Exploration Summit:

Women, Wealth & Equity
Securing our Economic Future

Sept 30 & Oct 01 via Zoom

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About

Join us and the more than 300 community leaders, nonprofit partners, academics, community researchers, activists, CEO’s, influencers, venture capitalists, bankers, philanthropists and change agents that will attend this exciting two-day summit where we chart a path forward in closing the wealth gap for women of color and evidencing how investing in women, especially women of color, will help to secure the economic future of Los Angeles and beyond.

Day 1 – September 30, 2020

People Powered: Place-Based Initiatives in South LA – a presentation of lessons learned and best practices for place-based systems-change efforts, as evidenced in three highly visible initiatives: First 5 LA’s Best Start Communities, The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities and LA Care Health Plan’s Healthy Kids Zone.

Day 2 – October 1, 2020

Wealth Stripping and The Impact of Debt on Mothers in South LA: A Study on the Racial and Gender Wealth Gap – a release of findings from a study being launched this summer, as families are experiencing the economic impacts of the Coronavirus Recession and civil unrest across our communities. This case study is meant to help build a case for eliminating debt in communities like South Los Angeles as a mechanism for economic resiliency and wealth building in communities of color.

Agenda

Note all times are approximate and sessions are subject to change.

Day 1 – September 30, 2020

8:30amZoom Tutorial: Getting Started
9:00amWelcome/Opening session
Veronica Flores, CEO Community Health Councils
9:15am

Lark Social Justice Achievement Award Recipient

  • Barbara Ferrer Director LA County Department of Public Health
9:35am

Keynote Speaker

  • Holly Mitchell, California State Senator District 30 (invited)
9:50amBreak
10:00am

Plenary Session ~ From Place to Systems Change:  Presentations from the Field

  • Keynote Speaker
    David Carlisle, Ph.D., President & CEO ~ Charles Drew University
  • Plenary Speaker
    Sonya Vasquez, MSW,  Chief Transformation Officer, Community Health Councils
10:50am

Women Powered: Place-Based Initiatives in South Los Angeles

Intimate Dialogues Featuring Phenomenal Women Leaders Playing Key Roles in the First 5 LA South LA Best Start Communities and CHC’s Healthy Kids Zone

  • Session 1 Unapologetically Black and Raising the Next Generation: Anti Blackness and building Solidarity in South Los Angeles with Lydia Friend
  • Session 2 Undocumented and Undefeated: Undocumented and Advancing Policy and Systems Change with Patricia Hernandez
  • Session 3 The Balancing Act: Navigating Institutional Change as a Mother with Martha Placencia
12:15pmClose Out & Preview of Day 2

Day 2 – October 1, 2020

9:30amZoom Training
10:00amWelcome/Opening session
Veronica Flores, CEO Community Health Councils
10:15am

The Price of Motherhood in South LA – A Report

  • Melany De La Viesca-Cruz, Associate Director
  • UCLA Asian American Studies Center
  • Pamela Stephens
  • Veronica Flores, CEO, Community Health Councils
  • Dr. Michelle Burton, Director of the Social Change Institute
  • Rebecca Ratzkin, Director of Research and Evaluation Community Health Councils
11:45am

Advancing Strategies for Women’s Economic Resilience

  • Sonya Passi- Founder and CEO of FreeForm
  • Veronica Flores, CEO of Community Health Councils
  • Joselyn Cousins, District Manager-Field Group at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in Los Angeles
12:45pmBREAK
1:00pm

Millen-Z – The Future of Women, Wealth and Equity

  • Jennifer Molina
    Research Associate
    Boston Medical Center
  • Jasmine Guevara
    Associate Program Officer
    Cedars Sinai
  • Grace Song
    Sr Policy Analyst
    Community Health Councils
  • Kahlila Williams
    Student Organizer
    Black Lives Matter Youth Vanguard
  • MacKenzie Grow, MPH
    Project Administrator
    Community Health Councils

2020 Lark Social Justice Achievement Award Recipient

Dr. Barbara Ferrer

Dr. Barbara Ferrer

Dr. Ferrer is the 2020 recipient of the Lark Social Justice Achievement Award for her commitment and leadership in addressing equity in public health during the COVID-19 crisis.  Barbara Ferrer is the Director of the LA County Department of Public Health.  She is a nationally‐known public health leader with over 30 years of professional experience as a philanthropic strategist, public health director, educational leader, researcher, and community advocate. Having worked at several large government entities and foundations, she has a proven track record of working collaboratively to improve population outcomes through efforts that build health and education equity.

The Lark Social Justice Achievement Award was established to honor CHC’s Founding Director Lark Galloway-Gilliam’s passion and commitment to social justice.  The purpose of the Award is to recognize and commemorate an individual, group, or organization that passionately promotes social justice and achieves equity in community and environmental resources to improve the health and well-being of under-resourced populations.

Speakers

Keynote Speaker for Day One Plenary Session

David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD

Presently serving since 2011 as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine (CDU) and Science in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles County, Dr. Carlisle is a published author in health policy, quality of care, medical education diversity and eliminating health disparities. A board-certified Internal Medicine specialist, his clinical work has always revolved around caring for the underserved. Prior to CDU, Dr. Carlisle served as Director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for eleven years (2000-2011) under Governor Gray Davis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Governor Jerry Brown. In 2018 he was appointed as a member of the California Future Health Workforce Commission to help the state develop a plan to close the gap between the health workforce we have and the workforce we need. In 2018, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the California Health Care Foundation and is a member of the founding Board of Directors of BioscienceLA.

  Wealth Stripping and the Price of Motherhood in South LA: A study on the Racial and Gender Wealth Gap

Day Two Presenters

Melany De La Cruz

Melany De La Cruz Viesca

Associate Director at UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Pamela Stephens

Pamela Stephens

Doctoral Student, UCLA Urban Planning

Millen-Z Voices
Navigating Wealth and Equity as Women of Color

Youth Panelists for Day Two

Jennifer Molina

Jennifer Molina

Research Associate
Boston Medical Center

Jasmine Guevara

Jasmine Guevara

Associate Program Officer
Cedars Sinai

Grace Song

Grace Song

Sr Policy Analyst
Community Health Councils

Kahlila Williams

Kahlila Williams

Student Organizer
Black Lives Matter Youth Vanguard

MacKenzie Grow, MPH

MacKenzie Grow, MPH

Project Administrator
Community Health Councils

Partners

Kaiser Permante
First 5 LA
Cedars Sinai
L&W
Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan
CWWG
Southern California Grantmakers
CDU
COER
Social Change Institute