March 8th is International Women’s Day.  It’s a day we pause to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality.

International Women’s Day is powered by the collective efforts of all.  Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women’s Day successful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” So make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.  #IWD2020  #EachforEqual

In honor of this day Hera Hub hosted an amazing panel of women who shared their stories and advice.  Special thanks to  Maresa Friedman and the SoCal Marketing Club for bringing these incredible female leaders together!


The women on this panel have gone from intern to partner, student to teacher, local to international leaders, and more. With their diverse backgrounds, we’ll take you on a journey of awareness and strategic imperatives that will allow you the ability to open up and become your own advocate.

Silvia Mah –  Director of the Center for Peace & Commerce at University of San Diego

Dr. Silvia Mah, PHD, MBA, is a founding partner of Ad Astra Ventures, that aims to “get to even” for high achieving women. Dr. Mah is the founder of Stella Labs, an accelerator for women-owned businesses; Investment Committee member of Next Wave Impact, a social impact venture fund; and an angel investor to over 30 startups who have diverse founders on the leadership team.

Vivian Sayward – Founder & CEO of Vivacity Sportswear

Prior to Vivacity, Vivian held numerous positions in business development, marketing, and finance at Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. Vivian founded Vivacity Sportswear as a response to unmet needs in the marketplace. With no prior experience in sportswear, she built an apparel business thanks to her ability to bring together and lead a strong team of experts in design, product development and manufacturing.

Reena Dayal – Primrose Schools

Reena has a background in teaching and attended the University of San Diego, from which she graduated with a Masters in Education. She is in the hotel industry now where she helps her husband out running their business. She is also part of a blog named Chai Mommas, where 4 moms who love to guide and inspire a new generation of South Asian women to lead a positive, healthy, culturally infused lifestyle. Right now, she is in the process of opening up her own business in the Preschool industry which has been a dream for her since she was a child.

Diana Park-Alford – National Sales Manager

National Sales Manager at RevLocal for 8 years, a Digital Marketing Company that helps Businesses get found online. Diana manages 200 Sales Consultants across the country and helps support all sales efforts.

Morgan Graham – Partner & CEO at Experiences For Mankind

Morgan Graham is Partner and Chief Experience Officer (CXO) at Experiences For Mankind, managing the success of both client relationships and agency business including culture, project outcomes, and profit. She has spent her career developing thoughtful partnerships with colleagues at top brands of the world as well as up-and-coming companies. Morgan is working to generate more connection – including supporting local universities, active board member of Dent The Future, and hosting regular industry events.

Panel moderator

Melissa Rautenberg – Co-Founder of Latin & Code 

Melissa has been in the digital marketing industry for over a decade. She’s the Co-Founder of Latin & Code and a Strategic Advisor with The Agency Guy. Her mission is to help companies make smarter branding and marketing decisions based on their business goals and objectives.