Women of Influence 2021

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Marsha Link

Live-streamed at noon on Wednesday, March 24, the Greater Irvine Chamber’s 2021 Women of Influence virtual event, featured popular speaker and principal of Link Consulting Marsha Link, Ph.D., who provided the keynote presentation on emotional intelligence and self-care in the modern workplace, titled Time to Thrive.

Dr. Link is an experienced clinician and consultant who has worked with individuals and groups in a variety of settings in business, education, and nonprofit organizations. Throughout her career, she has been passionate about advancing women in their respective roles and chosen directions.

As an executive coach, Dr. Link has helped many women identify and achieve their professional and personal goals, with the philosophy of helping women find the power in themselves to intentionally live the life that brings happiness and success in the ways they individually define. As a consultant, she provides customized programs in the areas of leadership, diversity, team building, and board development.

A special awards segment of the program recognized an outstanding woman in each of eight categories who have made an impact on their industries and the Orange County community.

Award Categories:

Entrepreneur is a woman who founded an organization and has excelled in strategy, operations, and finances. Achievement is measured by overall business success rather than business size.

Innovator is a woman for innovations she has initiated, developed, or contributed in extraordinary ways to the organization or industry she serves.

Executive is a woman who effectively leads all or some part of an organization in exemplary ways.

Advocate is a woman who positively influences government and decision-making bodies to achieve favorable outcomes on behalf of her industry.

Authentic Leader is a woman who has emerged as a leader in her field. She has demonstrated leadership through honest relationships with colleagues, provided and supported mentorship, and facilitated an organizational culture of openness.

Game Changer is a woman who has developed a concept, idea, or procedure that affects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something. Her ideas have had a positive impact on her industry or the community.

Rising Star is an early-career woman, volunteer, intern, or student who demonstrates the potential to make a significant leadership impact in the future. 

International Women’s Day Award recognizes a woman whose history, contributions, and achievements have profoundly impacted the community.

Meet the Nominees:

Bernadette Boden-Albala, M.P.H., Dr.PH., Director & Founding Dean of the Program in Public Health, UC Irvine

Laura Archuleta, President & CEO, Jamboree Housing Corporation

Lan Belinky, GM & Co-creator, Boscia LLC

Anisha Bhatnagar, Student, El Sol Academy

Tania Bhattacharyya, Founder, Lumos Marketing

Arwen Widmer Bobyk, Consul, Political, Economic & Public Affairs, Consulate General of Canada

Lauren Brooks, Governing Board Member, Irvine Unified School District

Jennifer Chi, Founder & CEO, Live Good  

Sona Coffee, Environmental Programs Administrator, City of Irvine

Tammy Cooper, CEO & CFO, Technologent

Julie Cranston, Director, SBDC & UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Dr. Paula Pompa-Craven, CCO, Easterseals Southern California  

Hala Dabboussy, President & CEO, ActionCOACH Orange County

Lauren Doyle, Associate Attorney  

Jill Dominguez, Executive Director, Mary’s Path

Rhonda Ducote, President, Apriem Advisors

Kristle Duran, COO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast

Neda Eaton, President & CEO, Irvine Public Schools Foundation

Jill Goodwin, COO, Axis Research & Technologies

Marybeth Green, CCAM, CMCA, AMS, MAEd, Vice President of Education & Development, Seabreeeze Management Company, Inc.

Nikita Ganatra, Director & Owner, Kumon Math and Reading Center of Foothill Ranch

Liliana Gatrica, EVS Department, CHOC Hospital  

Janeen Hill, Ph.D., Dean, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Chapman University

Madelynn Hirneise, CEO, Families Forward

Rebecca Brusuelas-James, Associate Vice Chancellor of Finance for the College of Health Sciences and Associate Dean of Administration & Finance for the School of Medicine, UC Irvine

Patty Juarez, National Diverse Segments Director, Wells Fargo  

Livi Kerszenbaum, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Orange County United Way

Amy von Kaenel, Founder & CVEO, VolunteerCrowd

Sheefteh Khalili, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Vice-Chancellor of Health Affairs, UC Irvine  

Farrah N. Khan, Mayor, City of Irvine  

Kate Klimow, CAO & Director, External Relations/ UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Jinny LeeVice President of Exploration and Strategic Marketing, Advanced Technology, Edwards Lifesciences  

Sonia A. ListerShareholder & COO, Jackson Tidus, ALC

Helen Macfie, Pharm.D., FABC, Chief Transformation Officer, MemorialCare  

Shaista MalikFounding Executive Director, Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute; Founding Associate Vice Chancellor, Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, UC Irvine,

Amy MathiesonExecutive Vice President, First Service Residential

Bridget Sodon MillsPrincipal, Creative Vortex

Yari MitchellChief Business Development Officer, AcuFocus

Martha MontoyaFounder & CEO, Agtools

Dr. Margaret MoodianTutorial Assistant Professor, Brandman University

Rima NashashibiFounder & President, Global Hope 365

Nada NasserdeenCEO & Founder, Rise Up For You

Gina L. OsbornPresident, Gina L. Osborn & Associates

Saachi Pavani, Portola High School Student, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Girl Advisory Member-Board of Directors  

Cara RaffeleCo-founder & CEO, Altalunas

Megan Schneider, MS, PE, Board of Directors President, division 7, Vice President, Seven Management and Consulting

Vikki SheppCEO, Girl Scouts of Orange County

Paige SmithCorporate Associate Attorney, Stradling Law

Danni Remington Smithson, Vice President & Regional Manager Bank of Southern California

Timorei SpauldingCo-owner, I AM Movement

Autumn StrierCo-founder & CEO, Miracles for Kids

Lori TorresFounder & CEO, Parcel Pending

Dr. Kathleen TresederProfessor & Howard A. Schneiderman Endowed Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine; City of Irvine Green Ribbon Environmental Committee Member  

Rachel ValentineHead of Operations, Vincit

Lorraine WardyChapter Chair, SCORE Orange County

Alissa Patricia WoltersFounder & CEO, Maven

Caitlyn YangCEO & Founder, StartSmart

For more information and sponsorship opportunities for future events, contact Jessica Welch.

Presenting Sponsor

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Corporate Sponsors

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Community Sponsor

Orange County Soccer Club logo


Innovation Sponsor

Google logo


Event Sponsors 

Greater Newport Physicians

Hoag Ingram

Kelley Blue Book logoKaiser Permanente

Parker Aerospace

Southern California Edison logoUCI

Zillow Group logoWells Fargo logo


For more information about Celebrate Resilience and for sponsorship inquiries, contact Jessica Welch.