Pepperdine Symposium Encouraging Women to Assume Leadership

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Yesterday, WEC President & CEO, Marybeth Jacobsen, was joined by WEC Board Member, Caroline Gibson, at Pepperdine's Women in Policy and Politics Symposium hosted by the Pepperdine School of Public Policy and Center for Women in Leadership.

It was a phenomenal day that kicked off with a discussion between Charity Wallace (President & Founder of Wallace Global Impact) and Julia Ormond (Founder & Principal of ASSET Campaign).  The conversation focused on the creation of ASSET and Julia's passion for eradicating human trafficking.  She shared lessons and advice that can greatly benefit women working in the non-profit world.

The balance of the day was filled with insightful panel discussions and audience Q&As.  Panelists included NGO professionals: Montse Alvarado, Sally Pipes, Kathleen Schafer, and Michele Siqueiros; government agency professionals: Ingrid Hardy, Jeannette Pelayo, Sahar Shirazi, and Lindsay Young; and elected officials: Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Criminal Justice Commissioner Angela Underwood-Jacobs, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, Councilwoman Alicia Weintraub, and Supervisor Michelle Steel.

These discussions reminded us of the importance of encouraging young women to chase ambitious dreams and provide them with the tools needed to be powerful and successful in "a man's world".  Every panelist noted a gender gap within their industry and the important differences women can make in the workplace.  This is why programs, like the STEM-Equity tour, are so important.  In the 21st century, our girls have the opportunity to pursue traditionally male-dominated professions, flourish, and make the world a better place.  The WEC is proud to be a part of the solution and to encourage Ventura County girls to close the gender gap, pursue STEM professions, and leave their mark on the world.

A huge thank you to Pepperdine and all the presenters for such a great event!