The Los Angeles County Women’s Leadership Conference was originally inspired by The Women’s Conference hosted by former First Lady of California, Maria’s Shriver, which was held from 2007-2010. The Women’s Conference ceased to exist after Maria Shriver completed her tenure as California’s First Lady. A group of women from Los Angeles County Public Works saw a void when this Conference left and seized the opportunity to create their own event that inspires attendees to innovate, learn, and connect with the community.
In 2010, the first Public Works Women’s Leadership Conference was held with over 300 attendees from government, business, and the community. The one-day conference was funded entirely through corporate sponsorship and quickly became a much-anticipated County event. In 2015, Public Works collaborated with other Los Angeles County departments to expand the Conference’s impact and was subsequently rebranded to the Los Angeles County Women’s Leadership Conference.
Today the Conference hosts approximately 1,000 attendees and continues to grow in popularity.