2021 UCLA Anderson Women’s Leadership Summit


Friday, April 9, 2021

Velocity 2021 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 Forward to recognize those who create positive change and to push women forward through the challenges our society faces today. 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.

Velocity welcomes all people, encompassing every gender identity, ethnicity/race, ability, age and background. We are proud to promote a community of purposeful inclusion, and are eager to see men, trans, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming and all attendees participate in these important conversations. Together, we can make Velocity an environment where all feel safe, valued and cared for, while enjoying a great opportunity to form meaningful connections with one another.


Keynote Speakers


Jodie Lesh (’92)

Chief Transformation Officer
Kaiser Permanente

Morgan Mercer

Founder and CEO
Vantage Point

Martine Rothblatt (B.A. ’77, MBA/J.D. ’81)

Chairman and CEO
United Therapeutics




Fran Benjamin (‘14)

Managing Partner, Good Works Consulting

Juanita Caldwell

Personal Trainer and Founder, Nit Fit

Heather Caruso

Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations and Behavioral Decision Making

Julie Ann Crommett

former VP of Multicultural Audience Engagement
The Walt Disney Studios

Aida Davis

Decolonize Design

Susan Jin Davis

former Chief Sustainability Officer
Comcast NBC Universal

Daryl Drabinsky

Senior Vice President of Digital, Weber Shandwick

Pamela Dressler (’97)

President and Managing Director, Emmi California

Michelle Enjoli

International Speaker, Career Coach and Founder, Connect

Melanie Ho (B.A. ’01, M.A. ’05, Ph.D. ’08)

Author, Beyond Leaning In; Founder, Strategic Imagination

Cassie Mogilner Holmes

Donnalisa ’86 and Bill Barnum Endowed Term Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Julianne Hough

CEO and Founder, KINRGY; Actress, Dancer, Singer, Producer, Entrepreneur, Choreographer

Caroline W. Nahas (B.A. ’70)

Senior Advisor, Korn Ferry; Chair, UCLA Anderson Board of Advisors

Lauryn Nwankpa

Head of Social Impact, Dave

Bailey Richardson

Partner, People & Company; Co-Author, Get Together

Wendy Spinner (‘89)

Vice President, UBS Private Wealth Management – The Spinner Group

Julie Uhrman (’04)

Founder and President, Angel City Football Club

Phoebe A. Wood (’80)

Principal, CompaniesWood

Jovanna Youssef (’16)

Director of Product Marketing and Customer Strategy, Rent the Runway


Sponsored By




Presented by:


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

Please email your questions or comments to VelocityWomensLeadershipSummit@gmail.com.


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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