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Women's Leadership Summit

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invite all female MEA managers and high-level IBEW Local 18-represented supervisors to the 2nd Annual Women's Leadership Summit.

Thursday, November 16, 2023
Location: The Conrad Los Angeles

See you at
The Conrad!

Photo courtesy of The Grand

We’re excited to share the location of this year’s Summit: The Conrad Los Angeles! Just one block away from JFB and right across the street from the Disney Concert Hall, walk on over and enjoy the beautiful space designed to inspire our leadership journey together. The Conrad boasts of impressive architecture by the legendary Frank Gehry and offers beautiful views of City Hall and the rest of downtown L.A.

The Summit will be held at the Grand Park Ballroom on the 8th Floor. All are encouraged to park at JFB and walk over to 100 S. Grand Avenue.

Here's what's in store for you 

Summit Schedule

Registration Opens, Networking and Breakfast

Program Begins

State of the Department Remarks by General Manager and Chief Engineer Martin L. Adams

Panel: Women in City Leadership Speakers:
Celine Cordero, Deputy Mayor to Mayor Karen Bass
Kristine Lawson, LA Fire Department Assistant Chief
Nurit Katz, UCLA Chief Sustainability Officer and LADWP                      Board Commissioner


Keynote Speaker: Carolina Caro

Networking Lunch

Energy Break

Breakout sessions (2)


Breakout sessions (2)

Event ends

Summit Emcee: Alex Cohen

This year’s Women’s Leadership Summit will be extra dynamic and engaging with Spectrum One News’ Alex Cohen as event emcee and panel moderator. The political anchor serves as the host of the weekly podcast “Inside the Issues.” Prior to her work in television, Alex was the host of “Morning Edition” and “Take Two” at KPCC-LAist and worked as a reporter and host at NPR’s “Day to Day.”

In addition to her career in journalism, Alex spent many years playing roller derby as Axles of Evil with the L.A. Derby Dolls. She’s co-author of the book “Down & Derby: the Insider’s Guide to Roller Derby” and served as choreographer and trainer on the 2008 Drew Barrymore film “Whip It!”

Women in City Leadership Panel Speakers

Kris Larson

LAFD Assistant Chief 

Celine Cordero

Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Mayor Karen Bass

Nurit Katz

UCLA Chief Sustainability Officer and Commissioner, Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners

Keynote Speaker: Carolina Caro

Carolina Caro is a certified leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) coach and trainer. She has empowered 10,000+ of individuals and teams to develop conscious leaders and inclusive workplaces by enhancing their awareness and identifying blind spots that hinder their leadership potential. With a multicultural sensitivity and a diverse background spanning science, business, and the arts, she brings a unique perspective to her practice. She’s also a professional speaker, known for her compelling TedX Talk Redefining Success: The Mindful Shift from Me to We. She has also shared her expertise with leaders from companies such as the FBI, NASA, and Warner.


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State of the Department
by General Manager and Chief Engineer
Martin L. Adams

Our General Manager and Chief Engineer Marty Adams will be joining us again at this year’s Women’s Leadership Summit to deliver insightful remarks reflecting LADWP’s achievements, challenges and the path ahead for our department. As a leader yourself, it’s important to hear about our organization’s strategic direction that you play an invaluable part in implementing and advancing.