IGNITE California 2016 Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference

The IGNITE California 2016 Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference was a day of inspiration for all in attendance. 

On Saturday March 5, 2016, at The Village in San Francisco, IGNITE convened 300 young women, elected officials, policy experts and community members for our annual statewide conference. Young women refined their leadership skills and developed organizing tactics. They gained first hand knowledge of what it’s like to run for office from elected officials who spoke on panels and sat down for intimate lunch time discussions.

Tani Gorre Sakauye keynoted the event, and I was especially moved  the first sentence of her address where she stated that she is not your typical Chief. She told stories of her family, her transformational milestones and the obstacles she has overcome to serve in her role today. Our young women related to her experiences of being an immigrant, living in a dual-identity and her can-do spirit.

The energy in the room was magnificent and it was clear that those who  joined us are even more empowered, excited and IGNITE'd to harness their political power for change! Workshop topics included, Financial Literacy, Starting and Sustaining an IGNITE college chapter, Boards and Commissions, International Policies on Women, Sex Trafficking Policy Workshop, and the Dream Act. Panel topics included, Young and Running, Transportation as a Right, Race and Politics - Developing your Political Identity, Future of the Workforce, Housing Policy, Women's Health Policy and Leadership Opportunities in College. 

Check out our blog for Shaitaj Dhaliwal’s perspective on the conference.

Special thanks to our sponsors for making the event as huge success.