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Women’s Empowerment event at Macy’s Home South Coast Plaza promoted prioritizing your health

On Thursday, Jan. 31, more than 100 women came together at Macy’s Home South Coast Plaza for the final installment of the three-part series of Local, Global & Me, a Women’s Empowerment Series. Sponsored by Orange County United Way and Bank of America, the event featured a special presentation promoting the power of prioritizing your health and how it can transcend to positively impacting your community.

Womens Empowerment Jafari and Gwen

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(L-R) Dr. Mahtab Jafari and Chef Jamie Gwen

Three panelists, Sue Graham, vice president and store manager of Macy’s at South Coast Plaza; Dr. Mahtab Jafari, professor and vice chair of UCI’s Department of Pharmaceutical Services; and celebrity chef, lifestyle expert and Newport Beach resident, Jamie Gwen, shared personal stories, anecdotes and inspiration.

Attendees watched a live cooking demonstration in the newly expanded Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School and Cafe led by Chef Jamie Gwen, as well as networked with Macy’s cosmetic vendors who provided free touch-ups and consultations.

Womens Empowerment ladies group

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(L-R) Sue Graham, Macy’s South Coast Plaza; Chef Jamie Gwen; Shari Battle, Bank of America; Shirley Quackenbush, Merrill Lynch; Dr. Mahtab Jafari, University of California, Irvine; and Susan B. Parks, Orange County United Way