Young women’s leadership conference to offer free styling, finance tips and more at Modesto Junior College

04/01/2014 5:13 PM

04/01/2014 10:44 PM

Women ages 16 to 24 can have free hairstyling, makeup and manicures, get financial-aid tips and hear inspiring speakers Saturday at a conference at the Modesto Junior College West Campus.

Organizer and MJC student Taeilorae Levell said she expects about 300 young women, including Johansen High School students taking advantage of the free makeovers before prom that night. The event is being sponsored by the Associated Students of Modesto Junior College and Mujeres Latinas.

“The goal of this conference is to help each and every woman who walks in to be more educated on the things that are occurring within the city, state and even as far as the world,” Levell said.

She said her vision is to help women become leaders at school, in careers and in helping other young women. “I believe this will be a great way for us to help our community grow from within,” she said.

As an MJC student senator, Levell was able to attend leadership conferences in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

“There was always a women’s breakout (session),” she said. “There would be about 80 to 90 girls dressed up, in full-out business wear, and they were sitting on the ground. They’re so hungry to hear about leadership, they’re willing to sit on the ground in their expensive business wear.”

Those sessions inspired her to look at opportunities for high school and college-age women locally. She found nothing, so she decided to create a women’s event.

Levell said she found many willing to help. “It’s just beautiful, seeing all these women in leadership helping this 21-year-old put together a conference,” she said.

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