The event includes successful women from entertainment, sports, media, education, and business sharing their stories, ideas and leadership tips in a panel discussion.
2018 Female Empowerment Panel
2018 speakers include:
Lindsey Jacobellis is a ten-time snowboardcross X Games Gold medalist, who holds the record for the most X Games Gold medals of any female snowboarder in history. She is also a 4-time member of the US Olympic team and an Olympic Silver medalist.
Stephanie Harvey AKA missharvey
Stephanie Harvey, also known as missharvey, is a Canadian video game developer and professional gamer. She is best known as a Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) player, having won five world championships. She plays for Counter Logic Gaming Red.
Outside professional gaming, Harvey works as a designer at video game developer Ubisoft Montreal. She is also known for advocating against gender discrimination in professional gaming, co-founding the online community Missclicks to address the under-representation of women in geek and video game culture.
Brig. Gen. Jeannie M. Leavitt
Brig. Gen. Jeannie M. Leavitt is the Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service, Joint Base San AntonioRandolph, Texas. The Air Force Recruiting Service comprises more than 2,470 Airmen and civilians in more than 1,200 recruiting offices across the U.S. and abroad. She is responsible for all enlisted accessions and a variety of officer accession programs. AFRS also manages all strategic marketing for the U.S. Air Force.
General Leavitt entered the Air Force in 1992 after earning her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas and her master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. She earned her commission as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Gen. Leavitt has served in a variety of flying, staff and command assignments and has commanded at the flight, squadron and wing level. She is a graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours. Her operational experiences include Operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Prior to her current assignment she served as the 57th
Wing Commander, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., the Air Force’s most diverse flying wing comprised of 37 squadrons at 13 installations with a variety of more than 130 aircraft.
Captain Samantha B. Morrison
Captain Samantha B. Morrison is the Chief of Public Affairs, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. She is responsible for communication strategy and activities in support of 18,000 base employees and families. In addition to delivering candid and timely communication council and guidance to leaders, she promotes public understanding and support of installation missions, operations and capabilities through media and community engagement programs.
Captain Morrison was commissioned in May 2013 from the United States Air Force Academy. After serving as Deputy Chief of Public Affairs, Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, she was a professional triathlete for the Air Force World Class Athlete program at the United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. Prior to her current position, she was the Chief of Public Affairs, Misawa Air Base, Japan.
Past speakers include:
Julie Solwold is Vice President, Lifestyle Events & PR for John Paul Mitchell Systems (JPMS), the largest privately owned, professional salon hair care company in the world. Currently producing over 90 products that are manufactured within the United States (including the brands Paul Mitchell, Tea Tree, Awapuhi Wild Ginger and MITCH™) Paul Mitchell products are available in approximately 90,000 salons across the U.S., and are in over 100 different countries.
A twenty-five year veteran of the company, Ms. Solwold co-created the Sports and Event department based on the company’s desire to reach “new users” by tapping into the underserved youth and male markets. Crafting partnerships with cutting edge sports that engaged these users yet maintained the corporate philosophy of being environmentally friendly and cruelty free, the department invested in events and tours that were recognized both nationally and internationally. Under her guidance, Paul Mitchell’s roster of sports grew to include freeskiing, snowboarding, surfing, beach volleyball, skateboarding, bmx biking and hip hop dance. Corporate partners have included Roxy, Nike, Burton, US Ski & Snowboard Association and XTERRA. With the addition of PR, Philanthropy and Social Media partnerships & activations, her Consumer Marketing portfolio was rounded out. Current non-profit relationships include Waterkeeper Alliance, Baby2Baby, Bright Pink, Grow Appalachia and Challenged Athletes Foundation, to name a few.
Ms. Solwold grew up in Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She currently resides in Valencia, California.
Neda Iranpour is a two-time Emmy award winning journalist. She anchors every weeknight on CW 6 San Diego at 4 and 10pm. She also spends much of her life surfing, paddleboarding, swimming, cycling, yoga-ing (can we make that a word?!) and running along the San Diego shoreline. Neda’s been in the news business for more than a decade and dedicates her life to inform, inspire and entertain viewers every day.
