The Ventura County Women's Forum Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Ventura County women around the 12 critical areas of concern outlined at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995: Poverty, Education, Health, Violence, Economic Justice, Power Sharing, Institutional Mechanisms, Human Rights, Media, Peace, Environment, and the Girl-Child. These concerns were reviewed and reinstated at the Beijing + 15 Conference in New York, 2010, and the Beijing + 16 Conference (New York, 2011).
Between 2006 and 2012, we held five major, full-day forums with broad community attendance. In the Fall of 2013, we introduced a new format to provide a vehicle for our many member organizations to host single topic, 45 minute presentations on subjects related to our stated issues through a gender lens. Click on the tabs above for more information about past forums and seasons.
2014-2015 Season, Upcoming Forums:
Join us for the March 9, 2015 forum, a valuable discussion of Retirement Planning for Women led by Merle R. DiVita, CFP, CIMA:
Signing up to start your Social Security Benefits is an American Right of Passage and the delivery of the Promise the Federal Government made to you when it first started to take pieces out of each and every paycheck. There is a WRONG way to take those benefits. Unfortunately, once it is made your choice becomes carved in stone. Women are the most vulnerable population for potential errors.
This compounds a lifetime retirement deficit that many women will confront as a result of the disparities of gender bias in hourly and annual earnings that form the basis for determination of the
monthly Social Security payment.
The May 11, 2015 is open.
Click on the Host a Presentation tab above to find out how you can host an upcoming forum.
Forums are held on the second Mondays of September, November, January, March, and May at the Ventura County Community Foundation, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo, CA 93012 from 5:30-7 pm:
6:45-7:00 Announcements from member organizations
After each forum, members are welcome to stay for a steering committee meeting from 7:00-8:00.
Cost: FREE to members; $10 suggested donation per forum for non-members.
Membership: $15 annually for individuals; $25 annually for organizations (click on the Membership tab above)