More than 300 faculty, staff, and students gathered in Stanford’s Paul Brest Hall on March 10, 2023 for the Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) Women’s Leadership Summit. The Summit was hosted by Dr. Shirley Everett, senior associate vice provost for R&DE and senior advisor to the provost on equity and inclusion, in partnership with the R&DE Women’s Leadership Development Program. The summit was a day of learning and community-building and an opportunity to explore leadership, empowerment, DEIB, and the importance of strong mentorship and allies. 



Women's Leadership Summit Presenters


Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace
Stanford Board of Trustees Member, 
Stanford Alumna, Educator, and Innovator

Dr. Persis S. Drell
Provost, Stanford University

Dr. Shirley J. Everett
Senior Associate Vice Provost, R&DE
Senior Adviser to the Provost on Equity and Inclusion
Founder and Host, WLDP and
Women’s Leadership Summit, Stanford University


Akanke Adefunmi
CEO Development Strategist, Leadership,
and Self-Mastery Coach,
Claim your Shero

Dr. Duku Anokye
Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, Arizona State University

Jan Barker-Alexander, M. Ed.
Executive Associate Vice President, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Louisiana State University

Adeline Bellot
Financial Advisor
Stanford Federal Investment Services
A division of Stanford Federal
Credit Union


Jackie Bertoldo MPH, RDN
Senior Product Manager,
American Heart Association

Maria Castillo
Lead Custodian at EVGR A,
R&DE Student Housing Operations, Stanford University

Patrick Dunkley, JD
Vice Provost, Institutional Equity, Access and Community,
Stanford University

Dr. Lauren Edwards, MD
Internist, Medical Director, Stanford Primary Care Los Altos; Director Summer Programs, Stanford Medical Humanities and Arts


Mirilla Farias
Stanford Guest House,
R&DE Student Housing Operations, Stanford University

Jacqueline Genovese MFA, MA
Executive Director, Program Development & Outreach, Medical Humanities & Arts Program, Stanford University School of Medicine

Amanda Gotthold
Co-Chair, WLPD Council Operational Training & Development Co-Active Coach, R&DE Stanford Dining, Hospitality & Auxiliaries, Stanford University

Cathy Haas
ASL Lecturer in the Division of Literature, Cultures, and Languages in the School of Humanities & Sciences, Stanford University


Aleta Hayes
Senior Lecturer, Theater and Performance Studies,
Stanford University

Rita Marie Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Rasur Foundation International; Founder, Connection Practice™, Author

Dr. Faith Kazmi
Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Inclusion & Community; Dean for Community Engagement & Diversity

Michelle Lomeli
Program Council Member,
WLDP Council
Housing Building Manager, R&DE Student Housing Operations, Stanford University


Lori Nishiura Mackenzie
Co-Founder, Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab; Lead Strategist, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Cyndi McCollister, MPA
Custodial and Facilities
Talent Development
Program Manager
R&DE Student Housing Operations
and Conference Services

Dr. Kelly McGonigal
Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Dr. Celeste Murphy Greene
Faculty & Program Coordinator, Graduate Certificates in Public Administration & Leadership, University of Virginia


Jeanette Smith-Laws
Director, Operations and Student Unions,
Student Affairs,
Stanford University

Dr. Malathi Srinivasan, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine,
Primary Care and Population Health,
Stanford Health Care

Dr. Ayodele Thomas
Vice President, IDEAL,
University HR,
Stanford University


Lauren Toomer, MFA
Director of Visual Arts for Stanford School
of Medicine, Medicine and
the Muse Program

Rev. Dr. Sakena Young-Scaggs
Senior Associate Dean, Office for Religious
and Spiritual Life; Pastor,
Stanford Memorial Church

Tyne Zalesky
Director, Creative Services & Identity
Management, Franklin




Women's Leadership Summit Program

Throughout the day in presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions inspired by the conference’s theme, “Discover Your Potential. Ignite Your Power. Cultivate Your Excellence,” speakers shared personal stories and lessons from their research and their lived experience to help individuals of all genders on their own leadership journeys. 


