A Conversation About Sex in 2019

Liz Figueroa & Courtney Macavinta

11 a.m., September 29, 2019

Think you know everything there is to know about sex ed and sexual health in 2019? Come hear about the most recent “facts of life” with two leaders from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), former California State Senator Liz Figueroa, and the CEO and Co-Founder of The Respect Institute, Courtney Macavinta.


Sen. Liz Figueroa (ret.) was an award-winning California legislator for 12 years before becoming Vice President for External Affairs of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country, headquartered in San Jose, California.

Since Ms. Figueroa began her tenure with PPMM in 2011, she has been instrumental in advocating for legislation that has significantly improved access to essential reproductive health care for tens of thousands of women, men and teens in the affiliate’s mid-California and Northern Nevada service region.

Most recently, Ms. Figueroa supervised the PPMM advocacy team in both California and Nevada that sponsored landmark bills to increase state funding for family planning services. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed this legislation in 2018.

Among the dozens of awards and honors Ms. Figueroa has received throughout her career, she is particularly proud to have been named one of the Top Ten Latinas in the United States by numerous health and Hispanic publications.


Courtney Macavinta is the visionary who started The Respect Institute’s mission more than a decade ago. She is a domestic violence survivor whose multi-racial family struggled for respect amid issues like substance abuse, incarceration, high-school dropout and teen pregnancy. As a young adult, her mission became to create a world where “respect for all” is the status quo. A nationally recognized youth development expert and award-winning journalist, Courtney is co-author of the best-selling book, RESPECT, and led the creation of groundbreaking self-respect building tools, such as The Respect Basics, used by more than 50,000 youth and their influencers in schools, jails, and prevention/intervention programs around the globe for the past decade. She’s been featured by CNN, ABC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Teen Vogue and tapped as a resource by the White House and the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2015, she was appointed to the Juvenile Justice Commission for Santa Clara County, California. Courtney has a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University and is a certified professional co-active coach (CPCC).


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