At CW6 San Diego she won and Emmy for a story on the shocking discovery of 300 new chemicals in dolphins. When she worked at CBS13 in Sacramento she earned an Emmy for a piece on professional snowboarders who filmed their tricks throughout Tahoe. She has also received four Emmy-nominations and five Associated Press awards. Neda is a dedicated reporter who has also been a weathercasters for several years. She has worked in Yuma, Reno, Sacramento and now San Diego.
Neda has completed several marathons, half marathons, and a triathlon. She also earned first place and WBFF pro status during an International Fitness competition. She blogs about her lifestyle as a vegan athlete at:www.lightenupwithneda.com Neda is proud to be a part of the prestigious SupergirlPro event and looks forward to meeting some super girls!
Frances Allen has served as President of the Jack in the Box brand since October 2014. She joined the company with more than 30 years of branding and marketing experience, including senior leadership roles at such major organizations as Denny’s, Dunkin’ Brands, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, PepsiCo and Frito-Lay. From 2010 to October 2014, Frances worked for Denny’s Corp., most recently as its Chief Brand Officer and, previously, as its Chief Marketing Officer. From 2007 to 2009, she was Chief Marketing Officer of Dunkin’ Brands; from 2004 to 2007, she was Vice President of Marketing, North America at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and from 1998 to 2004, she held several positions at PepsiCo, most recently as Vice President of Marketing. Frances began her career in 1983 at a London-based advertising agency, D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B). She held several positions with that agency, most recently as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Account Director. In 1997, she joined Frito-Lay as Director of International Advertising. Frances is a mathematics graduate of Southampton University in Hants, United Kingdom. Frances is a graduate of Southampton University in Hants, United Kingdom, and of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Coreen G. Petti is the Associate Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at the University of San Diego. She is a successful, experienced strategic marketer and corporate fundraiser with over two decades of developing high profile, promotionally-oriented programs that result in increased awareness and net revenue returns. She is responsible for having managed some of the university’s most high-profile special events and programs including USD’s most recent involvement with MLB All-Star Week, Super Bowl XXVII and XXXII hosting committee and commissioner’s luncheons “Big Game, Big Business –Evolution of the Super Bowl,” and the premier community event, “History in the Making” luncheon tied to the ’96 Clinton-Dole Presidential Debate. Ms. Petti currently chairs the university’s signature biennial fundraising event, the Founders’ Gala, that has raised over $2.2 million in just four events.
Prior to joining the University of San Diego in 1995, Petti served in a corporate marketing capacity as the Manager of National Promotions and Corporate Sponsorships for the Anheuser-Busch Theme Parks (Sea World and Busch Gardens). She is also viewed as an expert in the field of institutional branding, corporate sponsorship development, and partnership marketing and special events. Petti currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of the all-girls Catholic high school, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, as well as the board of the ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter.
Petti is a graduate of Humboldt State University. She resides in San Diego with her husband and is the mother of two adult children.
She is a professional freestyle motocross rider and first female in 40 years to qualify for an AMA Supercross event, 3-time X Games Gold medalist, first female to compete in Moto X Best Trick and Best Whip at X Games and first female member of the Metal Mulisha team.
Megan Batoon is an accomplished dancer, actress, host, YouTube personality, French fry fiend, and all around goofball.
The Florida native got her start entertaining through dance during high school. Megan was an all-star cheerleader; she was captain of her high school freshman, and varsity team. Though originally a skeptic to her own rhythm, it was her cheerleading coach that convinced her she would be good at dancing professionally. When Megan realized that there was less of a chance of getting injured by falling on her head, or having someone fall on her, she recognized that she enjoyed dancing.
During the summer going into her junior year at the University of North Florida, Megan had auditioned for a role as a dancer in the film Step Up Revolution. Because she didn’t hear back from them she decided to continue schooling for graphic design and on the first day of junior year she received a call back from producers. If she booked the movie, rehearsals would start the next day and because the call back was a 6-hour drive away, and she had just started school, Megan flipped a coin to decide her fate. Alas she booked the role and went on to film in Miami for the next three months. Having the ability to illustrate a story, or express emotion through dance is what made Megan truly grasp that it was a genuine passion of hers. After the movie wrapped it was onto LA to peruse a career in dance. Nowadays, Megan’s favorite part about dancing is being able to choreograph and embed movement with clever word play references.