7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.
Welcome Address
Dr. Shirley J. Everett 

8:20 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Keynote "Lead. Empower. Thrive."
Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace
This keynote session will focus on how we lead with soft skills that help us push ourselves and our teams to excellence through empowerment. We also explore our own capacity as leaders and how that affects our ability to innovate, create and be present. We will talk through strategies sharing successes and failures, while offering a few promising practices to help us not just lead but thrive.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Panel Discussion: "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging: The Value of Inclusive Leadership"
Dr. Shirley J. Everett (moderator), Provost Persis Drell, Patrick Dunkley, and Dr. Ayodele Thomas

Senior leaders will share their lived experiences of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and the value of being an inclusive leader. Participants will learn the traits and behaviors that inclusive leaders exhibit to successfully navigate the “new normal” environment. 

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

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
General Session: " 'The Joy of Movement' AND 'How to Make Stress Your Friend' "
Dr. Kelly McGonigal
Join Stanford lecturer Dr. Kelly McGonigal, on ‘How to Make Stress Your Friend’. McGonigal will share strategies for managing stress, developing self-compassion and finding joy in difficult times. Stay for a short "Joy Moves" experience that will get you moving and show you how to harness the 'Feel Better' effect of movement snacks you can do anytime you need an energy boost or mood reset.

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
A Guided Meditation: “The 5 Elements"
Terry Braggs, Daniel Donguines, Michelle Mueller Ihrig and Alice Pyo
Join R&DE’s Menus of Change 2022 ‘Mindfulness Team’ for a guided meditation. Meditation has many forms and is an invaluable tool that invites our higher selves to show up in our Leadership and Life. It’s a method to widen the gap between stimulus and response, to ignite the Power of the Pause. In this space lies our freedom to choose our approach. Meditation enhances our wellbeing, reduces stress, grows our emotional intelligence and allows us to tap into the best parts of ourselves more often, creating the ripple effect of positive impact.

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: "Art as a Vehicle for Leadership and Healing"
Dr. Malathi Srinivasan, MD (moderator), Dr. Lauren Edwards, MD, Jacqueline Genovese, Aleta Hayes, Lauren Toomer and Tyne Zalesky
The arts provide a vital and insightful window into the full range of human experience, a catalyst for the development of empathy, emotional intelligence, creativity and communication, all key elements to successful leadership. An artistic approach to goal development and strategies can lead to more inclusive, energetic and creative solutions, solutions that go beyond “out of the box” thinking to “inside the heart and mind” thinking of those we are privileged to lead. Science shows us that the arts engage different pathways in the brain, and those pathways can be utilized in tackling leadership challenges, connecting disparate communities, aligning seemingly competing goals, and moving beyond a binary solution to a third, fourth and fifth way. Our panel will share their personal stories of growth in leadership through the arts, highlight programmatic development of the arts, and share the many ways the arts have enriched their personal and professional lives.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
General Session: "Walking in Your Calling, Leading with Your Potential."
Rev. Dr. Sakena Young-Scaggs
This session will unpack the importance of tapping into one’s inner calling and personal potential as a leader. We will explore the importance of cultivating personal tools that empower one to envision and embrace the leader within.

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Breakout Sessions:

