This annual conference is designed for high school girls in California who have leadership potential and an interest in politics and civic engagement. Young women will meet with and learn from women elected officials and professionals and learn valuable communication and relationship building skills.
The Young Women’s Leadership Conference brings high school girls throughout the Los Angeles area to USC to encourage them to channel their leadership into public service and to become more involved in their communities. Students will learn the fundamentals of community organizing from an intersectional lens and hear from and meet with influential women leaders.
Always held during Women’s History Month, the annual Young Women’s Leadership Conference has helped hundreds of young women become more civically engaged. Some program participants have gone on to work in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the offices of local, state, and federal elected officials. The conference is free and open to all high school-aged girls.
2023 Young Women’s Leadership Conference Recap
Held during Women’s History Month, CPF’s annual Young Women’s Leadership Conference brought high school girls throughout the Los Angeles area to USC to guide their leadership into public service and inspire deeper involvement in their communities. This year’s conference featured a leadership workshop run by the USC Joint Educational Project, hearing from YWLC alum Maria Manjarrez, a USC admissions discussion with Jennifer Cox, a women leaders panel discussion with Ashley Fumiko Dominguez, Noelia Rodriguez, and Amy Turk, and a keynote speech from LAUSD Board Member Tanya Ortiz Franklin.
In partnership with VoteSC, USC Women in Politics, USC Political Student Assembly, Trojan Democrats, USC College Republicans, and The Moderator. Thank you to all the participants, speakers, and USC volunteers who joined us!
“In all of the panelists’ stories, I feel like there’s a little part where I can connect to them which makes it easier to imagine myself in a high position.” -Kimberly Olivares, Santa Monica High School
“The conference helped me just by being able to talk to some elected officials that have really made an impact on their community. As a young woman and as a woman of color, seeing panelists that have made changes [and] that I feel resemble who I am was really inspiring.” -Maya Reval, Culver City High School
Select Speakers from Previous Conferences:
- Tara Campbell – Mayor of Yorba Linda
- Wendy Carrillo – California State Assemblymember (D-LA)
- Barbara Comstock – Former U.S. Congresswoman (R-VA); Spring 2021 Fellow at Center for the Political Future
- Anita DeFrantz – Olympic medalist; First American woman to serve on the International Olympic Committee
- Kelly Gonez– Board President, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Lindsey Horvath – Former Mayor, West Hollywood
- Shaniqua McClendon – Political Director at Crooked Media; Spring 2021 Fellow at Center for the Political Future
- Aida Rodriguez – Vice President of Advocacy and Government Relations, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
- Leslee Sherrill – Former Vice President, ABC News
- Margita Thompson – Vice President, Public Affairs, California Resources Corporation
- Mimi Walters – Former Congresswoman (R-CA), Fall 2020 Fellow at Center for the Political Future
Thank you to our donors, especially principal funder Kelly Corley, for making this incredible experience possible for so many deserving young women.