Pepperdine to Host Women in Policy and Politics Symposium

October 16, 2017  | 1 min read

The Pepperdine Center for Women in Leadership, in partnership with the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, will host the Women in Policy and Politics Symposium at Wilburn Auditorium in Malibu on Monday, October 23, from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

As women have advanced as leaders within the public sphere, progress made in the realm of politics and policy is among the most prominent. Internationally, as well as within the United States, women in positions of political leadership have paved the way for even greater strides for future generations.

Guest speakers will highlight the challenges and opportunities for women in policy and political leadership by exploring the subject throughout three distinct themes:

Women in Nonprofit Policy


  • Regan Harwell Schaffer (MA ’93, EdD ’02)
    Director, Nonprofit Leadership Collaborative and
    Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management
    Seaver College, Pepperdine University


  • Sally Pipes
    President and CEO

Pacific Research Institute

  • Montse Alvarado
    Executive Director

Becket Fund

  • Kathy Schaffer
    Coach, Author, Speaker

Women in Government


  • Ashley Trim (MPP ’09)
    Executive Director, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership
    School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University


  • Sabrina Adu-Hamdeh
    Foreign Affairs Officer
    US Department of State
  • Lindsay Young (MPP ’10)
    White House Web Consultant
  • Ingrid Hardy
    Director, Cultural and Community Services
    City of Oxnard
  • Sahar Shirazi
    Senior Planning Advisor
    Governor's Office of Planning and Research

Women in Elected Office


  • Pete Peterson (MPP ’07)
    School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University


  • Kathryn Barger
    Los Angeles County Supervisor
  • Alicia Weintraub (MPP ’02)
    City of Calabasas
  • Shirley Weber
    California State Assembly

Tickets are free for Pepperdine students and $25 for faculty, staff, and community members.

For additional information, and to register to attend, visit the Women in Policy and Politics Symposium page on the Eventbrite website.