Students tap into showbiz connection

Brentwood School confab draws Blige, Shriver

High school can be a treacherous place.

A group of young women at West L.A.’s Brentwood School is trying to make it a little less so through a campus org known as the Girl’s Group that has taken aim at bullying and other issues.

The group is taking on its biggest undertaking to date on Saturday in organzing a daylong confab, dubbed It’s Our Turn, for students in grades eight to 12 from schools throughout the area.

The confab organizers, who include Brentwood seniors Jade Iovine (daughter of Jimmy) and Rachel Stern (daughter of WME’s Nancy Josephson), have worked their personal and professional connections to line up an impressive group of speakers and a special guest appearance by Mary J. Blige.

Maria Shriver has been enlisted as honorary chair, a nod to the fact that inspiration for the gathering came from the biennial Women’s Conference Shriver hosted as California’s first lady from 2003 to 2010.

The goal of the gathering, held at the Brentwood campus, is to encourage femmes to take charge of their futures.

Confab topics range from how teenagers can maintain healthy relationships to an entrepreneurial how-to sesh to examining the pros and cons of how young women are portrayed in the media. Bizzers on board to participate include Josephson, CBS’ Nina Tassler, 20th Century Fox TV’s Dana Walden, Lifetime’s Tanya Lopez-Brooks and author Jessica Weiner.

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