Susan McFadden, Editor-in-Chief of California Homes Magazine, shared her personal story of struggle and success at the recent OCWomen2Women "WOMEN OF WORTH" event on Thursday, April 6th. Guests gained insight into Susan’s experiences that led to her current Editor-in-Chief position as she made education and family a priority. Ms. McFadden shared her journey towards empowerment and success in a profession where women are often the minority.
The evening also included an Etcetera clothing trunk show, providing a preview of the fashion show at the upcoming “Driving Forward in Style” Gala. We are proud to have veterans modeling the line that evening. Rochelle, the Etcetera representative, is donating back ALL proceeds for this show to OC Women2Women and Veterans Legal Institute.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11th
Balboa Island is an ideal setting for the annual OC Women2Women Christmas Walk. Guests will welcome in the holiday season with good friends, tasty hors d'oeuvres, and a short stroll to enjoy the spectacular Christmas decorations the island is famous for.
Guests are asked for donations benefiting woman living at Heritage House, a residential substance abuse treatment program for women and children. A list of needed donations will be provided soon.
Tickets: Early Bird Registration $25.00 After November 13th $35.00
At Octobers' "Women of Worth" event, Gina Kershaw inspired the audience to ponder their current pursuits, what makes them truly happy, and where they want to be in the future. Gina's story encouraged guests to find their own passion and source of inspiration.
After graduating from the University LaVerne and UC Irvine with a law degree and MBA focusing on management and marketing, Gina began practicing as a trial lawyer specializing in women’s issues. After more than 15 years, she found herself unfulfilled in a profession that failed to make her happy. She opted to embrace a turning point and take a leap of faith, stepping into another line of work where she found her new passion.
Ms. Kershaw explained how her new-found passion and professional satisfaction filled a gap that had been empty for far too long. Her story was filled with challenges and barriers that threatened to stop her progress, but caused her to appreciate success even more. The audience applauded her personal victory and reflected upon their own life-long passions.
Fletcher Jones Motorcars cleared it's showroom to accommodate over 300 guests attending The OC Women2Women 3rd annual "Driving Forward in Style" gala. Fundraising efforts generated over $100,000 benefiting Veterans Legal Institute pro-bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members.
Event ceremonies also honored Ashley Aitken of Aitken, Aitken, Cohn, and 2015 President of the Orange County Bar Association, for her contributions to the community and empowerment of women veterans.
Local artist, Brian Peterson, Faces of Santa Ana, completed an original portrait of Carla Wilkerson a female veteran featured at the event. The portrait was part of the evenings live auction. Brian helps veterans and others in need, one painting at a time, by donating sales proceeds to his models.
Mi Place, an Orange County leading fashion boutique recognized as one of the "Top 10 Boutiques in the Country" by Vogue Magazine, opened the event. Stylish models inspired the audience with a glamorous glimpse of casual and dressy summer fashions.
OC Women2Women was humbled by the tremendous support and donations given at our 2016 Balboa Island Christmas Walk. We raised over $2000.00 for HOPE International, specifically for the purchase of items that can create and restore hope while cultivating change. The evening was filled with making new friends, enjoying great food, and viewing the spectacular Christmas lights on the island. During the holiday season, there seems to be a raised awareness towards helping raise women out of poverty and OCW2W is pleased to be part of that valiant effort. Read more about HOPE International here…
The recent OC Women2Women "Women of Worth" series meeting hosted Kirsten Ranger, CEO of Organized and Orderly. Kirsten inspired overwhelmed guests by emphasizing the value of implementing baby-steps to achieve the final goal of organization. Kirsten stressed that "Effectively sorting is key, along with using correct supplies such as: clear containers, drawer inserts, and labels."
One technique for downsizing was discarding information (downloadable drivers, manuals, books) that can be found online. Maintenance is as important as organization, and should be part of your calendared weekly schedule, according to Ms. Ranger. Our thanks to Kirsten for sharing insightful tips and tricks for becoming more organized and productive in both our personal and professional lives. Refer to the Organized and Orderly website for details about her professional services.
As part of our new "Women of Worth" series, we appreciate the advice and ideas shared to help us improve our lifestyle and discover valuable lost time through organization.
Have you ever wished there was a simple formula for networking and building effective relationships? At the September WOMEN OF WORTH series, Guest Speaker Deborah Rodriguez, revealed an EASY and SIMPLE algorithm she developed that MAKES NETWORKING FUN for everyone!
Deborah shared her expertise and personal insight gained over a career of key leadership positions in Fortune 100 companies. Ms. Rodriguez holds a Masters degree in Human Resources Development and is a Certified Executive Leadership Coach. Recently she served as Senior Vice President of Talent for an Orange County based lifestyle healthcare company. She has over 22 years of global and domestic human resources leadership and talent development experience.
OC Women2Women was delighted to have their 4th Annual “Driving Forward in Style” gala at Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach, attended by a sold-out crowd.
A full color guard presentation kicked off the evening honoring the many military personnel in need of legal assistance, many of whom are women. Funds were raised on behalf of Veterans Legal Institute (VLI). Veterans Legal Institute exclusively provides pro bono legal services to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members.
OC Women2Women is passionate about meeting the needs of this underserved group. Trudy Levindofske, Executive Director at Orange County Bar Association, was be honored for her contributions and support of the veteran community.
Thank you to all the sponsors and donors who made this event possible!
"What Does Your Personal Brand Say About You?"Kay Hunter, Strategic Image Consultant, shared how to recognize and accentuate positive attributes at the recent OC Women2Women "Women of Worth" event. Kay demonstrated proven tips and tricks she uses when transforming prestigious clients into more successful people with increased confidence in how they present themselves, and share their visual messaging.
Justice Eileen Moore is known for her tireless work focused on breaking barriers for women. At the OC Women2Women July WOMEN OF WORTH Event Justice Moore shared some of her life lessons and frank personal stories. The audience gained rare insight into her life and professional world. Justice Moore’s candid approach demonstrated how her background is an important part of who she is today, and how it contributes to her professional expertise and decision-making. Those in attendance were impressed with Justice Moore's ability to rise above her life challenges and find the good in the world.