JVS SoCal Women’s Leadership Network Presents:

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

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About This Year’s Conference

We are pleased to return to the Skirball Cultural Center after two years of successfully producing the conference virtually. This year, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of our innovative Woman to Woman Conference, showcasing women who inspire us to pursue goals in the face of challenges.

Our theme for this year is, Our Resilient Spirit: How Far We’ve Come.

We invite you to join us to reflect on 10 years of impact together, empowering women to start new careers that change their lives.

THIS YEAR’S DISTINGUISHED HOST

Giselle Fernandez

As a six-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and 2021 Los Angeles Press Club Anchor of the Year, 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. She is also on the Emmy Award-winning LA Stories with Giselle Fernandez, highlighting changemakers who shape lives and create an impact throughout the community.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

LIZA BERCOVICI

Liza Bercovici is an innovative leader in education, founding the Everybody Dance LA! program and the award-winning Gabriella Charter Schools in the wake of her daughter Gabriella’s tragic death in 1999. Her focus on educational equity has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children in Los Angeles, providing them with opportunities to express themselves and pursue their dreams. 

LORNA LITTLE

Lorna Little is a community leader, author, and inspirational speaker who currently serves as the President and CEO of St. Anne’s Family Services, where she has developed innovative programs for children and families since 2018. Understanding the power of communication and connection from sharing their stories, Lorna connects media, public speaking, and the field of social services.

KRISTIN CROWLEY

Kristin M. Crowley is the 19th Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). With her wife and children by her side, Chief Crowley took the oath of office on March 25, 2022 – becoming the first female and LGBTQ+ Fire Chief in the LAFD. Chief Crowley is dedicated to supporting LAFD’s youth development program, and actively supports a culture that values diversity, inclusion, and equity.

2022 WLN HONOREES
ROSALINE L. ZUKERMAN
WLN EMPOWERMENT AWARD

RACHAEL WORBY

Rachael Worby is an inspirational American conductor and the founder of performing arts nonprofit MUSE/IQUE.

She is renowned for reimagining the traditional concert format as well as dissolving the barriers that exist between performers and audiences. She has created a multi decades-long international career centered on the belief that live music is an accessible, universal tool of discovery.

INAUGURAL WLN IMPACT AWARD

TERRI AND JERRY KOHL

Terri and Jerry Kohl have been generous supporters of JVS SoCal for nearly 20 years as well as the Women’s Leadership Network since its inception over 10 years ago. A dynamic couple who founded the family-owned jewelry and accessories boutique line Brighton Collectibles, the Kohls are passionate about making the world a better place and serving those in need. Their impact is immeasurable and will be felt for generations to come. The joy they find in helping others is an inspiration to us all.

WLN FOUNDERS AWARD

EILEEN COSKEY FRACCHIA, DEBBIE POWELL AND JUDY F. ROSENBERG

The WLN was founded by three friends who were passionate about supporting JVS SoCal’s innovative WoMentoring Program. These three accomplished, philanthropic leaders – Eileen Coskey Fracchia (L), Debbie Powell (C) and Judy F. Rosenberg (R) – were inspired by the stories of women beginning new life-changing careers and decided to start a giving circle to underwrite the program. 10 years ago, they organized the first WLN Woman to Woman Conference, which has since expanded its scope and raised over $4 million for numerous JVS SoCal programs serving women.

Our Impact

Over the past two years, thousands of women have been driven out of the workforce as a result of the pandemic. Economists, politicians and bi-partisan research have identified a women’s employment crisis, with men having recouped most labor force losses, while women are still behind by 1.8 million jobs in 2022 as compared to February 2020.

As we move forward toward hopeful recovery, the Women’s Leadership Network is proud to assist women experiencing career crisis and transition. Thanks to the JVS SoCal programs we support, we are uniquely positioned to help women through this time and see them on the road to recovery.

Since its founding in 2008, the WLN has raised over $4 million dollars to provide free mentoring, career training and job placement support to over 2,700 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 & Registration

Select the Advocate option below to reserve individual seats for the 10th Annual Woman to Woman Conference or download the Individual Sponsorship Benefits PDF and mark the Advocate box to order your ticket by traditional mail.

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Terri and Jerry Kohl

Empowerment Sponsors

SUSAN W. ROBERTSON
*OF BLESSED MEMORY

Carl W. Robertson
Cara W. Robertson
Chip and Carrie Robertson

Encouragement Sponsors

Don Levin Trust

Barbara and Tom Leanse

Debbie and Rick Powell

Inspiration Sponsors

Don and Eileen Coskey Fracchia

Allen and Anita Kohl Charitable Foundation

Harriet Nichols

Leslie Spivak

Impact Sponsors

Karen Kaplan Berger

Linda Brown

Nancy and Jeff Cherry

Deborah Kallick

Lauren Kurzweil

Deborah & Alan Levey

Carol Muchin

Joyce & Lawrence Powell Family Foundation

Essential Sponsors

Herbert McLaughlin Children’s Trust

Harriet Bernstein

Alex Carter

Nancy Eisendstadt

Tina Elowitt

Linda Essakow

Eileen Goodis

Vera Guerin

Sue Hochberg

Barbara and Joel Marcus

Teresa Nathanson

Connie and David Oliver

Renee​ Remeny

Judy Rosenberg

Annette and Leonard Shapiro

Dr. Michelle Israel and Robbie Shipp

Trinka Stotsky Soloway

Marcie Zelikow

Vital Sponsors

Sophie Alpert

Lynn Behar

Rhea Coskey

Pamela Kluft

Laura Maslon

Shana Passman

Rosaline Zukerman

Last Year’s Event

2021 W2W 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