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 terrispeeddds@aol.com.

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.


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