AAUW: Women in the Trades panel to be held Saturday, February 1

A panel of women will tell their career stories “In the Trades” at the Saturday, February 1 meeting of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Golden Sails Inn, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803. Speaking at 11 a.m. will be Vivian Malauulu, a longshoreman; Bridgett Lewis, Manager of Security Operations at the Port of Long Beach; Robin Thorne, founder of DemoChicks, and Jennifer Caveness, a construction consultant. RSVP ASAP to PayPal account to send $$ to [email protected]. Select Send to a Friend so the branch isn’t charged a fee. Send $5.00 for meeting/program only and $29.00 for buffet luncheon at 12 Noon of chicken or Veg Wellington, salad, and dessert with drinks included.

AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, they have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families. Years ago most women were relegated to careers as teacher, nurse or secretary. Today there are so many more choices including positions in the Trades. The Branch meeting program for February fea- tures a panel of women who will tell their career stories. We will hear from Vivian Malauulu, a longshoreman; Bridgett Lewis, Manager of Security Operations at the Port of Long Beach; Robin Thorne, founder of DemoChiks, and Jennifer Caveness, a construction consultant.

Vivian Malauulu is the first Latina elected to the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees. She was a journalism professor at LBCC, and today she is the board’s current president. Bridgett D. Lewis, Manager of Security Operations at the Port of Long Beach, has a dual role: She oversees security operations at the nation’s busiest seaport, as well serving as the Director of the Central California Maritime Coordination Center (MCC). Robin Thorne founded DemoChicks, a non-profit which encourages young women to consider a career in the construction, engineering, building, and demolition industries. Jennifer Caveness has nearly 25 years of hands-on experience in all facets of the construction and real estate industry.

The AAUW Long Beach branch has been actively involved in the community since 1911. The mission of AAUW is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy, with membership open to those with an AA degree or greater. For details about membership in AAUW and the local Branch please visit www.aauw-longbeach.org.

This article was released by AAUW Long Beach.