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Women in Newport Networking

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About WiNN

In 2015, Newport Beach City Council Member Diane Dixon and several community leaders developed a forum called Women in Newport Networking (WiNN) to encourage more Newport Beach women to serve local civic and community groups.



The WiNN planning committee is comprised of:

  • Diane Dixon, Newport Beach City Council Member
  • Debra Allen, Former Civil Service Board Member 
  • Robyn Grant, Civil Service Board Member
  • Kathy Harrison, Former Arts Commissioner
  • Sarah Stapleton, Community Leader
  • Jill Johnson-Tucker, Chair, Board of Library Trustees 

Annual WiNN Forums


The next WiNN forum will be held in the Spring of 2018.


The second annual WiNN Forum was held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in the Community Room of the Newport Beach Civic Center (download event flyer). The special guest speaker was Michelle Steel, Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Attendees spent time before and after the program networking and learning more about opportunities to serve the community. Representatives from the following City Boards, Commissions and support groups were present to share information and answer questions: 

   Michelle Steel High Res headshot-2017

Michelle Steel, Chair
OC Board of Supervisors



Approximately 200 community members attended the inaugural WiNN forum on February 25, 2016. View photos from the forum.

The City and local, nonprofit organizations (see below for the list of event partners) provided information at the forum about their volunteer groups and needs. There was a brief panel discussion featuring current and former community leaders Marian Bergeson, Roberta "Bobbie" Fesler, Judy Johnson and Dorothy Larson, and participants were able to talk with panelists and other community volunteers, view the forum program and speaker bios

2016 Women in Newport Networking Partner List

Connect with WiNN

  • Email: womeninnewportnetworking@gmail.com
  • Facebook.com/womeninnewportnetworking

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