by Associate Editor Michael P. Coleman

Over 300 professionals joined Sacramento Area Women’s Chamber of Commerce (SAWCC) President Velma Sykes at the California State Capital building for the organization’s inaugural event on March 27.

Sykes gave a brief overview of the organization’s vision and goals to the predominantly female crowd.  “We are passionate about leveraging, developing, and promoting the strengths, gifts, and capacities of professional women of every age, and about leading education initiatives that bridge the energy and passion of bright, young women and experienced veterans,” Sykes said in a prepared statement.  “We seek to open windows of new or advancing opportunity for under-resourced women.  Finally, we are driven to fostering mentorship between women that will strengthen our regional economies with a focus toward innovation and Next Economy sectors, especially in science, engineering, venture growing, and technology.”

Other highlights of the evening included the presentation of a Congressional resolution to the organization from the Honorable Congresswoman Doris Matsui (District 5), which was presented by Deputy District Director Kari Lacosta.  The State Treasurer’s office also presented SAWCC with a State resolution, presented by the office’s Alice Scott.

Ambiance for the evening was expertly provided by jazz vocalist Carol Manson, who was accompanied by pianist Doug Mason.  The event was sumptuously catered by Just 4 U Catering, with wines provided by Perry Creek Winery.

“I had such an incredible night with awesome people!”, said attendee Jody Gardner Sietz of Nerium International.  Gayle Rappaport Welland of Fine Arts added “It was so marvelous to meet new friends and reconnect with old friends.  I’m looking forward to working with SAWCC.”

The event was the first of monthly networking and professional development opportunities to be provided by SAWCC.  For more information, go to

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