SOURCE: Brentwood School

Brentwood School

Brentwood School

January 30, 2012 19:39 ET

Brentwood School Is Pleased to Present "It's Our Turn -- Young Women's Conference at Brentwood School"

One-Day Event Created by Brentwood Girls for Young Women Everywhere to Feature Maria Shriver, Mary J. Blige and More Than 20 Other Speakers February 4th

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 30, 2012) - On Saturday, February 4, 2012, the "It's Our Turn -- Young Women's Conference at Brentwood School" conference will include presentations and panel discussions by an impressive range of female leaders who will address topics relevant to young women in the process of defining themselves and finding their own voice, such as activism, body image, bullying, feminism and equality, global issues for women, women in entertainment and media, and women in sports. An ambitious group of high school students at Brentwood School, a K-12 independent school in Los Angeles, CA, conceived of "It's Our Turn" to empower young women to take charge of the future in positive ways that influence and inspire others. Honorary Chair Maria Shriver and special guest Mary J. Blige invite girls in Grades 8 through 12 to attend this unique event. To purchase tickets or for more information, please go to

As the mission statement of the young women planning the conference describes, "Our goal is to seek wisdom and guidance from others, empower ourselves, and inspire those around us." Senior Jade Iovine, one of the primary student organizers of the conference, explains that "'It's Our Turn' was chosen to be the conference theme because it's just that simple. In our eyes, it's our turn to have a chance to change things, to spread our message, to break the chain. It's no longer just our mother's job to pave the way. It's our turn to take the drivers seat of our own lives and to change the lives of others."

Brentwood School Head, Dr. Mike Riera, adds, "At Brentwood School, we hope to inspire our students to make a difference, something I often hear our graduates are doing in a variety of ways. In this case, however, I witnessed firsthand the work done by these young women and their faculty advisors to manifest their vision -- truly remarkable. I guarantee all present will gain benefit and insight from the day. I can also assure you that what our students have accomplished will definitely surprise, impress, and, indeed, make a difference."

"What a pleasure it has been to watch the young women at Brentwood School take on the challenge of a young women's conference with such creativity, leadership and vision," said journalist, author, and activist Maria Shriver. "I am thrilled that these young women were inspired by the 'pass it on' message of the women's conference that I hosted annually and lived that message by passing on what they learned to their fellow students. My work has always been about guiding and encouraging people to move beyond their comfort zones and the labels that limit them to recognize their power to be architects of change. These extraordinary young women did just that. I am very proud of them and humbled to serve as Honorary Chair of their remarkable event."

Brentwood is a school that actively seeks ways to connect with the greater community through unique opportunities. "It's Our Turn -- Young Women's Conference at Brentwood School" is one of many exciting programs created by the school and offered to the public. Brentwood School is a vibrant and diverse community whose purpose is to promote personal and intellectual growth. We provide challenging, engaging programs in a nurturing learning environment, devoting care and attention to every student. Embracing high standards of character, commitment, and achievement, Brentwood encourages students to think critically and creatively and to act ethically.

Presenters include:
Page Adler, Co-Founder, The Painted Turtle
Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, Documentary Filmmaker
Azure Antoinette, Poet & Spoken Word Artist
Nancy Aossey, President and CEO, International Medical Corps
Sema Basol, Co-Founder, Turkish Women's Initiative
Carolyn Blashek, Founder, Operation Gratitude
Lorene Cary, Author and Founder of Art Sanctuary
Lindy Dekoven, Chair, California Commission on the Status of Women
Samantha Ettus, Bestselling Author and Personal Branding Expert
Marie Ferro, Makeovers From the Inside Out
Julianne Goldmark, Co-Founder, Emi-Jay, Inc.
Isabella Haddad, Co-Creator, Violent Lips
Nancy Josephson, Partner, William Morris Endeavor
Harriet Kerr, LCSW, Rape Treatment Center
Mavis Leno, Feminist Majority Foundation
Tanya Lopez-Brooks, SVP, Original Movies for Lifetime
Lolli Lucas Clark, Upper School Director, Sierra Canyon School
Emily Matson, Co-Founder, Emi-Jay, Inc.
Alex Morgan, U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
Angella Nazarian, Author and Psychologist
Catherine Paura, CEO, Advanced Marketing Perspectives
Anita Jones Roehrick, Executive Director, Gaines-Jones Education Foundation
Lauren Roselle, President, Esteem
Katherine Schwarzenegger, Best-selling Author
Raven Symoné, Actor
Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment
Dana Walden, Chair, 20th Century Fox Television
Jessica Weiner, Author and Confidence Specialist
Kimberly Wolf, Founder, Shimmer Teen
Daphne Zuniga, Actor

It's Our Turn to:
Define Being a Young Woman - Be Visionaries - Give Back - Change the World - Rock What We've Got - Create Healthy Relationships - Be Our Own Best Defense - Become Entrepreneurs - Find Our Own Voice - Take the Lead.

The conference is made possible in part by a grant from the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, with special thanks to the Bendheim family.

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