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#CHANGING THE CULTURE............................... 5

EDITOR Kristina H. Hacker

CHERI SILVEIRA.................................................. 6

ART DIRECTOR Harold L. George

DR. SUNITA SAINI.............................................. 7


ALI COX............................................................ 8

ADVERTISING Beth Flanagan Charles Webber

CHRISTINE SCHWEININGER............................... 9

WRITERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS Kristina Hacker Angelina Martin

WHERE WE STAND......................................... 10

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#ChangingtheCulture Four years ago, a group of dynamic women leaders were put together in one room and asked to share their individual journeys to success and what they learned along the way. The result was an empowering discussion about numerous topics, with those in attendance leaving with a renewed since of inspiritment. Thus, the annual 209 Women’s Leadership Round Table breakfast was created. This year’s event, set for Oct. 24, promises to once again inspire

unique social and psychological environment of an organization. The four panelists for this year, and all the panelists from the previous three events, have been instrumental in changing the culture of their respective workplaces, industries or fields. The 4th annual 209 Women’s Leadership Round Table breakfast will be held Oct. 24 at Hilmar Cheese Company, 9001 Lander Ave., Hilmar. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for a buffet breakfast.


those in attendance. The theme of this year’s event is #ChangingtheCulture. The culture of a business or group is defined as the underlying beliefs, assumptions, values and ways of interacting that contribute to the

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The round table discussion will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 10 a.m. Tickets are $20 each and $160 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, visit https://www. eventbrite.com/e/womensleadership-round-tabletickets-69216334921. Sponsorships are also available. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Jennifer Webber at 209-249-3550 or jwebber@mantecabulletin.com.


Cheri Silveira Lieutenant with the California State University, Stanislaus Police Department Lt. Silveira has been in law enforcement for over 22 years. While working as a patrol officer,

promoted to Police Lieutenant. She is involved in the department’s accreditation process through the

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In May 2019, Silveira was

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Leadership to me is about one life influencing another in a positive manner. This might sound silly, but every time I hear the song ‘Humble and Kind’ by Tim McGraw and sing the last phrase, ‘Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you. When you get where you’re going, don’t forget turn back around. Help the next one in line,’ it reminds me of my journey. Those lines are what leadership is. We all began in the same place and had one or two people profoundly influence us. It’s now the time for all of us to turn around.

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Dr. Sunita Saini Board Certified Pediatrician Dr. Saini was born and raised in Turlock. She graduated as valedictorian of Turlock High School at the young age of 16. She credits Turlock High for giving her so many leadership opportunities at such an early age, being a member of 11 school organizations and an elected officer of seven of them. She continued that leadership at the University of California at Davis, where she was Co-president/vice-president/officer of seven college organizations such as the Pre-Medicine/ American Medical Student Association and the Psi National Honors Society. In medical school and residency in the Midwest, her passion for serving the community and holding leadership positions did not falter. She was a councilwoman for her medical school’s government board. She gave free medical care to the women and children of the Ohio Battered Women’s Shelter and

empowerment sessions with the female victims, creating the hope and tools needed for their future success. Saini has since moved back home to the 209 permanently, where she can still serve the community that she says has given her so much. She is a full-time pediatrician with the Scenic Faculty Medical Group, a group that not only solely cares for the underserved, they are the faculty for the VCME residents affiliated with the UC Davis School of Medicine. Her latest project focuses on childhood literacy, becoming the Reach Out and Read Coordinator for the residents and county clinics. She assisted in the grant funding for her clinic to receive books for the underserved children via the Carole Stinson Literacy Foundation Clinic and helps assist the Stanislaus Health Foundation who also fund the literacy cause.

To me, being a leader means helping people get to doors they never thought could possibly open for them... and then helping them get the tools necessary to actually open them! 2019 WOMEN’S




Ali Cox

Founder of Ali Cox & Company Marketing Ali Cox attended the University of San Diego, where she majored in Communications and minored in Communications (graduated 2001). She is also a graduate of Turlock High School (1997). After college Ali went on to make seven US National Rowing Teams including the 2004 Olympic Team, where she won a silver medal with her teammates. Cox founded her boutique marketing agency, Ali Cox & Company, Inc., in 2007. She utilizes her leadership skills as an Olympian to develop business marketing strategies for her clients. Large agency and client-side experience has helped hone her digital brand strategy, website development and content generation specialties. Since relocating home to Turlock from New York City, Ali has delved into her agricultural marketing passion and built out her agency to fifteen people presently. She is committed to helping her clients tell the dynamic, rich agricultural stories of California’s heartland. AC&C Marketing has emerged as the regional leader in food and agricultural marketing. Her company offers a number of services including, strategy

development, branding, video development, website development, email marketing, graphic design, and a robust media buy and analytic specialty. Her company’s mission and values are to provide a relentless pursuit for marketing genius with sophisticated client service and teamwork. Her motto is, “nobody needs to be perfect on their own, but together as a team we have the resources to deliver perfect work for our clients everyday.” To provide value to local Turlock community area businesses and the community, Ali founded Turlock Restaurant Week in 2018 and HeyTurlock in 2017. Prior to founding her firm, past roles include serving as Aereo’s first-ever Director of Marketing, where she was responsible for the branding, go-to-market strategy and $20.5 million series A announcement. Prior to Aereo, Ali was the Director of Sponsorship Sales and Services for IMG’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. She has held positions in public relations at Ketchum PR and in IMG’s Sports & Entertainment Consulting Division.

