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WLF Honors Local Women Leaders

Women Leaders Forum awards annual scholarships to deserving high school girls through funds raised at Women Who Rule.

Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley (WLF) announces its 7th Annual Women Who Rule Awards Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, January 25.

The highly anticipated event sponsored by Desert Care Network and honoring the Coachella Valley’s most inspiring leaders will take place at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

WLF President Stephanie Weisman explains, “Our Women Who Rule luncheon is our organization’s biggest event of the year. We are so proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Women Who Rule awards. In addition to honoring remarkable local women, the proceeds support our Young Women Leaders program. With support from our members, sponsors and the community, we’re able to provide scholarships to high school seniors who successfully complete our Young Women Leaders program.”

Guest will enjoy a champagne reception and silent auction at the afternoon event taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets go on sale November 7. Early Bird pricing is $70 for WLF members, $80 for non-members and $800 for a table of 10. After January 4, 2019, pricing increases to $80 for WLF members, $90 for non-members and $900 for a table of 10.

Proceeds will benefit the Women Leaders Forum’s Young Women Leaders program, sponsored by UCR Palm Desert Center. Sponsorships remain available starting at $500. Prospective sponsors can contact Sponsorship Chair Jennifer Jank at

The Women Leaders Forum has a long and successful history of supporting local students through workshops, mentoring and scholarships, including the Young Women Leaders program or YWL. This innovative outreach program provides leadership training and one-to-one professional mentoring for female high school students throughout the Coachella Valley. The goal of YWL is to guide these young women into roles of leadership and success, as they prepare for college, business and life. Seniors who successfully complete the educational, community outreach and mentoring are eligible for either a need – or merit- based scholarship.

“We’re looking forward to the January event,” adds Weisman, “and hope to see both new and familiar faces in attendance!”

2019 Esteemed Honorees include:

Helene Galen Excellence in Education Award:

Laurilie Jackson, Instructor of Media Production, College of the Desert

WLF Trailblazer Award

Lauren Del Sarto, Founder/Publisher of Desert Health®

Mary T. Roche Community Leadership Award

Sheila Thornton, President/CEO of OneFuture Coachella Valley

WLF’s Desert Visionary Award

Michele Finney, CEO of Desert Regional Medical Center

For information, visit or call (760) 837-7222.

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