Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce Announces 2016 Athena Award Honorees

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Diamond Anniversary Winter Wonderland Athena Awards Holiday Gala is coming up on Friday, Dec. 2nd at 12noon at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

In addition, you won’t want to miss the elegant 11 a.m. champagne reception and fashion show sponsored by Shops on El Paseo. As part of the Athena Awards anniversary, a special tribute for every past Athena honoree from every city in the valley over the past 30 years is planned. If you’re a past Athena recipient, you are invited to this event which honors so many of the fabulous women community leaders here […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with John and Neil Lotz of Desert Distilling

Desert Distilling Founders: Brothers John and Neil Lotz

Brothers John and Neil Lotz are the founders of Desert Distilling, the only distillery in the Coachella Valley. Their origins were simple—brothers in a basement making concoctions. Not much has changed, they take raw ingredients and turn them into finished products in small batches every day in-house. Keeping the batches small allows them to personally ensure every bottle produced has the exact same quality and finesse—character is never sacrificed for quantity. They are proud to be the Coachella Valley’s first, and only, exclusive boutique distilling brand. Awards and accolades include: Bronze […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with 2016 Palm Springs Life's Women in Business Award-Winner, Tracy Worthington

Beauty industry veteran Tracy Worthington is a Palm Springs High School graduate. She worked for many years in Los Angeles as a hairstylist, manicurist, and makeup artist. She also developed a successful skin care line. Tracy left the frantic pace in Los Angeles for a quieter life back in the desert, and opened Wink Lash & Beauty Bar and Just Blow Drys, then complemented these sister salons with the new Loft at Wink Lash & Beauty Bar. On April 1, 2016, she opened a second Just Blow Drys location in Montecito, near Santa Barbara. Tracy was recently awarded a 2016 Palm Springs Life’s Women in Business […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Carolyn Caldwell, CEO of Desert Regional Medical Center

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Carolyn Caldwell is an inspirational women leader in Greater Palm Springs, and a strong supporter of Women Leaders Forum. As the president and chief executive officer for Desert Regional Medical Center, she oversees the area’s only level II trauma center and region’s only neonatal intensive care unit. Carolyn serves on the board of trustees for the American Hospital Association a national organization that represents close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 40,000 individual members. In addition, she serves on the board of the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs. Under her leadership, Desert Regional […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Helene Galen Excellence in Education Award-Winner, Dr. Susan Murphy

Through her writing, lectures, consulting and nonprofit work, Susan Murphy, PhD, MBA is a consummate educator. She has over 25 years of national and international experience with over 300 organizations including many Fortune 500 companies.  Currently consulting and coaching for organizations and on the adjunct faculty of Vanderbilt University, Dr. Murphy’s extensive background combines the three worlds of corporate leadership, academia, and management consulting. She has written 9 books on leadership, gender intelligence and generations.  Due to her significant contributions to both Women Leaders Forum (WLF) members and the Young Women Leaders mentoring program, Dr. Murphy will be receiving this […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Developer & Philanthropist Richard Oliphant

Richard R. Oliphant is the President & Founder of Oliphant Enterprises, a leader in the construction and development business. An acknowledged forerunner in the building industry and a firm believer in returning to the community what one has received from it, Richard’s record providing community service is extensive. He served two years as Planning Commissioner, six years as a City Councilman, two years as Vice Mayor, and eight years as Mayor for the City of Indian Wells, CA. 

Richard is also a Founder and Former Chairman of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, as well as Founding Chairman and current President and […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Denise Wilson, Founder & CEO of Desert Jet 

Denise Wilson, CAM, is founder, CEO & President of Desert Jet. She was named one of the national winners of the 2013 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program and was named one of 2013′s Enterprising Women of the Year. Denise was a finalist in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2010 contest, in the Emerging Entrepreneur category. She was the keynote speaker at the American Express Boot Camp Conference in 2014, the Women in Aviation, International Conference in 2010 and a presenter on the topic of vetting business jet providers at the National Business Aviation Association’s Annual Conference in 2011.

Denise has been featured, published, and quoted in publications such as Inc. […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Modern Designer Chris Pardo

Photo: Jaime Kowal

Largely self-taught in the field of design, Chris Pardo spent eight years living/studying across the West Coast before returning to Seattle to attend the University of Washington’s Masters of Architecture program. While a student, he cofounded Pb Elemental Architecture along with former partner Dave Biddle. The firm grew quickly focusing not only on design, but also construction, development and real estate. In less than five years the duo had successfully designed over 500 projects. Now Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture has offices in Seattle and Palm Springs.  

In 2007 Chris was honored with an AIA commendation award for the […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: Shifting Sands—The New Face of Palm Springs

Photo: Bridget Fleming

Photo: Bridget Fleming

Jaime Kowal’s 14-year career as a freelancer photographer and multimedia producer has taken her to 23 countries spanning seven continents, providing travel and lifestyle imagery as a Creative Contributor for Getty Images, and to editorial magazines including Wallpaper, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and TIME.com. She’s been a guest speaker on photography and sustainability at distinguished events including the 2010 Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver, the City of Vancouver Ideas Slam hosted by CBC Television and the Green Living Show, where she shared the stage with Canada’s former Ambassador to the UN Stephen Lewis. […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Photographer & Entrepreneur Jaime Kowal

Jaime Kowal’s (photo: Bridget Fleming) 14-year career as a freelancer photographer and multimedia producer has taken her to 23 countries spanning seven continents, providing travel and lifestyle imagery as a Creative Contributor for Getty Images, and to editorial magazines including Wallpaper, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and TIME.com. She’s been a guest speaker on photography and sustainability at distinguished events including the 2010 Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver to a sold out audience of 2200 people, the City of Vancouver Ideas Slam hosted by CBC Television and the Green Living Show, where she shared the stage with Canada’s […]

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