Remarkable Women Making a Difference in Greater Palm Springs: The 2017 “Women Who Rule” Award Honorees

A scene from the 2016 WLF Awards Luncheon.

The Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley (WLF) is proud to announce the honorees for its 5th Annual “Women Who Rule” Awards Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser presented by Desert Regional Medical Center. Susie Harvey, Jan Salta, Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty, and Melissa Neiderman will be honored for their extraordinary community leadership, public service, commitment to education and visionary entrepreneurship on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Agua Caliente Resort Spa (32250 Bob Hope Drive).

This spectacular valley-wide celebration pays tribute to women achieving the highest level of success and those making a difference in […]

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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 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 Feature: An Interview with Mary T. Roche Community Leadership Award-Winner, Madeline Redstone

Madeline Redstone served as the Managing Director of Bear Stearns & Co. before retiring into a life of giving back. She currently serves on the Board for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the Nashoba Brooks School, the Palm Springs Museum, the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation and the Palm Springs Film Festival.  She is also a member of the Children’s Trust of the Boston Children’s Medical Center.

She will be honored with the “Mary T. Roche Community Leadership Award” on Friday, January 29, 2016 at The Women Leaders Forum (WLF) of the Coachella Valley’s 4th Annual “Women Who Rule” Fundraiser […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Executive Director of Tribal Administration, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and Athena Award Winner, Betty Callies

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Betty Callies moved to Northern California in the early 1980s. She worked in the Bankcard Industry then became a Certified Court Reporter in San Francisco specializing in pre-trial litigation. In 2007, Betty was hired as the in-house court reporter for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs. In 2008, she became Director of Tribal Administration.  

Betty launched the inaugural Agua Caliente Charity Celebrity Golf Tournament in 2009, then, in 2012, was named the Executive Director Tribal Administration and in 2014 launched the inaugural Richard M. Milanovich Legacy Hike. In addition to her […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Joan Busick, Founder/CEO of The GirlFriend Factor

Joan is a Certified Public Accountant with her own firm in Palm Desert, specializing in working with women. She is the author of “Surviving Beyond Happily Ever After,” a guide for women who are not prepared to handle life on their own, and a public speaker on the relationship between women, finances and power. In 2005 Joan realized what she truly wanted to do was give back to women in her own community by creating a non-profit that would assist women in returning to school to get an education, enabling them to become self-sufficient. 

As Founder of the Girlfriend Factor Joan […]

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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 Selby Dunham, Founder, BIGHORN Behind A Miracle

Selby Dunham is the founder of BIGHORN BAM (Behind a Miracle). Inspired to save the lives of Coachella Valley cancer patients, BIGHORN Behind A Miracle raised over $1.285 million last season for cancer patient support services, breast cancer diagnostic technologies and educational scholarships during their five-month long fundraising campaign.

BIGHORN BAM’s 2013-2014 fundraising dollars benefited The Pendleton Foundation and Eisenhower Medical Center. The Pendleton Foundation received $150,000 to help cancer patients relieve some of the financial burdens while affording their treatments. In addition, BIGHORN BAM has given $1,000,000 to the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center to support a Giotto Mammography machine, allowing the patient additional comfort and […]

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