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May 2012

2012 Women's Leadership and Networking Day

Friday, May 4, 2012, 8AM-3PM
Western Justice Center, Maxwell House
55 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena, CA


Join us for an exciting day of leadership development and networking from diverse ethnic/cultural perspectives, including an update on the current status of Equal Pay Act by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


Hyepin Im
President, Korean Churches for Community Development
US Presidential Appointee
Board Member of Corporation for National and Community Service

Dr. Tonia Causey-Bush
President/CEO of
Sacred Sistahs Inc.
Leadership that Transforms the Spirit: A Reflective Practice on the Integration of Character Building and Virtue in Leading Others


Jodi Walker
President of Success Alliances
Entrepreneurial Thinking for Leaders

Carolina Morgan
Director, Marketing and Career Development, Total Education Solutions
Leadership for Women: Aligning Your Life with Your Vision

Dr. Pauline Arneberg
Professor, Cal State University Northridge and Independent Organization Development Consultant
Brain Fit to Lead

Dr. Christine Oh
Government Policy Researcher
The Power of Mentoring Youth and Leading through Community Partnerships

 Purchase tickets online at or pay at the door the morning of the event! $50 ticket includes continental breakfast and lunch. All proceeds from this event will benefit the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley.
*This event is sponsored in part by The California Wellness Foundation*

Check out the latest news from YWCA USA:

Senate to Introduce Bill to Raise Minimum Wage

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has introduced the Rebuild America Act (S. 2252) which would raise the federal minimum wage. Senator Harkin is the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, as the committee has jurisdiction over the minimum wage.

S. 2252 would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 per hour, and index the minimum wage to keep pace with inflation. In addition, the bill has a provision that would especially help women workers in the service industry. Under current law employees that receive tips as part of their pay, including those that work at restaurants, need only receive a minimum wage of $2.13 an hour. The bill would increase the tipped cash wage from $2.13 per hour to 70 percent of the minimum wage. Finally, S. 2552 also includes provisions to create jobs, build our nation’s infrastructure and invests in teachers.

While S. 2552 will not likely see passage in an election year, it lays the groundwork for future legislative discussions on the raising the federal minimum wage. In the coming months, your advocacy will be critical to ensure that Congress and the White House hear the importance of legislation to raise the federal minimum wage- an issue that affects a disproportionate number of women.


Know Your Rights!
What To Do When You Are Stopped By the Police!

Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, families--come out and learn about your rights and learn how to stay safe!

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Time: 10AM-12PM
Location: Alkebu-Lan Cultural Center
         1435 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
Please RSVP to: (626) 564-0191
         or by email to

Know Your Rights!!

YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley presents...
YWCA Honors Featuring Beatriz Solis,
Director of Healthy Communities at
The California Endowment

Join the YWCA on May 17, 2012, from 5:30PM-7:00PM to honor Dr. Beatriz Solis, Director of Healthy Communities at The California Endowment.

Dr. Solis is currently responsible for promoting the vision and strategic direction of the Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0 Initiative. Prior to her current role with The California Endowment, Dr. Solis spent five years as a research associate for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and later went on to serve as the Director of Cultural and Linguistic Services at the Los Angeles Health Care Plan.

Come share the evening with the YWCA and hear Dr. Solis tell of her struggles and accomplishments as a successful Latina professional.

When:       Thursday, May 17, 2012, 5:30PM-7:00PM
Where:      Western Justice Center, Maxwell House
                    55 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena, CA
Cost:         General Admission tickets are $45 and include wine and
                    appetizers, $55 at the door

To honor Beatriz, Special Friend tickets are available at $100.
Special Friends will be listed in the event program.

Write checks to:      YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley
Mail checks to:        1200 North Fair Oaks Avenue, 
                                     Pasadena, CA 91103
Purchase tickets:   Online at
                                     or with Crystal Hernandez at 626.296.8433


YWCA 2012 Girls' Empowerment Camp Registration is NOW OPEN!

What we do... Camp focuses on building self-esteem, friendship, new skills, exploring new ideas, experiencing college life and empowering girls to dream BIG! Weekly activities include: field trips to beaches, amusement parks, movies, swimming, college tours, and much more!

Registration fees:
Early Bird Special (Now until May 15th):
Half Day: $250/ Full day: $300
Your Just Made It (May 16th-June 7th):
Half Day: $325/ Full day: $400
On The Late Train (June 8th-June 15th):
Half Day: $425/ Full day: $500

Register online today!
For more information,
or to register by phone,
please contact Shanetta
Robinson, Program Director,
at 626.296.8433


Women often play a key role in decision making for their family’s health. In many cases, the life of a man has been saved because a woman urged him – a brother, father, partner - to get his health checked.

Over the decades, men have learned a special set of rules about how to manage their health concerns. It seems they have grown up believing “real men” don’t complain about pain or discomfort - instead they get through it on their own. This grin-and-bare-it attitude leads men to delay seeking medical advice. As a result, the male population is less likely to get help in a timely manner and dies at a younger age than do females.

Today prostate cancer is the leading form of cancer found in all men. Statistics show 1 out of 6 Caucasian men will develop it in their lifetime. African-American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer, affecting 1 out of 4 males, while Hispanic men are the most likely group to die from it.

In support of all men, the YWCA, Men Educating Men about Health (a men’s health organization) and the Pasadena Senior Center, invite women who care about the health of the males in their lives to the following free health expo sponsored by Men! Here is a special opportunity to boost your family’s wellness and have fun.

Get Healthy Pasadena 2012, Saturday, June 2, 2012, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Pasadena Memorial Park and Pasadena Senior Center, located at 85 East Holly Street. To pre-register go to Get Healthy Pasadena 2012 at Pre-Register for FREE medical screenings for men and women. The value is equal to $700 for men and $600 for women in health care. Plus come hear live music, get body massages, eat delicious natural foods and more! Here are the activities:

  • FREE Health Screenings for Prostate, Diabetes, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, BMI, Stroke, Colorectal Exams, Eye-Vision, Dental and Hearing
  • FREE breakfast! (for men and women who complete two screenings)
  • FREE lunch! (for men and women who complete four screenings)
  • Talks by top doctors and health professionals
  • Delicious natural food demonstrations
  • Hear jazz vocalist Barbara Morrison

Donate Online TODAY!

Your contribution allows us to continue to offer our community:

  • Just For Girls enrichment and development program for the school-aged young women of Pasadena
  • Racial Justice work in our community
  • Community building efforts through public dialogue and our program initiatives
  • Ensuring that women from all walks of life have a voice in our city, region and nation

Your generosity ensures that we cultivate the next entrepreneurs, the next engineer, the next scientist or the next U.S. Speaker of the House!

  Many Thanks!

Association Ambassadors
Margaret Leong Checca
Mike Enomoto
Edith Grady
Barbara and John Madden
Paula Stamp

President's Circle
Judy Brown
Marie Cantor
Sharon Girdner
Carolyn and Lorraine Hancock
Nancy McIntyre
Toby Osos
Peggy Phelps
Diane Quan
Anne Schimmel
Margaret Sedenquist
Marge Wyatt
Margaret York

Contact Us To Be Involved

Contact our Executive Director, Tamika Farr,
or any of the links below to find out how to be involved

  • Volunteer. We are always recruiting women and girls to join a committee or to volunteer in the office. Contact the Program Office.
  • Make a gift of stock, real estate, or money. Contact the Development Office.
  • Join the Mission Committee. Be a part of the conversation. Contact Diane Quan, Chair.
  • Join any one of our committees providing administrative structure: Finance Committee, Development Committee, and Nominating Committee. Contact Tamika Farr, Executive Director.


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