Inaugural Women Achieving Success (WAS) Conference

Sacramento, CA, October 19, 2015 - Sacramento County Probation Department along with Wellspace Health Family Service Agency will host a one-day conference for women exiting the justice system with their sites now set on entering the workforce. The event will be held from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Harper Alumni Center on the campus of California State University, Sacramento.

Teaming with other community-based organizations and members of the faith community, the WAS conference brings together a variety of resources to address barriers unique to the women it seeks to serve. Approximately 75 female participants will have an opportunity for help with creating resumes, improving interview skills, and networking with employers. Additionally, local vendors and volunteers will assist participants with creating a positive self-image and provide appropriate workplace attire – made possible through donations.

“By connecting our female clients to employment resources during the conference – we hope to improve outcomes, not just for them, but also for their families.” Alan Seeber, Assistant Division Chief, Sacramento County Probation Department. Throughout the day, participants will experience four separate learning stations and hear from motivational speakers, including Sarah Chamber from Street Soccer Sacramento-Lady Salamanders. News10 anchorwoman, Cristina Mendonsa will graciously serve as guest emcee for a portion of the afternoon.

WHO: Women Achieving Success – 75 women who have completed their program requirements in various drug programs such as Drug Court, and Treatment Recovery Services will spend a day of shopping for makeup, hair and clothes and receive job readiness training.  There will be four rotations during the day to insure that all attendees can visit each area.

WHEN: October 20, from 9 a.m. 4 p.m.  – Best Visuals 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 etc.

WHERE: Sacramento State Alumni Center

VISUALS: Program graduates shopping for clothes with personal shoppers , receiving makeup and hair services. Graduates will be available for interviews.

The Sacramento County Probation Department provides clients with the assessment, treatment, supervision and support necessary to prevent re-offending, resulting in a safer community. Our highly-skilled, multi-disciplinary workforce uses innovative strategies to support positive change.

Michele Vela-Payne
(916) 837-2487  Cell