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The 2018 Riot “Experience, Expression, Empowerment" Conference

With the support of our school administration, the Riot Club will be hosting the second annual conference for high school women of color in the Bay Area. The Riot Club inspires young women of color to focus on the intersections of race and feminism. We created the Riot Conference hoping to bridge the disconnect of women of color at private independent schools in the Bay Area through a day of embrace and encouragement. Our theme for the conference this year is “Experience, Expression, Empowerment.” The goal of our conference is to provide a space to empower and encourage young women of color to carry themselves with confidence and explore their passions. Our more immediate goal is to help break down barriers for female students of color that inhibit them from reaching their full potential. With the 2016 elections behind us, we recognize that there are extremely few women of color in leadership positions who can allow our voices to be heard. We're hoping that this conference will cultivate more women leaders of color, especially in high powered positions like President of the United States.

Online applications are due by February 25, 2018, at 2:30 p.m.!

We do have a capacity limit, so we will have a thoughtful application selection process.

If you would like support to Riot Conference, please see the following page for our 2018 crowd fundraiser:

Featured Speakers


Shelly Kapoor Collins is founding partner of the Shatter Fund, a returns-driven fund investing in technology companies led and started by women. Shatter is the culmination of Shelly's entire career of working in the tech industry as a founder, investor, and advisor, and extensive experience in mentoring and empowering women in the US and abroad. Shelly will share her journey developing an unparalleled network of female operators built over 20 years, providing investments in some of the most exciting female companies, including GlamSquad, UrbanSitter, Hello Alice, On Second Thought, Talk Media News, Kraus Aerospace, and more.


Lande Ajose is executive director of California Competes and spearheads the organization’s work calling for a higher education investment board to provide innovative solutions for coordinating the state’s education and workforce challenges. An expert in education and job training of low-income adults, Lande has extensive experience in developing effective change strategies through her work at Informing Change, where she directed complex client projects related to education, poverty alleviation, workforce development, and issues of inequity. Community college success was a major focus of Lande’s previous work both at MDRC, where she managed a comprehensive evaluation of the Achieving the Dream initiative, and during her tenure at the James Irvine Foundation. Named to the California Student Aid Commission by Governor Jerry Brown, she currently serves as interim chair. Lande holds a PhD in urban and regional studies from MIT and an MA in urban planning from the School of Public Affairs at UCLA. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Occidental College. Lande graduated from University High School in 1983.

Panelists and Other Guests

Amber Quiñones is a SoulCycle instructor and fitness professional based in San Francisco. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Amber first landed in the Bay Area when she matriculated at Stanford University for her undergraduate degree. After pursuing a BS in product design mechanical engineering and a minor in Latin American studies, Amber decided to pivot from her intended career path in business management to follow her passions for wellness, dance, and community-building. Having studied and worked in a variety fields (from product design to private equity to fitness), she looks forward to sharing her insights as a woman of color in various workplaces.

Makayla London is a SoCal native, born and raised in Moorpark. She doubles as a full-time student at California State University Fullerton, pursuing a bachelor's degree in public relations, and a full-time self-represented fashion and beauty model. Makayla is also a digital media intern at Hurley. Recently landing her first brand campaign with Hurley, Makayla continues to push boundaries of beauty for women of color. She ultimately hopes to add to representation of multiracial culture in mass media.

Paula Markey grew up in Seattle, Washington, and easily adapted to a similar yet warmer Bay Area lifestyle when she moved south for college. While attending Stanford University, she danced with the marching band as a Stanford Dollie at all major sporting events! As a former dancer, her class incorporates choreography while maintaining control and body awareness with proper resistance. Being a SoulCycle instructor in San Francisco, she emphasizes form and truly connecting with each and every amazing beat she delivers.

Dr. Lizette Ortega Dolan is a first-generation Latina who began her education career as an English language student. She earned her BA from the University of California at Berkeley with majors in History and Dance and minors in Education and Drama. She also graduated with Honors for her thesis “Living and Dying for the Red and Blue: The History and Evolution of Latino Youth Gangs." In 2002, Lizette earned a Master’s from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an EdD in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s College of California. She was awarded the Kalmanovitz School of Education Award in Spring 2013 and was invited to serve on a newly created Alumni Board. Lizette has over 20 years of experience in education and was most recently the vice-principal at Carondelet High School and the Middle School Head at Park Day School in Oakland, California. She began her career with Teach for America/Multicultural Alliance and was awarded a Fulbright Memorial Fund grant to study in Japan. She served as Co-Chair of Northern California People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) for several years and continues to serve as lead Advisor. She also served as co-chair of the National White Privilege Conference (WPC) Youth Action Project (YAP) for many years. She has presented internationally, nationally, and locally on issues of teacher excellence, school innovation, best practices for recruitment and retention of within independent schools, and cultivating inclusive learning environments.

Thank you to all of our 2017 attendees, panelists, speakers, sponsors, and conference organizers!

The conference is brought to you by the Riot Club*, with support from:

San Francisco University High School

* The UHS Riot Club is a affinity/issue club that focuses on the intersection of race and feminism. Our goal is to spark discussions in the wider UHS community about issues relevant to women of color, as well as to provide an affinity space for self-identified girls of color to talk and connect.

Would you like to become a sponsor or make a donation in support of this awesome event?

Please contact sfuhsriotconference@gmail.com. And thank you!