The San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women’s biannual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) brings together women and girls for a day focused on cultivating female leaders. After a sold-out inaugural event in 2018, we are launching our second conference on March 7, 2020 at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA.

This year’s theme, “RISE 2020,” invites our participants and sponsors to reimagine, inspire, support, and empower women leading the way for gender equity, inclusion, and access efforts at home and abroad. Our conference program takes inspiration from community conversations held around San Mateo County in 2018-2019 to ask what women here need.

Our speakers will represent diversity of thought and experience that is integral to expanding opportunities for women across social and cultural differences, including gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, and disability.

At present, women make up more than half the US population and account for 47% of the U.S. labor force and 52.5% of the college-educated workforce. Yet they lag substantially behind in leadership positions. Even with significant gains in 2018 elections, women only represent 24% of members in Congress, 28% of seats in state legislatures, 18% of governors and women of color represent less than 9% of members of Congress. Overall, there is a gap between the small numbers of women at the top and the vast majority of women nationwide.* Located at the epicenter of progress and innovation, our conference aims to promote inclusive leadership and community-building by supporting current and future female change-makers.

*The Women’s Leadership Gap, Judith Warner, Nora Ellman, Diana Doesch, November 2018

*”Women and girls” refers to gender expansive adults and youth (cis, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender queer).

Event Schedule

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and Coffee

9:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Morning Plenary

Mistress of Ceremonies

Acknowledging the Land

Native Indigenous People's Initiative

Costanoan Ohlone-Musun and Chumash

Welcome

Speaker

RISE2020

Morning Keynote Address

TBD

10:30 AM - 11:40 AM

Morning Breakouts

Teen Track

Teen Track
Panelists

Track A

Panelists

Track B

Panelists

Track C

Panelists

11:40 AM - 12:15 PM

Resource Tables

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Afternoon Plenary

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

1:40 PM - 2:40 PM

Afternoon Breakouts

Teen Track

Teen Track
Panelists

Track D

Panelists

Track E

Panelists

Track F

Panelists

2:40 PM - 3:15 PM

Closing Plenary

Women's Art Exhibit Raffle

San Mateo County Arts Commission
Commission President

Keynote Speaker

TBD

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

iRISE Networking Reception: 21+ only

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Women's Hall of Fame and Young Women of Excellence Award Ceremony

Reimagine. Inspire. Support. Empower

Location and Venue

Women's Leadership Conference

3300 College Dr, San Bruno, CA 94066

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Hall of Fame

3300 College Dr, San Bruno, CA 94066

Event SPONSORS making a difference in our community!

We are pleased to present the following sponsorship opportunities to fit different budgets. Your support will help grown the Women’s Leadership Conference and provide access for any woman to attend, regardless of financial means. If you have any questions regarding sponsoring, donations, or sponsoring conference elements such as water bottles, laynards, the iRISE Reception, or a custom opportunity, please contact Tanya Beat at (650) 363-4467 or cswinfo@smcgov.org.

Types of Sponsorship

  • Introduction by Master of Ceremonies and opportunity to welcome guests
  • Company logo and sponsorship level prominently displayed on WLC promotional content across print and web marketing, including on-site signage, event program, conference website, and social media and e-mail advertising campaigns.
  • Banner display opportunity (provided by sponsor/ vertical retractable banner preferred) and/or resource table
  • Exclusive opportunity to provide promotional swag to all participants
  • Mention in (2) press releases surrounding the Conference (pre-event and post-event)
  • Recognition in thank you letter /email sent to all event participants
  • Access to attend Women’s Leadership Conference & Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Company Logo and sponsorship level prominently displayed on WLC promotional content across print and web marketing, including on-site signage, event program, conference website, and social media and e-mail advertising campaigns.
  • Mention in (2) press releases surrounding the Conference (pre-event and post-event)
  • Opportunity to provide promotional swag to all participants
  • Recognition in thank you letter /email sent to all event participants
  • Logo on Conference website and social media platforms with link to company website
  • Access to attend Women’s Leadership Conference & Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Company Logo and sponsorship level prominently displayed on all WLC promotional content for print and web marketing, including on-site signage, event program, conference website, and social media and e-mail advertising campaigns.
  • Access to attend Women’s Leadership Conference & Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Listing on website, in program and sponsor signage
  • Access to attend Women’s Leadership Conference & Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Listing on website and in program
  • Access to attend Women’s Leadership Conference & Women’s
    Hall of Fame

The Women’s Leadership Conference, RISE2020, brings together women and teens from all around San Mateo County. Help us fill 1/3 of our seats with those who cannot afford to attend otherwise. Just $100 sponsors a young woman and her chaperone. 

We also accept donations for general tickets in Eventbrite.

Our Sponsors

RISE Sponsor

Advocate

Partner

Supporter

Friend

*”Women and girls” refers to gender expansive adults and youth (cis, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender queer).