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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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It's Our Turn: Young Women's Conference 2014

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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.

What was it?             

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

Advocacy • Entrepreneurship
 • "Breaking the Mold" • Following Your Passion • Giving Back • Identity & Body Image
 • Personal Branding & Social Media Awareness • Relationships • Representation of Women in the Media • Transforming Stereotypes

When was it?                       

Saturday, February 8, 2014

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

Honorary Chair:                       

Maria Shriver

Featuring:                       

Mindy Kaling, actor and author
Reese Witherspoon, actor and producer 

Special Guests:                       

Azure Antoinette, poet and spoken word artist
Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen
Jane Buckingham, CEO, Trendera
Geena Davis, Academy Award winning Actor; Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Maggie Drake, enterpreneur and founder of Bandolier
Morgan First, Co-Founder and CEO of Second Glass
Angela Hucles, 2-Time Olympic Gold Medalist for the U.S. women's soccer team
Rebecca Isaacs,
Executive Director, Equality Federation
Ruby Karp, teen writer/comedian
Lisa Leslie, Former WNBA Star and 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Dr. Kathy Magliato, cardiothoracic surgeon, Director of Women's Cardiac Services, St. John's Health Center, author
Raining Jane
Richard E. Robbins,
writer, producer; director of “Girl Rising”
Kimberly Wolf, Shimmer Teen
Sweet Suspense
Sweety High
Alison Trope, Clinical Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Jess Weiner, author and Dove Global Ambassador
Alexandra Wilcox, Leading Through Reading
Amie Williams, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Global Girl Media

Who was invited?           
Young women in Grades 8-12 from schools throughout the Los Angeles area.  Boys are also welcome to attend and there are two break-out sessions especially designed for male participants.

What about adults?

To ensure that the main audience remains students of this age, only a limited number of spaces will be made available for adult guests of those attending.

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS
(11:00 - 11:50 a.m.) 


A1: It's Our Turn to Empower Ourselves
Young women receive increasingly complicated messages about how they should act, who they should emulate, and what they should look like. Learn how to cultivate healthy self-esteem and the confidence to follow your passion.

A2: It's Our Turn to Shape Our Identity

In today’s tech dominated world, on-line safety is just the tip of the iceberg. Young people also need to explore positive ways to create and manage their own personal brand, expand their interests, and connect with dynamic creative outlets that emphasize their off-line lives.

A3: It's Our Turn to Break the Mold [SOLD OUT]
Why is pink for girls and blue for boys? Why do stereotypes persist even when they don’t reflect our reality? How do they impact us? What can we do to create new norms that transform stereotypes? We may not have the answers to all of these questions, but the discussion will be lively, informative, and powerful.

A4: It's Our Turn to Talk About Relationships (for girls only) [SOLD OUT]

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

A5: It's Our Turn to Talk About Relationships (for boys only)

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

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS
(2:00 - 2:50 p.m.) 
 

B1: It's Our Turn to Impact Others [SOLD OUT]
These inspiring women run and support successful non-profits that change lives each and every day. How do they do it, and how can you do it, too?  

B2: It's Our Turn to Change the World [SOLD OUT]

You don’t need to be an expert to be an activist. On this panel, activists in global education for girls talk about how they moved from inspiration to action. Learn what you can do to change the world.

B3: 
It's Our Turn to Create Our Own Future
What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? How do you even begin to turn your ideas and dreams into reality? This session will inspire you to start curious, stay curious, and get it done.  

B4: It's Our Turn to Question the Media (for girls only)
The media influences us in myriad and powerful ways—surrounding us with images, words, and characters that suggest how we should think, look, act, feel, and more. Through discussion, we will reflect on the significance of these messages and how to diminish their impact on us. 


B5: 
It's Our Turn to  Question the Media (for boys only)
The media influences us in myriad and powerful ways—surrounding us with images, words, and characters that suggest how we should think, look, act, feel, and more. Through discussion, we will reflect on the significance of these messages and how to diminish their impact on us.

B6: It's Our Turn to Lead with Our Heart [SOLD OUT]
What are the qualities that allow someone to become the best leader they can possibly be? 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.

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