Women in Philanthropy members host Day at the Capitol event for local foster youth

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Close to 30 female foster youth, involved in United Way’s $en$e-Ability project, participated in United Way’s Women in Philanthropy presents Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 19th. The Day at the Capitol was created to expose the participants to information about a potential career in government and to inspire them to reach for their dreams. See the photos!

The day’s activities began with an opportunity for the youth to go on a horseshoe tour of the Capitol – a behind the scenes look at the Governor’s office. As the day continued, the youth were greeted by five influential women in government: Secretary Anna M. Caballero, State and Consumer Services Agency; Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary for the Office of the Governor; Claudia Cappio, Executive Director of California Housing Finance Agency; Mona Prieto, Deputy Commissioner of California Highway Patrol and Genevieve Shiroma, Chair of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board were our esteemed panel members for the event. After brief introductions, the panel members joined the youth throughout the room and covered themes such as: how being a woman shaped your career, college/pre-workforce life, getting started in the workforce, growing your career and future aspirations.

After the event, the youth shared that talking with the panel members gave them a new perspective on careers in general. One youth shared she was surprised to see the women had all started at the bottom and have worked their way up to where they are in their careers today. All of the young women who participated felt special for having an opportunity to interact with the panel members and learn about their careers.

A special thank you to member Bimla Rhinehart, who recently passed away, for coming up with the idea for this fabulous event.  We are so grateful to have had Bimla as a member of Women in Philanthropy and her legacy will live on through future Day at the Capitol events.

Click to see event photos!