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County Hosting Leadership Conference to Inspire and Empower Young Women in Santa Clara County

Forbes 30 under 30 & Dreamers RoadMap founder, Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, announced as keynote speaker


The County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy is excited to announce its annual Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference, a free event that is open to all Santa Clara County high school students and their adult allies, including their mothers (or mother-figures) and professionals who work with them.

Forbes 30 under 30 & DREAMer’s RoadMap founder, Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, a former undocumented high school student, will be the keynote speaker at the March 17th conference. Sarahi was a Champion of Change at the White House in 2014, received a House of Representatives Award in 2015, and was named in Forbes 30 under 30 in 2016. Sarahi hopes to help hundreds of thousands of students eliminate the barriers to success.

The Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference includes continental breakfast, lunch, cultural performances and workshops exploring leadership, empowerment, healthy relationships, identity, and self-care. A networking and resource fair will also be available to promote community resources and offer volunteer opportunities to the youth. 

Due to the material covered during the event, all students must be in high school and residents of Santa Clara County, and no middle school students are allowed. Underserved populations including Latinas, immigrants and LGBTQ individuals who are in high school are encouraged to participate.

Participants are encouraged to donate family-size soap, shampoo, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products or diapers (sizes 3, 4 or 5) to benefit local domestic violence shelters. 

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Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, DREAMer’s RoadMap founder, Recipient of the 2014 White House Champion of Change award and included in the 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy

High School Girls, Mothers and Adult Advocates for Girls


Saturday, March 17, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza

1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA 95116


Women make up half the population and half the workforce in Santa Clara County. Research demonstrates that investing time, energy and resources to support girls’ development positively impacts the choices they make and their success in and out of school. Strong Girls, Strong Women (SGSW) Leadership Conference seeks to empower high school girls and their adult allies to be strong members and committed leaders of their communities.

About the County of Santa Clara Office of Women's Policy

Organizer of Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference 2018

Developed in the spirit of collaboration between the County and the community in 1998, the Office of Women’s Policy (OWP) is a leading voice in Silicon Valley on the needs of women and girls, serving as a catalyst for awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact women's health, safety and security. Through analysis, research and strategic collaboration, OWP works to ensure that programs and services (and also systems and policy) support women's leadership, full equality and advancement in the home, at work and in the community. 

OWP’s strategies include:

  • Serve as a bridge between County and community to ensure the voice of women and girls is present in decision-making 
  • Conduct outreach and dialogue to identify and raise awareness of current and emerging issues for women and girls
  • Strategically collaborate to better leverage resources, identify programs and services, and examine the effectiveness of policy and systems in meeting the needs of women and girls
  • Influence the legislative process at the local, state and national levels.


The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the fifth largest county in California. With a $6.5 billion budget, more than 70 agencies/departments and 20,000 employees, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all. The County provides essential services including public health and environmental protection, medical services through Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, parks, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need.

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Media ContactLaurel Anderson/Marina Hinestrosa​, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Julie Ramirez, Office of Women's Policy, (408) 299-6421.

Posted: March 7, 2018​

Last updated: 3/7/2018 3:16 PM