The Women’s Leadership Symposium is a forum for participants within California State University San Marcos community to connect, explore and engage in topics pertaining to women’s leadership and empowerment. This year's theme is focused on "Remaining Resilient in the Face of Adversity" and topics will include leadership in culture, politics, health care, and in self-care.
Rooted in the philosophies of intersectional feminism, we recognize that while all women experience oppression, we also all experience oppression in varying forms based on race, age, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, etc. With that in mind, we want everyone at the Women's Leadership Symposium to feel supported, included, and represented.
We are intentionally inclusive of transgender, nonbinary, intersex, and gender non-conforming individuals.
Throughout the two sessions, we will seek to provide participants the opportunity to learn more about their individual identities and the unique influences they have on their leadership style.
Networking and teambuilding activities will allow for students to build a positive and supportive network of diverse women who vary across professional disciplines and life experiences. With these new experiences and community, student participants will have the knowledge to challenge the limitations placed on women and will have the confidence and strength to empower others.
WHEN: Friday, March 4th - 12:00pm-3:00pm & Saturday, March 5th - 9:00am-12:00pm
WHERE: (To Be Confirmed) Private Microsoft Teams Channel. Instructions will be sent after you register.
RSVP: RSVP by March 3rd. Registration is FREE and open to all currently enrolled CSUSM students ONLY. Note, the registration form is connected to Tukwut Trax (Presence) and will require you to log-in with your CSUSM credentials.
Chair: Alycia McGeever is the Interim Director of the Gender Equity Center. She has served the GEC for the past two years as she completes SDSU’s Postsecondary Education and Student Affairs Master's program. She received a BA in her Sociology & Education Sciences from UC Irvine. Before working at CSUSM, she worked for Girl Scouts and Girls Incorporated empowering young women to believe in themselves.
Co-Chair: Dr. Shannon Nolan-Arañez (Chair), coordinates the Tukwut Leadership Circle (TLC) program and serves as a lecturer in First-Year Programs. She is a proud CSUSM alumni, earning her BS in Business Administration: Management & Marketing from CSUSM in 2004. Also holding an MA in Educational Leadership from SDSU (2010) and her doctorate in Educational Leadership (2016) her research focuses on how leadership activities influence students’ sense of spirituality. She loves spending time with her family and watching her 3.5-year-old discover the world. She also enjoys gardening, reading and listening to podcasts – especially “Unlocking Us” with Dr. Brené Brown!
Dr. Pam Redela is a life-long feminist who is dedicated to furthering goals of gender equity through education and leading by example. She holds a B.A., M.A., and PhD in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture and teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at CSUSM. Her research focuses gender roles and feminist activism, Ecofeminism, and intersectional literary analysis. Her education and teaching experiences have afforded her the opportunity to interact with various sectors of society while her working-class upbringing keeps her committed to grassroots effort. Her passion is educating and empowering her students to be agents of social change.
Dr. Rajnandini ”Raj” Pillai is a Professor of Management at CSUSM. She received her doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Organizational Behavior. Her areas of teaching and research interest are leadership and cross-cultural management, and she teaches in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Pillai has her MBA from the University of Bombay, India and has held management positions in the banking industry in India. She has published several research articles on charismatic and transformational leadership and cross-cultural management in the leading journals in the field. She was also chief editor of a volume entitled, Teaching Leadership: Innovative Approaches for the 21st Century, in the Leadership Horizon series, and co-author (with Martin Gannon) of several editions of Understanding Global Cultures. She has received multiple awards for excellence in teaching and research including the Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award. She has offered leadership workshops for organizations such as the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Pillai is also Executive Director and founding member of the Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) at CSUSM which hosts the popular “In the Executive’s Chair” class.
Alexa Diaz is the Coordinator of the Academic Success Center (ASC), one of three learning centers housed in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. She is a recent CSUSM alumna, earning her BA in Human Development and Spanish (2019). Outside of her ASC role, Alexa is part of the UndocuAlly Training team for the Dreamers Resource Office. She also serves as a mentor to young females through Project Hero - a program within COMPACT that provides a second chance opportunity for young offenders to reintegrate to school or the workforce. On her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling to tropical places!