Teen entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer to keynote empowerment conference


Event to Inspire Young Women to Pursue Their Dreams on Their Way to Becoming Innovators, Educators and Trailblazers

It News Wire

Los Angeles County Parks is thrilled to announce teenage entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer as the virtual keynote speaker for the 2021 “I Matter: Girls Empowerment Conference,” themed “Girls with Dreams Become Women with Vision,” to be held Saturday, Oct. 9 at three locations across L.A. County. The free event is open to all girls ages 12-18.

The Girls Empowerment Conference is made possible by the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, led by its Chair, First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Second District Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn and Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

Ulmer is the CEO of her successful business Me & the Bees Lemonade, founded when she was just nine years old. After being stung by bees twice in one week when she was four, Ulmer dedicated herself to learning more about their role in the environment and was inspired to launch her flaxseed honey lemonade business.

Through Ulmer’s Healthy Hive Foundation, 10% of Me & the Bees business profits go toward saving honeybees. Ulmer’s product is currently sold at Whole Foods Market, Earth Fare, Kroger, the Fresh Market and H-E-B.

Ulmer published her book, “Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid,” in 2020. The business memoir highlights her story before and after launching Me & the Bees Lemonade, including winning an investment of $60,000 on the reality TV series “Shark Tank” in 2015.

Since being named one of Time Magazine’s Top 30 Most Influential Teens in 2017, Ulmer has had the opportunity to share her journey with major platforms such as Forbes, Time Magazine, The Real, Good Morning America, 20/20, and NBC News.

Ulmer also had the honor of introducing former President Barack Obama when he spoke at the White House Summit on the United States of Women in 2016.

Ulmer not only has had a positive effect on the environment but has also been an inspiration to countless youths around the world who aspire to start their own businesses.

The Girls Empowerment Conference aims to inspire young girls to use their voices as they pursue their dreams, while hearing from powerful female innovators, educators and trailblazers. Participants will have the opportunity to join breakout sessions and workshops while networking with their peers and hearing from guest speakers.

The conference is free but registration is limited. Enrollment is open at all three conference locations:

Earvin Magic Johnson Park, 905 El Segundo Blvd., Los Angeles

Loma Alta Park, 3330 Lincoln Ave., Altadena

Hacienda Heights Community Center, 1234 Valencia Ave., Hacienda Heights

“I Matter: Girls Empowerment Conference” is grateful for the support of the Los Angeles County Internal Services Department, which is facilitating the conference, providing mentors at all locations, as well as merchandise for all girls in attendance.

Because of COVID-19 protocols, all participants must be masked while indoors, and physical distancing will be mandated. Parents will not be allowed to attend the conference.

(Online Action Required) For more information, visit the 2021 Girls Empowerment Conference website.


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