  1. Women's Leadership Development Program (WLDP) Panel: "Lead with Purpose, Ignite Your Power!" 
    Jackie Bertoldo (moderator), Maria Castillo, Mirilla Farias, Michelle Lomeli, and Cyndi McCollister
    WLDP leaders will share experiences from this groundbreaking program and the ways that small team shifts have been transformational impact in their individual lives and group productivity. Learn how you can introduce transformational programs to engage and strengthen community for your team.
  2. "Women Building Resilient Communities Through JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion): Leading from Where You Are"
    Dr. Celeste Murphy-Greene
    This session provides strategies for women to help strengthen community resiliency using JEDI. JEDI principles will be applied to environmental and climate justice, and health equity at the community and global level. The session will also discuss tools for developing leadership skills and applying them using JEDI principles.
  3. "Becoming Your Own Prince Charming: How Women Get Smart About Money"
    Adeline Bellot
    We are lifting the veil on women's resistance to managing their money. In this session, expect to be inspired and ready to learn how women get smart about money. This session is going to be filled with real-life success stories and practical advice - from tips on identifying the factors that keep women fearful and dependent to checklists and steps for overcoming them - this is the next best thing to having one's own financial coach. Through 7 steps and realizations, you will identify what it takes to becoming your own your own prince charming and reclaiming your power around the taboos of money.
  4. Workshop: "The Connection Practice: Self-Empowerment for Life"
    Rita Marie Johnson
    The world is sadder and more stressed out than ever before, according to a 2022 Gallup poll, which found that four in 10 adults worldwide said they experienced a lot of worry or stress. The Connection Practice transforms this turmoil into a caring connection with self and others. This science-based skill efficiently relieves stress and empowers individuals to confidently meet challenges in life. Since 2004, the Connection Practice has helped people quickly release negative emotions and access their best thinking for resolving everyday problems and painful conflicts. Now it is taught using either magnetic or digital Connection Practice Boards. This wellness habit results in the ability to create emotionally safe relationships. This practice is essential for women in business, who sometimes struggle to feel safe and be heard in their work environments. In this interactive workshop, Rita Marie will share the essence of the Connection Practice so participants can begin to use it on their own.
  5. "Self-Mastery for The Woman Leader of The New Era"
    Akanke Adefunmi
    Today's leadership comes with a new set of challenges that require more than a solid business strategy. To thrive at higher and healthier levels of performance requires Self-Mastery—exercising personal authority in times of challenge, change and uncertainty. In this session we’ll explore the barriers that “get in the way” and how to successfully navigate them while maintaining your sanity.

    During this breakout session you will learn:

    • What is Self-Mastery and why you need it as a woman in leadership
    • The 10 blocks that get in the way of your potential
    • The 5 pillars you need to navigate change, challenge and uncertainty
  6. "DEIB & Allyship: Don't Forget About Disability!"
    Cathy Haas
    Current statistics show that 1 in 4 adults in the United States have some type of disability. While many consider individuals who are Deaf as being disabled, the Deaf community don't necessarily identify as being disabled but differently abled. Cathy will share her personal experience growing up Deaf, having a long career as a lecturer at Stanford and new challenges that the global pandemic presented to the Deaf community. Learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act and how accessibility requirements and reasonable accommodations support individuals with disabilities to work, purchase goods and services and participate in state and local governments. This breakout session will also highlight strategies for improving disability access and inclusion through allyship.

2:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

2:55 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Two Concurrent General Sessions:

  1. "Perception, Reality and the Truth: Navigating Work and Life While Protecting Your Soul - Part 2"
    Jan Barker-Alexander, Jeanette Smith-Laws and Faith Kazmi
  2. "The Language of Leadership"
    Lori Nishiura Mackenzie
    Language is a powerful tool. Language is the most common way we create and replicate culture in organizations. We use language to endorse the talent of others or to sponsor them. Yet, when we use language in an automatic way, bias can creep into our choice of words, inadvertently softening our advocacy. Learn the language of leadership so that you can be the best advocate for yourself, your peers and your teammates.

3:35 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
"Finding Your Voice, Creating Your Story"
Dr. Duku Anokye
This talk focuses on the notion of how we become leaders. What is it and how do we self-actualize? How is that the leader in each of us comes to fruition? What is your story?

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Dr. Shirley J. Everett

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Reception and Book Signing


Founder and Host, Women's Leadership Development Program

Dr. Shirley J. Everett
Senior Associate Vice Provost, Residential & Dining Enterprises
Senior Adviser to the Provost on Equity and Inclusion


Our Story

The Summit Vision
The Women’s Leadership Summit and Women’s Leadership Development Program were founded by Dr. Shirley J. Everett. The summit goal is to encourage and inspire established and emerging leaders in the Stanford community and beyond to excel personally and professionally.

About Women’s Leadership Development Program
The Women’s Leadership Development Program (WLDP) is a workplace empowerment team formed in 2012, under the direction of Dr. Everett, to provide professional development, resources, and support to leaders originally in the Stanford Dining and Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries division of Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE). The program is now open to all staff at all levels across R&DE divisions. WLDP is just one of the programs she employs to lead, inspire and support individuals across campus to achieve their goals.

Women's Leadership Development Program (WLDP) Committee

WLDP has now expanded to all of R&DE and beyond to the larger Stanford Community. It aims to encourage new and emerging leaders on campus to discover their potential, ignite their power, and uplift others while enhancing their professional and personal development.

