Local, Global & Me: Investing in Women to Build Strong Communities

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s time to brush off the proverbial dust of 2018 and polish your 2019 self to be bolder, better and braver in this sparkly, new year. And to start, we suggest attending the final session of Local, Global & Me: Investing in Women to Build Strong Communities. This three-part women’s empowerment series, inspired by Bank of America and in partnership with Orange County United Way, isn’t just another event series filled with motivational fluff. It’s real women who’ve accomplished amazing things in their lives collaborating with their communities to make everyone around them shine. Because when we all get better together, it’s a beautiful thing to behold.

Here are the details on the final session of Local, Global & Me …

When It’s Happening

Thursday, Jan. 31, 5:30-8 p.m.

Where It’s Happening

Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School Inside Macy’s Home (South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa)

What It’s About

Connect with more than 100 women for part three of Local, Global & Me featuring a networking reception, cooking demonstration and panel discussion. Experts will discuss the power of prioritizing your health and how it can transcend to positively impacting your community. Bank of American and Orange County United Way are partnering with Macy’s Inc. to host this event at one of the only Stonewall Kitchen Cooking Schools and Test Kitchens in the country.

Who Will Be Featured


  • Chef Jamie Gwen (celebrity chef and nationally syndicated radio host)
  • Dr. Mahtab Jafari (professor and vice chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences University of California, Irvine)
  • Sue Graham-Sparks (vice president store manager Macy’s South Coast Plaza)


  • Shirley Quackenbush, CPWA (managing director – wealth management private wealth advisor, The Quackenbush Group Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

How to Attend

RSVP to Amanda Hastings at AmandaH@UnitedWayOC.org or (949) 263-6141