Free Women’s Empowerment Event to Feature Disneyland Exec

Remember that three-part Women’s Empowerment Series we wrote about a few weeks ago? (As a refresher, part one featured Christina Zabat-Fran of St. John and Skyler McCurine of Le Red Balloon talking about the elements of personal branding and how community involvement plays a role in what your brand can become.) 

Anyway, whether you made it and loved it or missed it and still feel a little bummed, we have good news: Part two of the series, sponsored by Orange County United Way and Bank of America, is almost here and it’s completely free to join. The second installment of the three-part Local, Gobal & Me, a Women’s Empowerment Series will happen Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Irvine Improv (527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA) from 5:30-8 p.m.

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Mary Niven, senior vice president of Experience Development and Integration for Disneyland Resort, will share insights about her role at a renowned global brand, and explain how women in all job capacities and industries can come together to create positive change among their communities. In her role at Disneyland Resort, Niven is responsible for providing executive operations leadership on all resort development projects. She also drives functional expertise and integration across the resort, and oversees the Security and Emergency Services and Resort Transportation and Parking teams. 

According to her official bio, Niven came to the Disneyland Resort as vice president of food and beverage in June 2000 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was director of dining services. She is nationally recognized for developing and successfully implementing the first “Marketplace” food concept in university residential dining in the United States. She was a founding member of the College and University Resource Board, regional president for the National Association of College and University Food Service, and has been a speaker at numerous national conferences. Niven also serves on the board for The Illumination Foundation. In 2012, Mary was honored with a Career Achievement Award by the Stockton Arts Council and granted the Girls Incorporated “Bold” Award.

If you’re interested in joining part two of this interactive series and learning about empowerment from a powerhouse female executive, RSVP and reserve a spot with Amanda Hastings by emailing or by calling (949) 263-6141.

Also, while you’re RSVPing for the event, you might want to take a few minutes to peruse our West Oceanfront calendar and discover more engaging and insightful things to do in the coming weeks. Just saying …