Every year in February in honor of Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, we pay tribute to their historic contributions and pioneering spirit by inviting female community leaders to share their own stories of success at our annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon. The luncheon gives LAUSD students an opportunity to meet accomplished women from a variety of professions, and engage in insightful conversations about their career paths.
This year, students heard from Los Angeles Dodgers Vice President of External Affairs, Naomi Rodriguez, L.A. Sparks President & COO Danita Johnson, and Heather Brooks Karatz President of the Los Angeles Wildcats of the XFL. The young women first participated in a resource fair to learn more about ways to become more civically engaged in this critical year in our nation’s history as we prepare to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote. Following the resource fair, the girls assembled for a discussion about the challenges of working in male-dominated sports industries, and the importance of doing work that brings value to your community and inspires you.