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Women in art, business, education, government, health care, law, music, nonprofit, science, sports and more, are contributing to our community and inspiring others every day. In these fields women work to improve life in our community, our region, and our world. Many women in our community are well-known for their endeavors and accomplishments, and those accolades are well deserved! But many more women work behind-the-scenes and below-the-radar.

On March 28, 2024, during Women’s History Month, many of these women  were acknowledged, celebrated, and appreciated for their contributions that enhance, improve, strengthen, and beautify life in our County.

"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish."
-Michelle Obama

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Organized By

Sponsored By

  • Nora Bianchi

  • Hilary Bryant

  • Angela Chesnut

  • Kathy & Ken Doctor

  • Carol Fuller

  • Vance Landis Carey

  • Laura Negro

  • Jimmy Panetta

  • Gail Pellerin

  • Gail Ow

  • Lora Lee Martin

  • Peggy Flynn

  • Dorian Seamster


These ten women were selected from over fifty nominations due to their outstanding work for Santa Cruz County.


  • Consuelo Alba

  • Sally Arnold

  • Stephanie Barron Lu

  • Maria Cadenas

  • Andrea Carlos Willy

  • Cathy Conway

  • Kathleen Crocetti

  • Olga Diaz

  • Nancy Faulstich

  • Tara Firenzi

  • Yadira Flores

  • Irene Freiberg

  • Monica Galvan

  • Brenda Gutierrez

  • Eileen Hill

  • Kate Hinnenkamp

  • Maria Jose Hummel

  • Sarah Marschall

  • Kathryn Mintz

  • Paulina Moreno

  • Jessica Rincon

  • Mariah Roberts

  • Maria Rodriguez

  • Mary Smith

  • Nicole Todd

  • Natalie Henze

  • Isabelle Tuncer

  • Molly Turner

  • Vivian Vargas

  • Melissa Whatley

  • Sita Kaimal

  • Sasha Morgan


Keynote Speaker

MariaElena De La Garza, ED at Community Action Board

"Creating social change by building relationships, sharing experience, being of service, and mentoring emerging leaders." 


Dr. Blanca Baltazar-Sabbah, Dean Academic Counselling and Educational Support Services, Cabrillo College


Annie Mohauser, Artist, Designer, Founder of Annieglass and The Craftbar, Watsonville

Planning Committee

  • Peggy Flynn

  • Dorian Seamster 

  • Jaye Santos 

  • Nancy Abrams 

  • Stephanie Barron Lu

  • Lily Belli

  • Yvette Brooks

  • Angela Chesnut

  • Christina Cuevas

  • Yadira Flores

  • Karen Jackson

  • Shebreh Kalantari Johnson

  • Elizabeth Malmborg

  • Lora Lee Martin

  • Doreen O'Donovan 

  • June Ponce

  • Jenni Veitch Olson 

  • Tracey Weiss 

  • Rachel Williams 

  • Donna Ziel

Event Details

Location: Cabrillo College Horticulture Building in Aptos

Date: March 28, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM to Noon

What: Brunch and Recognition Ceremony

All proceeds beyond cost of the event will be donated to Women's Educational Success (WES) of Cabrillo College


Event Photos

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