Awakening Women’s Potential Luncheon


On November 6th we are hosting Awakening Women's Potential that’s sole purpose is to help spread the word of non-profit services that help women and girls in Silicon Valley.

The keynote speaker is Sister Rosemary Everett, talking about Human Trafficking.

Various organization will be at the event that are non-profits in Silicon Valley: Birthright of San Jose, Boys & Girls Club, Cake4Kids, Discipleship Walk for Water, Dress for Success, Freedom House, Proyecto Primavera  (Gardner Family Health Network,  ACCESS Program (Good Samaritan),  Parisi House on the Hill, Voices Unlimited, West Valley-Mission Community College District and of course Soroptimist International of Los Gatos-Saratoga.

If you are a non-profit and want a table, this year we are not charging for the table for you.  Please contact BJ Tucker about getting a table at the event:  

The event will be held at lunchtime at Villa Ragusa in Campbell and tickets are only $40.00 a person.

Awakening Women's Potential Pre Registration Required at:


Ticket price: $40.00
Location: Villa Ragusa, 35 South Second Street, Campbell, CA 95008
Time: 11:30am to 2:00pm

Past years:

Keynote Speaker: Honorable Catherine A. Gallagher (Ret.)
Catherine served 25 years as a Superior Court judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. She served in every division giving her experience in many diverse areas of the law and providing her with great insight into how to resolve cases with a wide variety of personalities.  Catherine is known for her wealth of experience in dispute resolution as a mediator, arbitrator, Judge Pro Tem, discovery master, and neutral evaluator. Currently a member of JAMS, “the resolution experts” which was founded in 1979 is the nation’s largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services.


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Angel Rampy: Coaching, training and mentoring professionals
Angel’s passion of 15 years for working with professionals and nurturing their careers led her to found Success through Learning, where she guides clients who want to achieve professional and personal goals. Her European-Asian background, experience working in countries around the world, and command of several languages makes her a valuable coach with keen insight into cultural issues and assumptions. Angel has completed courses of work with the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California and the College of Executive Coaching in Santa Barbara, California. She also obtained her credentials as a ‘Relationship Coach’ through the Center of Right Relationship

She is an advocate and supporter of the Los Gatos-Saratoga Soroptimist group and helps out whenever she can with their yearly Tea n’ Pearl party and of course today’s event. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband of over 20 years, Sid Rampy and her three Sons.

Information available from our Co-sponsors and Partners including:
This is a sample of the many non-profit organizations that have attended previous Waking Women Potential events and also reserved a table to share information about their agency

Parisi House on the Hill, Breast Cancer Connections, Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness, Friends Outside, Women’s Hospital @ El Camino,  Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, West Valley College Educational Program, Career Closet, Girls for a change, Next Door, and The Support Network.  We hope to recruit even more non-profits this year who share in our vision of improving the lives of women and girls. Please spread the word and pass this on to a friend.

We will also have some fun tables with jewelry, books and other gift items that you can start your shopping for the Holidays early and help out a good cause (10% will be given back to Soroptimist).

Tickets are $35.00 per person
Reserve a table for $25.00

Go here to Register:

Last Years Event:

November 5, 2010
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Villa Ragusa, 35 South Second Street,
Campbell, CA 95008

Our goal for this luncheon is to bring together the dedicated non-profit organizations in our community that assist and empower women and children.

Keynote Speaker:  Ysabel Duron

Ysabel Duron is an award winning journalist, KRON 4-TV Senior Weekend Anchor, and founder of Latinas Contra Cancer. Ysabel has 40 years in television news broadcasting. As a Latina, she has been a role model to and influenced many young Latinas throughout the years. Ysabel has turned the spotlight on Latino issues as well as her own battle with breast cancer. As a result she created a non-profit, Latinas Contra Cancer.  The agency celebrated 7 years of survivorship in September 2009 and offers a wide range of resources including a Spanish language support group.

Soroptimist International is an organization of dedicated business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Soroptmist gives women the ability to take control over their lives, pursue their own goals, and live according to their own values. Soroptimist has over 95,000 members in 120 countries and territories.

Tickets are $35.00 per person
(Tickets are not available at the door)

RSVP by November 3, 2010

Checks can be made payable to Soroptimist International of Los Gatos-Saratoga
P.O. Box 111538, Campbell, CA 95011-1538

Or you can conveniently order online at
Questions or further information contact BJ Tucker at 408-249-5300

Not-for-Profit Sponsorships

House on the Hill           
 Debbie Miranda          

Recovery Connections Treatment Services
Mary Cook

Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness
Nicole Baran   
Career Closet               
Jean Cecil       

Girls for a Change   
Lori Fitzmaurice   

The Support Network                  
Paula Keane                  

Latinas Contra Cancer       
Ysabel Duron             

YWCA of Silicon Valley
Laura Chyou    

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October 9th, 2009 was our Awakening Women’s Potential Lunch

With a nod to the dismal economy we broke from the traditional Spring Fashion Show to a simple event that we hoped would attract, inspire and motivate women to join us and our partner organizations that also support and help women and children.  We called it “Awakening Women’s Potential.” 

Our speaker was Kathryn Williams from Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.

Kathryn Williams is a longtime advocate for women and children.  She is a well-known lecturer on domestic violence education and prevention. She has spoken regularly to police officers, healthcare professionals, cosmetologists and students at numerous colleges and universities since 1994.  Additionally, she has developed and implemented a state-mandated domestic violence training sequence for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). She has been a member of the Child Advocates’ Board of Directors for the past seven years and has served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice Chair and Board Chair.

Our Inspirational Poet was Alison Luterman.  

Alison’s first book of poetry, The Largest Possible Life, won the Cleveland State University poetry center prize and was published in 2001.  Her second book, See How We Almost Fly?, won the Pearl Poetry prize 2008 and will be published in October, 2009.  Her poems and essays have appeared in The Sun, the New York Times Modern Love column, More Magazine, Radiance, Response,  Brooklyn Review, Poetry East, and elsewhere.  Her first full-length play, Saying Kaddish With My Sister, was produced in January 2008.  She works as a California Poet-in-the-Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, and teaches adults through The Writing Salon. 

We provided tabletop space to our non-profit co-sponsors and just for fun we invited a few jewelry vendors to display their works.  Our local Summerhill Nursury graciously let us borrow beautiful, live plants for centerpieces.

Breast Cancer Connections, Career Closet ,Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Coalition for Alcohol & Drug Free Pregnancies (CADEP), Friends Outside , Girls for a Change, House on the Hill, Next Door, Recovery Connections Treatment Services, The Support Network, West Valley College, Women’s Hospital @ El Camino, Educational Transition Program           
Alison Luterman - Author/Poet, Lauren Hoover-Chef/Author, Pearl Angel, Splash Jewelry,    
Silpida Design, Beena Jain - Gems & Silver Jewelry, STM Designs

We hoped that our attendees would share in the fun and fellowship and enjoy the delicious lunch but would also walk away feeling that they learned something new and that they had it in their power to help. The event was a huge success and we are planning something similar in 2010.

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