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7th Annual Women's Conference Speakers
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Keynote Speaker

Condoleezza Rice is currently a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University.  She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates.

From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military.

From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff.  She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

As professor of Political Science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors – the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including two bestsellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010); Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin;Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984)

In 1991, Rice co-founded the Center for a New Generation, an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Club of America) of which she remains actively involved in today.

Success Stories: Women, Work and the Will to Lead

Katie Oyama 

Katherine Oyama is Senior Policy Counsel for Google, where she focuses on copyright, creativity, and trademark law and policy. From 2009 to 2011, she worked in the Office of the Vice President as Associate Counsel and Deputy Counsel to Vice President Joseph R. Biden. Prior to her government service, Katherine was a litigation associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr’s Washington office, where she worked on intellectual property cases, government and regulatory litigation, and pro bono matters. She previously worked for a New York-based strategy consulting firm, a Silicon Valley-based Internet start-up, and a Washington-based public interest research organization. Katherine is a graduate of Smith College, where she graduated with high honors in Government, and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she served as senior articles editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. She recently testified before Congress on issues relating to copyright, trademark, and Internet policy.

Caroline Choi

Caroline Choi is vice president, Energy and Environmental Policy for Southern California Edison (SCE), responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings.

Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs.

Choi has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Choi has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Szu Pei Lu-Yang

Szu Pei Lu-Yang is an Senior Associate at Graves & King, LLP in Riverside, CA. She represents the firm in the defense of public entities as well as tort and environmental litigation matters, such as public entity liability, CEQA litigation, personal injury, and commercial business matters. Mrs. Lu-Yang has been with Graves & King LLP since 2005. Prior to Graves & King, Mrs. Lu-Yang was a partner in a boutique accounting firm in 2003 preparing corporate and individual tax returns.

In addition to practicing law, Mrs. Lu-Yang is an elected official sitting on the Rowland Water District Board of Directors as the Director for Division 5. As a Board Member, Mrs. Lu-Yang is intimately involved in District matters, ranging from approving the budget to water issues facing the District. Mrs. Lu-Yang also sits on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Gabriel Valley. As a member of the Executive Board (President Elect in 2010 and President in 2011), she works closely with staff to provide its members with excellent business support.

Mrs. Lu-Yang received her Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she majored in Political Science and minored in Business Economics. She served as the Secretary General of the Model United Nations Program in her senior year. Mrs. Lu-Yang graduated Cum Laude and with Honors from the UCLA Honors Program. She was also a research assistant in the Political Science Department for four years focusing on the Middle East conflict.

A Celebrity Chef’s Guide to Healthy Cooking

Jamie Gwen

Jamie Gwen is a Celebrity Chef, Certified Sommelier, Lifestyle Expert and four-time Cookbook Author who can be seen stirring up something delicious on television, on the radio and in print from coast-to-coast for more than a decade. She brings the best to radio with her weekly Syndicated Radio Show, filled with delicious conversation on all things culinary, heard every Sunday on 70 Radio Stations across the country and in Southern California on Talk Radio 790 KABC.

Her recent victory on the Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” has brought even more acclaim to Chef Jamie’s California Comfort Food and her simple, seasonal approach to making every day more delicious. Most recently, Jamie served as a Judge for Fox TV’s Master Chef alongside Gordon Ramsey, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich. Jamie can currently be seen on L.A.’s number one morning show on KTLA Channel 5, on HSN and in National Television Satellite Media Tours, sharing her seasonal lifestyle approach and her passion for food. And, her recipes are featured on Microsoft’s worldwide Food & Drink App, seen by over 200 million Windows 8.1 users.

Jamie’s most recent cookbook entitled “Good Food For Good Times 2” is now available as an eBook and has been featured on The Talk, Emeril Live and Martha Stewart and her sizzling restaurant reviews can be found in Modern Luxury’s Riviera Magazine. She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and her website,, is a scrumptious resource for food lovers everywhere.

Achieving Financial Peace
Monica Chandra

Helping you reach your financial goals is my number one objective. Working together, I’ll assist you in making sound financial decisions that are consistent with your comfort level, investment time-line, and goals. We can start small and grow, or we can evaluate and build upon any existing financial plans. The end result will be a strategy designed to help you build, protect, use, and transfer assets in the most advantageous way. We’ll evaluate your situation and make adjustments as needed. It just makes sense – as your life changes, so do your financial needs. I’ll be here for you at every stage of your life.