Along with dancing, Megan also has a huge attachment to comedy. One of her favorite aspects of making YouTube videos is being able to take people’s mind off of their daily struggles, or tough days, and just bring them to laughter. Citing Bo Burnham, Demetri Martin, and Amy Schumer as some of her favorite comics, Megan understands the power that comedy can play in a person’s life. For her, it’s a priceless feeling being in a position to help people across the world through comedic videos.
Never one to shy away from French fries, food also segments its way into Megan’s YouTube channel. She loves Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and Korean BBQ, as well as cooking herself. She’s definitely an advocate for eating healthy, but also knows that French fries are a vital part of life. Being able to use her personality in order to create a career is something extremely exhilarating for Megan. She’s done video brand integrations with Lipton, Hostess, and Jamba Juice to name a few. Megan’s been able to cultivate a hosting persona for live events, brands, and shows including Verizon’s go90, Vevo, Red Bull TV, Samsung, and World of Dance. She’s recently started a style blog showcasing a minimalist everyday approach to fashion. Megan will be making her acting debut in the upcoming dance dramedy Making Moves available on the Fullscreen app. In the coming months, Megan will also launch her own app that will generate exclusive content.
After moving to LA on a coin toss, and taking a gamble with education and family, she’s eternally grateful for all of her fans. Though, Megan prefers to call them family, because without their continued support, she would have never branched out to become the person she is today. In the future, Megan aspires to create her own line of apparel, accessories, and home goods, but for now, she’ll stick to capturing life’s precious moments on social media.
An American Talent Manager, Producer, Executive, and Ambassador, Jennifer Hebert was born and raised in Los Angeles, making it no surprise this native professionally established herself within the entertainment industry.
Growing up, Jennifer witnessed a exclusive inside perspective into the lives and careers of some of Hollywoods most legendary executives, and performers.
Upon graduating Montclair College Preparatory High School in the San Fernando Valley, Jennifer continued her education locally at California State University, Northridge. Working as a talent agent and executive within the entertainment industry for nearly two decades with top full service agencies in Los Angeles before transitioning into talent management, Jennifer has developed and personally had her hands in the careers of some of the most recognizable actors, artists, models, and athletes in the world.
She remains constantly in high demand as a keynote speaker for women in business and entertainment, sits on panels to educate actors and
industry professionals alike, and jumps on every opportunity to help pass legislation for the continued safety and protection of young actors within the entertainment industry.
Jennifer has nurtured strong, professional relationships with top network executives, directors, producers, writers, casting directors, fortune 500 brands and the agencies that represent them, priding herself on continuous hard work, all while understanding the necessity of staying connected to the pulse of a rapidly evolving industry.
Jennifer’s allegiance and “priority one” has always been to the client.
“I feel I bring something more to the table by offering my clients a premium service they truly deserve and can’t find elsewhere by positioning them carefully, customizing individual strategic blueprints for each person maximizing their potential, furthering professional growth, as well as overall earning potential.”
Jennifer also sees the need to give back. She’s actively involved with several non-profits close to her heart including: The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, The Dee Dee Jackson Foundation, Richstone for Abused Women and Children, and Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
Her career path, inspirations, choices, and story can be found in more detail by reading her extended biography, or tuning into her podcast.
Jennifer Leigh Smith
Jennifer grew up on a sustainable farm in Louisiana playing in the woods and bayous, marveling at the Nature all around her. “Tree Jenny” as the kids participating in Association Community Carbon Trees (ACCT) education programs named her, is a Lawyer, Agro-forester and Certified Carbon Auditor. She is a Yoguini having practiced yoga for over 25 years. Jenny is a Climate Reality Leader trained by Al Gore in 2013 and currently works ad hoc with the United Nations and the Global Environment Fund to educate and build community reforestation programs in the emerging world. Empowering vulnerable rainforest communities, including women, by fairly paying them to produce, plant and maintain at least 520,000 trees so far, over 100 diverse native species, by encouraging global participation ONE TREE AT A TIME proves to be a regenerative natural solution to global environmental challenges faced by all of us. Jenny champions the shift to a triple bottom line business model by offering everyone around the world a chance to offset their CO2 and give back to our Planet that supports us all by planting rainforest trees cared for long term.