9th Annual Woman to Woman Conference

Presented by JVS SoCal Women’s Leadership Network

Thursday, November 18, 2021  |  9am-10:30am


Our Sponsors

About this Year’s Virtual Conference

Thank you for joining us for the livestreamed celebration of women leaders in our community. We hope you were inspired by their stories of challenges, triumphs, personal insights and more. Learn about the Women’s Leadership Network and the work we do to support women through career crisis and transition. Please watch the recording below to find out how you can help make a difference in women’s lives.


Giselle Fernandez

Giselle Fernandez is known for her cutting-edge reporting in hot spots throughout the world and interviewing prominent global and local leaders. Today, this veteran anchor is on Your Morning on Spectrum News 1, helping Southern Californians get all the information they need to start their day, and on the Emmy Award-winning weekly series L.A. Stories with Giselle Fernandez, highlighting people who shape lives and create an impact throughout the community.



Georgia Berkovich is a community leader and inspirational speaker, who currently serves as the Director of Public Affairs for The Midnight Mission. Her work provides hope to people in the Skid Row community, many of whom struggle with barriers such as addiction. In recovery herself, Georgia brings a unique perspective to her position and serves and an example of overcoming personal challenges and giving back to her community.

Joy Chen

Joy Chen is a world-renowned leadership coach whom the Wall Street Journal calls “a Lean-In Guru” and the Los Angeles Times refers to simply as “The Networker.” She formerly served as a Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles and a Fortune 500 executive search consultant. Her firm, JOYOUS, provides leadership development for Asian Americans.


Aja Brown is an economic development expert and community activist, having most recently served two terms as Mayor of Compton, the youngest person ever to hold the position. Her “New Vision for Compton” led to unprecedented socioeconomic growth in her city, as well as a historic decrease in violence. Aja’s leadership and her work with mothers brings a fresh perspective that inspires women around Los Angeles and nationally. 

Our 2021

Diane Shader Smith

Diane Shader Smith has been a writer, speaker, publicist and fundraiser for 30 years. For the past two years, Diane has traveled the country offering inspiration to those who have experienced great loss or are dealing with crisis. She speaks on behalf of her late daughter Mallory, whose memoir was published posthumously. Mallory’s work, Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life, has been called life-changing.

Our Impact

Over the past year, thousands of women have been driven out of the workforce as a direct result of the pandemic. An estimated 9.9 million jobs were lost in the U.S. within the past year, with women being disproportionately affected. As we move forward toward hopeful recovery, the Women’s Leadership Network is proud to assist women experiencing career crisis and transition. Through the JVS SoCal programs we support, we are uniquely positioned to help women through this time and get them on the road to recovery. 

Since its founding in 2008, the WLN has raised over $3 million dollars to provide free mentoring career training and job placement support to over 2,500 women participating in JVS SoCal program across Los Angeles and Southern California. We are able to do this with the support of our members and sponsors of our annual Woman to Woman Conference, and through the WLN Empowerment Fund. 

Get Involved

You can help support the WLN by subscribing to our mailing list, making a donation, registering for our conference or becoming a volunteer with our WoMentoring programs. Learn more.

Sponsorship Packages

Our Generous Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Terri and Jerry Kohl

Susan W. Robertson

*of blessed memory

Empowerment Sponsors

Encouragement Sponsors

Susan and Fred Kunik

Don Levin Trust

Debbie and Rick Powell

Inspiration Sponsors

Allen and Anita Kohl Charitable Foundation

Herbert McLaughlin Children’s Trust

Barbara and Tom Leanse

Leslie and Bobby Spivak

Cedars Sinai 2021 Sponsor - JVS SoCal

Harriet Nichols

Impact Sponsors

Linda Brown

Tina Elowitt

Deborah and Alan Levey

Joyce Powell

Nancy and Jeff Cherry

Bonnie Fein

Carol Muchin

Kathy Suto

Jane Z. Cohen

Pamela Hirsh

Eleanor and Glenn Padnick

Robbi and Tom Schiff

Don and Eileen Coskey Fracchia

Lauren Kurzweil

Nancy and Jeff Paul

Terri and Michael Kaplan

Banc of California JVS SoCal Sponsor

Essential Sponsors

Joan August

Lynn Bider

Brooke and Micah Dekofsky

Eileen Goodis

Karen Kaplan Berger

Joni and Jeff Marine

Shana Passman

Deb Schwarz

Trinka Stotsky Soloway

Audrey Flannery

Anne Barnett

Joanie Black

Lynne and Jimmy DeWitt

Salli Harris

Laurie Konheim and Corrine Sands

Teresa Nathanson

Robert Pearman

Renee Remeny

Annette and Leonard Shapiro

Vivian Soren

Swerdlow & Wimmer law firm

Bonnie and Ronny Bensimon

Sue Brucker

Rusty Feldman

Linda and Jim Hausberg

Susan Neisloss

Dr. Michelle Israel and
Robbie Shipp

Berman-Rutenberg Family

Linda Thomas

Peter Tu

Jamie and Joel Berman

Alexandra Carter

Linda Essakow

Deborah Kallick

Virginia Maas

Connie and David Oliver

Judy Rosenberg

Jill and Harris Smith

Marcie Polier Swartz

Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Vital Sponsors

Eva Aaronson

Harriet Bernstein

Nancy Eisenstadt


Jackie Gottlieb

Adrienne Horwitch

Rhea Coskey

Laura Maslon

Adrian Miller

Nancy Noori

D’Angela Proctor

Charlene & Victor Sands

Susan Sugarman

Dr. Adrienne Youdim

Arnon & Camille Adar

Lynn Behar

Sari Eshman

Pat Gage

Nan Goodman

Sue Hochberg

Wendy Levin

Susan Meltzer

Carol Moss Foundation | Mary Aguado

Marylouise Oates

Donna Rosen

Sabrina Shadi

Sunnye Tuch

Rosaline L. Zukerman

Cathy Rogers

Mae Appel

Elisha and David Bolour

Nancy Epstein

Sharon Glaser

Nancy Grant

Janice kamenir Reznik

Debra Loggia

Michaela Mendelsohn

Bonnie Nash


Diane Shader Smith

Toby Waldorf

Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali

Barbara and Paul Reitzin

Sophie Alpert

Jill Black

Linda Davis

Judy Felsenthal

Vicki Gold

Barbara Herman

Pamela Kluft

Marlene and Sandy Louchheim

Neal Mendelsohn

Aliza and David Nikayin

David Pelaia

Ellen Sandler

Andrea Sonnenberg

Janet Wells Kahane

R. Leonard CSR, Inc. - Woman to Woman Conference Sponsor
Capital Group - Woman to Woman Conference Sponsor
Last Year’s Event

2020 Woman to Woman Conference

Additional Information

If you have questions regarding this annual Conference or the Women’s Leadership Network, contact

Your Sponsorship and participation will empower women to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment.

JVS SoCal is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization
Our Tax ID is 95-1691012