Katerina Soukhorado

Katerina has been with Orange County’s Credit Union for over 6 years in the Mortgage Lending Department. In her leadership role as Assistant Vice President of Secondary Mortgage Department, Katerina oversees pricing strategy, department’s profitability and daily loan pricing, develops and administers various secondary market initiatives. She sells loans to the secondary market and is responsible for the mortgage product design.

She is a hardworking associate who is dedicated to offering member first service and education. She is passionate about helping many of our members reach their dream of home ownership.

She is a graduate from Moscow State with an MBA in Journalism and has her BA in International Business from Hofstra University in New York. Katerina is also a graduated from Leadership Tomorrow in California.

Leticia Mata

Leticia Mata has been involved in the credit union movement since 1986. She has held various positions in the credit union industry from collections officer to her most current position with Orange County’s Credit Union as Assistance Vice-President of Community Education and Development. Leticia has served on several credit union, local schools and community boards her current positions include, Chairwoman for Centro CHA, Inc (Community Hispanic Association), and Executive Board member of Orange County Human Relations.

Leticia is a 2005 graduate of Western CUNA Management School and a 2006 Credit Union Development Educator. Her Project CARE (Community Advocates Reaching Everyone) won the 2007 Beacon Award with Richard Myles Johnson Foundation (RMJ). It involves a group of credit union associates who help provide free financial literacy and share the credit union difference by providing volunteered time for local community outreach. They also provide community workshops and seminars both in English and Spanish to schools, public libraries, small businesses, and community resource centers.

Christina Williams

Christina Williams leads Orange County’s Credit Union’s Fullerton Branch as the Supervisor, fostering relationships and development in Associate growth as Members’ trust financial advisors, while promoting staff morale and Member confidence. Additionally, Christina’s commitment to service excellence and “Putting People First” allows her to annually lead the Credit Union’s charitable partnership with Olive Crest and volunteers in special events with the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), Backpacks of Love and more.

With 20 years of experience at the Credit Union and nearly 30 years of banking experience in total, Christina establishes rapport with local businesses through special events and educates members of the community through financial literacy courses. Christina’s community development efforts proves successful through increased membership at her Branch, while also helping Members become proficient in key areas of their own finances including budgeting, credit improvement, and effective savings.

Children's Health and What to Expect When You're Expecting

Heidi Murkoff

Heidi Murkoff is the author of the world’s best-selling and parenting series,  What to Expect, which began with What to Expect When You’re Expecting and was inspired by her first pregnancy. Dubbed the “pregnancy bible,” the iconic New York Times bestseller (currently over 680 weeks on the list) is now in its all-new fourth edition, with over 18 million copies in print. USA Today named it one of the most influential books of the last 25 years – reporting, too, that it is read by 93 percent of women who read a pregnancy book.  The What to Expect books have sold more than 34 million copies in the US alone and are international bestsellers, published in over 30 languages. Heidi is also the creator of, which is home to a close-knit community of more than 14 million moms worldwide, the WTE app, and the founder of the What to Expect® Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies.

In 2013 the What To Expect Foundation joined forces with the USO to create “Special Delivery” – baby showers hosted by Heidi and held at bases all over the world, celebrating and supporting military moms-to-be who are stationed far from their family and friends.   In 2011, TIME magazine named Heidi one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Heidi and her husband Erik have two children and are the proud grandparents of grandson Lennox who is in his 1,000 day window and made his debut just in time to grace the cover of Heidi’s newest baby, the third edition of What To Expect The First Year. Read Heidi’s complete bio at

Lucy Martinez Sullivan

Lucy Martinez Sullivan is Executive Director of 1,000 Days, an initiative launched by the U.S. and Irish Governments in 2010 to promote greater action and investment in maternal and young child nutrition, particularly during the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday when good nutrition can have a life-changing impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and thrive. Under Lucy’s leadership, 1,000 Days has aligned and mobilized advocates, thought-leaders, policymakers and a network of over 80 partners to improve nutrition for women and children around the world.

Prior to 1,000 Days, Lucy worked in the private sector.  Most recently, she was Executive Director at CCS, a management consulting firm that provides counsel to non-profit institutions and civil society organizations on issues of strategy and philanthropy. Lucy’s clients included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Action Against Hunger. Previously, Lucy held management positions at a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Merrill Lynch, L’Oréal, and Limited Brands.

Lucy holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Florida. She resides in Washington DC with her husband and two daughters, both of whom are under 1,000 days old.

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