Hon. Malia M. Cohen (Courtesy Photo)

On Friday April 14, Coro hosted their annual Women’s in Leadership Luncheon at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.

Coro is a nonprofit organization focused on supporting leadership development of people in business, education, government and nonprofits industries to create solutions through collaboration. Their mission is to cultivate and equip diverse leaders with skills, knowledge and networks to collaborate and accelerate transformative impact wherever they are.

To support the leadership development of women across Southern California, Coro established their Women in Leadership program. To honor the women in this program, Coro hosts their annual Women in Leadership Luncheon, celebrating the many graduates of their program as well as the many successful women across Southern California.

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 This year they recognized Hon. Malia M. Cohen, Coro graduate and the first Black California State Controller as their keynote speaker. Cohen discussed the many issues women face in their professional lives, and how to dismantle the patriarchy. Women are too often overlooked, and Cohen’s main takeaway was to ensure that women know it is okay to take up space, and to “challenge yourself everyday when you wake up and ask yourself ‘what am I going to do make my mark and to make life in this world a little easier for women?’”

Women in Leadership Luncheon attendees during panel discussion moderated by Jasmine Taylor, Executive Director of the USC Black Alumni Association  (Denver Mackey/L.A. Sentinel)

Being a mother herself, Cohen mentions that young girls will be looking up to all the women in their lives, and they need powerful role models. Taking a quote from Lateefah Simon, Cohen ended her discussion with this takeaway,“for women to be the woman our mothers needed.”

Coro’s Women in Leadership program provides participants with time-tested and immediately applicable professional, leadership, and management skills, tools, and frameworks, as well as deep professional and leadership reflection with the unique leadership contributions and challenges of women in the workplace as the backdrop. WIL also gives participants a community of women eager to collaborate with, learn from, and support each other.

For more information on how to join this program visit Coro’s website here: https://corola.org/wil/.