Francesca Castagnola to Chair Third Annual Women’s Symposium at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace

Impressive panel of women speakers to share their insights with the next generation of female scholars and leaders.

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP) will hold its Third Annual Women’s Symposium on Friday, March 31 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on their historic campus. Bringing together top women leaders to share their insights with students and the community, the event will feature an impressive panel of speakers, including a keynote speech from Food Network star and OLP alumna Marcela Valladolid '96. Francesca Castagnola, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Torrey Pines Bank is co-chairing this year’s symposium with Danitza Vaillanueva, Publisher of Giving Back Magazine.

“For 135 years, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace has empowered young women to become academic scholars and community leaders. Our annual Women’s Symposium highlights that legacy by connecting current students with incredible women leaders,” said Dr. Lauren Lek, Head of School. “This year, we are blessed with truly exceptional panels of women leaders from various backgrounds. Their professions span from doctors to television celebrities, CEOs, inventors and everything in-between.”

Marcela Valladolid, co-host of the hit series “The Kitchen,” will kick-off the Third Annual Women’s Symposium with a keynote address, followed by a series of panel topics focusing on Arts and Entertainment, Business and Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, and STEM. Panelists at the event will include world-renowned interventional cardiologist Dr. Patricia Aubanel, Member of the Board of Directors at Netflix and former President of Disney-ABC Television Group Anne M. Sweeney, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at ViaSat Kristi Jaska, as well as several others.

“As a parent of a current OLP student, I’m very proud of the rich history of empowering and educating young women,” says Francesca. “This annual Women’s Symposium showcases that legacy and shares it with women throughout the community. By connecting current students and the community with the powerful women represented on this panel, we hope to inspire them to pursue their dreams and strive for success.”

Tickets to OLP’s Third Annual Women’s Symposium are $50 for general admission and $15 for alumnae, college students, and young professionals under the age of 30. All tickets will include access to the Leaders Breakfast and Networking Lunch. Funds raised will support the OLP Alumnae Scholarship Fund for students who embody the charisma of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, show academic potential, and demonstrate financial need. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit the OLP website.