Inspirational women and ambitious girls will take center stage at Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s “Women of Inspiration” luncheon, as community leaders, mentors, advocates and supporters come together to support the organization on Monday, April 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 5315 Foothill Rd. in Carpinteria.
Arlene Samen, the founder of One Heart World-Wide, will serve as this year’s featured speaker. A nurse practitioner in maternal fetal medicine for 30+ years, Samen’s whole life changed when His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked her to take her expertise to help pregnant women in Tibet, where one out of ten newborns died due to preventable causes. In 2004, she left behind her clinical practice to help women in the most vulnerable conditions in the most remote areas of the world have a safe, clean delivery.
“At Girls Inc., we are in girls’ corners not only to help them reach for the stars, but also to believe in the ability to accomplish their dreams,” says Victoria Juarez, executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “Arlene’s inspiring journey is one of courage and triumph and she is the definition of ‘strong, smart, and bold.’ Despite tremendous obstacles—from natural disasters to political uprisings—she never gave up her quest to ensure all women had access to vital services and essential care. We are thrilled to have her at this year’s luncheon.”
Girls Inc. Carpinteria will also recognize three local women in the community who have proven to be outstanding role models with the Women of Inspiration Awards: Natalie Orfalea, Co-Founder and Chair of the Orfalea Foundation; Geri Ann Carty, an active volunteer in the community; and Patsy Hicks, Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Girls Inc. of Carpinteria members Noelia and Ana will emcee the luncheon and present the 2016 Women of Inspiration Awards to the honorees.
This year’s luncheon is co-chaired by Nancy Koppelman, Nini Seaman, Sandra Tyler and Amanda Kastelic.
Tickets to Women of Inspiration are $85 and proceeds will support the mission of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc. of Carpinteria currently serves more than 700 girls ages 5-18 each year through a variety of programs, motivating them to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges.