In 2013, Elizabeth Bernay and Kara Noone, Financial Advisors at Morgan Stanley
in Irvine, California, founded “Women Leading the Way in Orange County” (WLWOC). WLWOC is a highly selective group of well established professional women, representing a cross section of industries, who share their career insights and give guidance to the female leaders of tomorrow.
Hope for the Warriors® and Vanguard University to work with military-connected
women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian careers.
tips from four women with various backgrounds:
Sandra Morgan, Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice, Vanguard
- Amy Christiansen, Principal Investigator, AIG
Talley Jackson, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Squar Milner
Kaiser-Hofsaess, Catering Director, Summit House Restaurant
addressed the issues of transitioning, and how to get over the fear of entering
a networking event alone. The panel was also very attentive to answering questions
from the audience. The next presentation was on professional image. Speaker
Sarah Noone, professional stylist, gave attendants tips and tricks to styling, saving
money on quality pieces, interviewing suggestions.
from Lucas Group, gave
resume advice, as well as tips for job searching, securing the interview and interesting
transition points to think about when getting out of the military (i.e. your
employer will no longer pay for your housing, benefits, and sometimes, your leave
There were two amazing breakout sessions and answered any
and all concerns the women had about transitioning, finding their “dream job”,
and starting their own businesses. The day
wrapped up with speaker, Rhonda Sciortino, author of Succeed Because of What You’ve Been Through.
She spoke about the skill set that females possess coming out of the military,
specifically the resiliency, toughness,
and drive to succeed that all employers are seeking. Her “18 points” drove home her point of how
much these amazing women had to offer.
I am looking forward to continued success in the years to follow. We all received such positive feedback from
our female service members and veterans, specifically one who said, “This was
literally the best veteran program I have EVER been a part of!” We are excited to see what the next sections inspire in our
females who have served!
on March 12 and May 14, 2015 (the
first to be held at the Morgan Stanley office in Irvine) and
a series of Open Houses to be hosted by the WLWOC professionals at their places
of employment. The half day events will include key note speakers,
break-out sessions and interactive exercises. The content will focus on
networking confidence, career development tools, and building professional
relationships. The Open Houses will provide military women on-sight exposure to local WLWOC
employers and introductions to others within those businesses.