Velocity Women's Summit

Velocity 2024 Highlights

The Velocity Experience
Velocity 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. Together, we can catalyze change that benefits all. 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.
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Relive the Moments of
Velocity 2024





March 15, 2024

Skirball Cultural Center

All scheduled events take place in PDT.

8:00 a.m.
Registration and Check-In
9:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

Dean Bernardo

Sofia Mandel (’24), President, Women’s Business Connection, UCLA Anderson MBA Candidate

9:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Anne Walsh, Chief Investment Officer, Guggenheim Partners Investment Management

Moderated by Kat Friese (’24), Vice President, Communications, Women’s Business Connection, UCLA Anderson MBA Candidate

10:00 a.m.
Networking Break
10:15 a.m.

Breaking Barriers in Finance
Haley Ludwigson (’09), CFO, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
Jeanelle Arias (B.A. ’01, ’23), Business Advisor; Former CFO, Goodwill Southern California and Martin Management Group
Heather Turner, Co-Founder and CEO, Tamarack Capital Partners
Maria Testani, CFO, Resident Home
Moderated by Yousra El Alaoui (’25), UCLA Anderson MBA Candidate

Women Change-Makers: Driving Positive Societal Impact
Sienna Jackson (’23), Founder and CEO, Zoran Creative Strategy
Sara Neff, Head of Sustainability, Lendlease Americas
Tina Admans, President, Minds Matter Southern California
Moderated by Professor Gayle Northrop (’96), UCLA Anderson

11:00 a.m.
Networking Break
11:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Candace Nelson,Founder, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Pizzana; New York Times Bestselling Author and Entrepreneur

Moderated by Marysela Garza (’24), Vice President, Velocity Operations, Women’s Business Connection, UCLA Anderson MBA Candidate

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Networking Session
12:50 p.m.
Heads or Tails Game

Moderated by Sarah Gerlach (’24), Vice President, Velocity Operations, Women’s Business Connection, UCLA Anderson MBA Candidate

1:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Lauren Neustadter, President of Film and Television, Hello Sunshine

Moderated by Eleanor McGee (’24), UCLA Anderson MBA Candidate

1:45 p.m.
Networking Break
2:00 p.m.

Naseem Sayani (B.A. ’01), Co-Founder and General Partner, Emmeline Ventures

Moderated by Jessica Lai (’25), Incoming President, Women’s Business Connection, UCLA Anderson MBA Candidate

2:45 p.m.
Remarks from Anderson Women

Annette Blum (’10), President, Anderson Women

2:50 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Heather Caruso, Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Adjunct Associate Professor of Management and Organizations and Behavioral Decision Making, UCLA Anderson

3:00 p.m.
Happy Hour

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

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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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