A Weekend at the 2012 California Women’s Conference


A Weekend at the 2012 California Women’s Conference

On Sunday, September 23 & Monday, September 24, the Women’s International Center attended the 2012 California Women’s Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center. Each year, the conference is an important event celebrating and encouraging women in every aspect of their lives, such as being a mother, a business woman or an activist committed to improve women’s as well as men’s lives.

As an inspiration for the event, Michelle Patterson, the CA Women’s Conference producer, said “the future is now for women committed to success”. Becoming the theme of the conference, the future of women in a new economy was reflected during the main stage presentations and the different seminar sessions that dealt with a variety of subjects such as how to live a balanced life for women and moms, how to be a healthy woman, how to be fearless or topics like women in the military, women in sports, women in social media, women in business or women entrepreneurs.

To illustrate the success that women have when they fight for what they want and encourage them to act, many speakers joined the conference. One of the keynote speakers, the actress Marcia Cross shared her experience of balancing life, career and being a mom, as many women deal with in their lifetime. The attorney and women’s rights advocate Gloria Allred talked about her fight to get justice for women who, in a modern society in which women are supposed to be equal to men, still face discrimination and injustice worldwide. Some successful actresses of the past, like Tippi Hedren, Carole Channing and Rose Marie, three of the Living Legacies honored by the Women’s International Center, told their stories to women who admire them as examples of successful women. Singer-songwriters also took part in the event, such as Melissa Manchester, Helen Reddy and many others.

The California Women’s Conference is the nation’s largest women’s conference honoring women who have succeeded and encouraging those who are working hard to be successful in life. “Women’s Economy Starts Here” summarizes the goal of this conference helping women to get started or improve in business, live a balanced, healthy life as women, as moms, and as professionals.

For more information, visit the CA Women’s Conference Website: http://californiawomensconference.com/

By Sacha Vignault, University of La Rochelle, Intern for the Women’s International Center

Read more about our Living Legacy Honorees Carole Channing, Tippi Hedren & Rose Marie on the Women’s International Center website: http://www.wic.org/

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[Other Worlds Are Possible is one of Women’s International Center’s favorite organizations because of their far-reaching work both on-the-ground and online. We regularly reach out to Other Worlds for scholarship recipient recommendations and we salute author Beverly Bell for her brilliance, candor, and tireless quest for justice and equitable living conditions and opportunites for all.]
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By Beverly Bell

August 29, 2012

As a native and resident of New Orleans who has spent three decades in and out of Haiti, and as director of an organization with offices in both places, this has been a harrowing week. The two locales sit squarely in Hurricane Isaac’s path. We don’t know yet how New Orleans will weather the giant storm. The official death toll in Haiti was 24, but many more will surely die from secondary effects of cholera or, for those who have lost their slim margins of sustenance, hunger. As has been the case since Haiti’s earthquake on January 12, 2010, those left homeless and living in displaced persons’ camps, roughly 390,000, have suffered most. Thousands of fragile shelters of plastic or nylon were damaged or destroyed by Isaac – a Haitian right-to-housing coalition estimates 45-50% in the cross-section of camps they have visited. (A new campaign launched by Haitians and their international allies, Under Tents, is calling on the Haitian and U.S. governments to provide permanent, quality housing for this forgotten population).

Read more here: http://www.otherworldsarepossible.org/another-haiti-possible/creole-connection-new-orleans-haiti-and-catastrophe

Copyleft Beverly Bell. You may reprint this article in whole or in part. Please credit any text or original research you use to Beverly Bell, Other Worlds.

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Marisa Ugarte at Spotlight on Women Luncheon Series

Spotlight on Women Luncheon

Wednesday March 21, 2012

The Spotlight on Women Luncheon Series is a collaborative networking event put together by the Women’s International Center, San Diego French Chamber of Commerce, and the Women’s Museum of California. We generally, but not exclusively, feature professional women speakers and we encourage people of all ages to join us in this cooperative environment. For those who choose to, guests may announce to our group who you are, what you do, and what you are looking for. Bring your business cards and fliers.

