10th Council District W.S.C. Hosted their 42nd Annual Awards & Scholarship Luncheon “Embracing the Future” – Women - Diversity - Education

10th Council District W.S.C. Hosted their 42nd Annual Awards & Scholarship Luncheon  “Embracing the Future” – Women - Diversity - Education

The 10th Council District Women's Steering Committee hosted their 42nd Annual Scholarship and Awards Luncheon on

 Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the newly remodeled “Proud Bird” Restaurant and Event Center, the theme for their luncheon was "Embracing the Future” Women, Diversity and Education.  Many of our community leaders and elected officials were in attendance i.e. former Senator Diane Watson, former Congress members, David Cunningham, Rita Walters, Nate Holden, Jan Perry, Commissioners Mike Davis and Rosa Russell.

Rev. Dr. Cecil L. “Chip’ Murray, PhD was our special guest again this year. He was given a Congratulations Certificate for his Excellence in personal Achievement.  To quote Rev Murray, he said; the luncheon was off the hook. Iris Gordy who introduced her daughter Karla Gordy Bristol is the niece of Motown Record Corporation Berry Gordy.  A former vice president of Motown Records and a pioneering record producer.  Ms. Gordy’s music credits included recording projects with Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Four Tops and so many others.  She is credited with being instrumental in launching the artist careers of Rick James, Teena Marie, DeBrage and Tata Vega.  Ms. Gordy took the audience completely by surprise when she mentioned that 10th Council District W.S.C. President/ CEO Jackie Nunn worked for her a while at Motown and, was well known as one of the most dynamic  and powerful people at the company. The audience and 10thCDWSC as well as Jackie Nunn were taken by surprise.

After such a fabulous introduction, Iris Gordy introduced her daughter; Karla Bristol Gordy. Karla is the daughter of producer and writer Johnny Bristol and the great- niece of Motown founder Berry Gordy. Karla is the CEO of Bristol Entertainment Group, Co-founder and Vice President of Friends of Fuller B. Gordy. She co-hostesses a weekly live talk show called “Karla & Rainelle Show”.

This dynamic mother and daughter team kicked off the luncheon on an upbeat note. Karla Bristol, Mistress of Ceremony was able to keep the audience on their toes throughout the program. As a lifetime friend of Dr. Jeffery,  she introduced our Keystone Speaker Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, PhD., Superintendent/ President of Santa Monica College. Dr. Jeffery enlightened and informed the audience about all of the wonderful programs and events taking place at SMC.


 Dr. Jeffery was appointed to the position of Superintendent and President of Santa Monica College (SMA) in November 2015, and took office as CEO of California’s leading transfer institution in February 2016 Dr. Jeffery comes to (SMC) after serving nearly eight years as president of Sacramento City College.  Throughout her career, she has championed the development of community college curriculum programs, and services that promote student access, persistence and success.

She led the development of educational programs that support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education at Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota, and at SCC; as well as the launch of a bachelor’s degrees program at the College of Southern Nevada.

She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, a B.M.E. (Bachelor of Music Leadership) with a major in piano and minor in voice from Oklahoma State University. A lover of the arts – especially music – Dr. Jeffery is also a talented classical musician.

She is very active on professional and community boards; a member of the President’s Round Table of African American’s CEOs, American Association of Community Colleges and Special Commission on Structured Pathways.

Our honorees were Ana Guerrero, Mayor Eric Garcetti Chief of Staff.  Ana directs all aspects of the Office of the Mayor.

 She is the primary driver of his agenda to make Los Angeles safer, livable, prosperous and well run. She has worked with Garcetti since he was elected to the City Council in 2001. Guerrero brings extensive community organizing experience to her role as the Mayor’s chief strategist. Guerrero is an elected member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (AD43) and is the President of the Advanced Democrat Club of Los Angeles County.

Emily Wang is the President of East West Bank Foundation and Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing & Community Development for East West Bank.  East West Bank has been in the top 15 of “America’s 100 Best Banks” according to Forbes for six consecutive years (2010-2015).

 Wang also serves as President of East West Bank Foundation.  The Bank and the Foundation have been supporting and partnering with community organizations to provide affordable housing, to improve financial literacy, to assist small businesses and to promote diversity.

She holds a B.A. in journalism from National Cheng-Chi University in Taiwan and M.A. in mass communications from Texas Tech University. She’s a Kellogg Executive Scholar of Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with emphasis on sales and marketing. She has completed various graduate study programs at the USC Marshall School of Business and the University Of Chicago Booth School of business.

They both so graciously accepted their Certificate of Congratulations for their Outstanding Leadership, Excellence in personal Achievement and Community Involvement from,  City Council President Herb J Wesson, Jr.,  Mayor Eric Garcetti, Congresswomen Karen Bass, Assembly member 37th Assembly member, 47th District Eloise Gomez Reyes and a plaque from 10th Council District W.S.C.

This year we are proud to have ten outstanding high school students who were recognized and honored. Our 2017 scholarship recipients received a Certificate of Special Recognition from Congresswomen Karen Bass and the 10thCDWSC.

In a partnership with East West Bank Foundation, each student will receive $1,500 in scholarship dollars 10th Council District W.S.C.

Our partner East West Bank Foundation, President Emily Wang who is the President of East West Bank Foundation and Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing and Community Development; made a public announcement that East West Foundation is going to set up an Internship program for our students who graduate from a four year university, majoring in Business Administration or Business Finance.

Entertainment was provided by Elaine Gibbs and Nu Soul Band. There was a special appearance by vocalist and pianist Shelea Frazier. Shelea just came off tour with Quincy Jones and David Frost. She has performed twice at the White House for former President Obama and has toured with Stevie Wonder and so many others.

Briefly, the 10th Council District (WSC) was founded in October 1973, by Congresswoman, Maxine Waters, retired Councilman David Cunningham, and retired Senior Field Deputy of the 10th District Geneva Cox; along with other women who were political trailblazers in the city of Los Angeles. The members of the WSC are dedicated, compassionate women who have been at the forefront as advocates for family, youth, children and seniors to resolve economic, educational, health and safety issues in the our community.  We would like to extend a special THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, supports and vendors. Membership is open to all who are interested in the betterment of our community and students. Annual membership is $50.00 or $200.00 for a lifetime membership. Visit our website at www.10thcdwsc.org

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