Fifth Annual Young Women's Leadership Conference
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Senator Leyva convened approximately 150 participants at her 5th Annual Young Women’s Leadership Conference held in partnership with Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes and Cal Poly Pomona’s Huntley College of Agriculture. The conference began on the right note with a performance by Los Broncos de Pomona, Cal Poly’s student mariachi ensemble led by Dr. Jessie M. Vallejo, an ethnomusicologist. The conference program consisted of current Cal Poly students who presented on their experiences pursuing the following degrees: Plant Science, Animal Science and Apparel Merchandising and Management. Tomas Aguilar Campos, a District Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service presented on how to prepare for and pursue internship and career opportunities with the USDA. Mily Treviño Sauceda discussed her trajectory which began as a migrant farmworker and led to her current work on behalf of female farmworkers. Dr. Ben Dewald from The Collins College of Hospitality Management conducted an interactive dining etiquette exercise during the working lunch hour. The day culminated in traditional Cal Poly Pomona “learn by doing” fashion with tours of the student-run Farm Store, greenhouse and farm land.
Approximately 1,000 students from California’s 20th Senate District and beyond have now experienced this annual leadership development and empowerment opportunity offered by Senator Leyva during Women’s 'Herstory' Month in March.