Hear about the reality of child marriage from a survivor with a look at the current situation and what is needed to ceate change as child marriage is still legal in all District 9 states.
Presenter- Sara Tasneem
My name is Sara Tasneem, I advocate publicly to end the practice of forced child marriage in the United States. I also work as a volunteer mentor with young women who need support before, during, or after experiencing forced child marriage.
Learn about the causes of climate change, its impact globally and in our communities, and how women can make a difference by taking action at the local level.
Presenter- Ayn Craciun
Ayn Craciun is an Orange County Policy Advocate with Climate Action Campaign, a leading nonprofit climate policy watchdog in the region. Ayn’s work focuses on advancing equity, facilitating adoption of zero carbon Climate Action & Adaptation Plans, Building Electrification policies, and Community Choice Energy -- any city’s fastest path to 100% clean energy. Ayn helps draft and build support for the City of Irvine's ACHIEVES climate resolution, which made Irvine the first city in Southern California and the third in the state to commit to 2030 zero carbon goals in line with the most recent climate science.
Advocacy Strategies for Advancing Health Equity in Underserved and Underrepresented Populations
Presenter- Iliana Soto Welty
Iliana Soto Welty is the Executive Director of the Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies (MECCA) which works to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities and leads a collective impact coalition that works to improve the quality of life of ethnic communities in Orange County. Iliana has worked in the areas of inter-ethnic relations, intercultural communication and worked with schools, cities, hospitals, universities, nonprofits and police departments on diversity initiatives for over 25 years. Her passion is building the capacity of underserved communities to have a voice and create meaningful systems and policy changes. She advocates to improve the access, quality and equity of behavioral health and public health services through collaborative efforts at the county and state levels.
Your club is going great work in your community, but how do you get the word out and let others know? This session will highlight some best practices for content marketing, public relations and journalism.
Presenter- Victoria Lim
Victoria Lim has led award-winning communications efforts at the highest levels for organizations in global entertainment, electronic auto manufacturing, telecommunications, national sports leagues and beauty. She is also an Emmy and AP honored journalist who set herself apart from the industry norm almost two decades ago as one of the first journalists to utilize the practice of multimedia storytelling.
Hear directly from women working with underserved populations how you and your club can be a better ally and resource.
Marie Nubia-Feliciano, founder and CEO of the Colégas Group
Meghan Medlin is a community leader and advocate. In late 2020, Medlin founded the Hub for Integration, Reentry & Employment (H.I.R.E.), a fiscally sponsored project of Charitable Ventures, in response to the need for service linkages and employment in Orange County for returning citizens.
Alycia Capone [she/her] has over 20 years of direct service, management, and development experience in the non-profit sector. As Director of Advancement and Communications, Alycia oversees WTLC’s investor development, grants management, prevention education, supervised visitation, and compliance initiatives.
Madelynn Hirneise is the Chief Executive Officer of Families Forward, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end and prevent homelessness for families in Orange County. A proven leader, Madelynn began her career at Families Forward in 2012 as a Housing Specialist and most recently served as Senior Director of the organization.
In this interactive workshop, we will explore what’s next for you in terms of your leadership journey. How can you continue to walk this path? What will you do differently? What traits will you cultivate? What leaders do you emulate? What have you learned to date, that will help you into your new role?
Presenter- Robin Sinclair
Robin graduated with a degree in Organizational Management from Vanguard University and embarked upon a robust career in the nonprofit sector, holding executive positions at Share Our Selves, Habitat for Humanity Orange County, Boys Hope Girls Hope and Casa Youth Shelter, and in 2017, joined Fieldstone Leadership Network as Executive Director. In her role with Fieldstone, she is responsible for creating a confidential space where nonprofit leaders can safely come together to learn from and share resources with one another, through a compendium of professional development programs.
You facilitate a meeting, you smile and invite all to participate, but are you truly inclusive? Attend this interactive session to learn more about being culturally mindful and how to keep IDEA – inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility – in mind. Be radically inclusive when you facilitate meetings and watch creativity, productivity, and engagement soar!
Presenter- Gwendolyn Black
Gwendolyn Black (Gwen/she/ella/그녀) is the director of equal opportunity/affirmative action at the University of California, Irvine. She has worked in the field of equal opportunity for 20 years and has been a community volunteer with a number of organizations for nearly 30 years, including Zonta, Junior League, and Friends of CASA. Most recently, Gwen chaired the DEI task force for the Junior League of Orange County and currently serves on UCI’s Gender Affirmation & Lived Name task force. In addition to serving as the 2021 District Conference Chair, Gwen has served on the district board in a number of roles and is a past president and current parliamentarian for the Zonta Club of Newport Harbor.
Dave Min was elected in 2020 to represent Orange County’s 37th State Senate District, which includes the City of Costa Mesa and many adjoining communities. Before joining the State Senate, Senator Min was a law professor at UC Irvine, where he taught and researched in the area of business law. Previous to becoming a professor, Senator Min worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission, then as a senior economic advisor to a U.S. Senator before serving as an economic policy director for a policy institute. He is one of the country’s leading experts on banking and housing policy, and has testified six times before Congress on these issues. Senator Min is the son of Korean immigrants who grew up during the Korean War and its aftermath, at a time when food was scarce and the economy was struggling.
Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris represents California’s 74th Assembly District – Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, and portions of Irvine & Huntington Beach.
Cottie serves as Chair of Assembly’s Accountability and Administrative Review Committee and as Chair of the Select Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She also serves on the Assembly’s committees for Banking & Finance; Revenue & Taxation; Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy and Veterans Affairs.
Katrina Foley currently serves as the Second District Supervisor of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
Foley, a successful businesswoman, community leader, and attorney, became the City of Costa Mesa’s first directly elected Mayor in November 2018 and was re-elected in 2020. She served on the Costa Mesa City Council for 14 years, including serving as Mayor between 2016-2017.
Tammy is a mother, a nonprofit leader, educator, community advocate, small business owner and former corporate executive who has lived, worked, and raised her son in Irvine for the past two decades.
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