8th Annual Women's Conference Speakers
Saturday, March 26, 2016
2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri
Nina Davuluri is a leading girl's STEM education advocate and the winner of the 2014 Miss America competition. She was one of over 14,000 young women to vie for the coveted title 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.
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 has worked 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 a Healthy Lifestyle
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, chefjamie.com, is a scrumptious resource for food lovers everywhere.
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 http://www.womenofinfluence.today/ for more information.
A Woman's Journey Towards Financial Independence
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, Board President for Orange County Human Relations Council, Chairwoman for Centro CHA, Inc (Community Hispanic Association), and Governor at Large for the California/Nevada Credit Union League-Orange County Chapter. Leticia also serve on the CHOC Walk Board where she helps organize and raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network.
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.
Deter, Detect and Defend against Identity Theft
Gigi Elmasry has over 30 years of Financial Services experience. She currently leads Orange County’s Credit Union’s Santa Ana Branch where she fosters relationships and develops Associate growth as Members’ trusted financial advisors, while promoting staff morale and member confidence. She is a graduate of the American University in Cairo with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and a Minor in Sociology.
Gigi is an avid supporter of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) through the Children’s Miracle Network and has participated in Bite of Reality Financial Workshops as well as a volunteer for Orange County Human Relations were she establishes rapport with community members through special events and community development efforts.
Global Perspectives on Women's Empowerment
A native Southern Californian, Sara Catalán is Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director to Representative Royce. Sara earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Davis in History, double-majoring in Modern Western European History and US history; Master of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, double-majoring there as well in International Relations and National Policy.
After completing her graduate degree in 2002, Sara accepted a position with U.S. Representative Ed Royce and was quickly promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff where she manages the district operations and the district staff. While serving in this capacity, Sara has created a Human-Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee, Federal Grants Assistance Program, and the very successful Royce Annual Women’s Conference.
Sara also serves as a coordinator for charity events and organizations in the 39th Congressional District. She has volunteered for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Lincoln Juarez Opportunity Center the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Sara also serves as the Immediate Past-President for the California Woman’s Leadership Association, and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Marian Bergeson Excellence in Public Service Series.
Global Perspectives on Women's Empowerment
Jessica Kelch has served as Policy Coordinator and Counsel for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs since January of 2013. In this role she helps to prioritize and manage Committee activities, including legislative markups, informational hearings and briefings, and outreach to Members of Congress and constituents. She also works with the Committee’s foreign policy specialists to develop and finalize content related to a diverse portfolio of issues, including counterterrorism efforts, foreign assistance and diplomacy, with a special focus on the role of women and girls in U.S. development and security efforts. Jessica graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 2012 and the University of Virginia in 2007 and is licensed to practice law in Virginia.