SHE Experience Schedule

7 - 8 am


8 - 8:45 am


Cristina Schaffer, SHE Experience Co-Founder and Organizer 

Lorri Sulpizio, Director, Conscious Leadership Academy at USD

9 - 10:30 am

Breakout Session I

YOU. LEAD. NOW. // Dare to Lead - Courage, Vulnerability, and Values 

Leadership research reveals that the ideal leader is someone who cultivates a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation. So, what is it brave leadership and how do you do it? Based on the research of Brené Brown, The Dare to Lead™ theory and method was created. The first of four skill sets is to rumble with vulnerability and embrace the discomfort that accompanies emotional exposure. In this session, we will learn why vulnerability is a key element to effective leadership and define and deeply understand our core values so we may use them as a guide for our thoughts and actions.

Lorri Sulpizio, Director, Conscious Leadership Academy at USD

WHEN NURTURE CALLS // Self-Compassion for Nurturers 

Despite how kind we are to other people, many of us are very hard on ourselves. We are biologically wired to focus on our shortcomings and ruminate on our deficiencies. Research shows that especially women find it easier to extend compassion to others than toward themselves. Add to this, the challenging societal expectations often placed on women, we find that many are left in a self-diminishing cycle of burnout and feelings of not being good enough. Despite popular belief, people who practice self-compassion are not less motivated to work hard and get ahead, but more so. Self-compassion has also been shown to counter perfectionism, to foster a growth mindset, and improve positive body image.

Denise Funfar, Integrative Coach and Consultant

WELLNESS WARRIOR // Own It! Personal Power and Financial Wellness 

Our relationship with money is complex. Most often we wish we had more of it and we are frequently frustrated that it has the power to dictate so much of our sense of security. Like many things in our lives, the story we tell ourselves, or our 'money script' defines that relationship. Women are often intimidated by finances and lack the confidence to make important decisions on how to build wealth and protect themselves financially. It’s time to own it and step into your power! In this session, you will identify your money script and how to transform it to serve you better.

Elisabeth Cullington, Partner and Co-Founder, Women's Practice at HoyleCohen

ACTIVISM ACCELERATION // The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Empowering Our Voice for Effective Communication 

Communication may be the most difficult task there is. We strive to be understood, and most of us, seek to understand. There are so many factors that influence our ability to effectively communicate, a prominent one being how our many identities show up in conversations. Too often, women silence themselves in order to protect these identities, and we avoid telling our stories if we feel they will compromise the public self that we created. We silence ourselves when our stories reflect a self we are not proud of or comfortable with. This process often happens without us even realizing it and might impede our ability to listen deeply, show empathy, advocate for our beliefs, or contribute in some way to lessen our shame. In this session, we will use our personal stories to facilitate a greater sense of identity and agency in our communication and give us a better understanding of how we show up in conversations.

Llewelyn Labio, Doctoral Candidate and Instructor in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego

10:40 - 11:15 am

Power of Our Stories Panel

Pegah Kadkhodaian, Speaker, International Trainer and Resilience Expert

Llewelyn Labio, Doctoral Candidate and Instructor in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego

11:15 am - 12:30 pm 

Lunch and Shop With Vendors

1:35 - 1 pm


Signature A Cappella, UCLA

1:10 - 2:40 pm

Breakout Session II

YOU. LEAD. NOW. // Rumbling with Vulnerability - How to Answer Your Call to Courage 

In a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous, the call to courage has never been greater. Rumbling with vulnerability is the foundational skill of Daring Leadership. Today, we need daring leaders who are able to navigate the uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure of vulnerability required to step up, get out there and make a difference. In this talk, we will discuss and learn skills such as the myths of vulnerability and how to dispel them, how to rumble with hard conversations, how to enter the cave we fear, how shame shows up at work, the components of courage, the armor that keeps us from being seen at work and how empathy and self-compassion help us enter the arena where we desire to show up and be seen and lead. By developing this foundational skill-set, you will be well-positioned to begin the process of creating courage cultures and daring leadership wherever you are.

Yvonne Ator, Certified Personal and Executive Coach in Positive Psychology, Certified Daring Way Facilitator, Certified Dare to Lean Facilitator, and Certified Unbeatable Mind Coach

WELLNESS WARRIOR // From Pain to Power: Finding Your Best Self in Your Physical Self 

We often hear that our healthy voice and power come from a strong core and sense of self. You might have done work on living in alignment and getting clear with your values, but did you know that core and alignment also exist in the physical body? If we can learn to connect to our physical core and notice when we are out of alignment, we can better get back to our whole best self. Pain and injury are the body's way of telling us that something is wrong, and it’s not always what we think. The pace and demands of life pulling us off our center make it especially difficult to come back to ourselves and heal. In this session, we will connect directly to our physical core, work our posture and balance, get connected to our best physical self which allows us to be our best overall self.