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To me, being a leader means having the vision and confidence to set lofty goals while inspiring a team of individuals to collectively work together. 8



Christine Schweininger CEO Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Co-founder of Vision Magazine Christine Schweininger attended Delta College and Chapman University with a focus on communication. She believes strongly in participating in organizations that are focused on improving education, business and quality of life for all in the community. In 2016 Schweininger was awarded” Amiga of the Year” (Women of the Year) from El Concilio. In 2017, she awarded “Friend of the Forum” from the GI Forum. In January 2018, she was awarded “Community Leadership” from New York Life. In April 2018, she was also awarded Community Leadership from Sikh American Awareness Community. Under her leadership, the Central Valley Chamber of Commerce was

awarded the “2017 Chamber of the Year” in the State of California for which she was very proud. Her participation in the community has always been one of her most important goals. She feels true leadership begins with the ability to unite by bringing people together for a common goal. She is also involved in the following organizations: Hospice Board Member; American Leadership Forum - Board Member; Stanislaus Housing Development Board Member; SBDC - Regional Advisory Board Member; Focus on Prevention - Stewardship Council (Homeless Initiative); Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Board Member; PCAC - President Ellen Junn Ambassador Council for Stan State

To me being a leader is a someone who motivates others to achieve what they thought could never accomplish. 2019 WOMEN’S



Where We Stand

SUCCESSES • In California, 37.2% of businesses in 2012 were owned by women, UP from 30.3% in 2007. • A growing share of employed women in California are in managerial or professional occupations. About 41 percent of women hold these positions, which tend to require a four-year degree and often have higher wages and employment benefits. • 91.2% of California’s women aged 18 to 64 have health insurance coverage, which is above the national average for women of 89.4%. CHALLENGES • Women in California make 90 cents on the dollar compared to men. • Hispanic women earn just 43 cents for every dollar earned by white men. • If employed women in California were paid the same as comparable men, their poverty rate would be reduced by more than half and poverty among employed single mothers would also drop by more than half. • 17.2% of women in the state aged 18 and older are in poverty, compared with 15.9% of California’s men. — Data courtesy of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

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Women’s Leadership Round Table 2018: #IamWoman perception changed. Dickinson always had a strong sense of self, she said, which allowed her to climb Female leaders from throughout the area code gathered on Oct. 11, 2018 at the the corporate healthcare ladder. While she has been fortunate over her career to have 209 Women’s Leadership Round Table, had male bosses who support her, she convening under the theme of “I am hasn’t been afraid in the past to stand up Woman” and sharing how their own self for herself and “mow people down,” she perception has shaped them into the laughed. Today, she oversees Emanuel trailblazers they are today. The third annual breakfast panel, hosted amicably and finds the managing style to be much more beneficial. by 209 Magazine, featured four local Alkhas had to overcome many of the women who embody empowerment: same obstacles as Amador-Lewis. As an Adrenna Alkhas, marketing and communications director for the Stanislaus Assyrian that lived in Spain for five years, she said she came to Oakdale High School County Fair, a lecturer at Modesto Junior and was looked at as a “second-class College and author; Rapunzel Amadorcitizen.” She was able to overcome that Lewis, president of her own engineering firm Amador Lewis, Inc.; Lani Dickinson, early self perception when she attended Cal Poly and found professors who CEO of Emanuel Medical Center and believed in her, she said. Jodie Estarziau, Manteca Chief of Police. Estarziau’s self perception changed During the round table discussion at the plenty throughout her career, she said, Hilmar Cheese Company Visitor Center, starting out as a young high schooler in the four panelists shared with moderator Ripon’s Explorer program and growing and 209 Magazine editor Kristina Hacker how both their own as well as others’ view into the Chief of Police she is today. She of themselves has shaped or changed their has doubts here and there, she said, but surrounded herself with people along the ability to set goals. While all have way who lifted her up, like a male different backgrounds, each were able to lieutenant who supported her. find a strong sense of self by not only Being a female Chief comes with its believing in their own capabilities, but also by surrounding themselves with peers who fair share of challenges, she added, like having to choose between community believed in them as well. Amador-Lewis, whose family moved to events and spending time with her children. Each panelist has children and the U.S. from the Philippines during her nodded their heads in agreement. childhood, had to overcome being placed “I want my daughter to look at me and in English as a Second Language courses say, ‘That’s my mom and she’s a strong during elementary school — something individual and look what I want to be.’ I that affected her self-perception early on. As life went on and she received want her to feel that she can do whatever acknowledgment and accolades, her she wants,” said Estarziau.


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Emanuel Medical Center CEO Lani Dickinson and Manteca Chief of Police Jodie Estarziau were two of the featured panelists at the 209 Women’s Leadership Round Table breakfast on Thursday hosted by 209 Magazine and held at Hilmar Cheese Company; 209 Women’s Leadership Round Table panelist Adrenna Alkhas encouraged the audience to support their fellow female colleagues in furthering their goals; 209 Women’s Leadership Round Table panelist Rapunzel AmadorLewis shared how she has fought being stereotyped most her life, first as an immigrant from the Philippines and then as a woman architectural engineer.





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