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UCLA Mixed Alumni Association Presents: Understanding the Mixed Women’s Experience

Date and Time

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 5:30 p.m. PDT - 6:30 p.m. PDT



Join UCLA Mixed Alumni Association for a two-part series focused on the mixed women's experience. A panel of experts will tackle issues including trauma mixed women face, clinical perspectives, burnout and self-care.

Our follow up session "EmPower Hour: BIPOC Women Reframing Self-Care for Community Activism" will provide attendees with a new perspective on self-care and how women are practicing self-care for the benefit of their community.

To watch the recording of this event click here.

For more EmPower Hour sessions click here.

About Our Panelists

Leiauna Anderson '96, Vice President – UCLA Mixed Alumni Association, UCLA Alumni Diversity Advisory Committee Representative

Leiauna graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in psychology in 1996. She has worked in the education space from admissions at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA to being a Special Education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. After experiencing a life-changing event in 2006 where she suffered a stillbirth and liver failure and two subsequent liver transplants from preeclampsia, Leiauna started her own business as a real estate professional focusing on equal housing, helping families in transition and empowering women to build wealth through real estate. Leiauna is one of the founding board members and Vice President of the UCLA Mixed Alumni Association, the first university-level alumni association in the country focusing on the celebration and support of mixed race graduates. Leiauna also serves as a member of the UCLA Alumni Association Diversity Advisory Committee.

Daedra Staten J.D. '13

Daedra is the founder and Chief Diversity Consultant at SCG Diversity Consulting which provides businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions with comprehensive diversity, anti-racism, and inclusion education, training, and programming. SCG’s projects vary in magnitude and depth depending on the client, but involve developing DAI panels and other educational programming, conducting organizational audits of internal DAI structures and practices, building and implementing DAI policies, and developing diversity recruitment and retention plans. Daedra is also the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies at UCLA Law, where she is responsible for international recruitment and outreach as well as developing DAI programming for the Office of Graduate Studies & International Programs. Having experience working across various nonprofit organizations, Daedra has assisted many from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds throughout her career. She graduated from UCLA Law's Critical Race Studies program in 2013 where she gained expertise in the intersection between race, history, and the law.

Dr. Ilona Salmons '07, LMFT

Dr. Ilona Salmons is a psychotherapist and leadership consultant. She works with high-achieving professionals and organizations to promote mental wellness in the workplace by addressing and resolving underlying organizational issues that contribute to chronic stress and burnout. A former HR Manager, Ilona understands the important role that informed diversity initiatives play in improving overall employee well-being and creating a high-performance work culture. She is passionate about helping clients lead balanced, effective, and fulfilling lives by creating workplaces where humans thrive.

Ilona received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA (’07) and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She obtained her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, where she focused her research on wellness in highly-demanding workplaces and published her dissertation, Best Practices for Managing Burnout in Attorneys. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist, licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and has a private practice in Los Angeles. She is also a state-qualified professor with the Los Angeles Community College District, where she teaches psychology and professional development courses to one of the most diverse student bodies in the country.

Pristina Alford

Pristina Alford is a public relations executive with over 10 years of experience working across a multitude of industries within the lifestyle space. Over the course of her career, she has represented clients within hospitality, food, consumer lifestyle, spirits, fashion, and entertainment. A skilled and tenacious publicist, she has executed high-level integrated PR campaigns providing strategic counsel and planning, media relations expertise, and large scale red carpet event experience for her clients.

Pristina has worked for top PR firms in New York City and Los Angeles including Rubenstein Communications, 5WPR, MWW, Exposure PR and Purple PR. She currently is the SVP of Lifestyle + Culture at DKC Public Relations. Her client roster throughout her career has been diverse, having led multi-faceted campaigns for brands such as Kappa, Edition Hotels, Moet Hennessey, Collective Design fair, 1800 Tequila, Jose Cuervo, Viola Cannabis, FaZe Clan, BMW, Skullcandy headphones and more. Pristina has led the efforts behind the recently launched Culture Division at her current agency where she helps clients connect to BIPOC audiences while helping to increase minority representation within their industry.

Pristina graduated with a Master's degree in Corporate Communications from New York University and earned her Bachelor's degree from St. John's University as a four-year starter on the women's soccer team.

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