Six Orange County Women Recognized by the Nation’s Preeminent Leadership Development Organization for Girls
IRVINE, Calif. (June 5, 2014) – Girl Scouts of Orange County has announced six extraordinary local female leaders, all Girl Scout alumnae, who will be recognized at the organization’s Fifth Annual Celebrate Leadership event on November 7, 2014 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The Celebrate Leadership Honorees will each be paired with a current Girl Scout at the event, giving the leaders of tomorrow an opportunity to connect with a current leader.
2014 Celebrate Leadership Honorees
Jane Buchan, of Corona del Mar, is Chief Executive Officer at Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, an investment management firm based in Irvine, CA with offices in London and Singapore. Buchan serves as a Trustee and member of the Investment Committees for Reed College in Portland, Oregon as well as the University of California, Irvine Foundation. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Master of Financial Engineering Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Buchan is a founding Angel for 100 Women in Hedge Funds and serves as a trustee for the Hedge Funds Standards Board. Additionally, she serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Alternative Investments.
Mildred Garcia, of Fullerton, became the fifth CSU Board of Trustees-appointed president of California State University, Fullerton in June 2012. Previously, she served as president of California State University, Dominguez Hills beginning in 2007, where she was the eleventh female president—and first Latina president—in the California State University system. García serves on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and was selected by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the U.S. Committee on Measures of Student Success, charged with developing recommendations to improve student success at two-year degree-granting institutions. She serves on the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Orange County United Way, and is past chair of the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Sandra Hutchens, of Dana Point, was sworn in as the 12th Sheriff-Coroner for Orange County in June of 2008. Sheriff Hutchens leads more than 3,800 sworn and professional men and women who serve in areas as diverse as Patrol Operations, Criminal and Special Investigations, the County’s Crime Lab and courts, Coroner’s Office, as well as those who serve in Orange County’s five jails that collectively comprise the eighth largest jail system in the nation. In the June 2010 California Primary Election, she won a majority of the votes and is currently completing her first full term as Sheriff. She will begin her next term in January 2015. Sheriff Hutchens served on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Orange County from 2008-2013.
Lynn Jolliffe, of Corona del Mar, is executive vice president of human resources for Ingram Micro Inc., based in Santa Ana. Jolliffe oversees all aspects of human resources worldwide, including organizational development and talent management, compensation and benefits, learning and development, the Human Resources Information System, payroll, as well as the regional human resources teams. In March 2010, Jolliffe was awarded HR Executive of the Year by the Orange County affiliate of the National Human Resources Association (NHRA) and in 2012 was named one of California’s most powerful and influential women by the California Diversity Council.
Joann Leatherby, of Modjeska Canyon, is President of the Leatherby Family Foundation. Leatherby serves on the board of Chapman University, where she chairs the University Advancement Committee, and the board of the Pacific Symphony, where she serves as Vice Chair of Development-Individual Giving. The Leatherby family was named Philanthropist of the Year by National Philanthropy Day in 2003 and Leatherby received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Betty Mower Potalivo, of Dana Point, is President of the Orange County and San Diego regions of Northern Trust Wealth Management. In this role, she delivers comprehensive Life Driven Wealth Management and advisory services to ultra-high net worth families and their businesses, as well as foundations and endowments. Mower Potalivo has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Women in Business” Award from the Orange County Business Journal, the “High Hopes Award” from the Merage Foundation for her work on behalf of children, and the “Mother of the Year Award” from Casa Teresa. She is a founding member of Orange County United Way’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund, founder of the Orange County Literacy Society, member of Chapman University’s Board of Governors and audit committee, past chairman of the Ocean Institute, past Trustee and Executive Committee member and Chair of the Finance Committee for So Cal PBS, and a past Director of a Better LA. She served on the Board of Directors for Girls Scouts of Orange County from 2009 to March of 2014 and was a past chair of Girl Scouts’ Celebrate Leadership event.
Commenting on this year’s inspiring group of honorees, Nancy Nygren, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County, shared, “It is important for girls to be exposed to women who have blazed a trail— highly accomplished women who inspire girls to pursue their dreams. The extraordinary women we are honoring this year are all leaders in their respective fields who serve as important role models for the female leaders of tomorrow.”
The Fifth Annual Celebrate Leadership event is chaired by Donna Giordano, President of Ralphs Grocery Company, and Shannon Kennedy, Regional President for BNY Mellon Wealth Management. This signature event will host over 400 of Orange County’s community and business leaders. Funds raised will support Girl Scouts of Orange County’s leadership development programs for more than 22,000 Orange County Girl Scouts and more than 10,000 dedicated Girl Scout Volunteers who lead them. The event will also feature a live auction and silent auction.
Support Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Celebrate Leadership event by becoming a sponsor, donating auction items, and/or purchasing tickets. Contact Vikki Shepp at (949) 461-8817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.