Financial Empowerment Summit

The Financial Empowerment Summit for High School Girls is a free day long event that introduces students to the basics of financial literacy. Our target audience are young women who attend high school in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and the greater Bay Area. Topics include, opening a bank account, money management, budgeting and savings!

For more information please email the program director at

Summit Includes

  • Fantastic Speakers
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Lunch
  • Raffle prizes
  • Financial Resources and Giveaways!
  • and more!
  • Chances to win great prizes including tickets to six flags!

Past Raffle Prizes:

  • Six Flags Tickets
  • Landmark Theatre Tickets
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Gift Card
  • Ladle & Leaf Gift Card
  • YWCA Membership & 4 Class Card

Workshops and Presenters from 2019:

Paola Ramos  Workshop: Investing Basics! 

Environmental advocacy might seem like an unconventional career path for a future financial advisor – but it was the perfect springboard for Paola Ramos. The energy, passion and determination that helped her excel within the nonprofit sector are the same attributes that drive her to help her clients with their most pressing financial needs and serve as an advocate for their goals.

It’s a skill that has also helped Paola become a savvy problem-solver and a trusted resource for her clients and team members within the financial services industry. She brings her unique perspective and valuable expertise to her role at Mercer Financial Advisors, where she constantly strives to make a difference in her clients’ personal – and financial — lives.

“I have always had a passion for helping people achieve their goals. As an advisor, can have a tangible impact on my clients’ lives and help them in a profound, direct way.”


Alisa Okelo-Odongo & Alicia BertWorkshop: Budget Benders

Alisa Okelo-Odongo serves as a Director of Business Operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). In this role, she oversees the Workforce Safety department’s business planning, risk and compliance governance, regulatory, systems and reporting activities. She has been with PG&E for 12 years, working in various departments, including Public Affairs, Finance, Gas and Workforce Safety.

Alisa is a graduate of University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree with a Finance concentration from Drexel University and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. She currently resides in San Francisco.

Alicia Bert is currently a Principal with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Community Relations department, overseeing the Education and Workforce Development programs and budgets.  In this role, she manages the company’s college scholarship, high school internship and employee mentorship programs.  Alicia has been with PG&E for over 11 years, working in Public Affairs throughout the Bay Area.  Prior to joining PG&E, Alicia worked in the public sector for state and local elected officials, where she developed and implemented legislative agendas and budget priorities.

Alicia graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and she has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.


Participating Schools:

Open to high school girls in participating schools. Sign up with your career counselor! 

  • Arise High School – Oakland
  • College Track – Oakland
  • Oakland Military Academy – Oakland
  • Dewey Academy – Oakland
  • American Indian Public High School – Oakland
  • El Cerrito High School – El Cerrito
  • Richmond High School – Richmond
  • Kipp King Collegiate – San Lorenzo

Sponsors & Contributors