Women of Worth  accentuate the positive

"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.

4th Annual "Driving Forward in Style" GALA

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!  

 2016 OC Women2Women

"Driving Forward in Style" Annual Event

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.

Heritage House Recipients

CHRISTMAS walk on balboa island

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



​January 10th, OC Women2Women kicked off the new year with a room overflowing filled with  community-minded women striving to make a difference in the lives of under-served women in Orange County. The OCWomen2Women Lunch Club brings women together with the purpose and direction to support others with a hand up, not a hand out.

This event provided the opportunity for OCW2W to announce their new  business model and goals for 2018.  Jude Lipps, Grant Committee Chairman, announced the 2018 long-term plans to support Heritage House, a 25-year-old non-profit group that helps women end their addictions and improve their mental and physical health as they prepare to become mothers or expand their parenting skills.  

OCW2W is eager to nurture Heritage House residents by contributing to healthy, stable homes in recovery, improving the standard of living, and promoting self-sufficiency to reach their highest potential.

Marmi Shoes, of Newport Beach, and the Red O Restaurant, of Newport Beach, both donated gift certificates for a raffle at the event.  Their generosity and support is appreciated, especially by the winners! 

women of worth  "achieving the unachievable"

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.

"what it takes to be a woman of worth"

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.

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OCW2W managed to find the good in the world and share it with those in need during the holiday season. The festive Balboa Island Christmas lights set the tone for this annual OCW2W gathering. The group celebrated the holiday season while supporting female veterans and their children.  Everyone enjoyed fabulous food, greeting old friends and making new ones,  while surrounded by the dazzling Balboa Christmas lights..

In celebration of the season of giving, guests donated unwrapped gifts for children and/or gift cards for female veterans.  This annual event is a perfect example of what OC Women2Women stands for: inspiring, empowering, and investing in the lives of under-served women in Orange County.

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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.



The OC Women2Women Lunch Club event was a huge success with beautiful clothing and accessories collected to help women striving to succeed as they increase their skills and seek employment. Jerri Rosen, CEO and Founder of Working Wardrobes, a nonprofit organization that helps adults in crises re-enter the workforce each year, was present to receive the donations for distribution.

Working Wardrobes is one of OC Women2Women's designated non-profit Partners who supports humanitarian endeavors to enrich the lives of under privileged women. Jerri thanked everyone for their donations and assistance in restoring self-esteem and the dignity of work to those in need.

Karen Butera, President of OC Women2Women updated the group on the humanitarian efforts the organization has been part of in the first quarter of 2018.  The impressive list of donations and support was well received by the group.



Bidding Closes February 28th

Don't miss the opportunity to give or receive this very unique gift. This modern artisan EDIDI purse/clutch by Wendy Lau is NEW in the box with tags, handmade by master craftsmen and specialized technicians in New York using US patented production procedures.  Every bag has an average of 2,000 diamond shaped crystals in addition to hand-wired semi-precious stones. with an original value of $3,000.



OCW2W has transitioned fundraising efforts from giant galas to members who pool their funds for change in their community.  Online Auctions are another fundraising opportunity. 100% of auction proceeds directly contribute to OCW2W.  

Membership in OCW2W is not required to participate; however, if you would like to learn how to become a member read more here.  



The RedO outdoor pavillion was the perfect setting to kick off the 2019 OC Women2Women Lunch Club event. Guests were excited to renew friendships and make new ones during lunch. The group was inspired as DANY FROM PIANISTA kicked-off the event with her musical magic performing the National Anthem and closed the event with "I Did It My WaY". 

Karen Butera, President of OC Women2Women shared the 2019 goals including  the OCW2W support of Human Options, a non-profit group advocating for those affected by abuse, extending a safe place for victims and empowering survivors on their journey of healing.

Lunch Club events are open to all community-minded women interested in supporting change in Orange County. OCW2W will also share the results of their recent fundraising efforts.

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CHRISTMAS walk on balboa island



​The house was packed with women anxiously gathering the plethora of donations and organizing them into 36 gift bags for the women living at Heritage House. There was plenty of good food, fun and friendshipping to top off the evening, making it a spectacular success.  Balboa Island was the perfect setting for this annual holiday event. There were plenty of oohs and aahs heard as guests enjoyed a short stroll, viewing the Christmas decorations the island is famous for.  

Donations exceeded expectations and were able to be shared with additional women's organizations in need during this holiday season.  Winning opportunities were plentiful with four raffles offering fantastic surprises.  

Thank you to those companies who made large product donations for the specialized personal gift bags.                           


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Eberjey generously donated 15% of all proceeds to OC Women2Women. Customers enjoyed exclusive discounts.  The luscious pajamas were a crowd-pleasing favorite.  We appreciate the support of local business, such as eberjey, as OCW2W makes a difference in the lives those Orange County residents in need.


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presented by Maria Kutscher

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Women discovered why they can't wait for the future, they build it! Guests set new goals and discovered how to make their projected financial future a reality at the recent "Women of Worth" event.  Dedicated to helping women achieve financial independence, Maria Kutscher, with 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, outlined a 5-step system designed to help manage your money, design your life and create your future. Attendees were introduced to key steps to creating prosperity, participate in five interactive discussions, and work with a unique hands-on visualization tool built to help them connect their money with their lives.  They ended the evening armed with tools designed to enable them to see personal financial management as a powerful means to a desirable and fulfilling future.

Maria Kutscher, Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor and Institutional Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management., has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years.  She provides comprehensive wealth management planning and consultation to high net worth individuals, families and business owners, and specializes in helping women achieve financial independence.



Join us for a Career Clothing Drive and Informal Fashion Show.  Clean out your closet and help us empower woman to succeed by donating career clothing. Ideally it would include one complete outfit, along with shoes and accessories.  Clothing should be clean and on hangars.  Our fashion show will have ideas on how to restock your closet.

Membership in OCW2W is not required to participate; however, if you would like to learn how to become a member read more here.  

women of worth building relationships

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.



WEDNESDAY, October 10, 2018


143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

The October 10th OCW2W Lunch Club event was an entertaining day of food, friends and fashion for a great cause. Guests were inspired by the mini-fashion show hosted by C|Dobbs with shoes by Marmi. Attendees enjoyed the light-hearted competition to win the raffle tickets from the Red O, Marmi Shoes, and C|Dobbs.

Jude Lipps, OC Women2Women Grant Committee Chairman, introduced Ann Duncan Levy, Development Manager of Human Options, who outlined their various efforts to stand against domestic violence. In 2019, OC Women2Women is proud to announce their support of the Human Options vision: a world in which no woman or child should ever feel afraid in her/his home.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 11th  2018  11:30am


143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

The OC Women2Women Lunch Club has become a popular event where community-minded women gather to learn how they can make a difference in the lives of women in need. The July event featured Eileen Padberg, author of "Out Of My Lane", sharing the story of how she overcame barriers to rebuild the gender-oppressed women of Iraq.

OC Women2Women provided an update on how we are making a difference for women in need residing in Orange County.  The OCWomen2Women Lunch Club brings women together with the purpose and direction of supporting others with a hand up, not a hand out. 



Join us for a fun-filled evening of Bunco.  What better way to make friends and build relationships than by sharing laughter?  Bunco is a social dice game involving 100% luck and no skill (there are no decisions to be made), scoring and a simple set of rules. 

Membership in OCW2W is not required to participate; however, if you would like to learn how to become a member read more here.