Girls, Young Women Get Inspired at Leadership Conference on South Coast

Nov 20, 2016

Nearly 300 girls and young women – mostly from Ventura County – spent part of their weekend learning how to be the leaders of tomorrow. 

The Young Women’s Leadership Summit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley was held on Saturday. Females aged 12 to 20-years-old from Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles and Orange counties took part in the program.

"With being a leader, you need to be confident, you need to be kind, you need to be personal and responsible and especially respectful to others. Because I feel that leaders do not downgrade others. They want to empower others," 16-year-old Mallorie Mehrali, a junior at Adolpho Camarillo High School, said after learning about what it takes to become a leader.

The goal of the event was to inspire these young women. It included talks by female changemakers including Nancy Mace,  who was the first woman to graduate from Citadel Military Academy. The students also had a chance to explore their own leadership journey in breakout sessions.