Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm


Hosted at Kaiser, 3600 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611 

Ticket Prices:

  • High School Students (with id): $10
  • College Students (with id): $15
  • Educators & Young Professionals: $20


Join us for an action-oriented conference focused on strategies for stepping up and owning your political power.

Elected leaders and politically ambitious young women, like you, will share how to best position yourselves as public leaders. You will leave inspired, activated, and ready to run!

Young women’s political leadership conferences are a core component of IGNITE's training strategy. These conferences include skill-building workshops, plenaries on policy topics, roundtable lunch discussions with elected women, and keynote addresses from prominent female political leaders.

Speakers Lunch with Women in Politics Networking & Mentorship Agenda

Keynote Speaker: Kimberly Ellis, Candidate for Chair of the California Democratic Party

Named the most powerful, unelected person in California Democratic politics by the Sacramento Bee, Kimberly Ellis is a captivating orator and progressive movement leader who educates, motivates and inspires people to action.

As the former Executive Director of Emerge California, the state’s most effective training program for Democratic women who run for office, Kimberly is a nationally recognized Progressive leader who has been credited with revolutionizing Democratic politics in California.

After running for Chair of the California Democratic Party in 2017 where she inspired thousands, this past summer Kimberly Ellis founded and launched Unbought - Unbossed (UnB2), an incubator for the next generation of political disruptors. Keep reading.

Morning Plenary: Ideas to Action - Women Mobilizing for Change

Female activists share how they are channeling their passion and mobilizing their communities to make lasting positive change - paving the way to their own runs for office in the near future.  

Featuring: Abigail Edwards, Student Advisor to the Chancellor, UC Davis; Rachel Hyden, Executive Director, San Francisco Transit Riders; and Alex Navarro, Statewide City Gun Violence Lead, Moms Demand Action, California. Moderated by Kisha Grove, Human Resources Leader, Kaiser Permanente.

Afternoon Plenary: You ran, what's next?

2018 saw a dramatic increase in the number of women who ran for office at the local, state and federal level. Meet first-time candidates - some who won and some who lost - and hear what lessons they learned from their first time on the campaign trail.

Featuring IGNITE alumni: Megan Crawford, Palos Verdes Peninsula School Board; Caitlin Quinn, Petaluma City School Board; Mya Whitaker, Program Director, Bay Area Urban Debate League and former candidate for Oakland City Council, East Oakland; and Jocelyn Yow, Councilwoman, Eastvale City Council

Lunch with Women in Politics

  • Janet Abelson, El Cerrito City Council
  • Amber Childress, Alameda County Board of Education
  • Megan Crawford, Palos Verdes Peninsula School Board
  • Cheryl Davila, Berkeley City Council
  • Kate Harrison, Berkeley City Council
  • Ann-Marie Hogan, Former Berkeley City Auditor
  • Jody London, Oakland School Board
  • Dianne Martinez, Emeryville City Council
  • Ally Medina, Mayor, Emeryville City Council
  • Nancy O'Malley, Alameda District Attorney
  • Elizabeth Pabon-Alvarado, Councilmember, San Pablo City Council
  • Hillary Ronen, San Francisco Supervisor

  • Rebecca Saltzman, BART Board
  • Ann Schneider, Millbrae City Council
  • Nina Senn, Former OUSD School Board Director
  • Kyla Sinegal, Board Member, San Lorenzo Unified School District
  • Sheng Thao, Oakland City Council
  • Roseann Torres, Oakland School Board
  • Jenny Wong, City Auditor, City of Berkeley
  • Jocelyn Yow, Eastvale City Council


More guests to be announced soon.

Invitation to Elected Officials 

We invite elected officials to join us and connect with our women over lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Student moderators sit at each table and facilitate thoughtful conversation between elected officials and 6-8 politically ambitious high school and college students. Your presence as a mentor is invaluable to our young women who plan to run for office one day! Elected officials are specially requested to attend the Curated Conversations lunchtime session but are invited to stay for the entire conference if they wish.

If you are able to join us or would like to receive conference updates unique to Elected Officials, please contact Sara Guillermo at



Sponsorship Opportunities 

The time is now to inspire and activate the next generation of women leaders. We invite you to join us as a partner in this worthwhile and energizing community event. Learn more about these opportunities and contact with any questions.