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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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Judy Vossler of the Greater Palm Springs CVB

Judy Vossler, currently Senior Vice President of Administration of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been a part of area development for over 35 years. She will receive the “WLF Desert Visionary Award” along with her talented daughter, Lisa Vossler Smith (to be profiled in my next Spotlight), at the WLF Women Who Rule luncheon on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. 

Kate Buckley: Judy, where are you from originally, and what brought you to the Palm Springs area?

Judy Vossler:  I am the oldest and only girl in a family with 5 children. Fort Worth, Texas was our home until I was […]

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Four Remarkable Women Making a Difference in Greater Palm Springs: The 2015 “Women Who Rule” Award Honorees

The Women Leaders Forum (WLF) of the Coachella Valley is proud to announce the honorees for its 4th Annual “Women Who Rule” Fundraiser presented by Desert Regional Medical Center. Judy Vossler, Lisa Vossler Smith, Madeline Redstone, Dr. Susan Murphy, Ph. D., R.N. and Carolyn Caldwell will be honored for their extraordinary community leadership, public service, commitment to education and visionary entrepreneurship on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Agua Caliente Resort Spa (32250 Bob Hope Dr.). As always, I will be featuring the award-winners in upcoming PalmSprings.com Spotlight Interviews. PalmSprings.com is proud to support WLF and all of the amazing work they do […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Philanthropist Peggy Cravens

Peggy Cravens is a former child singing star who today works tirelessly to provide young people a chance to succeed. This champion fundraiser has established a legacy of giving. In addition to co-founding ACT for MS and reviving the internationally renowned Joanna Hodges Piano Competition, Peggy has served on numerous boards, including the Palm Springs Art Museum and the College of the Desert Foundation, where she is also a past president. She and her late husband, Donald, donated $3.5 million to COD for a Student Services Center. In 2002 the Desert Sun named Peggy as one of 75 residents making a significant impact on the […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Joan Boiko of Palm Springs Unified School District

Local philanthropist Helene Galen (left) will present Joan Boiko (right) with the Helene Galen Excellence in Education award at the Friday’s Women Who Rule luncheon. Photo: Gregg Felsen

Joan Boiko serves as Communications Manager of the Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) and is slated to receive the inaugural “Helene Galen Excellence in Education Award” from the Women Leaders Forum (WLF) of the Coachella Valley on January 31st. A long-time supporter of WLF, Boiko keeps in constant contact with every high school counselor in PSUSD, making sure that students learn about the benefits of joining WLF’s Young Women Leaders Mentoring […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Kathy Greco, CEO of the Desert Healthcare District

Kathy Greco

Kathy Greco serves as CEO of Desert Healthcare District and is slated to receive this year’s prestigious “Jackie Lee Houston Heart of Gold Award” from the Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley on January 31st.  As CEO of Desert Healthcare District, Greco led the charge to provide $5 million in funding for the new UCR Medical Center Residency Program at Desert Regional Medical Center. In addition, she worked to fund over $900,000 to place the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Program, in partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, in every school in the Coachella Valley—touching 71,000 […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Amy Blaisdell of Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley

 

Amy Blaisdell

Amy Blaisdell is a Coachella Valley native who moved back to the desert six years ago from the Bay Area. She serves as Communications Director for the City of Palm Springs and is the newest president of Women Leaders Forum (WLF) of the Coachella Valley. A former print and television news journalist in San Francisco and Palm Springs, Amy serves on many committees in various organizations, including Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Awards; Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade; and Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet’s “Healthy Planet, Healthy You” Race and Wellness Festival, in partnership with the Clinton […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Lisa Houston

Lisa Houston

Lisa Houston joined FIND Food Bank as President and CEO in November 2009. She brings to the field of nonprofit management a strong background in corporate, financial, and real-estate development, including starting and running her own financial-planning company in Canada. Lisa served on the Executive Board of the College of the Desert Foundation for nine years, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, and was recently appointed to the Board of the California Association of Food Banks. It’s her ability to put the right people at the […]

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