The Changing Faces of Ventura County: Women Taking the Lead

This special Zoom program is free with registration!

Join us for The Changing Faces of Ventura County: Women Taking the Lead, a special Museum of Ventura County Zoom program on Wednesday, March 31st from 6:30-8:00 PM. This online program is free but requires advanced registration.

In honor of National Women’s History month, the Museum of Ventura County will host a panel discussion with elected leaders from all 10 cities in Ventura County. At no other time in history have so many women held elected office in Ventura County. Currently, in 2021, the County has 23 women elected to serve as supervisors, mayors, and councilmembers. This panel will be moderated by Dr. Trudy Tuttle Arriaga, Associate Dean of Equity and Outreach, Program Director, Oxnard & Main Campus M.A. in Educational Leadership & Distinguished Educator in Residence from California Lutheran University and the recent co-author of Leading While Female. The discussion will provide candid observations by 10 dedicated and passionate civic leaders.

City representatives participating include: Councilmember Susan Santangelo, City of Camarillo Councilmember Christina Villasenor, City of Fillmore, Mayor Janice Parvin, City of Moorpark, Mayor Betsy Stix, City of Ojai, Councilmember Vianey Lopez, City of Oxnard, Councilmember Laura Hernandez, City of Port Hueneme, Councilmember Leslie Cornejo, City of Santa Paula, Councilmember Ruth Luevanos, City of Simi Valley, Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Pena, City of Thousand Oaks, Mayor Sofia Rubalcava, City of Ventura.

Join us to learn about their motivation to serve their communities, their trials, and triumphs as elected officials, and most importantly their hopes and aspirations for the future. “I am so inspired that in a time of extreme challenges, local women have answered the call to serve and support their communities through elected office,” stated Denise Sindelar, Deputy Director of the Museum of Ventura County.

For more information, please email Denise Sindelar at [email protected].

While we remain closed due to the on-going pandemic, we encourage you to visit us digitally and explore the growing list of online resources, activities and local history. The generosity of our vibrant community is sustaining us until we are able to reopen. Consider becoming an MVC Member or making a gift today.

The Museum of Ventura County celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region through its collections, exhibitions, events, educational programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community. The Museum has two locations. The main museum is located at 100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 and is open Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 805-653-0323. The Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, CA 93060 and is open Wednesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 805-525-3100. For more information,visit

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