Woman to Woman Conference 2014 Coming to Skirball September 18

2nd Annual Conference and Networking Event to benefit

JVS Programs for  Women

photo of Rachael Worby

After taking participants around the world and into the hopes and dreams of aspiring women and their mentors in 2013, Woman to Woman is back for a second year and the program promises to be bigger and better than ever.

A stellar lineup of inspirational guest speakers will take the stage September 18 at the Skirball Cultural Center for the 2nd Annual Woman to Woman: Living Your Authentic Life Conference. The event is sponsored by the JVS Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) and benefits WoMentoring – a career mentoring program for women - as well as other JVS programs serving girls and women in need. Debbie Powell and Judy F. Rosenberg are the event co-chairs.

Featured speakers include: Hon. Nury Martinez, the L.A. City Councilwoman representing the 6th District, Janis Hirsch, TV and film writer-producer (Will & GraceL.A. Law), Rachael Worby, internationally renowned conductor and former First Lady of West Virginia, Erin Stein, Executive Director of A Woman’s Nation, and Margaret Bhola, business leader, consultant and author of Women I Want to Grow Old With.

For a second year, a panel of eminent women physicians from Cedars Sinai Medical Center will discuss their careers and experiences. The panel will be moderated by Sarah J. Kilpatrick MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Associate Dean of Faculty Development at Cedars-Sinai, with panelistsKimberly D. GregoryMD, MPH, Vice Chair of Women's Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement and the Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Adrienne Youdim, MD, Medical Director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Weight Loss.

Kiki Elrod, former Miss North Carolina and second runner up to Miss America, will serve as event host and moderator.

“Our speakers are accessible, highly accomplished women who have become successful on their own terms,” says Debbie Powell. “I have no doubt that all of our attendees will find their stories both touching and motivating.”

In 2013, the inaugural Woman to Woman Conference drew a capacity crowd of over 200 guests. The stellar line up of speakers included producer Amy Ziering, author Lisa See, photojournalist Dana Gluckstein and the Cedars-Sinai physician panel of Drs. Sarah Kilpatrick, Puja Mehta and Ilana Cass.    

In putting together the 2014 event, organizers planned for growth and hoped to build on their initial success.  

“Our hope is that this conference becomes an event that women of all ages feel that it is important to attend,” says Judy F. Rosenberg. “It’s not just an opportunity to learn, but also to see friends, to network and to have a great day. By attending Woman to Woman, you are supporting an incredible JVS program that helps women and their families.” 

The conference is produced by the JVS Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), a donor support group for all of JVS’ programs serving girls and women in crisis or transition. The WLN focuses on WoMentoring, an innovative career mentoring program that matches women in career transition with professional women in established careers. Founded in 1998, the program supports women with a clear career direction as they work to advance their professional goals and personal development. Successful mentees are encouraged to return to the program as mentors, and the program is developing a component to serve women veterans. Thanks to donor support, the program is free of charge to all participants.

Woman to Woman is sponsored by the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, Bloomingdale's, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, he El Camino Group, LLC, Tina Elowitt, Hold the Date, Anita Mann Kohl, Barbara & Tom Leanse, Linda's Gourmet Latkes, Luna, Robert Mahar, La Tavola, Nancy & Jeff Paul, O.P.I, Debbie & Rick Powell, Joyce & Larry Powell, Pressed Juicery, Public Identity, Susan W. Robertson, Trader Joe's, Westfield and Wells Fargo.

The Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), chaired by Debbie Powell and Eileen Coskey Fracchia, is comprised of established women professionals and leaders in their industries and communities, retired executives and philanthropists who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of girls and women in need.

The Woman to Woman Conference begins with a Networking Breakfast at 8 a.m. with the Program kicking off at 9 a.m. and concluding at 2 p.m. at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles. Tickets to attend the conference are $150 and include lunch. Contact Judy Werner, [email protected], (323) 761-8888, ext. 8891 for more information and sponsorship opportunities or click here.

Full bios on all speakers at http://www.jvsla.org/node/5609

About JVS:

Serving the widely diverse Southern California community, JVS Los Angeles helps people of all faiths and backgrounds overcome barriers to employment so they can become self-sufficient. From recently released veterans to at risk, foster and probation youth, the long term unemployed and people with disabilities, our goal is to provide individuals with the tools, resources and support they need through job training, mentoring, expert career coaching, job placement and retention support. Leaders in the workforce development field and advocates for the underserved, JVS Los Angeles was founded in 1931 to fight workplace discrimination and assist immigrants and job seekers impacted by the Great Depression. Over eight decades later we are going strong – with nearly 30,000 client visits each year.

August 14, 2014