Smart Women 2018 Speaker Series

The 2018 Smart Women Speaker Series is presented by

7: 30 a.m. breakfast at the Pacific Club
4110 MacArthur Boulevard • Newport Beach

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Gorjana | Wednesday • March 14th

Gorjana is a Laguna Beach-based jewelry company, founded in 2004 by a creative wife-and-husband duo, Jason and Gorjana. They have created a niche of timeless, interchangeable, and delicate jewelry pieces that never overpower the wearer. “Being an entrepreneur is like running a marathon; it takes time and hard work.” – Gorjana

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Lisi Harrison | Thursday May 3rd

Lisi Harrison is a Canadian-born author. As the Senior Director of Development at MTV, she learned how to appeal to teens and realized that everyone is looking for acceptance and approval, no matter their age. In June 2004, she quit her job to focus on her writing career and will share the story behind The Dirty Book Club.

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George Esquivel | Wednesday • August 8th

If there’s such a thing as a Cinderella story, George Esquivel is living it. Esquivel is the founder, president, and design director for Esquivel
Designs, a Southern California company that he began in his garage in the mid-1990s, when he designed shoes for Orange County musicians and celebrities. Now, George travels internationally and continues to create designs for the jet set.

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Tilly Levine | Wednesday • October 3rd

At age 23, Tilly Levine and her then-husband landed in California from Israel with just $3,000. In 1982, the couple started World of Jeans & Tops, the youth clothing company that eventually became Tilly’s, a 200-store chain. Levine’s main focus now is Tilly’s Life Center- a nonprofit organization which offers workshops at hospitals and after-school clubs to empower 12 to 18 year olds.

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