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Women Rule: The LA Summit

Janet Napolitano, Debra Lee and Barbara Boxer are pictured. | AP/Getty Images

Among the Women Rule speakers are, from left: former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Debra Lee, former chairman and CEO of BET; and former Sen. Barbara Boxer. | AP/Getty Images

On June 5, Women Rule will host its first summit in Los Angeles, bringing together female leaders for a half-day program of discussions and networking. The summit will convene the business, media, political, philanthropic and Hollywood communities for conversations around how to change paradigms and perceptions around gender – and why now is the moment to act.

Check out a list of speakers here.

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Discussion topics will include:

State of Politics: A discussion with political operatives about how politics has worked, is working (or not working) now, and what to expect as we near the 2020 presidential election.

The 2018 Midterms: Women are running for public office at an unprecedented rate; more than 13,000 candidates threw their hat in the ring. On the day of the California primary, which has 68 women running, how are these women faring nationally, what are the early indicators, and what should we all be watching as we head into the 2018 midterms? If a new sea of women take office, how will that impact the policy process and what policies are tackled?

Advocating for Your Best Professional Self: Leading women from the Women Rule community who have transitioned careers, started their own businesses and had success share their advice. What did they learn? What do they wish they knew when they started? What advice would they give to women moving forward?

Utilizing Powerful Platforms for Purpose: This panel will feature women who are in the business of leveraging their unique positions to build and support organizations that create impact and drive social good.

Changing the Narrative: This panel will hear from trailblazing women about how they’re changing the game and discuss how these paradigm shifts will impact future generations of women.

Getting to Equal Pay: This panel will identify the forces at play in the workforce driving wages for women and what can be done to achieve equity.

Navigating the Corporate Ladder: Research has shown there are common points across industries where women drop off the corporate ladder. This conversation will unpack why that is by surfacing the areas where women hold themselves up and by exploring what the role of the corporation is in the shared responsibility for advancing women to more leadership positions.

POLITICO welcome: Carrie Budoff Brown, editor of POLITICO, and Alexis Williams, global head of Women Rule

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, and former Sen. Barbara Boxer; moderated by Playbook co-author Anna Palmer

Jodie Gunzberg, managing director and head of U.S. equities at S&P Dow Jones Indices

Panel: Getting to Equal Pay: Tamara Mellon, co-founder and chief creative officer of Tamara Mellon; Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.); Lindsay Kagawa Colas, senior vice president of Women and Olympics at Wasserman; moderated by Maya Harris, attorney, public policy advocate and political and legal analyst at MSNBC

Kristin Mannion, vice chair, CEO and board services at Korn Ferry

Vera Santamaria, screenwriter and co-executive producer of “Orange is the New Black”; Crystal McCrary, writer, producer and director; Gina Ortiz Jones, Texas Democratic congressional candidate; moderated by Laurie Fabiano, president of The Tory Burch Foundation

Interview: Advocating for Your Best Professional Self: Anita Dunn, partner at SKDKnickerbocker and former White House communications director; and Hilary Rosen, partner at SKDKnickerbocker and CNN Political Contributor; moderated by Playbook co-author Anna Palmer

Panel: State of Politics: Simone L. Ward, president and CEO of SLW Strategies; Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund & Institute; and Rachael Bade, Congress reporter at POLITICO; moderated by Playbook co-author Anna Palmer

Panel: The 2018 Midterms: Glynda C. Carr, co-founder of Higher Heights; Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University; California state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara); and California state Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield); moderated by Carla Marinucci, California Playbook author

Noon: Remarks: Katherine Vargas of Google

Kelly Sawyer Patricof, co-president of Baby2Baby; Norah Weinstein, co-president of Baby2Baby; Jessica Alba, founder of The Honest Company; moderated by Elizabeth Ralph, deputy magazine editor of POLITICO

Debra L. Lee, philanthropist and former chairman and CEO of BET Networks; moderated by POLITICO editor Carrie Budoff Brown

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