Odile Zelenak, Mastery Movement Specialist with certifications in Pilates, Gyrotonic®, Hendrickson Method® Orthopedic Massage and Vinyasa Yoga


ACTIVISM ACCELERATION // Radical Resilience: Navigating Life's Ups & Downs for Maximal Growth and Minimal Drama 

We all face difficult times and learning how to respond to them is a key skill in how quickly we can recover and regain our confidence. Radical resilience is an approach that goes beyond our ability to bounce back or push through. It's about learning to take a spiritual and practical approach to discover who you truly are so you can not only survive in difficult times but actually thrive, no matter what life delivers. In this session, we will learn to lean into what feels hard because discomfort is the catalyst to growth and transformation. We will consider the meaning of radical resilience and explore how to bring it into our lives.

Pegah Kadkhodaian, Speaker, International Trainer and Resilience Expert

2:45 - 3:15 pm

Break to Energize, Recharge, Connect

3:20 - 4:30 pm

Community Conversation

The Potency of Sexual Energy to Heal, Be Heard and Create Social Change

Lucia Pavone, Sexuality Educator, Mentor, and Facilitator

4:30 - 5 pm

Closing The Day

8:30 - 9:30 am


9:30 - 9:45 am


9:45 - 11:15 am

Breakout Session III

YOU. LEAD. NOW. // Dare to Lead: The Rumble and the Rise

When you are brave enough, often enough, you will surely fail. Daring leadership, Based on the work and leadership research of Brené Brown, is difficult and messy and real and uncomfortable. It requires us to speak our truth, give and receive feedback, and own our fears and feelings. When we enter the arena, we will inevitably fall. Rising skills are essential to making Daring Leadership a habit and consistent practice, and is the fourth skill set in the Dare to Lead™ program. In this workshop, we will learn how to rise by checking our narratives and mental models and being willing to own our stories so we can craft our own endings.

Jackie Freiberg, Business Owner, Entrepreneur and Author

WELLNESS WARRIOR // Our Fit Self: The Mind, the Myths, the Movement 

Fitness is a hot topic and very much a presence in all of our lives. We all have a relationship with fitness and regardless of whether the gym is the first thing we do every day or whether we believe wearing a sports bra while drinking wine constitutes a workout (hey, we aren't judging), our physical health is something we all want to foster. While workouts are certainly physical, workouts and fitness have a mental, emotional, and spiritual component. There is SO much information about what workouts are best and it's hard to keep up with the latest trend. In this session, we will talk about common fitness myths, and how they get in the way of our overall wellness, and we will discuss how you can find a workout program you love vs. one you consider self-torture. We will explore how we can create a fitness experience that elevates and inspires our WHOLE selves. Come ready to move and let's get connected to the fitness part of our best self.

Kellie Sullivan, Certified Fitness Coach and Lululemon Ambassador

WHEN NURTURE CALLS // Grief, Loss, & Caregiving- Lessons for Spiritual Wellbeing

Dealing with suffering, grief and loss can be an extraordinary part of life! We will all deal with aspects of this in our lifetimes. As women we may be called upon to take care of others who are sick, frail or dying. It often feels overwhelming, and every day presents additional challenges and more stress. But we press on, rarely thinking about the impact on our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Yet, whatever the situation there are many life lessons that can help you do more than just cope. Learn how to see this part of life as one of the greatest gifts you’ll ever receive. Being present with gratitude to the fullness of each challenging day during this process can bring you joy, connection, and powerful learning about yourself and those you love.

Cheryl Getz, Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego


We are living in a digital age with an abundance of technology all around us. While that offers us incredible benefits, it also creates significant challenges in maintaining healthy boundaries with the devices in our lives. We will take a deep dive into (1) the cultural and generational shifts linked to increased screen time, (2) the benefits and drawbacks of higher usage of technology, (3) how to create balance and boundaries with the tech in your life and with your family, and (4) nature as an antidote to overuse of technology and tips on how to get outside. Our Workshops are dynamic and focus on teaching practical skills to live with intention in the digital age. Our approach is holistic, solution-focused and research-based.

Sonya Mohamed, Co-Founder, Nature Unplugged

11:25 am - 12:15 pm

Shared Experiences

12:30 - 1 pm

The Journey Has Just Begun