The conference will feature national women leaders from all generations and cultures, including Gloria Steinem, co-founder of the Women’s Media Center and Ms. Foundation; Dolores Huerta, cofounder of the Farm Workers Union and the Dolores Huerta Foundation; Aileen Hernandez, former president of NOW, and coordinator of the Black Women Stirring the Waters; Helen Zia, author and feminist activist; Maria Teresa Petersen, executive director of VotoLatino.org; Marie Wilson, founder of The White House Project and Lesley Pinckney, general manager of Essence.com.
Conference co-sponsors include the California Women’s Legislative Caucus, the California Commission on the Status of Women, Women’s Media Center, The White House Project, Votolatino.org, the Dolores Huerta Foundation, NAACP, Momsrising.org, and The National Council for Research on Women. Lead conference sponsorship includes the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.
“While multicultural women are the New Majority in California, men continue to dominate decision-making roles in the three key institutions that influence our nation: corporations, government, and media,” Yee said. She continued, “We need to create and fill a national pipeline of qualified and competent multicultural women to assume the mantle of leadership.”
Leslie Pinckney, of Essence.com, commented, “This conference starts a much-needed dialogue that has the ability to rapidly transform our entire society leveraging technology instead of one woman at a time — which as we all know was the way it’s worked since the beginning.”
The Engage Her conference is attracting and training a new generation of multicultural women leaders. One of the participants selected as a “conference team leader,” stated: “When I first found out that Engage Her was hosting such a revolutionary conference for minority women, my heart lit up with joy. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Riverside, I selected my major of Political Science-International Relations because I wanted to inspire other women like myself to go and change the world.”