Limited seating available – this event is always at capacity! Secure your seat today and join us for the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women’s Annual Equality Day Luncheon as we return to the beautiful Mexican Heritage Plaza Pavilion on Friday, August 28, 2015.
We promise a delicious lunch with 250 of our local leaders dedicated to advancing the needs of women and girls. Get highlights on the State of Women & Girls in Santa Clara County as we mix and mingle, celebrating women’s strength and spirit.
Our program proudly features an inspirational keynote by Carissa Phelps, a Mexican-American author, attorney, and advocate for sexually exploited runaway children and homeless youth. She is known as the subject of the award-winning documentary, Carissa, directed by David Sauvage. The 2008 film revisits her life as a sexually exploited runaway child living on the streets of Fresno, California. Having been involved in various petty crimes and probation violations, as well as grand theft auto. Teaching herself mathematics and working to overcome numerous rapes, sexual exploitation, and substance abuse and addictions, she eventually graduated with an MBA and a law degree from UCLA. She is the founder of Runaway Girl, Inc., which advocates for runaway and homeless youth, while providing training for organizations to effectively reach out and address homelessness and human trafficking. In 2012, her life story was told in the book, Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time.
***After Women’s Equality Day Event, a human trafficking training will be held at the theater in MHP (separate from WED lunch)
No need to print your ticket – CSW is going green and your name will be on our registration list at the door. Please just check in when you arrive.
Sponsorships: There is still time to sponsor the event! Please contact us for further details!