The Women's Leadership Conference on April 11 at College of the Canyons will be a day filled with professional enlightenment. With keynote speakers, including the newly added Marta Waller, breakout sessions and exhibitors, attendees will be challenged to broaden their perspectives and encouraged to pursue new ways of thinking about professional development, entrepreneurship skills, personal growth and enrichment.
The closing keynote speaker, Marta Waller, provides medical reports and special features for "KTLA Prime News." Waller has been with KTLA/WB for 20 years. She has reported on stories that have impacted and shaped Los Angeles, such as her contribution as anchor of KTLA/WB's coverage of the O. J. Simpson murder trial. Waller has won numerous awards for her reporting and anchoring, including one from the Los Angeles Press Club for her reporting of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Jamaal Wilkes will be a morning keynote speaker for, "Successful under fire: Lessons for being your best in crunch time." Wilkes, a former NBA Laker, is currently president of Jamaal Wilkes Financial Advisors, a company that offers comprehensive investment planning and management services to foundations, business owners/entrepreneurs, affluent professionals and non-profit organizations. Three women scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena-Ashley Stroupe, Jaime Waydo and Ruth Fragoso-will be the luncheon keynote speakers.
Stroupe will talk about her experiences working in operations for the Mars Exploration Rovers, a pair of robotic geologists looking for signs of water on Mars in hopes of determining if Mars ever supported a habitable environment. Stroupe will also briefly discuss the current combined efforts of developing the next generation of robotic planetary explorers, including climbing and construction. Waydo, a lead mechanical engineer for the rover mobility system, will speak about NASA's next rover mission planned for a fall 2009 launch.
Ruth Fragoso is a mission training operations engineer for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and is one of the Spanish media representatives for JPL. Fragoso will speak more about MRO and it's abilities and duties while orbiting the red planet. All-day cost of attendance is $95, $60 half day, and $40 for students with a valid student ID.