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In the greater SouthernCalifornia, women’s opportunities are limitless. Inspiring, encouraging, and motivating women is what this movement is all about. For some, inspiration may mean a new career, for others it may mean exploring leadership, volunteering, or running for public office. In addition to inspiration, providing opportunities for women entering or re-entering the workforce or choosing to do something different is not easy to find, until now. Created and developed by Lori Stone, A Day in Her Shoes is designed to provide motivation, inspiration, encouragement as well as career opportunities for women, empowering them to imagine themselves in new or different shoes and to connect with women that are already wearing them.

Local employers play a key role in the experience, connecting with women eager to learn and grow right here at home. Education, training, and mentoring are how our region builds a workforce that keeps and attracts state-of-the-art businesses and keeps families from long commutes.

Sometimes we need to learn to walk in new shoes, so attendees can register to be mentors or to be mentored, ensuring the support and personal growth last throughout the year. A built-in support system has been developed to ensure successful outcomes and experiences.

If you are ready to try on new shoes that can take you anywhere you want to go, this is the place to do it.

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

Women in

Science • Public Safety • Politics

The Women in Science Panel

Moderated by Judy Zulfiqar, the Women in Science Panel features local women who have excelled in the medical and science fields including Rebecca Driscoll Founder and CEO of the Cancer Help Desk, Kitty Loduvica Hiert an expert on Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) as well as behavior, social emotional development.  Rounding out the panel is Helen Harrison from Murrieta’s own TX Genetic Research specializing in whole exome sequencing (WES) genetic profile and their health symptoms.

The Women in Public Safety Panel

This panel, moderated by Riverside County Sheriff Chief Deputy Misty Reynolds, takes a Day in Her Shoes to a whole new level!  Follow along as Julie Ngo and Marcy Thompson go through the simulated experience of an officer in the field. Murrieta Officer Amber Ruzek provides her experiences of being a female officer and her personal journey.

The Women in Politics Panel

Lori Stone will moderate a lively and direct conversation with elected women including Assemblywoman Kate Sanchez (Invited), Riverside County District Two Supervisor Karen Spiegel, Virginia Blumenthal Riverside Community College District Board of Trustee, and Darcy Burke, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District. These women are succeeding in male-dominated political arenas, and they candidly tell their stories on how they got there, what it takes to be effective, and share advice to those considering running for public office.

SAFE Family Justice Panel and

Turpin Sister Resiliency Award

The Turpin family lived in Perris, California where 13 siblings were imprisoned and tortured in what became known as the House of Horrors.  On January 14, 2018, a young Jordan Turpin escaped and called for help.  Her courage and bravery saved her and her siblings’ lives.  It took unimaginable courage and bravery and with that one selfless act they could have a different life.

On March 8th, 2024, A Day in Her Shoes will honor Jordan and Jennifer Turpin with the first annual Resiliency Award and recognize Safe Family Justice Center for the work they have done in helping the Turpin siblings and other victims of abuse throughout Riverside County.

Life Changing - Empowering - Inspiring

Time has been allocated throughout the program for mentorship pairing, exploration, and networking. This event is designed to be life changing, empowering, and inspiring.

A Day in Her Shoes event takes place on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8th, 2024, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Murrieta Hot Springs Conference Center, and will feature:

  • Iconic women speakers and panelists
  • An interactive exhibit area featuring our best regional employers, hand-selected mentors, and vendors.
  • Mentorship Pairing
  • Inspiration
  • Take-away materials and gifts that foster career exploration and potential.
  • Food and Beverage provided by the Local Restaurants and Dining Experiences.
  • Exploration
  • Free Parking
  • Life-changing Experiences
  • Network Opportunities
  • Limitless Possibilities