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Brentwood hosts women’s conference

On Saturday, Feb. 4, seven Marl­borough students, Community Out­reach Coordinator Miranda Payne and English instructor Sarah Wolf attended the “It’s Our Turn” confer­ence at Brentwood School, which fea­tured female celebrities and leaders who led panels to help young women learn about how to become or grow as leaders in their communities.

11 female students at Brentwood planned and organized “It’s Our Turn” with the help of two teachers, inspired by Maria Shriver’s “Pass it on” message, part of The Women’s Conference that she hosts annually.

“I thought it was a little over-the-top,” Madeline ’12 said. “That being said, it promoted a great message about women’s leadership, something we try to encourage here at Marlborough.”

The event began with a welcome from members of the “It’s Our Turn” Executive Committee and Head of School Mike Riera, followed by a panel discussion facilitated by U.S. Women’s Soccer player Alex Mor­gan, spoken word artist Azure Antoi­nette, best-selling author Katherine Schwarzenegger and actress and producer Raven-Symone. Next, at­tendees watched a special screen­ing of the documentary “Miss Repre­sentation,” which was also shown to Grades 9-12 at Marlborough in Janu­ary, and had the opportunity to go to a variety of panels facilitated by speakers ranging from Lady Gaga to CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.

“It was incredible to see how young some of these panelists were, creating million-dollar corporations at our age,” said Millicent ’12, President of Marlborough’s new Women in Leadership club. Millicent chose to sit in on the “It’s Our Turn to Become Entrepreneurs” panel. All panelists were aged 17 and un­der, and some run multimillion-dol­lar companies, including Emi-Jay, a manufacturer of hair accessories, and Violent Lips, a lip tattoo service started by Brentwood sophomore Isabella Haddad.

Millicent said that the although the carnival atmosphere and celebrity guests detracted from the overall message, the conference inspired.

“[The conference] gave me the impetus to really get the ball rolling on my own club,” she said. “I hope a few years down the line Marlbor­ough will be able to hold its own women’s conference.”