Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon and several community leaders have developed a new forum called Women in Newport Networking (WiNN) to encourage more Newport Beach women to serve local civic and community groups.
Dixon explained, “The city’s population of 85,000 is about half male, half female so I was surprised to learn that women only represent roughly 30 percent of those that apply for, and eventually serve on, City of Newport Beach (City) boards, committees and commissions. Women just aren’t applying for these positions at the same level as the men in our community. I suspect we have an awareness problem and think we can solve it through communication and education.”
Dixon developed WiNN in conjunction with Newport Beach Civil Service Board Chair Debra Allen, Library Board of Trustees Chair Robyn Grant, and former Arts Commission Chair Kathy Harrison.
The first WiNN forum was held:
Thursday, February 25
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Newport Beach Civic Center, Community Room
100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 92660
Approximately 200 community members attended the inaugural WiNN forum, 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.
Women in Newport Networking Partner List
- City of Newport Beach-Boards, Commissions and Committees
- Citizens Police Academy
- Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce
- Coastline Community College Foundation
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- Environmental Nature Center
- Friends of OASIS
- Friends of the Library
- Newport Bay Conservancy
- Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Newport Beach Arts Foundation
- Newport Beach Public Library Foundation
- Newport-Mesa ProLiteracy
- Speak Up Newport
- Still Protecting Our Newport (SPON)