3rd Annual Cocktail Benefit


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3rd Annual Cocktail Benefit


  JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

DIY Girls invites you to join us for a memorable event honoring two women leaders of Los Angeles. We will honor LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl with our Community Leader Award and Monica Morales, Water Engineer for Jacobs, with our Inspirational Leader Award. We will also be welcoming DIY Girls Founder and State Assemblywoman Luz Rivas as our special guest. Sandra O’Neill, a weekend news anchor for Noticiero Telemundo 52, will be our event emcee. Ticket prices include drinks and delicious appetizers provided by Chiguacle Sabor Ancestral de Mexico. Enjoy a fun evening networking with great people at the beautiful LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes’ outdoor patio area located in Downtown Los Angeles. All proceeds raised at our event will be used to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for low-income girls. For event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leticia Rodriguez, Executive Director, at leticia@diygirls.org. Read more about our honorees, emcee, and event sponsors below.

Our Honorees


Our Honorees


Inspirational Leader Award Community Leader Award

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Monica Morales

Monica Morales

Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl was first elected to represent Los Angeles County's Third District on November 4, 2014. She assumed office on December 1, 2014, and was reelected to her second term on November 6, 2018. As a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and immediate past Chair, she has led the way and worked on a great many initiatives and motions to improve people's lives and reform systems in the County. Supervisor Kuehl's leadership roles on various governing bodies include: Chair of the Board of Commissioners of First 5, LA; Chair of the Board of Directors of Metro; Immediate Past Chair of the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee; and Vice-Chair of the Board of the new Clean Power Alliance. Before her service on the Board, Supervisor Kuehl served eight years in the California State Senate and six years in the California State Assembly. Click here for a complete bio.

Monica Morales is a Water Engineer at Jacobs based in its Los Angeles Office. As a first-generation college student, she earned her Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. She has four years of experience in water conveyance and treatment design and served as the Conveyance Design Manager for the City of San Diego Pure Water Program’s Advance Water Treatment Plant helping to create for more local water resources. Ms. Morales is also currently aiding her team in Los Angeles with potable reuse and groundwater remediation projects to help fight future droughts in Southern California. She enjoys hiking with her husband and dog in her spare time when she isn’t volunteering and sharing her STEAM career path with students in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

EMCEED BY

Sandra O’Neill, Weekend News Anchor and Reporter for Telemundo 52

With Special Guest

State Assemblymember & DIY Girls Founder Luz Rivas

Sandra O’Neill

Sandra O’Neill

State Assemblymember Luz Rivas

State Assemblymember Luz Rivas

Sandra O’Neill is a three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and Weekend News Anchor for Noticiero Telemundo 52 fin de semana. She also serves as a reporter for KVEA’s dayside newscasts delivering the latest breaking news and information for Spanish-speaking viewers in the Greater Los Angeles area. O’Neill joined Telemundo 52 in 2018 from Univision 34 Los Angeles / KMEX, where she worked as a news anchor and reporter for five years. Prior to this, O’Neill worked at Univision 41 New York / WXTV as a reporter and anchor for the station’s morning newscast. A multiple regional Emmy Award winner, including for her coverage of the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorists Attacks and her consumer affairs stories. O’Neill was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and emigrated to the United States at the age of 11. During her free time she produces documentaries about the contributions of Latinos in the United States. She earned her degree from Long Beach City College and has studied Television Production and Communications at California State University, Northridge.

 

Assemblymember Luz Rivas has dedicated her professional career fighting to ensure every Californian has the opportunity to learn, prosper, and succeed.

With a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Master's degree in Education from Harvard, Luz has focused on encouraging young girls to pursue training and careers in science, engineering, and technology. The founder of DIY Girls, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls become interested in math and science, Luz has helped set thousands of young women on the path towards economic empowerment, independence, and self-confidence.

Most recently, Luz served as a City of Los Angeles Public Works Commissioner where she continued her gender equity work. In that capacity she worked on events to help women-owned businesses compete for city contracts. She also led a recruitment initiative for women engineers in Public Works by reaching out to groups like the Society of Women Engineers to increase the number of women applicants.

Gold Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


 

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Silver Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


 

Bronze Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors


Contributor Sponsors


Contributor Sponsors


Friend Sponsors


Friend Sponsors


 

Silent auction contributors


Silent auction contributors


 

The Autry Museum of the American West

Beautiful Freak Cosmetics

The Broad

Fat Plants by DAN

Galpin Motors

Hollywood Wax Museum

Japanese American National Museum

Knott’s Berry Farm

Lip Service by Sara


Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Zoo

Simmzy’s

Six Flags Magic Mountain

The Skirball Center

Sun Polish

Two Bit Circus

Universal Studios Hollywood

Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts