Come Connect At SAWCC’s Hot August Nights Mixer

SAWCC Hot August Nights Mixer
Click To Mix! Reserve your spot at SAWCC’s 2014 Hot August Nights Mixer

Sacramento Area Women’s Chamber of Commerce invites you to come mix and mingle Thursday, August 28 at our first Hot August Nights Mixer over at Raley Field. The River Cats are playing the Reno Aces that night, and the real action starts at our pre-game mixer up in the Beer Garden at 5pm.

We have Governor’s Club seating, access to the Solon Club with its full bar, and it’s Thirsty Thursday, which means two-buck beers (Miller & Lite).

All this goodness is only $25. Click here for all the details. We’re so very excited to see you there!

Facts About Women’s Healthcare, Wellness Entrepreneurs, & More

On HealthCare Disparities for Women Read the Fact Sheet

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) supports research on all aspects of health care provided to women, including: enhancing the response of the health system to women’s needs; understanding differences between the health care needs of women and men; understanding and eliminating disparities in health care; and providing evidence to inform women in their
health care decisions. This fact sheet focuses on findings in the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, two of many AHRQ publications that address women’s health. article about women wellness entrepreneurs article about women wellness entrepreneurs

Why Are There So Many Women Wellness Entrepreneurs?

“Wellness is an especially burgeoning area for female entrepreneurs,” says Claudia Chan, the founder of and creator of the upcoming S.H.E. Summit. (Many know her as the former President of Click here or the title to read the full article at

National Women’s Health Week & More Resources Here

We just missed national women’s health week – May 11 – 17th, but their website offers extraordinary resources on women and their health.

California’s Office of Health Equity: Did You Know They Have One?

Screenshot 2014-05-21 20.42.47The She-Economy: Because This is So Unique – How to Market to Women

“Boomer Women and Affluence – One huge, affluent segment wields more spending clout than any other: Baby-Boomer women. Born between 1946 and 1964, these women represent a portion of the buying public no marketer can afford to ignore. With successful careers, investments made during the “boom” years, and inheritances from parents or husbands, they are more financially empowered than any previous generation of women. – Mary Brown, Carol Orsborn, Ph.D., Marketing to the Ultimate Power Consumer—The Baby-Boomer Woman” Visit the website!


KFBK Covers May 22 Reception w/Sandy Smoley Guest

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May 22nd SAWCC Next Economy Business Reception

*If you are a member and would like to invite someone to become a member, please do feel free to bring a guest and they can complete their membership application at the meeting. Non-members who want to explore what we’re about are welcome!

Want to Exhibit? Click here.

Tables are $50. Set up is 4:30 pm. Email Dr. Terri Speed, our Membership Chair directly, at

Featured Speakers

  • Keynote Sandy Smoley, The Sandy Smoley Group
  • Member Speaker Diana Singh, Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins

Featuring Member Exhibitors: In theHealth and Wellness industry sectors with access to member businesses in health services, wellness, fitness, and beauty.

The Sacramento Area Women’s Chamber of Commerce has specifically tied its member programming education and networking events, as well as our influence development purpose and mission to the Next Economy 6 job growth industry clusters most critical to our region’s near term and future growth, helping to focus women’s collective and individual influence in these sectors to better benefit outcomes for all.

SAWCC’s objectives in the health services industry for our members is to:

1)    help these sectors of industry connect with women leaders, policy advocates, academics and researchers, as well as business owners and executives who are committed to improving the health and wellness of all in our region,

2)    to educate our members on critical regional topics that help them raise their influential effectiveness quotient, and

3)    to help facilitate critical connections between our members and business, advocacy, service, equity, and personal and professional growth opportunity.


The Next Economy is a business-led, volunteer-driven regional endeavor in the Capital Region that strives to move a $97 billion annual economy that has suffered economic hardship and a lagging recovery into one that is diversified, robust and sustainable.

Recognizing that competition in today’s global economy increasingly occurs at the regional level, and that the Region’s economic advantages are narrowing under dated models, business leadership from the Sacramento Metro Chamber, the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO), the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA) and Valley Vision launched Next Economy as a collective response. This initiative uncovers competitive strengths and maps out a set of interlocking strategies that can accelerate job and wealth creation and boost new investment across the Capital Region.


Valley Vision recently concluded a report covering the health services cluster, on workforce impacts of the Affordable Care Impact and recent hiring trends. You can review that report “Sacramento  Region’s Health Services Industry Cluster: Workforce Impacts of the Affordable Care Act and Recent Hiring Trends, April 2014”

To read the Next Economy Prosperity Plan Summary, download the PDF.

About Sandy Smoley 

Sandra R. Smoley R.N., B.S.N., President and CEO, The Sandy Smoley Group – Healthcare/Government Consulting

May 22 SAWCC Member ReceptionAfter 31 years in government, Sandy Smoley moved to the private sector as a healthcare and local and state government consultant.  Her company is the Sandy Smoley Group, where she is President and CEO. Smoley was secretary of the California Health and Welfare Agency, where she managed an agency that employed more than 42,000 employees and had a total budget of $48.4 billion. She oversaw 12 state departments and one board. She was also secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency, where she managed an agency with 16,000 employees and a $700 million budget with 14 departments and 38 boards and bureaus. Both of these appointments were under Gov. Pete Wilson.

In 1972, Smoley was elected to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, the first woman ever to serve on that body. She served more than 20 years on the board. She has been a presidential appointee to three major commissions: the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (1983-1991), the Task Force on Food Assistance (1983-84), and the Advisory Commission on Federalism (1981-82). She represented county government at both the state and national capitols as president of the California State Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties.

As well as working full time, Smoley also volunteers on numerous boards and committees in the Sacramento area; UC Davis, Pride, California State Railroad Museum Foundation and the Sacramento Philharmonic/Opera are just a few.  She has received numerous awards for charity work including Leadership America Graduate, Sacramentan of the Year for the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, United Way Distinguished Service Award, University of Iowa, College of Nursing, First Distinguished Alumni Award, American Leadership Forum, 1st Exemplary Leader, United Cerebral Palsy Humanitarian of the Year 2006, California State Association of Counties-1st Lifetime Achievement Award and most recently the Junior League Community Star Award.

A registered nurse, Smoley received her degree in nursing from the University of Iowa. She is a graduate of the Senior Executive Training Program for State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has also done graduate work in economics and management at California State University at Sacramento.

A native of Iowa, Smoley has two children and two grandchildren.

About Diana Singh & Elk Grove Vitamins 

Screenshot 2014-05-12 16.16.23Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins, Diana Singh believes that good health begins with the food you eat. Sometimes we forget that the purpose of eating is to fuel our bodies. When you consume good quality fuel, you will notice a difference in the way you feel. Nourishing foods are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. A nutrition consultant can be of service to you whether you have a diagnosed illness or are simply looking to create healthier habits. Diana’s story is both inspiring and also an example of how one woman is influencing the lives of others in her own community.


Women and Influence Survey Results

Preliminary Results: Women and Influence Survey


survey results women and influence - SAWCC OfficialOn March 26th we launched our very first survey at our inaugural event at the California State Capitol, hoping to begin to understand who women are who are connecting to the mission of the Sacramento Area Women’s Chamber of Commerce, who seek greater influence, and who want to either help by or benefit from increasing opportunity for women in C-level and board positions, in entrepreneurship, in leadership in government and the community, and in those sectors where the majority of job growth is expected to come from within the Capital region. What do we really need? What do we really expect? How can SAWCC best serve those needs?

As of May 20, 201: 73 women have responded. This survey will remain open and we will continue to share live results as they are tabulated and updated. See link below. A full report will be made in August at our business reception (data and location coming soon) and through this website.

Trends are emerging. Please share this survey with all the women in your network. The more we know, the more powerful and effective we can be together. Thank you for participating!


*This survey was developed by Tracy Saville, a founding board member and Chair of the Marketing Committee. In the future, results will be analyzed against available academic and market-level research that is of a qualitative and quantitative value to understanding how best to position SAWCC to benefit ad serve its members. SAWCC is interested in collaborating on future survey and data collection activities. Questions? Feel free to contact her at 916-717-3250, or at



UC Davis Annual Study on Women Business Leaders

Click on this image to watch the KVIE interview.
Click on this image to watch the KVIE interview.

We’ve been asked, why do we need a women’s chamber in our region? Well, according to the UC Davis Annual Report on California Women Business Leaders, while graduate numbers of women are increasing, we’re actually seeing a decrease in the # of women in the board room. And this is just of one of many reasons why an organization dedicated to developing influencing skills and abilities, as well as emotionally intelligent leadership and influencing behaviors in women and young girls is critical to the economic growth and vibrancy of the Capital region.

Screenshot 2014-05-16 11.34.34We present the UC Davis Report, and also the recent March 2014 segment of Studio Sacramento with Scott Syphax on PBS. He sat down with Aeisha Mastagni, Investment Officer for the Corporate Governance Division CalSTRS, and former Vistage Chair Wendy Beecham, who is now Managing Director of Executive Education for the UC Davis School of Management. They discussed underrepresentation in executive management and on boards of directors, and what needs to change to increase the gender diversity of C-level positions and boards. Watch the segment here. 

One of the strands in this conversation is that women may not be taking influential leading roles because they don’t see they have the networks or resources to be successful. The networks of people women tend to build or engage with tend to lean into those populated with people they like, while men tend to create networks that will help them reach a specific goal. What do you think?

Click on the image below to read the full UC Davis PDF report.

UC Davis Report on Women Business Leaders


The Confidence Gap: Is There One?

kattyclayAccording to a recent feature article published in The Atlantic Magazine, “The Confidence Gap,” (April 14, 2014), “evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence.” One of the most challenging aspects of understanding the differences between men and women, is accepting that there are difference between men and women. And that difference, by definition, doesn’t translate into inequity, but rather into very important human asset and resource questions.

On one hand to raise the question “Is there a confidence gap between men and women?” – we’re also asking if so, why. On the other hand, it is most constructive to explore the answer to that question in ways which focuses our attention toward how the gap differences which may impede the ability any sex to fully express and leverage their capabilities, talents, and unique attributes. Allowing impediments to the full expression and engagement of our abilities and perspectives to remain unchecked is how we dilute the impacts we can all have on society and in business, in our families, and in communities whether we are male or female.

Here’s what Katty Clay and Claire Shipman say about why there is a confidence gap, and what to do about it. We want to know what you think!

Read the full article.

SBA Women’s Business Center: $ & Resources

Screenshot 2014-04-16 17.39.24Featuring this week:

“Welcome to the new SBA Women’s Business Center serving the Sacramento Region!  California Capital was established as a SBA Women’s Center in October 2012.  We are committed to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses through educational workshops, one-on-one assistance, online learning, and connection with local resources.  Although are services are available to all, we are committed to meeting the unique needs of women in business.”

Find out more about the center and for a list of their courses visit here!  

In SAWCC News: Kaiser’s New COO, Biz Journal 4/7 Executive Women Event

SAWCC Women COO Kaiser
Kaiser Permanente promoted Janet Liang, head of its Hawaii region, to become chief operating officer of the much larger Northern California region, based in Oakland.

Kaiser Appoints New COO Chief in Northern California

Chris Rauber form the San Francisco Business Times reports that, “Kaiser Permanente today promoted Janet Liang, head of its Hawaii region, to become chief operating officer of the much larger Northern California region, based in Oakland. Kaiser also said that Mary Ann Barnes, senior vice president and area manager for San Diego, would replace Liang in Hawaii. Both appointments take effect in June, but the “official transition” begins immediately.” The full article. 

Sacramento Business Journal Hosts Mentoring Event for Women Monday April 7th

MEET YOUR MENTOR at the Sacramento Business Journal BIZWOMEN MENTORING MONDAY EVENT. The event will offer attendees the opportunity to choose from more than 40 mentors who are the most influential women in the community for one-on-one coaching sessions for five minute conversations. Subscribers to the Journal can also read the column today about mentoring advice for women. 

  • When: Monday, April 7, 2014,7:30am-9:30am Add to my calendar
  • Where: Sleep Train Arena1 Sports Pkwy Sacramento CA 95834
  • Suggested Dress: Business Attire

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Check out the women who will be in attendance!

Meg Arnold, CEO, SARTA

Angelique Ashby, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Sacramento

Maria Barrs, President & General Manager, News10

Melanie Bergevin, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Christi Black-Davis, Executive Vice President, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide

Nancy Brodovsky, Principal, SacConnects

Julia Burrows, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Enable Energy LLC

Martha Clark Lofgren, Partner & Co-Founder, Brewer Lofgren LLP

Linda Cutler, CEO, Sacramento Region Community Foundation

Grace Davis, Director of Corporate Affairs, Intel Corporation

Karen Diepenbrock, Attorney & Shareholder, Diepenbrock Elkin LLP

Lina Fat, Vice President, Fat City Inc.

Bonnie Ferreira, CEO, American Leadership Forum

Pat Fong Kushida, President & CEO, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce

Gayle Garbolino-Mojica, Placer County Superintendent of Schools, Placer County Office of Education

Frederika (Fraka) Harmsen, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs, Sacramento State

Beth Hassett, Executive Director, WEAVE

Barbara Hayes, President & CEO, SACTO

Kim Hiltachk, President, Hiltachk Marketing Group

Lial Jones, Executive Director, Crocker Art Museum

Meea Kang, President & Founder, Domus Development

Linda Katehi, Chancellor, UC Davis

Sandra Kirschenmann, Executive Director & Associate Vice Provost, Drexel University Sacramento

Toosje Koll, Managing Director, Resources Global Professionals

Kathy McKim, Vice President of External Affairs, AT&T

Bobbin Mulvaney, Owner, Mulvaney’s B&L

Lucy Oback, National President, Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs Association (APAPA)

Theresa Paige, President, LPAS Architecture + Design

Alice Perez, President & CEO, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Lori Porter, President, Porter Communications

Cassandra Walker Pye, Senior Director, APCO Worldwide

Jeanne Reaves, President & CEO, Jeanne Reaves Consulting

Tina Reynolds, Founder/Principal/Owner, Uptown Studios

Patricia (Trish) Rodriguez, Senior V.P. & Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente

Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

Beverly (Babs) Sandeen, Vice Chancellor, Los Rios Community College District

Susan Savage, CEO, Sacramento River Cats

Genevieve Shiroma, Board President, SMUD Board of Directors

Rhonda Staley-Brooks, President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento

Renee Taylor, President & CEO, Northern California World Trade Center

Kara Ueda, Partner, Best Best & Krieger

Lila Wallrich, CEO & Creative Director, Wallrich Creative Communications

Kathleen Weis, CEO, American Red Cross Capital Region

Sacramento Region Saw Triple Digit Growth in 2013

Our friends at SARTA do a superb job of keeping their members informed and engaged in all things tech and innovation in the Capital Region. Today their newsletter covered everything from what the Sacramento Kings are doing with technology and the new arena to how woman-built and led Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (Pam Marrone) nearly doubled its revenue in 2013 over the previous year. Influential people getting it done. To explore how you can engage with SARTA visit their website.

For more about one of their features this week, in the Sacramento Bee, Screenshot 2014-03-31 11.27.08visit: “Sacramento region tech industry saw growth in multiple levels in 2013”. 

A Chamber for Women by Cathie Anderson (SacBee Article)

Screenshot 2014-03-27 11.44.26“Velma Sykes had the idea for a regional chamber of commerce for women seven years ago, but she didn’t act on her idea until last year, when she saw a list of local millionaires being recruited to invest in the Kings….” – Cathie Anderson

To read the full article by Cathie Anderson of The Sacramento Bee. Thank you, Cathie, for the time you took for our interview! We appreciate your coverage very much!