Monday, March 31, 2014

Women's Leadership and Networking Day 2014 Spotlight - Ursula Hyman

In the lead up to our 3rd Annual Women's Leadership and Networking Day, the YWCA wanted to take the time to tell you all a little more about our fabulous guest speakers. Today, we're shining a spotlight on Ms. Ursula Hyman: leader, community organizer, and lawyer extraordinaire.

Ms. Hyman is a recently retired partner from Latham and Watkins LLP, an international law firm where she practiced with the firm from 1983 through 2013.  She chaired Latham’s Public and Tax Exempt Financing practice and the global Mentoring Committee, as well as Latham’s Los Angeles Pro Bono and Women’s Committees.

Her extensive credentials include representing a variety of entities from non-profit organizations to major public-private partnerships.Ursula’s primary passion is bringing dignity to others, for which she was recently recognized by the Los Angeles Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an international organization dedicated to helping the poor. She also received the first “Disaster Saves” award for “Exemplary Service and Leadership” awarded from the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Association.  She was recognized as Century City Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Council as one of their Women of Achievement for 2008. The annual Women of Achievement Awards honors women in the community whose professional dedication, charitable involvement and commitment to excellence are an inspiration. In 2010, Hyman was named one of the Top 50 Fabulous Women of Influence in the Pasadena Foothills Region.  In 2011, she was named by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal as one of the "Top Women Lawyers in California”  and she has annually been named a “Super Lawyer” since that award began in 2004.  In 2013, Hyman was selected as one of "Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law" by American Lawyer Media in partnership with Martindale-Hubbell.

Ursula is also currently a board member and Chair of Development for FVO Solutions, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with barriers to entry find meaningful employment. She is also Vice-President of the Los Angeles Regional Council of St. Vincent de Paul where she also chairs the Housing Committee and sits on the Executive and Finance Committees.  She sits on the Board of St Francis Medical Center, an inner city hospital, where she serves on the Finance, Audit and Bylaws committees. Ms. Hyman chairs the Women’s Ministry Project at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, and leads women’s workshops at St Elizabeth of Hungary church.

If you're interested in hearing Ms. Hyman speak, click here and register today!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Pasadena Mentoring Partners 3rd Annual Breakfast
Organizations that support and motivate local youth celebrated National Mentoring Month by uniting at the Pasadena Mentoring Partners’ (PMP) 3rd Annual Breakfast, on Saturday, January 11, 2014. The event brought together city officials and local leaders with members of several community and faith-based groups that provide support, guidance and opportunity to hundreds of disadvantaged youth throughout Pasadena and Altadena.
Attendees heard inspirational success stories from young people and their adult mentors while enjoying a hearty and healthy meal prepared by area firefighters. The gathering culminated with a keynote speech by homegrown NBA star Ryan Hollins, the Los Angeles Clippers center who is also an alumnus of John Muir High School and Washington Middle School.
We would like to thank the our mentors for being apart of our children's lives and for the hundreds of hours spent forming long lasting bonds with future doctors, lawyers and scientists.

Coordinated since 2008 by the Flintridge Center, Pasadena Mentoring Partners provides leadership, resources, training and opportunities for networking to mentoring-focused organizations in the Pasadena/Altadena area. PMP supports mentor matches of some 200 PUSD students through partners such as:
·    A Step Ahead
·    Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena
·    Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters
·    Flintridge Center
·    Lake Avenue Community Foundation
·    Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development
·    YWCA of Pasadena-Foothill Valley
 PMP is also grateful for the collaboration and support of resource champions including:  
·    All Saints Church
·    La Pintoresca Teen Center
·    Pasadena Fire Department
·    Pasadena Police Department
·    Pasadena Unified School District

Monday, March 10, 2014

The World Gets a Dose of Girl Power

Women across the globe marked International Women's Day with marches, demonstrations, and celebrations over the weekend. In France, women hopped on motorcycles to raise awareness on Saturday, while women in Spain and Turkey gathered for organized protests. Meanwhile, Lebanese women spoke out against domestic abuse, female US soldiers attended an event in Afghanistan centered around women's progress, and 10,000 people in the Philippines set the Guinness World Record for the largest human woman symbol. Take a look at all the events surrounding International Women's Day around the world.

Women in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, gathered to celebrate International Women's Day.

In Paris, women took to motorcycles for an All Women on Bikes event held across France.

In London, people protested violence against women.

In Turkey, a couple wore parody versions of the iconic We Can Do It! propaganda posters.