City of El Monte Hosts Leadership Conference that Inspires Young Women in the Community

Chelsea Dickerson
April 2, 2014 • 327 views

The City of El Monte, together with many community organizations, hosted the second annual Inspire: A Young Women’s Leadership Day on Saturday, March 1. The conference aimed to encourage local young women and provide them with mentoring relationships that will propel them into a bright and vibrant future.
“Putting on this conference was a truly collaborative effort between all of these dedicated community partners to support these young women in this critical time in their lives,” said El Monte Councilwoman Victoria Martinez.  “For the second year in a row, we wanted to show these young women that the community is rooting for them to succeed. This conference was designed with our local young women in mind so that they can be given the tools they need as they embark on their next phase of life.”
This year’s highlight was a panel of hosts from the KCBS2/KCAL9 ¡HOLA! LA television show. The women shared their career journeys and how they achieved success despite barriers that stood in their way.
Breakout session topics included exploration into STEM careers, a young woman’s guide to personal finance success, women in El Monte’s history and the benefits of volunteering. The participants especially enjoyed visiting the El Monte Historical Museum and learning about El Monte’s unique role in the development of the San Gabriel Valley. A mentoring lunch allowed the young women to meet professional career women and ask questions about reaching their career goals.
New this year was a parent component hosted by workforce specialist Celia Garcia of MiCoachMx.com to help parents with the career planning process.
The conference was open to seventh- through 12th-grade girls who attend the El Monte Union High School District, El Monte City School District, and the Mountain View School District.
Local community organizations participating include Vons Credit Union, MiCoachMx.com, Rio Hondo College, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce, El Monte Kiwanis Club, El Monte Historical Museum, the office of California State Senator Ed Hernandez, Mountain View School District, El Monte City School District and the El Monte Union High School District.
The conference was developed by Councilwoman Martinez after she attended other local leadership training seminars and realized that the El Monte community was under-represented in the audience.  She decided to take action and bring this vital information and resources directly to the community she serves.
Attendees were asked to give back to their communities at the event by bringing two canned-good items.  All items raised were donated to the Emergency Resources Association, a local nonprofit organization providing basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing for families in crisis.

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