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It's Our Turn Conference

It's Our Turn 2016

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Young women today can be significant forces of change—in their own lives and in society. This conference is designed to empower them to take charge of the future in positive ways that influence and inspire others.

When was it?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

What is it?

A one day conference created by Brentwood School girls for young women everywhere. Topics addressed include:

Advocacy | Entrepreneurship | Professional Paths | Self-Expression | Identity & Body Image | Social Media Empowerment | Relationships | Transforming Stereotypes

Tickets:

$25 student / $35 adult

Honorary Chair: Maria Shriver

Special Guests:

Diane von Furstenberg | fashion designer
Nicole Richie | creative director, entrepreneur, and actress
Allyson Felix | Olympic Gold Medalist, track and field

Presenters:

Sophia Amoruso | founder/owner of Nasty Gal
Azure Antoinette | poet and spoken word artist
Tracey Bailey | sports analyst with Pac-12.com
LaShonda Coleman | LCSW, Director, Rape Treatment Center, UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center
Julie Ann Crommett | CS Education in Media Program Manager at Google
Iana Daniels | Engineer Officer in the US Army
Christina Doheny | Director of Development, LA World Affairs Council
Rylee Ebsen | Director of Creative Media at Snapchat
Caitlin Evanson | songwriter/musician
Allyson Felix | Olympic gold medalist in track and field
Gabi Gregg | fashion and beauty blogger/designer of GabiFresh.com
Peter Kim | founder/CEO of Hudson Jeans
Dr. Kathy Magliato | cardiothoracic surgeon at Providence St. John's Health Center and author
Alana Snyder ’12 | founder, Georgetown University Women in Leadership
Kennady Tracy | singer/songwriter
Taylor Trudon | Voices editor at MTV News
Jess Weiner | CEO of Talk to Jess and confidence expert
Jessica Yellin | television journalist, Former White House CNN Correspondent
Gillian Zucker | President of Business Operations, Los Angeles Clippers

…among many others!

Who attended?

Nearly 1,000 young women in Grades 7-12 from schools and organizations throughout the Los Angeles area. Boys were also in attendance.

Breakout Session A

A1. Rock Our Relationships

In this engaging session for young women, we’ll explore how to achieve healthy relationships in all areas of our lives.

A2: Thrive in College - THE Guide

Come explore ways to ensure a healthy transition to college life—socially, emotionally, and personally.

A3: Empower Ourselves - Combatting the Culture of Rape (9-12)

Please note this breakout session is only open to 9th-12th graders.

Gender-based abuse and violence can often be overlooked, discounted, and normalized in our culture. Using a multi-media approach, participants will critically examine rape supportive attitudes in the media and identify ways to promote media representations that empower women and girls.

A4: Lead with Our Heart

In this session, Dr. Kathy Magliato will share stories of her journey to become a leader in the male-dominated field of of cardiac surgery. You’ll be inspired by the lessons she learned along the way, and will learn about the five guiding principles by which she leads her life.

A5. Unpack the Confidence Myth

The road to confidence is about self-exploration, and it is a messy path. Learn how to discover moments of confidence while in pursuit of your passions.

A6: Crack the Code

The world of technology has limitless professional opportunities. Hear from this Snapchat executive about the many exciting career paths that exist and why its time for women to break out in this ever-evolving industry.

A7: "Compose" Our Story

Music is an effective tool for self expression—personal, political, emotional, social, and more. This workshop explores the creative process and how we can use our voice as women to reflect, to impact, and to influence.

Breakout Session B

B1. Explore Our Identity from the Inside Out

What are the collective facets that make you you? Explore how identifiers such as race, gender, socio-economic status, religion, and sexual orientation intersect to make you a unique individual. Join us in a conversation about how our personal experiences both define and bring us together.

B2. Ban Bossy

Women in leadership roles face unique challenges in terms of how both men and women respond to them. Through exercises and discussion, we will explore what it means to “ban bossy” and why reframing how the world looks at women’s roles and contributions is so important to our future.

B3: Empower Ourselves - Social Media as a Tool

In a society saturated with social networking, there is longing for personal connection. This session will provide a safe space for girls to connect and discuss challenges with self-esteem, peer-pressure, sexualized images, and more to help navigate the sea of social media. Discover with your peers, ways to use social media as a tool to foster female empowerment and solidarity.

B4: Understand Our Body (9-12)

Please note this breakout session is only open to 9th-12th graders.

While young women are bombarded with information about our changing bodies and contraception, where do we get dependable and trustworthy information to navigate these dynamic years? How has hormonal birth control both liberated and imprisoned us? We will explore how knowledge truly empowers us to make good choices for our health and wellbeing.

B5: Be the Change

What’s next? Find ways to take your inspiration from today and turn it into action. Learn from a participant in the inaugural Young Women’s Conference in 2012 who went on to create a grass roots movement at her college.

B6: Express Ourselves - Spoken Word Art

Discover the power of using spoken word to tell your story. Called the “Maya Angelou of the millennial generation,” Azure Antoinette is a poet, spoken word artist, freelance photographer, and youth arts advocate whose performance poetry explores the ways social media is reshaping humanity.

B7: Make the Most of Internships

Internships are a great way to “try on” your future. Learn from the “Intern Queen” how to identify, land, and make the most of an internship. Lauren Berger, best-selling author, has worked with over 500 employers across the U.S. and Canada.

Mission Statement

"IT'S OUR TURN: YOUNG WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AT BRENTWOOD SCHOOL” IS A GATHERING OF TEENAGE GIRLS IN SEARCH OF WAYS TO TRANSCEND POPULAR CULTURE’S PORTRAYAL OF YOUNG WOMEN. A VARIETY OF FEMALE LEADERS, MENTORS, AND PERFORMERS WILL ADDRESS ISSUES THAT MOST CONCERN GIRLS. OUR GOAL IS TO SEEK WISDOM AND GUIDANCE FROM OTHERS, EMPOWER OURSELVES, AND INSPIRE THOSE AROUND US.

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