Passing down career advice and aspirations to local teens was prominent at the 24th Annual Bakersfield Women's Business Conference Thursday at the Rabobank Arena Theater and Convention Center.
The conference offered a variety of instructional and motivational seminars designed to help women succeed in their lives, and many local women were glad to see young girls at the conference.
"I brought a group of students so that they can interact with professional businesswomen and have the opportunity to perhaps learn about the journey of each one of them," said Maria T. Escobedo, assistant to the associate vice president of enrollment management at Cal State Bakersfield.
For Escobedo, it is important for her students to learn hands-on what it takes for a person to be successful in life and she hopes her students can apply what they learned at the conference to their personal life and future goals.
With similar ideas of exposing young women to the many successful women in Kern, Jodie Turner, a personal assistant, feels that young girls can gain the belief that they can conquer the world after networking with so many professionals.
"I think attending the different seminars really lets them listen to the stories of all these successful women we have in our community and they can identify with them and hopefully go after their dreams," Turner said.
Sharing personal experiences, keynote speaker Giuliana Rancic told women they can accomplish anything they set their minds to, as long as they do what they love.
Rancic is an entertainment journalist and co-anchor on E! News, a fashion and beauty expert, television personality, producer and author.
"Go after what you find yourself thinking or talking about because you're an expert in that," she said. "Whatever your passion is, that is where you will succeed."
Rancic shared her personal story of the struggles she encountered on her way to where she is today.
Growing up, Rancic had an Italian accent and was told by a teacher that she could not be a TV news anchor because her English was not clear.
"The teacher and students laughed at me when I stood in front of the class and said I wanted to be a TV news anchor and that was tough to take but I knew that I had to get over it and go after what I wanted," Rancic said.
Rancic also shared her breast cancer survivor story and recommended every woman share her story with others because someone else might be going through similar struggles.
"Talk to your community and share your story because if you turn a negative situation to a positive one, you will become stronger and at the same time you will have saved a life," she said.
This inspirational advice from Rancic and other speakers who presented throughout the day is something 15-year-old Rebecca Avila of Wasco High School is going to apply to her life.
"Hearing all these great professional women makes me want to set achievable goals for myself that will help me become someone in life," she said. "These women are an example of mentors that every teenager needs because they bring out the positive in the negative challenges they have gone through."