On Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Pasadena City College, the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. presented the 8th Annual Career & Educational Conference for African American Women's Conference for grades 7 – 12. The theme this year was "Position Yourself for Greatness" and the event providing an opportunity for approximately 350 girls to explore educational and vocational institutions, gain information on career options and learn about a variety of relevant life issues. All participants received conference materials, many conference bag give a ways, continental breakfast, lunch and the opportunity to win numerous raffle prizes. The conference was opened with an inspirational message from the keynote speaker, Stacey McBride-Irby, regarding the path which led to her to create the Mattel So In Style Barbie which features physical attributes of African America girls. Ms. McBride-Irby further engaged the participants by presenting two dozen So In Style Barbie Dolls to lucky winners. During the closing general session, the young women heard a motivational speech on the health benefits of exercise and proper diet from Dr. Rebecca Hasson, who is currently conducting research on childhood obesity at the University of Southern California. Dr. Hasson's presentation encouraged the audience about career goals of promoting disease prevention behaviors in high-risk populations.
The conference day included numerous workshops related to the goal; of the day and presented by experts in the field. Some of the workshop titles are: When 2+2=MORE!: CSI and Careers in Math & Science, Is there a Doctor in the House?, Order In The Court!, Keeping Us Safe: Careers in Law Enforcement, Leadership: Maximize Your Potential, The Helping Professions: Careers in Healthcare, Going High Tech: New and Social Media Production, Spice Up Your Life!: The Art of, Cooking With Flair, Braided, Curled & Ready For The World!: Careers in Cosmetology, CAMERA, LIGHTS....ACTRESS!, At-TEN-tion!!: Careers in the Armed Forces and Project Runway, Here I Come! There was also the experience of visiting exhibitors from the community, business and education communities to discuss employment opportunities, qualifications for certain careers and details on making the appropriate educational choice.
Exhibitors included; AIDS Service Center, American Career College, American Sports University, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, Northridge and Long Beach, Charles Drew University, Academy Group, Education Access Solutions/, The Scholarship Club, Foothill Employment, Foothill Family Service, Girl Scouts, HBCU Campus Tours, Inc., L.A. Community College District, SGV-NCNW/Young Legends, North American Association of Minority College Planners, Pasadena Public Health Department, PCC, Shepherds Door, Spelman College, The Black College Tour, UCLA, US Census Bureau and Women at Work
Premium Sponsors which made the day possible were Pasadena City College, Kaiser Permanente, Flintridge Operating Foundation, Pasadena Unified School District, City of Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women and Pasadena Delta Foundation. Community Sponsors were Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, Metropolitan Baptist Church, NAACP-Pasadena Branch, Northern Trust, Pasadena Community Foundation, Fantasy Tours and Senator Carol Liu.
The 8th Annual Young African American Women's Conference Planning Committee was made up of a group of very committed volunteers, led by Co-Chairs – Deborah Williams and Tanganica Turner.