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Merced Soroptimists to host Career Conference for High School Girls


Soroptimist International of Merced will host a free, day-long conference for local high school girls interested in learning about career opportunities and beginning to develop professional skills. 

The Dream It, Be It event, which aims to help girls grow to be strong, successful, and happy adults, will take place on Saturday, May 21st at Golden Valley High School in Merced from 8:30am-3:00pm.  

At the conference, participants will attend several sessions where they will learn about potential career paths that match their personalities and strengths, setting and achieving goals, and overcoming obstacles to personal and professional success.  Special inspirational speakers, such as MCAG Executive Director Stacie Guzman and Reverend Ella Luna-Garza of United Methodist Church of Merced, will share how the girls can select careers that fit their unique skills and experiences, as well as how to become resilient leaders.

“We don’t expect that all high school girls will know what they want to do for the rest of their lives. So, our goal is to help them develop skills throughout the day that will serve them throughout their education and careers,” said Soroptimist Club President Teri Kleinen.  “Girls are more likely to grow into confident and capable professionals if they can learn early on how to avoid being thrown off course when they face challenging situations.”

In addition to learning important life skills, the students will also participate in fun activities and receive a variety of resources to support them in the future.  Breakfast and lunch are included.  The conference is free but advanced registration, including written permission by a parent or guardian, is required to attend.  Participants must be in high school.  Students can register online at: 

Soroptimist International of Merced is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a cause-related philanthropic federation of clubs improving the lives of women and girls by providing access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.  The Merced Soroptimists join 1,300 Soroptimist clubs in 20 countries and territories that empower women and girls through volunteer projects, hands-on efforts to end domestic violence and human trafficking, career mentoring for girls and providing cash awards for continuing education.  For more information on how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit