A vast lawn was covered with folding chairs and furry beanbag loungers. Chloe x Halle, an R&B duo, sang a song and commanded the crowd to chant affirmations: “I am unstoppable,” “I am funny.”
Ms. Welteroth, in a blush-colored dress, ascended the stage to a hero’s welcome. “Where my activists at?” she called, inciting cheers.
A keynote speaker was Hillary Clinton, interviewed by Yara Shahidi, a 17-year-old actress best known for her role on the sitcom “black-ish.” Ms. Clinton urged her audience to combat mansplaining (“Be willing to say, ‘I’m so glad John agrees with my idea’”) and adjust their expectations at the polls (“Don’t look for the perfect campaign and the perfect candidate”).
Attendees broke into smaller groups for workshops, “mentor sessions” and panels. Cindy Gallop, a British advertising consultant, told one of these smaller audiences that “we need to build our own financial ecosystem because the white male one isn’t working for us,”and suggested that would-be employees walk into salary negotiations with “a number in your mind so large, you almost want to laugh when you say it.”
Those who bought tickets for Friday’s program were also able to meet female bosses at the Los Angeles offices of Instagram, YouTube, Netflix and other companies.
Hot merchandise included a $39 crop top that read “resist the gaslight.” Juicy Couture bedazzled velour track jackets (for Generation Z, everything ‘90s is new again).
On the lawn, Autumn De Forest, 16, an artist and a member of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 list — the bar of public achievement getting so low one might limbo under it — bopped around with a new friend,…