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8th Annual Women's Conference Speakers
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Miss America Nina Davuluri
Keynote Speaker

Nina Davuluri was one of over 14,000 young women to vie for the coveted title of Miss America 2014 and its $50,000 scholarship award. In September of 2013, Nina, a University of Michigan graduate, gained international acclaim by becoming the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America Competition representing the state of New York.

Over the course of the Nina’s year of service as Miss America, she logged approximately 250,000 miles traveling across the country to address an array of audiences on her platform: “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.” As part of her consciousness-raising efforts on behalf of diversity, Nina also launched a social media campaign, Circles of Unity to encourage constructive and civil dialogue on diversity issues. Through her social media channels, Nina asks people to share “representative thoughts and stories about their experiences on how we as a nation can advance cultural awareness.” Nina is proud to have spoken at almost 35 different universities including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Duke, and University of Pennsylvania spreading her message of inclusion.

Nina’s talk primarily focuses on her experiences growing up as a second generation Asian American. Although born in Syracuse, Nina spent most of her childhood in rural Oklahoma and Michigan. From a young age, Nina realized she was culturally different; she wasn’t part of the stereotypical “American Family.” As the only person of Indian origin in her classes for many years she saw many forms of prejudice and misconceptions about communities of color. She often found herself in conversations with classmates, correcting stereotypes and media images. “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency” is intended to spark a conversation about diversity, inclusion, and assimilation. As Nina has stated, “With each new generation, the face of America changes. Diversity is a rich and endless source of experience, language, custom and tradition that enhances our nation and makes us unique.”

In addition to her personal platform, Nina also has a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Education promoting women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related fields. She has collaborated with tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Dell and Texas Instruments to advance their STEM initiatives. Furthermore, she hasworked with many charities/NGO's in the U.S. and India advocating for equality and education--most notably Pratham, Magic Bus, and Girl Rising.

Chef Jamie Gwen
A Celebrity Chef’s Guide to Healthy Cooking

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. She brings the best to radio with her weekly Syndicated Radio Show, filled with delicious conversation on all things culinary, heard every Sunday on Radio Stations across the country.

Most recently, Jamie served as a Judge for Fox TV’s Master Chef and her victory on the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen proved her culinary aptitude. Jamie can be seen on L.A.’s number one morning show on KTLA Channel 5, on HSN and on national television news shows 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, Co-Authored by Lana Sills, 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.

Tammy Hotsenpiller
Creating Women of Influence

Since starting her company in 2001 Tammy has seen individuals, organizations, and businesses take responsibility and ownership for personal success. Tammy’s simple and practical tools and tips will cause you to take the steps you need to succeed and enjoy the life you have been given.

Tammy is a sought after conference and seminar speaker and the President of Total Life Coach, LLC, an innovative executive and personal coaching company, with an emphasis on holistic balance, and personal motivation. Tammy is a Certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor. Tammy is a graduate of Coach University and maintains an impressive list of clients and corporations. Her clients include ambassador’s wives to celebrity moms, the neighbor next door, to Fortune 500 companies.

Tammy is also the Founder and Executive Director of Women of Influence, a movement to Equip, Empower, and Educate Women to be all God created them to be. See www.WomenofInfluence.Today for more information.

Monica Chandra
A Woman's Journey Towards Financial Independence

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
The Three Cs of Homebuying


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
Achieving Financial Peace

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
Achieving Financial Peace

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.

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