, CEO, Tala

Shivani Siroya is the CEO and founder of Tala, a company that offers digital financial services to help the traditionally underbanked borrow, save and grow their money. In this fireside chat-style keynote, Shivani will describe why she left investment banking to build a fintech startup, how Tala’s unique infrastructure can help it scale globally while meeting country-specific needs, and how the company plans to use cryptocurrency to further enable financial access.

Moderated by Jennifer Walske, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Former Faculty Director of Center for Impact, UCLA Anderson

10:00 a.m.
Workshop Breakouts
11:00 a.m.

Featuring Bumble Lounge, a space where attendees can network with each other, take a break from the conference, and have their personal headshot taken during lunch. The lounge will be open all day.

11:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Ezgi Barcenas, Chief Sustainability Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ezgi is a thought leader in sustainability and an expert on topics including climate action, agricultural development and sustainable finance. She has a reputation for driving action and innovation to create sustainable value chains. In her role at AbinBev, Ezgi works to accelerate the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda. Sustainability has been a core pillar at AB InBev since inception, and directly linked to their purpose of Bringing People Together for a Better World.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch Networking Session
1:15 p.m.
Panel Sessions
2:15 p.m.

Featuring Bumble Lounge, a space where attendees can network with each other, take a break from the conference, and have their personal headshot taken during lunch. The lounge will be open all day.

2:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Julie Rice, Co-Founder, Peoplehood & SoulCycle

Julie Rice is an entrepreneur best known for co-founding the fitness phenomenon SoulCycle. In her fireside chat-style keynote, Julie will take the audience through her entrepreneurial journey with SoulCycle, a brand she grew to over 80 studios in nine years, and her latest venture, Peoplehood, a relational fitness company focused on building community and strengthening relationships by helping people show up for and hold space for others.

Moderated by Garima Narang (’22), McKinsey.

3:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks
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Presented by:

* Women in Entrepreneurship: The Challenges and Triumphs panel presented by Fritz Demopoulos (’97)

Please email your questions or comments to

Velocity 2020: The Highlights, Elevated
January 31, 2020
UCLA Anderson’s 2019 Velocity Women’s Leadership Summit, presented by the Women’s Business Connection and Anderson Women.

This event is dedicated to Jenessa Shapiro in commemeration of her groundbreaking research on discrimination and prejudice

The Jenessa Shapiro Fellowship Fund supports Anderson students from under-represented backgrounds, who may include women.
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