Women in Newport Networking, WiNN Forum, April 25, 2018

Women in Newport Networking

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Annual WiNN Forums


Sheriff Sandra Hutchens

Registration for the 2018 WiNN Forum is now open! 

The 2018 WiNN forum will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from approximately 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Newport Beach Civic Center. This year's special guest speaker will be Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.

Attendees can spend time before and after the program networking and learning more about opportunities to serve the community. Representatives from the following City Boards, Commissions and support groups were present to share information and answer questions: 


The second annual WiNN Forum was held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in the Community Room of the Newport Beach Civic Center. The special guest speaker was Michelle Steel, Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.


Approximately 200 community members attended the inaugural WiNN forum on February 25, 2016. View photos from the forum.

The City and local, nonprofit organizations (see below for the list of event partners) provided information at the forum about their volunteer groups and needs. There was a brief panel discussion featuring current and former community leaders Marian Bergeson, Roberta "Bobbie" Fesler, Judy Johnson and Dorothy Larson, and participants were able to talk with panelists and other community volunteers, view the forum program and speaker bios

2016 Women in Newport Networking Partner List

About WiNN

In 2015, Newport Beach City Council Member Diane Dixon and several community leaders developed a forum called Women in Newport Networking (WiNN) to encourage Newport Beach women to engage in, and serve as leaders of, community and civic organizations. This group of inspiring and community minded women provide an opportunity for local women to meet others currently serving Newport Beach in leadership roles and to learn more about community and civic groups.

The WiNN planning committee is comprised of:

  • Diane Dixon, Newport Beach City Council Member
  • Debra Allen, Former Civil Service Board Member 
  • Robyn Grant, Civil Service Board Member
  • Kathy Harrison, Former Arts Commissioner
  • Sarah Stapleton, Community Leader
  • Jill Johnson-Tucker, Chair, Board of Library Trustees 

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