Women’s Leadership Round Table readies for 4th annual event
BY KRISTINA HACKER
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 inspiration. Thus, the annual 209 Women’s Leadership Round Table breakfast was created.
This year’s event, set for Oct. 21, promises to once again inspire 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 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. 21 at Hilmar Cheese Company, 9001 Lander Ave., Hilmar. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for a buffet breakfast. 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/womens-leadership-round-table-tickets-69216334921. Sponsorships are also available. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Jennifer Webber at 209-249-3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the 2019 Women’s Leadership Round Table panelists:
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. Her thousands of hours of community service to Turlock in various capacities earned her 11 scholarships, Scholastic Young Woman of the Year, and a Congressional Medal, all before she started college to become a physician.
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. Her goal was to empower young minorities and females into medical and research positions, earning her the American Association of University Women Scholarship and UC Davis Medical Center Scholarship. Her developmental biology research in reproduction pathways was published in two scientific journals and she earned the Distinguished Graduate Title for the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior with a minor in Psychology.
In medical school and residency in the Midwest, despite the intense academic curriculum, grueling 36-hour shifts, and constant hospital call nights in ICUs, 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. She started her new passion of smoking/drug abuse education: She created a Tar Wars Anti-Smoking Campaign and was the co-president and education coordinator for a group of medical students teaching students grade K-12 about the dangers of drugs, earning her a Community Service Organization of the Year Award for its positive impact on youth. Yet she still thought of her own community back home, so in her summers off she became a Congressional Intern, working directly with the Modesto office and the office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. on medical needs for Stanislaus County. After this service she was awarded Young Woman of the Year by Stanislaus County California Minority Women’s Network, the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award and the American Academy of Pediatrics National Residency Scholarship.
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. She has chosen a career in which she sees children only in the most financial need who do not have private insurance, including those who are homeless, in foster, and all medical/psychological/emotional needs. In 2018 she was elected Executive Committee (one of three head partners) of her medical group and in 2019 became the Clinical Chief of Pediatrics for the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency’s Family and Pediatric Health Center.
She brought along her passion for drug abuse education as the Red Ribbon Week Coordinator for two Turlock schools, that both won the Stanislaus County Office of Education Red Ribbon Drug Education Award. She was the Health and Safety Chair for the education center, California Smokers Helpline Tobacco Cessation Physician Member and the Let’s Move National Childhood Obesity Campaign Member. 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. Dr. Saini has a husband and four children, loves to travel and wants to visit all 61 National Parks in her lifetime. She loves to dance, and in 2017, she and her husband won the Mirror Ball for Best Performance in Hip Hop Bollywood for Dancing With the Turlock Stars, a charity event that raises money for three local nonprofits.
Cheri Silveira, Lieutenant with the California State University, Stanislaus Police Department
Lt. Silveira has been in law enforcement for over 22 years. While earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at CSU Stanislaus, she began volunteering at the Turlock Police Department. She earned a position as a cadet at TPD and worked in both the Records and Recreation departments. Just prior to graduation, she was hired as an Emergency Services Dispatcher. In 2001, Silveira completed the police academy as the top cadet in academics. In January 2002, she was hired as a police officer for CSU Stanislaus Police Department.
While working as a patrol officer, she became involved in the Rape Aggression Defense program. Lt. Silveira has been the primary instructor for RAD for over 15 years. She was also named Officer of the Year twice, in 2006 and 2014.
In 2015 she was promoted to Police Sergeant where she became the supervisor of evidence, a supervisor for Field Training and instructor for Principled Policing training.
In May 2019, Silveira was promoted to Police Lieutenant. She is involved in the department’s accreditation process through the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and in updating the department’s Computer Aided Dispatching & Records Management System, two programs that will have a substantial impact on the department for many years to come. She is the Administrative Lieutenant who oversees the Parking Management Bureau, CSU Stanislaus Parking Program and Live scan fingerprinting.
Ali Cox, Founder of Ali Cox & Company Marketing
Ali Cox knows what it takes to succeed. It started at Turlock High School, where she earned 11 varsity letters with softball and tennis being her specialties. At the University of San Diego, she found rowing and became the first USD rower to earn All-West Coast Conference honors three times. While at USD, she lifted her game to the international level and was in the women’s four at the Under-23 World Championships in Denmark.
Then, just one year after graduating from USD, Cox won a gold medal in the women’s 8s at the 2002 World Rowing Championships. It was the Americans’ first gold in women’s 8s at the World Champs since 1995.
In the 2004 Athens Olympics, Cox sat in the Americans’ silver-medal-winning 8s boat, which spawned an era of U.S. domination.
Cox majored in Communications at USD and earned a minor in Marketing Business. After the 2004 Olympics, she moved to New York City and honed her skills in public relations, digital brand strategy, website development and content generation. She decided to bring her knowledge back to Northern California in 2007, when she founded Ali Cox & Company.
She knew she wanted to create a workplace that not only would provide her clients with exceptional service, but also one that’s atmosphere would make her employees want to return to work every day. Twelve years later, that dream has clearly become a reality as the agency was named one of “Inc.” magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2019.
Cox also recently expanded, rebranded to AC&C Marketing and opening offices in downtown Sacramento.
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.
Tickets are $20 each and $160 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/WRT_Tickets. Sponsorships are also available. For information on becoming a sponsor: contact Jennifer Webber at 209-249-3550 or email@example.com.