Past Events

Lunch with Jon Dunn

November 10, 2017

Jon Dunn has been the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood, Orange County and San Bernardino for 24 years!  In fact, our Board member Tricia Nichols was on the Board of PP when Jon was hired.

PPAC’s mission is to create a personally and politically safe climate in which individuals have universal and unfettered access to sexual and reproductive health service and are free to follow their own beliefs, values and moral code when making decisions about these services.

The political arm of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC), known as the Community Action Fund, is a 501(c)(4) organization and is a force to be reckoned with.

Planned Parenthood believes in an informed electorate. The Community Action Fund distributes its voter guides, and builds strategies to defeat candidates or incumbents who do not support reproductive freedom. Planned Parenthood was the sponsor of the huge women’s march on March 21. 

The Community Action Fund is totally focused on the 2018 elections.  It is doing some exciting things aimed at making significant legislative changes.  Planned Parenthood is also planning another march!

 

 

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Lunch with L. Song Richardson

October 18, 2017

L. Song Richardson succeeded Erwin Chemerinsky to become Interim Dean of the UCI School of Law in July 2017. She is a multi-dimensional scholar with expertise involving the areas of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure; Law and Social Science; and Law, Equality and Race. A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Song gave a compelling talk about unconscious biases and how they impact women striving to be successful leaders to a sold-out crowd of WIL members and guests at Antonello’s Restaurant. For more information on this topic, please view the report on the Perception Institute’s website.

Karol Gottfredson and L. Song Richardson
Karol Gottfredson and L. Song Richardson
Susan Seely, Mayor of Costa Mesa Katrina Foley, and L. Song Richardson
Susan Seely, Mayor of Costa Mesa Katrina Foley, and L. Song Richardson
Melinda Seely presents a gift to retiring WIL board member Pat Schuler
Melinda Seely presents a gift to retiring WIL board member Pat Schuler

Summer Reception

June 28, 2017

Women in Leadership kicked off summer with a reception to “Meet the Women of WIL” at Ecco Pizzeria in Costa Mesa. Hosted by WIL board members Mary Bayer and Jill Kanzler, members and guests were treated to wine and pizza as they learned more about WIL and met several of our candidates and elected officials.

WIL members and guests at Summer Reception
WIL members and guests at Summer Reception
Coast District Trustee Lorraine Prinsky, Liz McNabb, Karol Gottfredson and Sue Leibel
Coast District Trustee Lorraine Prinsky, Liz McNabb, Karol Gottfredson and Sue Leibel
Mayor of Costa Mesa Katrina Foley with Kim Bennett
Mayor of Costa Mesa Katrina Foley with Kim Bennett

Lunch with Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva

June 9, 2017

Sharon is one of WIL’s success stories, having won two out of her last three assembly races with WIL’s support. She is the only woman among Orange County’s seven state assembly members, and one of only two pro-choice members from Orange County. At our June lunch, Sharon shared with us how governing is working in Sacramento in 2017 and what our state government can do to fight back against the Trump assault on the basic rights of women.

Pat Schuler, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and Karen Clark
Pat Schuler, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and Karen Clark
Katherine Grazia and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva
Katherine Grazia and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva

Lunch with Joan Biskupic

May 11, 2017

Joan Biskupic
Joan Biskupic is one of the nation's leading experts on the U.S. Supreme Court, as editor of legal affairs at Reuters, a CNN legal analyst and Pulitzer prize finalist Supreme Court biographer and regular on PBS’s Washington Week. She was at UCI as a visiting professor at the UCI Law School. Joan provided us with fascinating inside information on the workings of the Supreme Court and the personalities of the various justices, whom she knows personally from the many interviews she has done with them over 25 years.

Lunch with Mark Petracca

April 11, 2017

Mark Petracca is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences at UCI. He was a quick-witted and entertaining speaker, taking nearly 70 WIL members and guests through the fascinating history of Orange County politics. He also provided a glimmer of hope about the changing landscape of party politics in Orange County, reminding us that Hillary Clinton did win Orange County – the first Democrat to do so in many, many

Karen Clark, Mark Petracca, Lorraine Prinsky and Pat Schuler
Karen Clark, Mark Petracca, Lorraine Prinsky and Pat Schuler
Jone Pearce with WIL members and guests
Jone Pearce with WIL members and guests

Lunch with Michelle Goodwin

March 15, 2017

Michele Goodwin is the Chancellor’s Professor of Law at UCI and holds appointments in the UCI Departments of Public Health and Gender and Sexuality Studies.  She is a nationally recognized scholar in the field of reproductive justice. Her most recent book, Policing the Womb, is a chilling study of how states are using criminal laws as a tool to incarcerate, punish and humiliate poor pregnant women. Michele gave a dynamic, rousing talk about the way women’s rights are eroding under the reign of Trump.

Davida Hopkins Parham, Michelle Goodwin and Allyson Sonenshine
Davida Hopkins Parham, Michelle Goodwin and Allyson Sonenshine

 

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