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Day One will engage women, girls, and allies from across the country through inspiring mainstage sessions, issue-breakouts, opportunities to connect with leading fellow changemakers, and an interactive center with organizations and women-owned businesses. You’ll choose 2 breakouts on Saturday: 1 from Session A and 1 from Session B. When you’re not in your breakouts, you’ll be able to take a break for lunch and explore The Center, where over 150 organizations and businesses are hosting activations!

On Day Two, attendees will fan out across Los Angeles to attend skills-based trainings or Community Teach-In’s hosted by a range of organizations that are making change on gender equity in Los Angeles. Please keep an eye out for an email from your Day Two Host with location instructions.

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Sunday, May 6 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Sheroes of Organizing: Community Organizing 101 FULL
Limited Capacity full
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Often, the biggest barrier for creating change is knowing how to take the first step toward achieving your goal. Our communities need new leaders—and new voices—to get involved. All over the country, women are stepping up to fill this void and make a positive impact on their local communities. In this session, we work to understand the critical nature of establishing a strong, actionable vision; we develop one; and conclude by laying the groundwork for turning it into action.

This session will take a deeper look at the essence and foundation of community organizing—what is it we are truly seeking to achieve by organizing others to action? In this, we’ll highlight some of our country’s most notable women organizers, as well as those who currently display powerful leadership as volunteer organizers through Organizing for Action.

First, we’ll discuss the unique challenges presented to women as they seek to organize and empower their communities to effect change. We’ll look at how operating from our strengths is a more effective strategy—because successful organizing leverages a diverse array of skills, tactics, and ideas. There’s no one right way to organize.

In the second half of our session, we’ll examine some concrete organizing skills and how to apply them. Namely, we’ll start at one of the most fundamental necessities of strong organizing: creating and understanding our vision. What is our purpose? What drives us to action? Why do we organize, and why do we care? These are the questions we must be able to answer to construct our path forward and begin creating the world we want to see. From here, we’ll pivot towards developing an understanding of how to effectively plan and implement a strategy for success based on our visions—Once we know what we’re aiming for, we need to develop a way to get there!

We’ll close our session by outlining what work is left to do in order to organize and impact our communities, including the ways you can get involved with OFA and other progressive organizations working to achieve a world of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

This training is geared towards those who seek to make an impact in their communities and want to figure out how a good way to establish a strong foundation. Often, the biggest barrier for creating change is taking that first step towards your goal. We hope to give you the skills, confidence, and drive to get started.


Kevin Lane

Training Project Manager, Organizing for Action

Traci Wile

Dir. of Community Engagement, OFA

Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT