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4th Annual Women Inspiring Women

4th Annual
Women Inspiring Women Conference

Local Edition

February 1, 2014
10am to 3pm

Registration Closed.

At Heritage Palms Country Club Ball Room


Registration is Closed.


gayle dorothy Mika Tanya Petrovna eileen debbie stacy


gayleGayle Hodges

Gayle Hodges was born and raised in Texas graduating from Draham’s Business College in Lubbuck, Tx and continuing her education at North Texas University and Park College in Kansas City, Kansas. She had an amazing career as an international flight attendant for over 30 years with Braniff International and North West Airlines traveling close to fifty countries. During the late 60’s she was part of the Viet Nam War transporting troops out of Travis Air Force Base later she had the privilege of flying the Mondale’s charters when he ran for President, and later the fun experience of being one of the flight attendants for the Kansas City Chiefs. She was blessed to have one son, Rollo and six stepsons and is the recent widow of Chuck Hodges founding partner of Prime Time International of Coachella Valley.

She has served on several boards and organizations over the years such as:

  • Dallas Summer Musicals
  • Les Femmes du Monde of the Council of World Affairs of Dallas
  • Braniff Blood Bank
  • Dusty Wings of the Desert
  • Palm Springs Youth Center
  • Well of the Desert
  • Palm Canyon Theatre

She most recently completed a mission in April to Viet Nam with Veterans for Peace. She currently resides in the Movie Colony East in Palm Springs, California.

dorothyDorothy Dale Kloss

Dorothy Dale Kloss began dancing at age three, while Calvin Coolidge was President. While teaching the legendary Bob Fosse in a Chicago Tap Dance Class, she won a tap contest, changed her name, and overnight catapulted to stardom doing her own act at the Empire Room in Chicago. She toured the country from The Strand Theatre in New York to California to Mexico City with the famous CANTIFLAS. With her exciting tap rhythms, and style she toured with Eddy Duchin for a year, and was the last act to work with his orchestra before their induction into Military service in World War II. Her talent and wit constantly entertained the troops for the USO in WWII. In 1946 she was the hostess and dance instructor of one of the earliest TV Shows in Chicago, “THEATRE OF THE AIR” on WBKB! She has starred with Liberace, The Mills Brothers, Mel Torme, Harry Richman, Carol Lawrence, Howard Keel, Kaye Starr, Frankie Lane, Gloria De Haven and Chico Marx to name a few. She was accompanied by such bands as Eddy Duchin, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey, Ray Noble, Skinny Ennis, Shep Fields and his “Rippling Rhythm” to name a few. Her “Betty Grable” legs were seen for 15 years at The Palm Springs Follies, and her interview on THE TODAY SHOW on NBC caused a huge sensation. She was the #2 most watched interview on The AARP Website; only the nation’s Healthcare “beat her!” She received her very own star on the Palm Springs Walk Of Stars May 29, 2010. She is in the Guinness Book Of Records, 2009, as the World’s oldest, living, working showgirl. And, she just received the “Golden Halo Dance Award” from the Southern Motion Picture Council; the past recipients have been Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Cyd Charisse to name a few. She spent 15 years in THE FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES, and decided to leave for among other things, her new book, I’M NOT IN KANSAS ANY MORE, LOVE DOROTHY!  Her tap dancing is legendary, and she can “banter” with the best of them. As Dorothy says, “Age is a state of mind, and her state; “Younger than Springtime!”

MikaMika Moulton

Mika Moulton’s story is one of compassion born from a tragic event: the kidnapping and brutal murder of her ten year old son, Christopher. When Mika moved to the Desert and realized no programs existed in Coachella Valley teaching children and families how to be safe against predatory individuals, she created a nonprofit organization, Christopher’s Clubhouse, in 2007.

The purpose of the organization is to train children, instinctively, how to respond to and avoid dangerous situations. Mika developed the curriculum and training materials for children of varying ages and has grown the organization to include programs for teens, women, families, internet safety, fingerprinting and ID’s. Christopher’s Clubhouse gained national recognition through Mika’s testimony before numerous Senate Subcommittee hearings on child abduction and safety.

Mika is an outspoken activist and lobbyist for children’s rights and a frequent speaker on issues related to children’s. In addition to Christopher’s Clubhouse, Mika dedicates her energy and lends her expertise to the Child Abuse of Riverside County program; Coachella Valley Serving People in Need; CASA Riverside; Coachella Valley Community Trust; Family & Friends Fighting Against Child Abuse; The Surviving Parents Coalition; Team HOPE; The Joyful Child Foundation; Gina for Missing Persons; the Elizabeth Smart Foundation; the Center for Hope; the Tommy Foundation; and the National Center for Mission and Exploited Children.

Mika often says that she cannot change what happened to Christopher in 1995. However, she believes she and Christopher’s Clubhouse can serve as a catalyst to change the future — to provide a safe and secure environment for all and to prevent further crime by predators.

Tanya PetrovnaTanya Petrovna

In our ultra-rushed world today where microwave meals, drive-thru fast food, and the search for clean water and food is becoming normal, Tanya Petrovna is our modern day “Donna” Quixote of food. Following the voices of her heart and conscience, Tanya’s “back to basics” approach to cooking began with her love for animals and has produced a culinary expertise that raised the vegetarianism image of the 60s and 70s to a gourmet level. Many have tried her diverse menu from Tempeh Scaloppini with Wild Mushroom Sauce to Barbeque Burgers at “Native Foods” where she was the founder, chef and visionary. Her goal was to spread these restaurants around the country to entice the avid meat eater and the vocal vegan to enjoy a plant based meal together. Now called “Native Foods Cafes” and in five states across the country, and armed with the cache of her signature recipes, they continue while she pursues her other endeavors.

Her community work helping animals started very early in life. In 1974, in junior high school, Tanya was Vice President of the Palm Springs Animal Protective Society and Founder and President of the Nellie N.Coffman Junior High “Friends of Animals Club.” Even in those days she could be seen exercising adoptable homeless dogs at the park and baking her famous carrot cake recipe for bake sales to raise funds for spay and neuter.

Her restaurant career was always interspersed with education about the welfare of animals to the communities she served. Even in the bathroom décor one would find elephant art to address the concerns of exotic animals in entertainment.

If not in the restaurant she could be found attending city council meetings, circus protests, hosting letter writing workshops for grade school students and holding fundraisers through food sales and cooking classes supporting various animal organizations.

Tanya currently lives and travels from Palm Springs, California, where she enjoys cooking, writing, Iyengar Yoga, and furthering her green education in a Master Gardener Program. She continues her work on behalf of animals as a Board Member of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and Forever Free Horse Rescue and is Founder and Coordinator of the Palm Springs Cat Action Team, which helps the community facilitate the no-cost spay, neuter, release program for community cats (stray and feral cats). *

Petrovna plans on starting her own non-profit and bringing this program to the entire Coachella Valley. Her vision continues…

* The Palm Springs Cat Action Team was started in the spring of 2012 and have spayed and neutered around 1,000 cats, resulting in 200 less cats being turned into the animal shelter in 2013 than in 2012.

eileenEileen Stern

Eileen Stern was born and raised in Chicago. She and her husband Marv are full time residents of Palm Springs.

Eileen has a retail background with broad experience at Sears in soft lines and hard lines, covering a diverse range of merchandise – from sporting goods, paint, and home improvement – to furs, men’s, women’s and children’s apparel. Her “up through the ranks” experience included buying and marketing in both retail and catalog often on the leading edge of the company’s thrust. As buyer of Women’s activewear, she successfully launched the Evonne Goolagong line which still stands as one of the most successful collections in Sears’ history. As the first woman to hold a National Marketing Manager position, she promoted the Winnie the Pooh and McKids brands of children’s clothing. Her last position at Sears was Strategic Planning Manager to develop a new children’s store concept which creatively brought clothing, toys, shoes and playrooms together in one location.

In June, 1991, Eileen left Sears to pursue a more entrepreneurial career and joined forces with Leslie Frank to form FRANK & STERN, INC., a marketing and merchandising development firm specializing in the development of retail programs, new product introductions, and new brand concepts. They have worked for companies such as Fruit of the Loom, Revlon, Sears and QVC home shopping which is still their largest client today.

