Many girls and young women attended the leadership conference. (Courtesy photo)


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Recognizing that “the future is female,” Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) welcomed 400 participants to the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills for the 65th Assembly District’s first all-day free event for high school and undergraduate women.

Entitled Building Leaders and Uplifting Sisterhood (B.L.U.S.H.), the seminal conference aimed to empower young women of Los Angeles through workshops on networking, etiquette, financial literacy, mental health, and more. Also, B.L.U.S.H. participants and Gipson discussed a range of statewide and legislative issues.

“As I represent communities that take in half a million residents, I see daily how girls and young women are demonstrating the drive and talent L.A. will need,” said Gipson.

“Not only have we worked to convene incredible role models who will add value to the lives of women — our participants were in the company of sisters who epitomize the qualities of motivation, perseverance, and servant leadership.”

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“I am proud to partner with Assemblymember Gipson on this important event for young women in our community,” said LAUSD Board Member Tanya Ortiz Franklin, who was a speaker at B.L.U.S.H.

“This collaboration signifies our shared commitment to inspiring and being inspired by the next generation of female leaders. Together we are working to ensure that this day provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and connections to shape a brighter future for all of us.”

From left are LaCresha Gipson and Janice Jimenez of Carson. (Courtesy photo)

Delivering opening remarks to the audience of young women, LaCresha Gipson said, “I am both humbled and honored to be in the presence of astounding, dedicated, and hardworking women such as yourselves. Maya Angelou’s words ring true: ‘You alone are enough.’”

Goo Goo Atkins, stylist/influencer, shared an inspiring keynote address urging young women to have the qualities of strength, resilience, and patience like a bamboo tree. Also, the breakout sessions featured a self-defense class, financial literacy practices, and strategies to avoid becoming victims of human trafficking.

Other women participating in B.L.U.S.H. included Emma Sharif, Compton mayor; Aide Castro, Lynwood mayor (ret.); Dr. Ayanna Davis, school principal and clerk for the Compton Unified School District; Mika Hilaire, founding partner of Equal Rights Law Group; Dr. Margarita Loeza, medical leader; Margeaux Randolph, co-founder of Kr8 Ventures; Janice Jimenez, a former district Woman of the Year honoree; Yolanda Richard, member of Black Women for Wellness; and Maya Douglas, 65th district director.

Yolanda Richard of Black Women for Wellness, left, and Compton Mayor Emma Sharif pose with the B.L.U.S.H. sign. (Courtesy photo)

“I want to thank the incredible speakers and experts in a variety of fields who leapt at the chance to be part of B.L.U.S.H. and I couldn’t be happier to see more than a hundred of tomorrow’s high-achieving women leaders join me in at this event.” said Gipson.

“LaCresha and I knew that part of our calling this year was to provide a space exactly like this one: where innovative minds connect and empower one another. As we remove barriers for women across California, I can’t wait to see how these role models excel.”