More than 600 members of the Orange County business community attended the 27th annual Women in Business Awards ceremony on Oct. 28.
The Business Journal event, held at the Irvine Marriott near John Wayne Airport, was the best-attended single-day event to take place at the hotel since the onset of the pandemic.
The event honored six OC-based women executives who have made marks in a variety of industries and business sectors, including cybersecurity, staffing, food marketing, and the nonprofit sector.
The event was keynoted by New American Funding co-founder and President Patty Arvielo. Her Tustin-based home lender placed No. 1 among the fastest-growing large private companies in the Business Journal’s Sept. 20 ranking, with two-year growth of 303% to $1.4 billion.
New American is the largest women-owned mortgage company in the country. She runs the company with her husband and CEO, Rick Arvielo.
Patty Arvielo detailed her 40-year career in the mortgage industry, which began while she was still a teenager. Her message to other attendees: be comfortable in your own skin, seek mentors and be a mentor, and honor your family.
The five main winners honored at the event were:
• Jill Griffin, of Advantage Solutions;
• Dawn Maroney, of Alignment Healthcare;
• Sloane Keane, of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire;
• Tiffany Ketterer-Buchanan, of CrowdStrike
• Charlene Garza, of Horizon Personnel Services Inc. and StaffChex Inc.
In addition, JPMorgan Chase presented its second-annual “Women on the Move” award to Susan Taylor, president and CEO of Juice It Up.
The Business Journal will profile winners in the Nov. 8 print edition of the paper.
The Business Journal’s next event is the General Counsel Awards on Nov. 18.
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of University of California-Berkeley’s School of Law, is that event’s master of ceremonies; for more information see www.ocbj.com/bizevents.