2016 Alaska Women’s Summit

Friday, October 28, 2016 – begins at 7:30 a.m.

Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska

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Join us for an inspirational day focused on creating a better future for all Alaskan women.

We’re calling on Alaska’s brightest women to come together to work on finding answers to the toughest questions facing Alaskan women and families. This year’s summit will be focused on developing careers, building communities of change, and the power of mentorship, collaboration, and negotiation in changing the landscape for women.

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General Inquiries:

Contact Dianne Blumer
Phone: (907) 269-0253
Email: Dianne.Blumer@akleg.gov

Interested in Sponsoring?

Contact Stephanie Haydn
Phone: 907 350-6470
Email: akwomenssummit@gmail.com

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Featured Speaker

Treasurer of the United States

Rosie Rios serves as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States. She has direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and FortKnox and is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve. In addition, the Treasurer serves as a senior advisor to the Secretary in the areas of community development and public engagement. She is especially passionate about supporting Women in Finance and issues of Main Street in the economic recovery.

Prior to her confirmation as Treasurer, Rios worked at MacFarlane Partners, where she was Managing Director of Investments. Working with MacFarlane Partners’ development and global capital partners, Rios played a central role in facilitating equity transactions for large mixed-use development projects in major urban areas. In November of 2008, Rios took a leave of absence from MacFarlane Partners to serve on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team and is a graduate of Harvard University.

Rios is the sixth of nine children born to Guadalupe Rios and raised in Hayward, CA. Guadalupe raised all nine children on her own and with the support of their church, sent all of her children to Catholic schools and off to college. All nine children worked at a young age. Rios worked full time throughout high school at the office headquarters for the Alameda County Library System. She worked various jobs including ordering and processing books before they were sent to the branches. Rios has frequently said that she had won the lottery with this job as she had access to any book she ever wanted to read. She worked long hours, often coming home late at night and working on her homework into the early morning hours.

She graduated from Moreau High School in 1983 and went on to attend Harvard University where she graduated with high honors. She received the Dean’s award as the founder of Cultural Rhythms and is one of the few U.S. recipients of the Silver Medal Award from the Royal Society of the Arts in England, chaired by Prince Phillip.

Rios has two children, Joey who is a freshman at Harvard University and Brooke who is a sophomore in high school.

At the time of her confirmation, Rios was serving as a Trustee of the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association as well as on the boards of California Association of Local Economic Development, the Fruitvale Spanish-Speaking Unity Council and the Toigo Foundation.

She enjoys baseball and is a passionate advocate for empowering women and girls. During her time at Treasury she has established the Women in Finance Symposium, The Gallery of Historic Women in Treasury, the Treasury Nursing Lounge and is a member of the White House Council of Women and Girls.

She has publicly stated that her women and girls initiatives are in honor of her mother and her daughter Brooke.


Hear from some of Alaska’s most recognized and valued women leaders as they address the challenges and successes faced relating to business, policymaking, corporate and workforce culture, ethnicity and regional difference, community and non-profit service, health and childcare, housing and other relevant subjects.


Learn from and earn the respect of remarkable woman innovators and managers in fields ranging from resource and natural development to housing, journalism, public policy, social media, non-profits and much more. Embrace the lessons and wisdom of salient issues facing Alaskans today.


Engage in work sessions and panels that inspire creativity and progress while addressing the challenges, advantages and benefits of positive change for women of Alaska. Participate in thought-provoking exchanges highlighting current and future progress from home to career to community.