Women’s Commissioner Speaks at ‘Live Your Dream’ Conference

d'Lisa Davies, right, spoke to students about the rewards of being a career firefighter.

It was a dream conference in more ways than one.

For CFFJAC Women's Commissioner d'Lisa Davies, the chance to participate in the Soroptimist International of Riverside's event was a dream opportunity to show middle school girls that firefighting is a career option for them.

"Many of the ladies in attendance had never considered a career with the fire service and I'm glad that I could reach them at the middle school level," Davies said.

The second annual conference titled "Live Your Dream" was attended by 135 Riverside middle school girls enrolled in the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination). AVID targets students in the academic middle - B and C students - who have the desire to attend college and the willingness to work hard. The day-long event was held at Cal Baptist University in March.

Students could choose to attend a host of career-focused panel sessions ranging from finance and technology to medicine and science.

Business women as well as female leaders from non-traditional occupations were on hand to discuss how these young women can make their career dreams a reality - with a little planning. Students learned what classes they should be taking and what long and short term goals they should be setting for themselves to make their dreams come true. The importance of finding a mentor was also stressed.

That is where Davies came in.

As a Women's Commissioner representing the fire service, she participated as a panel speaker and possible mentor under the government and public services career session.

Over 130 Riverside students attended the "Live the Dream" Conference.

Not only did she share the path that she took to become a firefighter, but she fielded questions from attendees, giving them helpful advice on how to achieve their goals.

It was an eye-opening first-person account for those who had not imagined that firefighting was an attainable dream for women.

"It was an enjoyable conference and I hope I left a positive impression for those considering a career as a firefighter," said Davies.

d'Lisa Davies has been a member of the CFFJAC's Commission to Recruit Women in the Fire Service since 2005 and a member of the Los Angeles City Fire Department since 1984.