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5th Annual Woman to Woman Conference in Support of JVS Programs -UNSTOPPABLE: THE POWER OF WOMEN

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JVS Women’s Leadership Network’s (WLN) Woman to Woman Conference will bring together more than 500 women in the community from young professionals to philanthropists to executive leaders who gather together to connect, be inspired and by attending, help other women. Haifaa Al-Mansour the first female Saudi filmmaker, Barbara Morrison acclaimed jazz singer and recording artist, and Suze Yalof Schwartz founder and CEO of Unplug Meditation are the speakers. These accomplished women will share their personal and professional journeys around the conference theme Unstoppable: The Power of Women at the 5th Annual Conference on Tuesday, November 14 at 8:00 a.m. at the Skirball Cultural Center.


Positively impacting the lives of other women in career crisis and transition, all proceeds from the conference support JVS’ programs serving women.  Those supported range from the unemployed and working poor to people with disabilities, at risk youth, veterans transitioning to the civilian workplace, as well as those participating in WoMentoringWLN’s signature career mentoring program.


The conference kicks off with a breakfast networking reception and is followed by a luncheon program hosted by Nikki Crawford, award winning actress who has starred in a variety of projects in theatre, television and film. Featured speakers include Al-Mansour the first female Saudi filmmaker whose highly acclaimed feature debut “Wadjda,” was the first-ever Academy Awards submission from Saudi Arabia, Morrison an acclaimed singer and recording artist who has performed all over the world with the greatest names in jazz from Ray Charles to Dizzy Gillespie and Yalof Schwartz former fashion Editor, author and entrepreneur, who founded Unplug Meditation, the world’s first secular drop-in meditation studio.

An audience Q & A will follow each of the speakers.  Kathy Suto, Vice President and General Manager of Bloomingdale’s Century City, will receive the inaugural WLN Women’s Empowerment Award, in recognition of her work with the Downtown Women’s Center, dedicated to ending homelessness for women in Los Angeles. The Conference will highlight the personal stories of women whose lives have been profoundly impacted by JVS programs.


WLN Leadership Council members Barbara Leanse and Nancy Paul, return as this year’s event chairs.  “In a few hours attendees feel connected, uplifted and inspired both in their participation and in the knowing that their contribution is making a difference in another woman’s life,” says Leanse. “Those good feelings are valuable and long lasting because nothing is more powerful than women joining together to help each other overcome, advance and succeed,” comments Paul.




JVS Los Angeles is a 501c3 founded in 1931 to address rampant workplace discrimination and assist those struggling in the midst of the Great Depression. This year the organization celebrates 86 years of changing lives.