• The 7th Annual event was held September 13, 2018!




    Stay tuned for information on the 2019 Women's Leadership Conference!


    Click here to see who was an exhibitor in 2018, and check back for your opportunity to exhibit next year!


    Sponsor opportunities range from $500 and up, sure to fit any size budget

    Click here for the 2018 Media Kit. Click here to be added to the interest list for 2019.


    When: Thursday, September 13, 2018
    Time: 8:00 - 11:30am
    Where: Crossroads Christian Church (2331 Kellogg Ave., Corona 92881)



  • 2018 Speakers

  • Dr. Michelle Skoorka

    Director of Laboratory Research and Internships,
    Office of Naval Research



    Topic: "The Engineering Path Less Traveled:
    From Punk to PhD in 47,000 Easy Steps"

    Born in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Michelle Skoorka received her BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island.  Before joining the Office of Naval Research (ONR) she spent fifteen years as an engineer in the Missiles, Launchers, and Payload Integration Department of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, RI. She spent two years as the Science Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group and upon returning to NUWC was the Division Head for Prototyping and Development.


    As the ONR Director of Laboratory Research and Internships, Dr. Skoorka manages the Basic and Applied Independent Research Programs at the Naval Warfare Centers as well as the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program and the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program. These summer internship programs enable high school, college, and graduate students to gain hands on research experience working at Navy Laboratories across the US.





  • Dr. Leslie Wickman

    Astronaut - Research Scientist - Engineering Consultant
     Author - Speaker - Professor




    Topic: "Glimpses of Heaven on Earth - My Journey in Sports & Aerospace"

    Dr. Leslie Wickman is an internationally respected research scientist, engineering consultant, author and inspirational speaker.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.  A Master’s Degree in Aero/Astro Engineering as well as a doctoral degree in Human Factors and Biomechanics from Standford University.  For more than a decade Dr. Wickman was an engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, where she worked on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station Programs, receiving commendations from NASA for her contributions.


    Dr. Wickman now divides her time between serving as Executive Director of the American Scientific Affiliation (a non-profit organization promoting the dialog between science and faith), and as a Professor of Aerospace-Industrial-Mechanical Engineering at California Baptist University.  She also works as a research scientist on technical and policy aspects of national aerospace and defense issues.  Recent projects include climate change impacts on national security, assessment of future human spaceflight missions and technologies, fighter pilot proficiency training, sustainable agriculture, and water reclamation.


    Dr. Wickman has lectured around the world on satellite servicing, spaceflight physiology, astronaut training and operations, as well as various topics in astronomy, environmental stewardship, and the interface between science and theology. 

  • C.C. Vest

    Midpoint Bearing




    Topic: "Women in Leadership"

    C.C. Vest began her career in the Bearing & Power Transmission Industry in 1979. C.C. is President and Co-Owner of Midpoint Bearing. Midpoint Bearing was established in 1985 with $2500 in inventory. Today, with locations in California, Texas, Oklahoma and Indiana, Midpoint Bearing services customers throughout the US with 38 employees and over $4.5 million dollars in inventory.


    Among C.C.’s key company accounts are industry giants General Electric, Teco-Westinghouse, ABB, Vestas, Nextera, Siemens and many others.


    C.C. has been a two-time finalist for the Inland Empire Spirit Awards. She was nominated for National Association of Women Business Owners for California’s Business Women of the Year representing the Inland Empire Chapter. C.C.’s company has been recognized as a leading top Hispanic Company as well as the winner for the Inland Empire’s National Association of Latina Business Women’s Association “Business Women of the Year”. In 2014 she was honored for her community involvement and received the prestigious Corona Norco Family YMCA’s Ira D. Calvert Award. She has been the recipient of numerous other State and local awards. C.C. believes in giving back to the community and has done so by serving on multiple chamber boards as well as many trade organizations. She is a proud Rotarian and a two-time Paul Harris Fellow. She is always willing to help other business owners to resolve issues and she serves as a mentor to other women in the business world.  

  • Lea Deesing

    Assistant City Manager,
    City of Riverside




    Topic: "Finding Light at the End of a Math Equation"

    Lea Deesing is currently serving as the City of Riverside’s Assistant City Manager. Previously, she served as the City’s Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) for the City of Riverside for five years, during which time her sixty-person technology team received national recognition for work in government transparency, cybersecurity, project management, mobile applications, smart city initiatives, workforce development, and more. As CIO, Lea served on a number of professional organizations and advisory boards and was well-known in the industry for her articles and speeches on government transparency, social media, career advice, and Smart City technology use within government. For five years, Lea also served as the Executive Director of SmartRiverside, a 501c3 nonprofit aimed at narrowing the digital divide through education and technology.


    Lea has worked in local government since 1997. Her goal in public service has been to make a positive difference by helping government agencies become more efficient and effective through digital transformation and innovative thinking. Prior to the City of Riverside, she served as an Associate Vice Chancellor for the Riverside Community College District, as a director for the City of San Bernardino, and in various management positions at the cities of Fontana and Moreno Valley. Lea holds a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems degree from the University of Redlands, and an Associate in Science degree from Crafton Hills College.

  • Testimonials

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