The WLDP hosts monthly and quarterly discussions and workshops, including the WLDP Leadership Speaker Series, WLDP Leadership Development Workshops, and breakfast and lunch leadership discussions. Individuals of all genders and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to be a part of this program.

About Residential & Dining Enterprises
Residential & Dining Enterprises supports the academic mission of the university by providing the highest quality services to students and other members of the university community in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner. Throughout R&DE, we support respectful, open communications and we encourage leadership development and staff recognition.

The R&DE vision is to be the best in the business by Creating a Culture of Excellence. R&DE encourages education and training for professional development and personal enrichment.


Women's Leadership Development Program Council

Amanda Gotthold

Amanda Gotthold

Operational Training & Development
Co-Active Coach
R&DE Stanford Dining, Hospitality & Auxiliaries

Debbie Main

Debbie Main

Associate Director
Vendor Management & Contracts
R&DE Finance & Administration

Suzanne Bennett

Suzanne Bennett

Advocate Board
Senior Director
R&DE Stanford Conferences

Rosa Barbosa

Rosa Barbosa

General Manager
Stern Dining
R&DE Stanford Dining, Hospitality & Auxiliaries

Rosemary Delia

Rosemary Delia

Technical Training and Development Manager
Land, Buildings, & Real Estate

Michelle Mueller Ihrig

Michelle Mueller Ihrig

Senior General Manager
R&DE Stanford Dining, Hospitality & Auxiliaries

Michelle Kibby Lomeli

Michelle Kibby Lomeli

Housing Building Manager
R&DE Student Housing Operations

Cyndi McCollister

Cyndi McCollister, MPA

Custodial and Facilities Talent Development Program Manager
R&DE Student Housing Operations
​and Conference Services

Michelle Radisich

Michelle Radisich

Advocate Board
Assistant Director of AFDC,
Athlete Dining and Special Events
R&DE Stanford Dining, Hospitality & Auxiliaries

Marii Saucedo

Marii Saucedo

Manager, Inventory Operations & Logistics
R&DE Maintenance Operations & Capital Projects

Daphne Williams

Housing Building Manager
R&DE Student Housing Operations

Simone Ferber

Dr. Simone Ferber, PHR

Associate Director, Human Resources
Business Affairs



Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support.


Platinum Level Sponsors


Stanford Federal Credit Union



Stanford Federal Credit Union


Gold Level Sponsors






Silver Level Sponsors



Special Thank You

A special thank you to the Diversity & Access Office for coordinating ASL interpreters and for ensuring our event is accessible for all our attendees.


Thank You to:

Planning Committee: Suzanne Rose Bennett, Jocelyn Breeland, Robert Coles, Simone Ferber, Amanda Gotthold, Elizabeth Hansen, Michelle Ihrig,
Michelle Lomeli, Debbie Main, Curie Sevilla, Shawn Smith, Thomas Walters

Women's Leadership Development Program Committee: Rosemary Delia, Cyndi McCollister, Michelle Radisich, Daphne Williams

Conference Services: Christina Cusack, Denise Gonzalez, Natalia Guillen, Chong Johnson, Rebecca Schetter, Marche Simon, Tanya Walker

Munger Catering: Andrew Mayne, Alex Moreno, Monica Morris

Event Services: Eric Nguyen

IT Team: Rich Bakken, Kyle Cameron, Jamal Clark, Jonah Davis, Moises Godinez

Media Team: Marusela Anders, Rosa Barbosa, Jessika Bassi, Maile Clark, Anthony Lopez, Andrea Martin, Michelle Mason, Anisha Patel, Keith Uyeda

Photography: Diane McClamroch, Heidi Mitchell, Alice Pyo

Marketing Team: Hung Au, Ivy Chen, Vanaka Din, Debbie Jackson

Event Support: Linda Austin, Alicia Black, Alejandra Caragan, Tondra Daniels, Janette Deeney, Ebru Epir, Adrian Farmer, Deanna Jew, Sheena Johnson, Diane Mavica, Carole Miller, Michelle Palermo, Rachelle Rivers, Haley Todd