International Women of Courage Celebration Executive Committee 2017
Event Chair: Onma Lwin
Event Assistant Chair: Nancy Annick
Advisor: Jane Mursener Wetzel
Department of State Liaison: Mary Schammel
Assistant DOS Liaison & Invitations: Cynthy Moffatt
Honorary Committee: Susan Chandler, Sarah Shelton
Sponsorships: Jenny Lim, Onman Lwin, Cynthy Moffatt, Janey Wetzel
Patron Drive: Nancy Annick, Onma Lwin
Venue: Betsy Conovitz, Annette Madden
IWOC Hosts: Bonnie Martinez
Media Liaison: Janice Trojan
Digital Communications & Event Production: Lian Dolan, Leslie Maxfield
Gifts: Inez Sharp, Lindsay Park
AWIU President: Maria Schory
AWIU LA Chapter Chair: Diane Mitchell Henry
AWIU Liaison & Grants Committee: Diane McGlinchey
AWIU Development: Kathy LeRoy
AWIU Administrative Support: Jo Ann Troha
Bios of the 2018 Executive Committee
In alphabetical order:
Betsy Conovitz graduated from University of Memphis, holds a graduate certificate the Gemological Institute of American in New York and worked in the jewelry industry. For the past 15 years have been vice president of SMC Associates, Inc., a company that provides branded merchandise to mass merchandisers. She’s involved in a variety of community orgainzations including National Charity League and Sisterhood of Pasadena Jewish Temple. Betsy joined AWIU in 2015 to empower women throughout the world and is humbled daily by their incredible actions. She is married with one son.
Lian Dolan is a writer and broadcaster whose career focuses on the lives of contemporary women. She has a personal and professional in women’s issues around the globe and on her radio show, Satellite Sisters, Lian has interviewed advocates like Nobel Laureate Wangaari Mathai and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She has served on the IWOC committee for three years. She is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont and lives in Pasadena with her husband and two sons.
Earlie Biles Douglas is a Professor at Pasadena City College who has taught Information Technology courses for over twenty years. She is very personable, goal oriented and is active in the Altadena community. This is her first year on the IWOC committee. She and her husband reside in Altadena.
Onma Lwin is a seasoned human resources professional with extensive experience in executive search, executive coaching, career counseling, and professional development. She currently works in higher education at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Born in Burma, raised in Thailand, and educated in US and the UK, Onma has traveled extensively and brings a multi-cultural perspective to human relations. Daughter of two United Nations executives, she has a strong appreciation of the importance of cross-cultural communications. This is her second year on the IWOC committee and she is committed to building awareness of women and children’s issues and promoting international understanding. Onma is a graduate of Vassar College and the London School of Economics and lives in San Marino with her husband and three children.
Bonnie Martínez has been the Dean of Students at Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena,California for over 16 years. Bonnie enjoys working with young women to empower them to become strong leaders, lifelong learners and contributing citizens of the larger world. Bonnie resided 3 years in Madrid, Spain, and 7 years in Mexico City where she worked as an administrator in international high schools. Bonnie has a Masters in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational Portuguese.
Diane McGlinchey, a Washington DC native, military spouse and mother of 8, has been an AWIU member since 2006, Diane has dedicated years to improving international relations and understanding. She served as AWIU President in 2014-2015 and expanded the direction of AWIU’s grants program. Diane also Chaired the 2009 IWOC Celebration and participated in AWIU’s delegation to Russia.
Cynthy Moffatt has been a member of AWIU since 2013 and served as Chair of the IWOC Celebration Committee in 2014 and 2015. She is an active volunteer and philanthropist and previously worked at Nestlé USA in brand management. Originally from Hawaii, Cynthy earned her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management and her B.A. from The Colorado College. She and her husband Jim have three children, Caley, Cole and Cade.
Maggie Sabbag, Chair of the 2017 IWOC Celebration, has had a lifelong interest in international relations and human rights. She received a BA in Russian Studies from Princeton University and a Masters in International Economic Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. While living in New York, Moscow and LA, her career in emerging markets finance included travel throughout Europe, South America, and the former Soviet Union, where she witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by women globally as well as the transformational power of democracy. Maggie has been a member of AWIU for two years and also serves on the Boards of the Pasadena Community Foundation, Polytechnic School, and The Gooden School. She lives in Pasadena with her husband Ken and their three daughters.
Inez Sharp has had a life long interest in traveling and exploring the rich variety of cultures around the world. As a Pan Am flight attendant for 18 years she had an opportunity to visit every corner of the globe. She has served on the IWOC committee for 5 years. Inez has lived in Pasadena for most of her life, raising two children and been involved in many community organizations including her children’s schools, The Huntington Library, and Junior League.