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CSULB to Host Young Women’s Empowerment Conference

Published: February 17, 2015

Self-esteem in teen girls has become a hot topic in the last few years. According to a report by the Dove® Self-Esteem Fund, 62 percent of all young women feel insecure or not sure of themselves. These are the girls who will go on to comprise 50 percent of the nation’s workforce and contribute extensively to the economy. It is crucial they understand and accept that they are intelligent, capable and can be self-reliant. And it is the reason why Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and California State University, Long Beach are coming together to present the 2015 Young Women’s Empowerment Conference.

The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 21 at the University Student Union on the CSULB campus and focuses on 9th – 12th grade students. CSULB President Jane Close Conoley will serve as the keynote speaker, addressing the day’s theme, “Linking Learning to Life”.

“It is vital that girls are motivated to pursue education beyond high school, regardless of what they choose to do in their futures,” said President Conoley. “The goal of this conference is to help students see that education leads to more options and to inspire them to follow their interests and passions to college.”

The day will feature workshops and panel discussions for young women on applying to and preparing for college, exploring various careers, getting involved in the community and caring for themselves and their relationships, among others. There will also be opportunities to speak with successful women who are role models in various professions.

Some of the women participating in the conference include: the Honorable Judith Levey Meyer, of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, who will participate in a panel on careers in the criminal justice system; Lori Aliksanian, M.D. and Wound Reconstruction Surgery Fellow, who will speak on making one’s voice heard; Long Beach Councilmember Suzie Price, who will talk about engaging in the community; and Leticia Mata, assistant vice president, Orange County Credit Union, who will discuss financial literacy.

“This is the sixth time my office has presented the Young Women’s Empowerment Conference, five years as a State Senator and now as a member of Congress, and it is always an invigorating day,” said Congressman Lowenthal. “The students are intelligent and enthusiastic, and they leave the event with more information and resources for creating their own pathways to success.”

Event organizers expect to draw more than 150 students who reside in California’s 47th Congressional District. For more information, visit the conference Facebook page or view related videos. You may also follow the conference over other social media channels by searching for #BrightYoungWomen.