Warren High club plans women's empowerment conference

DOWNEY − A small women’s club at Warren High School is stepping outside the four walls of the classroom in two weeks, hosting its first ever empowerment conference for young ladies. Founded in 2012, Ladies Leadership boasts nearly 107 members and is dedicated to empowering young women through mentorship, political engagement and educational opportunities.

Crystal Letona, a senior at Warren High, said the organization is also active in volunteerism, including work at local shelters and even the political campaigns of Wendy Gruel and Sandy Fluke. Letona said the group decided to host its own conference entitled “Future Leaders of Downey” after attending similar events in Los Angeles.

“I’ve never heard of one in Downey before,” said Letona, who is president of Ladies Leadership. “It could be the first in our community.”

The conference will take place at Stay Gallery, located at 11140 Downey Ave., on Jan. 30 from 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door.

Ten speakers, including Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, are scheduled to speak on issues related to politics, activism, business and communications. Porto’s Bakery will cater food during the conference’s intermission.