JVS SoCal Women’s Leadership Network

Making a Difference in the Lives of Women

The JVS SoCal Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) is a philanthropic membership group dedicated to serving women in career crisis or transition, including women launching their careers. The WLN works to sustain, expand and enhance JVS SoCal’s comprehensive array of programs that positively impact the future of women and families of diverse backgrounds throughout Southern California. The WLN offers a range of networking opportunities for its dynamic membership and sponsors an innovative and inspiring women’s conference each year that is open to the public.

The WLN is comprised of women in fields ranging from law, business, entertainment, nonprofit, marketing and event production to public service, finance, art and real estate. Our network includes female professionals and leaders established in their industries and communities, as well as retired executives and philanthropists. What we share is our dedication to making a difference in the lives of women in need.

9th Annual Woman to Woman Conference Logo

Thursday, November 17, 2022
12pm-2pm
Reception at 11:00am

The JVS SoCal Women’s Leadership Network sponsors the Annual Woman to Woman Conference, now in its 10th year. This exciting event features accomplished speakers and offers women of diverse backgrounds networking opportunities and inspiration to tear down barriers to success while raising awareness and critical funding to sustain JVS SoCal programs serving women.

If you are interested in attending or learning more about the 10th Annual Woman to Woman Conference, Please Click Here

Membership: Become a WLN Ambassador

WLN Ambassadors advocate on behalf of the women JVS SoCal serves by fundraising, volunteering, and promoting community awareness of JVS SoCal’s life-changing career development programs. We invite you to join this group of inspirational women all dedicated to empowering women to achieve career and personal success.

WLN Ambassadors:

  • Change women’s lives by supporting JVS SoCal’s career development, training, and mentoring programs and communicating this mission to your community
  • Connect at events with like-minded women
  • Attend the annual WLN Woman to Woman Conference as guests
  • Gain recognition on our Conference webpage
  • Receive invitations to attend member events and inspiring client graduations
  • Learn updates on your impact through WLN e-newsletters
  • Help organize programs as committee members
  • Make a tax-deductible gift

If you are interested in serving as a WLN ambassador, please  contact Lindsay Thomas at 

Volunteer Opportunities

Whose lives will you change?

Volunteer with this dynamic group to empower women in the workplace. Help change women’s lives. Contact us to learn more about these engagement opportunities:

  • Mentor women facing career challenges
  • Provide information to women job seekers entering your field
  • Provide resume feedback
  • Conduct mock interviews to help improve communication skills
  • Support Dress for Success style events helping job seekers pick out new and gently used outfits
  • Assure the continuation of mentorship, job training and placement programs, through fundraising efforts
  • Experience JVS SoCal’s job seeking assistance through a personal tour of a WorkSource Center
  • Support our graduates by attending a JVSWorks graduation

 To discuss your volunteering goals and explore becoming a part of this dynamic group, please contact:

Lindsay Thomas
Director of Philanthropy, Donor Groups
Office: 323-761-8888 ext. 8891
Direct Line: 323-306-4127

Zsofia Szlovak
Donor Groups Coordinator
Office: 323-761-8888 ext. 1001
Direct Line: 323-761-8897

Programs We Support

The JVS SoCal Women’s Leadership Network provides support for new and existing career training and mentoring programs to assist women from underserved communities. These include the following programs and services

“I could not be thankful enough for the springboard that the WoMentoring program provided. Thank you for believing in me when I could not even believe in myself. I wish to carry on this virtue and become a career counselor that can ignite this light for many more immigrants, refuges, or any member of the marginalized community that I will work with in the future.”

Thuy Nguyen

WoMentoring mentee and WLN Impact Grant recipient

“I was able to secure employment less than three days after graduation. Even though I had barriers and obstacles, I was still able to pursue what I wanted to. And I could not have done that without the help of JVS SoCal – who change people not just for now, but for generations.”

Deborah Alonzo

ApartmentWorks graduate

“Financial stability is an ongoing goal for me, and CareerWork$ Medical linked me to a job that provided that for me.” Of her job at Children’s Hospital, she says, “I love what I do, being able to do things for people and help them advance. I love uplifting people. There’s hope out there, you just have to want it and be open to opportunities.”

Nesha Price

CareerWork$ Medical graduate

WLN Impact Grants

WLN Impact Grants provide urgent financial assistance to women in need throughout JVS SoCal’s extensive array of programs. These grants help with career training, educational programs or other assistance related to advancing their professional goals. WLN Impact Grants are relatively small but impactful and serve to eliminate any remaining barriers to employment or career development.

“JVS SoCal has been an amazing support to me during the past two years. It is deeply appreciated. From training me through the Career Works Medical program, helping me secure a full-time job, and assisting me with my financial challenges during the Covid pandemic.”

Zina Usana Mansaray

CareerWork$ Medical graduate and WLN Impact Grant recipient

“Meeting an amazing woman in the career I want to pursue was such a life-changing moment for me. I am working now in the career I want to be working in. Thank you so much. You really are changing lives.”

Tara Khoshbin

WoMentoring mentee and WLN Impact Grant recipient

WLN Newsletters

WLN Summer Newsletter 2012

February 2022

WLN Summer Newsletter 2012

August 2021

Summer 2020

WLN Executive Council Members

Joan August
Linda Brown
Alexandra Carter
Jane Z. Cohen
Eileen Coskey Fracchia*

Ellie Heisler
Lauren Kurzweil**
Barbara Leanse
Teresa Nathanson
Debbie Powell*

D’Angela Proctor
Judy Flesh Rosenberg*
Deborah Schwarz
Trinka Soloway
Leslie Spivak

*WLN Co-Founders        **Chair

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