The JVS 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’ 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 women’s conference each year that is open to the public.

Making a Difference in the Lives of Women

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.

WLN Membership Benefits

  • Enjoy year-round networking opportunities with like-minded women
  • Receive a complimentary ticket to the Annual WLN Woman to Woman Conference (value $250)
  • Attend inspiring client graduations for JVS’ award-winning career training programs that are empowering people to change their lives.
  • Receive WLN E-News
  • Receive updates on the group’s impact through e-newsletters WLN Fall Newsletter 2018
  • List your name in the WLN Directory
  • Make a tax-deductible gift and change a life!

As a member of the WLN, you can become involved in one or all of the following ways:

  • Help us reach out to women in need
  • Choose to become a mentor
  • Network with compassionate philanthropic women
  • Enjoy exciting member events throughout the year
  • Join the Leadership Council

In 2017, determined to create greater equity in the workplace and empower more women, JVS SoCal and the WLN launched the WLN Empowerment Fund, to raise support for much needed career guidance, mentoring and job training services for women in Southern California.

Two out of every three JVS clients are women. Though 53% of California women are employed, many earn minimum wage and are struggling to achieve economic self-sufficiency. This is especially true for female veterans, women who serve as head of their households, are divorced or widowed or those re-entering the workforce. The wage gap in California remains an obstacle to their economic well-being., For every $1 earned by white men, Latinas earn 42 cents, African American women earn 59 cents, Asian American women earn 75 cents, and white women earn 78 cents. JVS SoCal provides programming for these women, placing them in sustainable career paths, ensuring that they can lift themselves and their families out of the cycle of poverty.

We are pleased to report that we have already raised over $200,000 towards our goal of $1 Million to support women in our community. These funds are already at work having impact, helping dozens of women secure career training and placement in living wage jobs.



To find out how you can make a difference, become a part of this dynamic group and enjoy the benefits of membership, please contact:

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


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2019 WLN Leadership Council Members

Joan August
Linda Brown
Alexandra Carter
Jane Z. Cohen
Eileen Coskey Fracchia*
Lauren Kurzweil
Barbara Leanse
Teresa Nathanson
Debbie Powell*
Judy Flesh Rosenberg*
Deborah Schwarz
Trinka Soloway
Leslie Spivak
Kathy Suto

*WLN Co-Founders