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Salinas, Calif. – The first-ever White House Summit on The United State of Women brought together thousands of people working to change the future for the State of Women, one of which was Monterey County Office of Education’s School Climate Coordinator, Esther Rubio. Rubio was nominated to attend this invitation-only event for her work improving school climates with the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program in Monterey County schools.
At the Summit, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on June 14th and 15th, 5,000 women from across the world came together to celebrate the progress made and turn the collective focus toward the future – and all there is still to do to achieve true gender equality.
Rubio’s biggest takeaway from the experience – no matter the situation a girl is in, education is the way out. “Creating a positive school climate for girls is essential so they feel good about going to school and continuing their education,” said Esther. “Women and girls, if they are going to be successful and independent, education has to be a part of their life The schools in Monterey County will be better places for students and I am proud that I will have been a part of that.”
Speakers included actors and actresses from television and film, leaders from Fortune 500 companies and national non-profit organizations, Vice President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Valerie B. Jarrett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet, House Democratic Leader, U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama, and President of the United States, Barack Obama.
“Michelle Obama moved me the most,” said Rubio. “She was very down to Earth and the conversation between the First Lady and Oprah created the feeling of chatting with a girlfriend you brought home to dinner. Her responses were inspiring and showed a lot of compassion.”
After two days of listening and learning from people around the world, Esther reflected on the impacts she has made and those she would like to make on Monterey County. “Being selected to attend this global summit impacts how I do my job,” said Rubio. “Sometimes you could think, no one really notices what you do and then being there was such an incredible experience and confirmation that what I do truly matters.
To watch the Summit in its entirety, visit http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/watchsummit/.
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MCOE's Esther Rubio
President Obama speaks to the crowd
Oprah interviewing First Lady, Michelle Obama