2021 Women's Leadership Summit

2021 WLS Save-the-Date


MMASC & WLG Members$75

MMASC Member Registration

WLG Member Registration

Non-Member Registration  


Monday, May 248:30 AM - 9:30 AMYou Are Enough: Facing Imposter Syndrome  
Feelings of being overwhelmed or not qualified for your current/future position can contribute to causing a barrier to achieving leadership potential and upward career choices. We all experience imposter syndrome at one point in our lives, creating a sense of insecurity and self-doubt about our ability and achievements. This session will help you identify strategies to overcome imposter syndrome and help you realize that you are enough.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMManaging a Work-Life Balance in the New Norm
As the pandemic continues and we navigate the new norm, our personal and professional lives continue to merge. The expectation that we can take care of everything still stands. Some of us have gone back into the office while others of us are still working from home. But how do we distinct between home and work life? How can I be my authentic self? How can we manage the expectation to always be available? This session will explore ways to find a work-life balance, and continue to support each other and your family.

Tuesday, May 258:30 AM - 9:30 AMFinding Your Voice: Thriving in a Male-Dominated Environment 
This session is designed to inform and inspire women to take notice and take action as it pertains to local government. We'll hear from three extraordinary women currently serving in various roles in local government who are making an impact on current and future generations. They will discuss the challenges they faced, the journeys that led them to their positions of influence today, and how to inspire other women and future leaders to have a seat at the table.

Wednesday, May 268:00 AM - 10:00 AMAre we there yet?! Banishing burnout and building momentum
One of the most popular ways to describe 2020 was "dumpster fire", and 2021 so far isn't shaping up to look a whole lot easier. Pandemic fatigue, virtual meeting burnout, stress at home and in the workplace... it's a lot. This session is designed to give you a bit of a break and a whole lot of strategies for navigating the challenges of low-level stress and high levels of uncertainty. This session is geared towards high achievers looking for easy-to-implement strategies to level-up your life (at work and outside of it!). Get ready to engage and interact - it will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. We'll focus in on hitting the reset button and laying a foundation to make 2021 our best year yet.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMBreaking through Middle Management: Gaining the Skills to Get Ahead
Join this session for a candid discussion from a panel of City Managers and Assistant City Managers as they share their experience and lessons learned along the way, and what they recommend you should look at as you break out of Middle Management and into that C-Suite.

Thursday, May 278:30 AM - 9:30 AMUnderstanding and Addressing Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace 
Throughout the past year, we have become more aware of racial inequities and need for organizations to accelerate diversity and inclusion efforts. What kinds of challenges do minorities and individuals of color face in the workplace? How does an organization benefit from the inclusion of such leaders in decision-making roles and positions of power? This session will discuss issues of identity with regard to gender and race, and will address the discourse of equality in the workplace.


Contact Information

2021 MMASC & WLG Women’s Leadership Summit Planning Committee:

Tanya Spiegel, MMASC President, City of Ontario
Bethany Maciel, MMASC Member, City of Indio
Meghan Wishner, MMASC Member, City of Ontario
Sarona Vivanco, WLG President, City of Santa Clarita
Heather Andrews, WLG Member, City of Lancaster

Contact the Planning Committee by email: wls@mmasc.org