On Friday, March 27th, I will host the first annual Young Women's Leadership Summit at the Chaffey College Chino Community Center in the 20th State Senate District city of Chino.
Held during Women's History Month, the purpose of this inaugural event will be to empower, educate and promote leadership among young women from the Inland Empire and California. In partnership with Chaffey College, the Leadership Summit will feature a resource fair, informational panels and motivational speakers. We are fortunate to have Cal Poly Pomona President Dr. Soraya M. Coley joining us this Friday to deliver the Leadership Summit's keynote address.
During the lunch portion of the event, I will also recognize active Pomona resident Ethel Gardner as my 2015 ‘Woman of the Year'. Ethel Gardner serves as Founder / Executive Director of the Kennedy Austin Foundation, a Pomona-based non-profit organization that she founded in 1993 following the tragic death of her only son. As part of Ms. Gardner's dedicated community outreach and with minimal financial support, she sponsors free weekly support meetings for grieving parents who have also lost a child, as well as meetings for survivors of domestic violence. She also organizes the “Million Mother March” every May so that families who have lost family members and friends may come together to honor and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. This amazing community gem will serve as an inspiration to all of the bright young women in the audience that will witness the recognition and hear more about her tremendous journey of pain and triumph.
I am so excited to host this wonderful community event geared primarily at young women so that we can help to foster and develop the next generation of leaders here in the Inland Empire. I know that the motivational speakers and panels that we have lined up will energize attendees to go back out into their schools and communities as leaders.
Seating is limited to high school seniors and college students. Lunch will be provided to attendees. For additional information, please refer to the conference flyer.
Please RVSP to my district office in Chino at 909-591-7016.
As always, I welcome your feedback and look forward to continue working on your behalf in the California State Senate.
CONNIE M. LEYVA
State Senator, 20th District