Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland Announce Inaugural Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and Young Women Assembly
March 14th event on the campus of the University of Southern California will focus on issues of gender equality in Los Angeles
Women’s achievements, challenges, and future opportunities will be at the center of a historic conference to be hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland on March 14th at the University of Southern California (USC).
The daylong, inaugural Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and Young Women’s Assembly will bring Angelenos together with civic and thought leaders, as well as hundreds of LAUSD students, for a series of in-depth conversations, workshops, and presentations on the state of gender equality in Los Angeles.
“Women have been a driving force in L.A.’s growth, creativity, and prosperity since our city was founded, and we are strengthening that legacy by empowering women and girls in our time,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our city has made so much progress: we achieved gender parity on our boards and commissions for the first time shortly after I became Mayor, more women are in positions of power and influence than ever before, we’re taking new steps to improve services for women and girls, and hundreds of thousands of Angelenos marched downtown last month in solidarity with women around the world. This conference is about taking stock of where we are — and setting bold new goals to build on the incredible energy and momentum that this moment in history has put before us.”
Sponsored by WeWork, the conference is a program of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and the Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team (i-team). The Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and will feature keynote addresses by the Mayor and First Lady. There will also be a Young Women’s Assembly for 700 LAUSD students — and special programming for young women ages 16-21, including workshops, leadership training, and panel discussions. The panels will feature top women leaders in the business, entertainment, finance, technology, and public sectors. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a resource fair featuring dozens of nonprofit organizations. All of the programming is aimed at equipping young women with the tools they need to succeed now and in the future.
“Mayor Garcetti has put gender equality at the center of his administration’s work to build a better Los Angeles — and we are making extraordinary progress in supporting women’s leadership, advocating for better services, and broadening the number and quality of opportunities for girls across the City,” said First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Elaine Wakeland. “I was proud to partner with the Mayor to commission the study on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles, and this conference is an important step forward in deepening our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
Speakers at the conference will include actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria; Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO of the ACT-1 Group, the nation’s largest privately-held, woman- and minority-owned workforce management company; and three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter.
“At WeWork we transform buildings into innovative spaces and communities that empower people to create, explore new ideas, and boldly pursue their life’s work,” said Adam Neumann, CEO and Co-Founder, WeWork. “We are honored to announce our support of the first-ever Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and Young Women’s Assembly and look forward to working with Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland to continue the important work of advancing gender equity and supporting women in entrepreneurship.”
In 2015, Mayor Garcetti issued an executive directive on gender equity, which called on every City department to study how their services affect women and girls, set goals for improvement, and measure their success. He also asked the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women to commission a report to guide policymaking to address economic, social, and other inequities faced by women. “The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles,” the first-ever study of its kind, was researched by Mount Saint Mary’s University and can be viewed at www.lamayor.org/statusofwomen.