YWCA Pasadena-Foothil Valley Celebrates the 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership and Networking Day

YWCA Executive Director and BoardGuest ParticipationGuest Speakers WLND 2014Suzanne, Whatley Rosemarie Pilpa, & Ursula Hyman


4:00 pm | May 7, 2014

On Friday, May 2, 2014, the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley hosted its 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership and Networking Day. This day-long inspirational conference was held at Twin Palms Restaurant and Lounge in Pasadena. The Women’s Leadership and Networking Day provided the opportunity to hear from seven unique women who have followed their passions and utilized their strengths to reach their professional goals.

Guest speakers included: Phlunte Riddle – Phlunte Riddle Group; Ursula Hyman, Esq. – Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP (Ret.); Melody Godfred, Esq. – Founder, Write In Color; Rosemarie Pilpa, PhD. – Biotechnologist & Patent Scientist; Michelle Martinez – City of Santa Ana Councilwoman; Lilli Cloud – Founder of Bluefeet Co.; and featured Susanne Whatley of KPCC 89.3 FM as emcee.

This event, produced by the YWCA’s Women’s Leadership & Networking Day committee, was chaired by Paula Stamp and Kelsey Szamet. This event served as a means of sharing wisdom and advice to empower women in their careers and personal life, as well as an opportunity to make professional connections with other women in a variety of fields.

“The energy in the room was palpable as 100 women came together to share, inspire and empower each other,” said Sharalyn Hamilton, Executive Director.

The event brought together over 100 women of all ages and stages of their professional lives: career women, retired women, young professionals, and students. Guests attending were able to network and share personal stories and insight about their varied career fields and future goals.

YWCA-Pasadena expresses their gratitude to their committed sponsors: PCL Construction, Gruen Associates, The Law Office of Angeline Chen, Salted Stone, Carmen Vargas & Christopher Garrido, Ellen’s Silkscreening, Pasadena Magazine, and Business Life Magazine. Special thanks to Cam Sanders, our event photographer.

About the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley began over 108 years ago to meet the needs of young women in Pasadena. Its programs address the mission of the national organization, “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” More information about the YWCA is available at www.ywca-pasadena.org.