Conversation Events


AWLF's Conversation Events feature a national leader or a roundtable of leaders in a moderated conversation. They are limited in attendance in order to encourage an open dialogue and a lively exchange of ideas and information. The Conversation Events are held in an elegant, intimate, living-room setting at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort or in a theater setting at The Madison Center for the Arts. Each event provides multiple opportunities for the participants to interact. Guests are greeted with wine as they arrive and each event concludes with a fully hosted reception. Past Conversation speakers include: The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Ret.); Shirley Weis, Chief Administrative Officer of Mayo Clinic worldwide; Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Ernst & Young; Deb Henretta, Group President, Global Beauty, Procter & Gamble; May Busch, COO of Morgan Stanley; Dr. Eleanor "Connie" Mariano, first female Commander of the White House Medical Unit and Physician to three sitting U.S. Presidents; and a host of other influential national and Arizona leaders.




Enjoy Wine, Margaritas, Appetizers & Networking
Be Inspired by Our Outstanding Speakers to:
Live Our Lives Resiliently
Re-Imagine Our Purposes and Our Careers
Advance Equity and Inclusion in Our Organizations

4:00 - 6:45 PM -- Registration, Program & Reception
(See Below for Details)

The health and safety of our attendees and speakers are our top priorities.
See our COVID-19 Protocols.

Nona Lee NONA LEE 
Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks
Founder & CEO, Truth DEI Consulting -- Effective April 2022

Nona Lee is a woman who has always followed her passion! An accomplished athlete in her youth, she has had a trailblazing career in the world of professional sports, including a 17-year career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Until April 2022, Nona served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks. At that time, she was the only openly gay and only black woman to hold an EVP position in any of the 30 Major League Baseball Clubs. When she initially joined the D-backs as VP & General Counsel, she was one of only three women to hold that position with an MLB Club. Prior to joining the D-backs, she was the first-ever Associate General Counsel for the Phoenix Suns. Beginning in June of 2020, Nona served as Chair of D-backs for Change (J.E.D.I.) Council which led her to change her career path and further follow her passion. Nona is the Founder and CEO of Truth DEI Consulting, where she empowers CEOs and Organizational Leaders with diversity, equity and inclusion knowledge and strategies to lead their organizations to transformative change.   
Jen Shirkani JEN SHIRKANI 
Author, Ego vs. EQ and Choose Resilience
CEO & President, Penumbra Group

Jen Shirkani is a recognized expert and speaker on emotional intelligence and is the author of the award-nominated Ego vs. EQ. After working with hundreds of organizations and thousands of employees, Jen has seen the power of emotional intelligence to build interpersonal strength and resilience. In her most recent book, Choose Resilience, with the background of her own story of struggle woven throughout, Jen challenges the notion that comfort always equals good and she inspires readers to break out of their own safe spaces to achieve the personal and professional lives of their dreams. She is an internationally sought-after speaker, consultant and coach. She holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership.
Anne Hanyak ANNE HANYAK - Host & Moderator
Founder and CEO, AZ Women's Leadership Forum
Anne has devoted much of her professional career to her passion -- the development and advancement of women leaders. As a lawyer at a 150-member commercial law firm, Anne was the second female Equity Partner in the firm's history and the first woman to serve as the firm's Hiring Partner. Keenly aware of the challenges faced by women in her profession and related professions, Anne was one of the principal architects and driving forces behind the creation of the now 12,000 member, international CREW Network and served as one of its two Founding Presidents. Anne was the Founder of The Paradigm Group, a leadership consulting and training firm with a focus on women leaders. She founded the AZ Women's Leadership Forum in 2000 and serves as its CEO. Anne obtained her B.A. degree from St. Bonaventure University and her M.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. Anne served for nine years on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater and served as the Chair of the University's Strategic Planning Commission.


Our Conversation events are special experiences. The unique setting, the wine and hors d'oeuvres and the comfortable conversational approach create an environment where the "speaker" remarks are thoughtful and candid, the attendees are able to participate in an open dialogue with the speakers and there are ample opportunities for real interaction and relationship-building with fellow participants.

At the upcoming event, our experts and leaders will explore with participants how, in the "post-pandemic" world, to:

  • Live Your Life with Resilience and Passion.
  • Re-Imagine Your Purpose and Your Career.
  • Look at the "Great Resignation" aftermath as an opportunity for our organizations to adopt policies that address and embed wellbeing, flexibility and an inclusive culture and achieve true equity.

Please join us for an evening of information, inspiration and camaraderie.

Aunt Chilada's (The Original North Central Location)
7330 North Dreamy Draw Drive; Phoenix, Arizona

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Registration, Wine (or Margaritas) & Casual Conversation
4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Conversation Program
5:45 - 6:45 p.m. Hosted Reception & Casual Conversation

$100 Registration Fee*. Seating is Limited. Register Early.
*Because situations vary due to the pandemic, if your situation requires, you may register for a reduced price between $50 and $100. Simply enter the "Per Person" amount on the Registration Form. For all others, we do ask that you pay the full Registration Fee. It has been a challenging two years for AWLF. Your support now means a lot as we strive to provide great programs for women professionals.
Please click here for our Registration Form.

If you have questions, please contact us online or by phone at 602-861-9350.