After losing her mother to breast cancer in 1996, Eileen created the HIKE4HOPE to raise funds for women’s cancer research at City of Hope. HIKE4HOPE will celebrate its 17th year in 2014. Held in the beautiful Indian Canyons of Palm Springs, the event has raised over $4.000,000 since its inception and is now an annual Palm Springs event. Hikes are led by the Coachella Valley Hiking Club with a fitness level for everyone – a
1 mile hike to a 10 mile trek. As President of the Desert Women’s Council, the local fundraising chapter for City of Hope, she continues to look for ways to grow HIKE4HOPE which attracts at least 1000 hikers each year.

In 2003, working with the Children’s Discovery Museum, Eileen was Chair of the DUCK PLUCK fundraiser which is the museum’s single largest fundraising event. She reconfigured the marketing, brochure, and logo for the event which is still in use today.

In 2010 she was instrumental in conceiving and launching the first fundraiser ever for FIND FOOD BANK which provides food for 90 agencies in the Coachella Valley. The 1st Annual WALK AGAINST HUNGER took place on January 23, 2010, starting at the Indio Municipal Golf Course. Like Hike4Hope, there were different levels of participation to attract the broadest audience… from a 1 mile “Stroll Against Hunger” to a ½ marathon . Working with an incredible team of friends, this event raised almost $50,000 and had almost 600 participants. The WALK AGAINST HUNGER continues as an annual event in our valley.

Last year, she Chaired the first fundraising luncheon for the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City, called the Treasure Swap ‘n Shop. The luncheon featured shopping from donations of gently used merchandise as well as a silent auction. The event raised $50,000 and was expanded into a Cocktail Party called “When You Wish Upon A Star” to be held in 2013, again raising over $50,000.

As a Board Member of Temple Isaiah, Eileen has served on the Membership Committee. Prior to the Membership committee, she helped repackage the membership renewal mailing. She also joined the Fundraising Committee and with her Co-Chairs created the Palm Swings event at the Frank Sinatra house last November which raised almost $40,000. This year, she represented Temple Isaiah on the Holocaust Survivor Brunch committee and served on the Program and Decoration committee for the event.

She is developing a Temple Isaiah Festival of Film to be held on April 2-3, 2014. 6 films in 2 days at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs.

Debbie Green

debbie

Debbie Green is a 20 year veteran of the entertainment industry, who in partnership with her husband, Leonard, has been involved in many facets of the business including producing shows as well as procuring talent for an assortment of venues. She specializes in talent acquisition as well as developing entertainment, marketing and promotional strategies for venues all over the country. She and her husband are founding partners in the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies and she is the talent buyer for The Annenberg Theater.

Debbie produces shows for several Corporate and Charitable foundations including The Palm Springs Art Museum and The Betty Ford Foundation.  She recently produced the dedication of the new Helen Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School, which included a video of the “Stars of the Desert “speaking on the importance of Arts Education in public Schools.

Debbie was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.  Her best friend Stacy, suggested she come over and Stacy photographed her in all her “bald glory” to cheer her up while she was undergoing chemotherapy. Little did they know that an afternoon of fun would lead them on the path to create Turning Heads, a non profit devoted to helping people who are having a hard time coping with hair loss due to chemotherapy.  Turning Heads offers free photo shoots complete with professional makeup and styling and gives you a day to “feel like a Supermodel” during an otherwise tough time.

Stacy Jacob

stacy

Whether it’s drinking in the sweeping vistas at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro or being nudged out of the way by a mountain gorilla in the hills of Rwanda, Stacy Jacob pursues photography the same way she pursues life: with passion, a sense of adventure and a never-sated quest to try something new. While her fine art and travel photography has ignited her spirit for over twenty years, Stacy is frequently sought after for her creative portraits of both people and pets.

Always grounded in both awareness and  insight for the needs of others coupled with a firm belief that “we make a life by what we give,” Stacy co-founded a non-profit in 2011 with her best friend. Turning Heads (www.turningheadsproject.org) changes the perception of what it means to lose your hair to chemotherapy while enhancing self-esteem.  What began as a fashion-inspired, upbeat photo session to capture the beauty of her friend’s newly bald head, Turning Heads is now changing minds and changing lives around the county.

When she isn’t traveling for fun, photography or commissioned family and pet portraits Stacy can be found in her studio in sunny Rancho Mirage, California or skipping along a local hiking trail with Lola Bean, her six pound Toy Fox Terrier.

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.