Alliance for Girls' 5th Annual Conference

Together We Rise

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, more than 400 girls’ champions, including electeds, directors of girls' organizations and students, from across the country convened in Oakland for a day of learning and solidarity. Attendees hailed from the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California, Florida, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington, DC!

*  Top 5 Takeaways  *  Photos  *

Watch Together We Rise

Opening Performance

Michelle Ibarra
Spoken Word Artist & Visual Arts Student
Ruth Asawa School of the Arts


Mayor Libby Schaaf
Oakland's 50th Mayor

Morning Keynote Speaker

Kalisha Dessources
Director of the National Collaborative of Young Women’s Initiatives
Former Policy Advisor to the Obama White House Council on Women and Girls

 Gender Justice: Inclusive Movement Building

Lynn Johnson
, Co-Founder & CEO of Spotlight:Girls
Eliana Goldfarb, Student & Member of the Go Girls! Leadership Team

Haben Girma
, Global Inclusion Leader & White House Champion of Change
Janetta Louis Johnson
, Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project

Marcia Rincon-Gallardo, Noxtin: Equal Justice for All
Vanessa Wruble, Women's March on Washington, Okayafrica


Emma Mayerson
Founding Executive Director
Alliance for Girls

GirlTalk Speaker

Kiah Killens
Student at Notre Dame de Namur University
Member of the Alliance for Girls Girls Leadership Team

GirlTalk Speaker

Mikaela Galvis-Venegas
Student & Social Justice Activist
Intern at Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)

Lunch Keynote Conversation

Genevieve Angelson
Actress & Writer, best known for her role as Patti Robinson

Thuy Vu
Five-Time Emmy Award-Winning TV Anchor & Host of "KQED Newsroom"

Closing Keynote

Zahra Billoo
Executive Director
Center for American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area

Closing Keynote

Stephanie Schriock
EMILY's List

Closing Performance

Oakland School for the Arts' Middle School A Cappella Ensemble



Alliance Partners


Lynn Johnson


Joan Kuriansky