Be Your Own Superhero!

Our Keynote Speaker

Alexis Jones
Alexis Jones is an all-American, southern belle, Texas tomboy. She has hosted a TV show on the Red Carpet, worked at Fox Sports, ESPN, was a contestant on the hit CBS reality TV show Survivor, and a Coach for the Emmy-winning MTV show MADE.

Leveraging her entertainment background as a vehicle to empower youth, Alexis launched I AM THAT GIRL, a global movement inspiring girls to love themselves unconditionally through education, content and community. She quickly became an internationally recognized speaker, media personality, activist and author and established herself as a thought leader for gender equality and an expert on Gen Y. Five years later Alexis continues to trailblaze the women’s empowerment space with a savvy, inspiring, 21st century twist. She has spoken to over 250,000 girls in person and millions of girls on-line regarding self-esteem, bullying, leadership, activism, social entrepreneurism and all things GIRL.

Our Workshop Facilitators

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Tanya Beat – About Face
As a champion of young people, Tanya tirelessly believes in their ability to lead us in a better world. She creates and facilitates workshops on empowering girls to create social change and on how women can use coaching skills to work with girls. In her spare time, she is an air-guitar specialist, road-tripper, youth advocate and photographer.

Anna Benetiz – Planned Parenthood Northern California
Anna is a bilingual health educator for Marin and Sonoma Counties at Planned Parenthood Northern California. She is passionate about providing non-judgmental sexual health information. She believes that quality of life depends on positive and healthy sexuality, which depends on quality of information.

Kaitlin Buchanan – Novato Youth Center
Kaitlin Buchanan is a junior at Marin Catholic. She helps Melissa Ladrech talk to both teen and adult audiences about the stigma of depression and suicide awareness by sharing her personal journey from depression to happiness.

Layel Camargo  – Community Violence Solutions

Megan Carlucci – YWCA San Francisco & Marin
Megan is a recent History graduate from Loyola University Maryland. She now works for the YWCA San Francisco and Marin, helping to fulfill the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women!

Caroline Cirby – Marin Teen Girl Ambassadors
Caroline Cirby is a senior at Novato High School, and has been a Marin Teen Girl Ambassador for seven years.  While researching colleges, Caroline stumbled upon an article about Duke University students who started the “You Don’t Say?” Campaign, and decided to do a similar campaign as her Senior Project and to share it at the Conference. She is an avid sport fan and passionate equal rights advocate. She believes that everyone deserves the same rights, pay, treatment, and respect. Her hobbies include attending concerts and sporting events, taking pictures, and spending time with friends.

Alli Darrow – Jewish Family & Children’s Services
Alli Darrow has been working for JFCS for the last two years as Youth First Coordinator, running the high school summer internship program and various teen and family volunteer and service learning events. Over the last decade, Alli has worked running and developing formal and informal Jewish teen education programs ranging from summer camps, trips to Israel, volunteer days, and teaching teen programs at various synagogues throughout the Bay Area.

Dani Da Silva – Planned Parenthood Northern California
Dani R. Da Silva is the bilingual health educator for San Francisco County and Planned Parenthood Northern California. They are genderqueer [sic], and have a deep passion for engaging youth and adults alike in conversations around sexuality and its intersection with identity.

Maureen De Nieva – Marin Health & Human Services
Maureen “Mo” De Nieva has been with the Marin County Health and Human Services for almost two years. Prior to her work as a Project Coordinator for public health prevention policies and issues, She studied Political Science and Business Administration at Dominican University of California. Maureen has extensive experience in youth development, substance use prevention and utilizing social media to promote positive social change. You can follow her on Twitter: @MOtastic.

Laura Ferber – Novato Youth Center
Laura Ferber is Adolescent Health Education Coordinator for the Novato Youth Center. She was a medical assistant for 9 years and recently competed a degree in Spanish and Human Services Advocacy. After organizing parent support groups, she has a passion for working with teen girls.

Melissa Ladrech – Novato Youth Center
Melissa Ladrech is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and she has been with Family Service Agency of Marin since 2007. Melissa is the current North Bay Suicide Prevention Coordinator. She has a private practice office in Larkspur, where she specializes in working with teens.

Kristen Law – Marin Health & Human Services
Kristen Law has been with the Marin County Health and Human Services for 2 years. Prior to her work as the county’s Prevention Coordinator, Kristen was the Senior Director of Programs for the Youth Leadership Institute’s Marin County office. Kristen brings a wealth of knowledge on youth development, drug and alcohol prevention and community-based participatory action research.

Sue Lowley – Girl Ventures
Sue Lowley is the Program Director at Girl Ventures, a non-profit organization that uses adventure experience to empower teen girls to develop and express their strengths. Sue has spent the past 15 years of her career working with youth in various outdoor and academic settings.

Maryann Maggiore – Five 4 Five
Mary Ann Maggiore is the former mayor of Fairfax and founder of the Youth Commission there; she also founded Dominican University’s Service Learning Center. At the same time, Mary Ann also originated the Girl Scout Save the Bay program, which won a Presidential commendation. Known throughout California for her work as a youth advocate and mentor to teen girls through her non-profit, Five 4 Five—she is kick-ass when it comes to girls.

EB Troast – Planned Parenthood Northern California
EB is the health education manager for San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties at Planned Parenthood Northern California. She believes that a sexuality is a normal, natural part of life, and in being an ally and advocate for young people.

Cristina Vazquez – Community Violence Solutions

Save the Date!
March 15, 2014

9:00am to 3:30pm

Embassy Suites Hotel
San Rafael, CA

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