Upper School (9-12)

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.

Young Women's Conference 2012



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 is it?             

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

Activism • Becoming an Entrepreneur
 • Body Image
 • Bullying • Feminism and Equality
 • "Having It All"
 • Global Issues for Women • Women in Entertainment and Media • Women in Sports

When is it?                       

Saturday, February 4, 2012

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Honorary Chair:                       

Maria Shriver

Special Guest:                       

Mary J. Blige

Presenters include:                       

Page Adler, Co-Founder, The Painted Turtle
Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, Documentary Filmmaker
Azure Antoinette, Poet & Spoken Word Artist
Nancy Aossey, President and CEO, International Medical Corps
Sema Basol, Co-Founder, Turkish Women's Initiative
Carolyn Blashek, Founder, Operation Gratitude
Lorene Cary, Author and Founder of Art Sanctuary
Lindy Dekoven, Chair, California Commission on the Status of Women
Samantha Ettus, Best-selling Author and Personal Branding Expert
Marie Ferro, Makeovers From the Inside Out
Julianne Goldmark, Co-Founder, Emi-Jay, Inc.
Isabella Haddad, Co-Creator, Violent Lips
Nancy Josephson, Partner, William Morris Endeavor
Harriet Kerr, Rape Treatment Center
Mavis Leno, Feminist Majority Foundation
Tanya Lopez-Brooks, SVP, Original Movies for Lifetime
Lolli Lucas Clark, Upper School Director, Sierra Canyon School
Emily Matson, Co-Founder, Emi-Jay, Inc.
Alex Morgan, U.S. Women's National Soccer Team

Angella Nazarian, Author and Psychologist
Yifat Oren, Yifat Oren and Associates
Catherine Paura, Producer
Anita Jones Roehrick, Executive Director, Gaines-Jones Education Foundation
Lauren Roselle, President, ESTEEM
Katherine Schwarzenegger, Best-selling Author
Raven-Symoné, Actress and Producer
Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment
Dana Walden, Chair, 20th Century Fox Television
Jessica Weiner, Author and Confidence Specialist
Kimberly Wolf, Founder, Shimmer Teen
Daphne Zuniga, Actor

Preliminary Schedule:

9:00 a.m. - Registration Opens
10:00 - 11:15 a.m. - Opening Keynotes and Panel
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - COMPLIMENTARY Lunch provided by Homegirl Cafe and "Miss Representation" Screening
1:15 - 2:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
2:15 - 4:00 p.m. - Afternoon Keynotes

Where is it?                      

Brentwood School
100 S. Barrington Place
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Who is invited?           

Young women in Grades 8-12 from schools throughout the Los Angeles area.  Boys are also welcome to attend.

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.


$25 for young women / $35 for adults

The conference is made possible in part by a grant from the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and the Bendheim Family.

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Break-out Session

(11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

A1 —  It's Our Turn to be Visionaries
Angella Nazarian and Catherine Paura

Every single one of us has something special to do in this world. Visionary women make it a priority to know their strengths and talents, and build a life around them. After listening to these impressive women, you’ll be encouraged to do the same.

A2 —  It's Our Turn to Give Back
Page Adler, Carolyn Blashek, Tanya Lopez-Brooks, and Anita Jones Roehrick

These inspiring women run successful non-profits that change lives each and every day.  How did they do it, and how can you do it, too?

A3 —  It's Our Turn to Change the World
Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, Sema Basol, Mavis Leno

The women on this panel are making inroads toward global change through education and activism. Learn what you can do to change the world.

A4 —  It's Our Turn to Rock What We've Got
Marie Ferro, Alex Morgan, Katherine Schwarzenegger, and Jess Weiner

Young women receive increasingly complicated messages about what they should look like, how they should act, and whom they should emulate. Learn how to cultivate healthy self-esteem, body image, and the confidence to follow your passion.

(1:15 - 2:00 p.m.)

B1 —  It's Our Turn to Create Healthy Relationships
Kimberly Wolf and Harriet Kerr

In this engaging session we’ll explore topics such as dating, sex, and how to achieve healthy romantic relationships.

B2 —  It's Our Turn to be Our Own Best Defense
Lauren Roselle

Transform yourself by using your body, mind, and intuition.  In this lively session you will develop empowering safety skills and effective communication.

B3 —  It's Our Turn to Become Entrepreneurs
Julianne Goldmark, Isabella Haddad, Emily Matson, and Yifat Oren

Creative ideas, risk, and initiative drive entrepreneurs.  These young women turned concepts into reality; if they can do it, so can you.

B4 —  It's Our Turn to Find Our Own Voice
Lolli Lucas Clark

Relationships with other women often empower and define us. How do we deepen and maintain these connections while drawing appropriate boundaries when a relationship no longer works? This session will address friends, family, mean girls, and role models.