Keynote Speaker: Marisa Ugarte Executive Director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition
Subject: In accordance with Women’s History Month — Raising Awareness about BiLateral Human Trafficking: New and Tougher Laws to help Prevent Human Trafficking Globally and Locally
Cost: $25 for lunch, Guests Pay Individually (Auditors are welcome at no charge)
Time: Noon-2pm
Menu: $25 all-inclusive: Lentil Bean Soup, Greek Salad topped with a breast of chicken, Greek Cookies, One drink ticket per person good for any type of drink.

More About Maris Ugarte: In her role as the Executive Director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, Marisa Ugarte brings more than 20 years of experience in advocacy for exploited men, women and children, and in assisting and at-risk youth. With a Masters degree (equivalent) in social work and psychology, Ms. Ugarte spent three years developing social services programs in Tijuana, Mexico. Ms. Ugarte is founder of the Binational Crisis Line in Tijuana, as well as the Domestic Violence Crisis Center for the Sistema Nacional para el Desarollo Integral de la Familia, Tijuana (DIF Tijuana). Ms. Ugarte continues to be an advisor to DIF and to the Civil Protection and Disaster Crisis Prevention Program in Mexico.

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Join us for New Spotlight on Women Luncheons, Tues April 12

We would like to invite you to Vela Restaurant at the Hilton San Diego Bay Front for a lunch co-organized with the San Diego French Chamber of Commerce and the French American Women’s Club of San Diego. Join us for our quaterly casual “Spotlight on Women Luncheons”.

Marie Flacassier, COO BeatBabel, will share her experience as an international business woman whose company specializes in translation.

Learn more about our two partners the SDFACC and the FAWCSD, meet new friends and tell us about you!

We look forward to seeing you, feel free to bring your friends!

Here is the Constant Contact Invitation

Vela Restaurant,
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101


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Adolescent Pregnancies and the Transmission of HIV: Two Destabilizing Factors of Society

In honor our our dear friend and former Living Legacy Award honoree Dame Elizabeth Taylor whose passing yesterday has left our world stunned, we share this program as an example of HIV reform at work, in honor of the great humanitarian strides she made via amFAR and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

Adolescent Pregnancies and the Transmission of HIV: Two Destabilizing Factors of Society

Many years ago, The Women’s International Center recognized Rotary International as an Outstanding Organization and at this year’s Living Legacy Awards, the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club # 5390 presented a scholarship to the General Raymond L. Murray High School Scholarship Fund. WIC CEO Dr. Bridget McDonald is simultaneously a proud Rotarian and learned of an important project led by Dr. Amparo Buendida of the Bogotá-Centennial Rotary Club, presented here in an article by past Rotary International Director, Dr. Bill Cadwallader. This article is posted with permission from Dr. Cadwallader and has also been published in the PDG magazine for the Past District Governors of Uruguay and by the District Governor of D4855 in Argentina as well as the Mexican and Brazilian Rotary magazines.

By Dr. Bill Cadwallader, PRID

The increase in the numbers of adolescent pregnancies and the transmission of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), the cause of AIDES (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), are two important reasons for social destabilization and two problems which should worry many of the leaders of our world communities.

Read More: https://womensinternationalcenter.wordpress.com/news-articles-2/preventing-hiv-and-adolescent-pregnancies/

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26th Anniversary Living Legacy Awards

Join us for our 26th Anniversary Living Legacy Awards

Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011
Time: 4-6pm Hors d’Oeuvres, Silent Auction 6-8pm Awards Ceremony
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

WIC President Gloria Lane and CEO Bridget McDonald, Ph.D.
invite you to our 26th Anniversary Living Legacy Awards Co-Chaired by
Sally B. Thornton and Marianne McDonald, Ph.D.

