SWAN hosts a monthly forum highlighting a specific topic. SWAN forums include community speakers, in depth discussions and calls to action. Forums are held at HUB 101 in Westlake Village.

Upcoming Forums

Sunday May 19 2-4pm “Are We There Yet?” A look at women, girls and unequal rights.

Featured Speaker
Torie Osborn

Torie Osborn is a strong, visionary leader who has spent her life working for change and taking action. She is recognized nationally for her community-organizing approach to solving problems and for being at the forefront of the major fights for social justice for 45 years. She currently serves as Chief Strategist for Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

Girl Talk Panel
A moderated conversation with five high school students from throughout the community discussing their views on current women’s issues.

Past Forums

2018

September 2018 LGBTQ+ Rights
We are kicking off the Fall quarter with a focus on LGBTQ+. Come learn more about the Conejo Valley Pride event on September 22 from co-founder Narissa Petchumrus.

June 2018 Homelessness and the affordable housing shortage. With a specific focus on the homeless epidemic in Los Angeles. We are honored to host a panel with speakers from the United Way, LA Family Housing and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl's office. Susan Ng serves as Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s District Director for the West Valley and Mountain Communities. She is responsible for district office operations, constituent services, and community engagement. Frank Romero-Crockett works as the Community Affairs Liaison for our Home for Good Initiative at United Way LA.  Alynn Gausvik is the Sr. Director of Engagement at LA Family Housing. LAFH helps people transition out of homelessness through a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services.

May 2018 Housing Insecure: Facing The Crisis of our Generation. Darlynn Childress, co-founder of SWAN, highlights facts and figures as well as the human impact of homelessness and housing insecure. You can check out the presentation by clicking here.

April 2018 Part III on Criminal Justice Reform. Harry Grammer, a fellow Impact Maker to Watch, is the founder of New Earth. New Earth provides mentor-based arts, educational, and vocational programs that empower juvenile justice and system involved youth ages 13-25 to transform their lives, move toward positive, healthier life choices, and realize their full potential as contributing members of our community. We are honored to have Harry speak at SWAN!

March 2018 Panel of Longtime Muslim activists advocating for reform and gender equality.
Raheel Raza lives in Toronto and is President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, founding member of The Muslim Reform Movement, Director of Forum for Learning, award winning journalist, public speaker, advocate for human rights, gender equality and dignity in diversity. And Soraya Deen, a native of Sri Lanka, lives in Los Angeles and is the founder of the Muslim Women’s Speaker Movement. She blends her legal expertise and diverse background to inspire people to navigate conflict and promote peace. She serves on the board of several organizations and works with young American Muslims to create an impact through communication and community service.

February 2018 Part II Mass Incarceration & Criminal Justice Reform. Speaker: Sherry Gold, former Justice Deputy for LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Her work included ending solitary confinement for juveniles, establishing a Civilian Oversight Committee, and reforming the money bail system. She was an integral part of ensuring that Campus Kilpatrick, the County’s new juvenile facility in Malibu, would represent a holistic model of care for the juvenile probation system.

January 23 7pm Part I Criminal Justice Reform. The US has over two million people incarcerated, the highest rate in the world. Join us as we begin our new quarterly focus on criminal justice reform, including the juvenile justice system, racial & ethnic disparities in prisons, cash bail reform and more. Want to see this presentation? Click here.

2017

November Part III of our quarterly focus on white privilege & systemic racism. Discuss includes understanding allyship and learning strategies/actions we can take in our own lives.

October Part II of our quarterly focus on White Privilege as we explore the historical elements that have led to systemic white supremacy - from the GI Bill, to redlining communities, to the rise of mass incarceration. Learn and discuss together in an open, non-judgmental space about the policies and forces that have led to where we are today.

September Part I “Exploring White Privilege” What does white privilege mean? Are we guilty of it? Does that mean we're racist? What does it mean to be white in the Conejo Valley, where almost everyone is white? There are so many questions and so much to learn about what our privilege means and how we can use it to support marginalized communities. An open, honest, female-only, non-judgmental, guided round table conversation about white privilege and systemic white supremacy. The subject can be uncomfortable, but the discussion doesn't need to be. We'll check our judgements at the door and learn together with open minds and open hearts.

August Healthcare Continuing our quarterly focus on healthcare, SWAN will host Deborah Madden. Debbie is an attorney and healthcare reform advocate who will present an overview of the US healthcare system, which lays out the case for how Medicare For All would save lives and dollars. She will also discuss some of the proposed bipartisan ACA fixes that will be taken up by the Senate health committee in September

July Healthcare  LINDA PARKS, Ventura County supervisor, along with a local health care manager, Adriana Gonzalez, discuss the options available for the un/under insured in Ventura County.

May Immigration Vanessa Teran from MICOP discusses serving the Mexican indigenous population in Ventura County.

April Immigration Lucas Zucker and Maricela Morales from CAUSE highlight the struggle for Immigrant Rights and the vital need for a Sanctuary State through passing of SB54

March Women with Torie Osborn on LA County Women + Girls Initiative

February The Importance of Choice with Julie Mickelberry on Defending Planned Parenthood

January Women in the Conejo Valley. Darlynn and Danielle lead a discussion on Women's Rights and Local Action

December 2016 FIRST FORUM! Launching a Grassroots Organization

SWAN Forum at Create Studio - March, 2017 (Photo by Aimee Porter)

SWAN Forum at Create Studio - March, 2017 (Photo by Aimee Porter)