Your Fashion Forecast – High Heels and Hard Hats

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CONFERENCE PRESENTATION

“Your Fashion Forecast – High Heels and Hard Hats”

March 7, 2014

Izzi Zandvliet – Presenter

How appropriate that besides hosting WIC week, March is also National Women’s History Month which celebrates “women of character, courage and commitment.” It is recognized nationwide and celebrated locally with many, varied events.  I was privileged to be one of the presenters participating at the Rio Hondo College’s “Women’s History Conference,” held Friday, March 7.  This year’s theme was “Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility.”

Three hundred Junior and Senior young women from six Whittier Union High Schools were bussed in to attend the all day event. After a breakfast reception, we were ushered into the Wray Theatre for a welcome by representatives of Rio Hondo College, Whittier Union High School District and Soroptimist International, all sponsors of the day’s event. Keynote speaker was Ms. Dunia Elvir, award winning reporter and journalist for Channel 52’s “Noticiero Telmundo 52, Buenos Dias Los Angeles.”

After the General Session, the young women could choose to attend a variety of presentations and workshops ranging from ‘How to Dress for Job Interviews’ to ‘Surviving College’ to ‘Journal Writing’ to ‘Zumba’ to ‘Non-Traditional Career Choices’ (led by Yours Truly).

I presented my “Fashion Forecast – High Heels and Hard Hats” at all three sessions to a total of about 120 young women, and hopefully influenced them to at least consider construction and engineering as an exciting career option. I can report that during each 45 minute session, I found them to be fully engaged and from the questions they asked, I think they will be exploring construction and engineering further.

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