Our evening will be in honor of the memory of Eunice Shriver for her leadership and creation of the Special Olympics and we will have a tribute to the magnificent Lena Horne. The following remarkable individuals have been invited to receive Living Legacy Awards (in alphabetical order):

Dilkhwaz Ahmed Founder License to Freedom, Domestic Abuse Relief
Alison Arngrim Hollywood Legend “Nelly,” Author, Activist
Christine Brady Founder Americas Foundation, Fundacion de las Americas
Chancellor Marye Anne Fox Chemist decisive in the development of Solar Energy Panels
Kathryn Marie Arger Gang Pioneer of Women in Aviation
Mary Hill History Changing Advocate for Women in Sports and Drug AbusePrevention
Jackée Harry Iconic Actress and Philanthropist
Jerry Maren Legendary actor inspiring Millions as Lollipop Kid in Wizard of Oz

Other Worlds Outstanding Service to Women Internationally
Scripps McDonald Center Outstanding Community Service
Women’s Resource Center Outstanding Organization

The Women’s International Center (WIC) is a prestigious international non-profit organization whose roster of honorees reads like a Who’s Who, including luminaries like Jehan Sadat, Lucille Ball, Jane Goodall, and Princess Aga Khan. This year, we celebrate Margaret O’Briens Birthday together with her and Randal Malone from the Southern California Motion Picture Council. Our revered District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis presents to WRC. Noted journalist Carol Hasson will be MC, Lucy Lin will direct her International Singers. The Living Legacy Awards are always an exciting multi-media experience.

Sally B. Thornton & Marianne McDonald Living Legacy Awards
Honorary Committee
Dr. & Mrs. John F. Alksne, Dr. & Mrs. Elliot Alpert, Sandra Boller, Dr. Gary Chen, Gail Conners, Dr. & Mrs. Anthony DeMaria, Gary Fybel, Dr. Cindy Goodman, Judith Harris & Dr. Robert Singer, Mary Hill, Gil Jaramillo, Pam Kragen, Jean Lowerison, Lisa Ohmstede, Mrs. John H. Parrish, Sandra Redman, Jeanette Rigopoulos, Dr. Robert Singer & Judith Harris, Dottie & David Stanley, Colette Murphy Stefanko, Dr.s Mary & Avrum Stroll, Gerri & Leonard Teyssier, John M. Thornton, Dr Luke M. Vaughan, Bridget Claire Vaughan, Carol Tohsaku, Chris Van Gorder, Anne Marie Welsh, Ret. Admiral Ronne Froman, Kathy D. West, Tom & Julie Karlo,  Leonard Simpson, Christopher Baidoo.

Living Legacy Awards Event Musical Programs
A Touch of Opera Studio SINGERS
Lucy C. Lin, Music Director & Vocal Coach presents:
La Romanza Italiana (Santa Lucia, Ah! Marie, Torna a Sorrento, Serenade, Ritorna a Me, Anema e Core, Come Prima, Al Di La Amor, Mon Amour, My Love, O sole mio, Reginella Campagnola)
Chinese Classic
Special Tribute Over the Rainbow from“ The Wizard of Oz”

Singers: Gloria Chen, Amanda Grote, Howard Liu, Chi Chang Lee, Lisa Marks, Jack Meng, Wendy Meng, Liyun Yeung, Yulin Tan    Pianist: Hua Wang

Also featuring A Touch of Class Music Barry Allen Cohen, Guitarist, Singer, DJ and Director Big Daddy Orchestra, atouchofclassmusic.com orwww.bigdaddyorchestra.com

Performance by The Academy of Chinese Musical Arts
featuring these instruments: Yang Qin, Er Hu, Hulusi, Di Zi

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26th Annual Living Legacy Awards

Join us for our 26th Anniversary Living Legacy Awards

Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011
Time: 4-6pm Hors d’Oeuvres, Silent Auction 6-8pm Awards Ceremony
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

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