Women’s Conference

Join us at the SHE IS… Empowered Women’s Conference by Junior League of Orange County, CA: a day of inspiring female speakers, engaging panel discussions, shopping, bites, sips, and women empowering women.
Saturday, March 7, 2020 – Newport Beach Civic Center


Online registration is now closed. On-site tickets will be available at the door.


Program Schedule:

8:00AM Registration Open, Coffee & Conversations

9:00AM Speaker 1: Annette Walker

9:45AM Speaker 2: Scharrell Jackson – She is Empowered | The Power of Woman!

10:30AM Break – Marketplace and Coffee Shop Open

11:00AM Speaker 3: Erika Brechtel – Empowered YOU: Activating A More Purposeful Life

11:45AM Lunch – Hosted by Panini Kabob Grill & Corona Del Mar Marketplace. Photo Booth and Champagne Cart are Open

12:45PM Energizing Session – Hosted by Athleta, Fashion Island

1:00PM Keynote Speaker: Alexis Schulze – Defining Moments

2:00PM Event Ends

*Updated as of 2/25/2020


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We are pleased to introduce our 2020 She Is… Empowered Speakers!

Keynote Speaker: Alexis Schulze

Co-Founder Nekter Juicebar, Co-Founder SoJourn Foundation, Children’s book author

As co-founder and chief visionary officer of Nékter Juice Bar, Alexis Schulze leads the award-winning company’s research and development efforts developing menu items to nourish America’s increasing appetite for plant-based, functional and nutrient-rich foods that support various lifestyles and diet preferences. Now with nearly 150 restaurants across the country, Nékter is the pioneer of the modern juice bar experience and champion of menu transparency and ingredient-integrity. With a steady eye on innovation, the lifestyle restaurant brand offers a delicious menu of freshly made juices, Superfood smoothies, acai bowls, and a variety of healthy snacks. At its core, Nékter believes that “healthy” can taste great and be easily accessible too. Schulze also recently co-founded the Sojourn Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire charity-minded individuals to connect and support deserving children in developing countries through soulful journeys while also sharing personal growth experiences and opportunities for adventure across the globe. Before Nékter, Schulze had more than 20 years of experience working with children in both preschool and elementary school settings, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development, and a Masters Degree in Cross-Cultural Education. Recently, Schulze authored her first children’s book, called Sneaky Spinach, with plans to write additional books soon.

Speaker 1: Annette Walker

President, City of Hope Orange County  

Named one of the 25 most influential women leaders and one of the Top 100 most influential leaders in U.S. health care (2019) by Modern Healthcare magazine, Annette believes bringing City of Hope’s world-class, highly specialized cancer care to Orange County is the most important chapter in her career. It allows her to serve the 3.2 million people of Orange County, which has been her home for 40 years. Working with physicians, community leaders, health care experts, and others, Annette will lead the development of a 190,000-square- foot cancer center for innovative cancer research and treatment at FivePoint Gateway in Irvine. Stemming from this hub will be a network of services and programs spanning Orange County that provide breakthrough treatments and therapies, as well as education and preventive care to make the region healthier. Known for her ability to get the job done, Annette is a master at strategy and planning. Before coming to City of Hope, she was President of Strategy for Providence St. Joseph Health, the nation’s third-largest health system. While there, she was instrumental in bringing two noted health organizations together, and, within the first year, succeeded in convening key stakeholders to develop a transformational strategic plan. Annette also served as interim president and chief executive of St. Joseph Health before the merger of St. Joseph Health and Providence.

Speaker 2: Scharrell Jackson

Partner, Chief Operating Officer | Chief Financial Officer at Squar Milner LLP

Scharrell currently serves as the Partner, COO/CFO of Squar Milner LLP, one of the nation’s 50 largest accounting firms, and one of California’s leading independent advisory firms. She joined Squar Milner in February of 2000, and has played an integral role in the firm’s growth and success, executing multiple mergers that have expanded the firm’s footprint and increase revenues and profit. Scharrell Jackson has served as an executive in the field of Finance/Accounting and Operations, working in industries such as Professional Services, Real Estate, Construction and Manufacturing, in positions such as Controller, VP of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Speaker 3: Erika Brechtel

Branding Strategist, Creative Director, Public Speaker, Author & Illustrator “The Little Brand Book”


Erika Brechtel is an L.A.-based branding strategist and designer, author, and speaker specialized in developing unique identities for companies and leaders from L.A. to NYC to Tokyo, London, Milan and Sydney since 2002. With a magna cum laude degree in Art History from UCLA and another with honors in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Erika strives to develop a comprehensive visual language for each of her clients through collaborative brand strategy, identity and digital design, campaign art direction, and photography styling.

Since 2010, Erika has led an editorial team to provide curated and original lifestyle content here on ‘The E List’  and has been featured in SELF MagazineHuffPostPopsugarRefinery 29The EverygirlHGTV.comToday.com, as well as on the cover of OC Family Magazine. Erika also contributes hosted content and interviews for EO (Entrepreneur’s Organization) and Inc.com, leads branding workshops and speaks at events, most recently for the LA Business Journal Women’s Summit, the LA County Women’s Leadership Conference, Fabletics, and Bumble Bizz. In 2018, Erika wrote her first book with Kalika Yap, The Little Brand Book, a framework of brand archetypes to empower women leaders and female founders.

More to be announced.