Guest Speakers

Kavita Tankha

Planning Commissioner, City of Los Altos Hills


"My Journey Into Advocacy"


Kavita Tankha left a lucrative career in law to dedicate herself to social, political and economic equality for women.  She works with local high school girls and exposes them to teenage girls in developing countries and is active with a healthcare project to improve sanitary standards in India and much of the developing world.   As a member of Girls Learn International, she is working with a manufacturer of feminine hygiene projects in India to make these supplies available to other parts of the developing world.


Eesha Choudhari

2013 Zonta International YWPA Winner


Eesha Choudhari wowed us at the ZI Convention in Orlando with the story of her journey into activism. Now she’s a freshman at Stanford University looking forward to joining the Peace Corps and advocating for women’s education rights in the Middle East. 

Nancy O'Malley

District Attorney, Alameda County


Nancy O’Malley founded H.E.A.T. (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Unit in 2006 and has led the statewide charge in response to human trafficking. H.E.A.T. Watch is involved in vigorously prosecuting traffickers (particularly those selling children for sex), targeting the purchasers, as well as changing perceptions about those trafficked – treating them not as criminals, but as victims.  Proudly supported by the Zonta Club of Berkeley, H.E.A.T. Watch is the first program of its kind in California and the first to operate within a public prosecution office in the United States. Nancy O’Malley is the first woman to serve as Alameda County’s elected District Attorney, and as a leader known throughout California and the country for her innovation and vision.

Invited: Zoe Lofgren



Representing California's 19th District Silicon Valley's Cities of San José, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy. As the highest ranking Democrat and former chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and a longtime immigration attorney and law professor, Zoe will share the current issues that are impacting women on a national level.



Saturday October 3: 2-3pm

Engaging E-Newsletters

Guadalupe Room 


Email marketing just plain works. Powerful e-newsletters help clubs engage their members and community for increased growth and financial support. Learn e-newsletter basics and more directly from leading service provider, Constant Contact.

Elyse Tager

Constant Contact

Elyse Tager is Regional Development Director, Northern California for Constant Contact. A long-time marketer and passionate entrepreneur, Elyse has helped hundreds of small businesses, associations, and nonprofits develop and implement effective social media and email marketing strategies to grow their business or organization. 

Joy Orlich

Past Governor

The Art of Fundraising

Branham Room


Americans gave more than $335 billion to charity in 2013. 87% of all charitable giving was from individuals, bequests and family foundations, with the remainder from corporations. Why did they give? Because they were asked - in a way that appealed to their hearts, their wallets and their marketing objectives. With new charities being created every day, the competition for dollars has never been greater. Learn the basics of professional fundraising from Zontian and career fundraiser, Joy Orlich.  Learn how your Zonta club can raise more money, have more fun and make a greater impact in your community.

Joy Orlich has over 20 years of fundraising experience and is a member and past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Sierra Chapter (2010). Professionally, she is the Finance/Grants Manager for the Northern Nevada International Center, a nonprofit organization specializing in international relations and public diplomacy in partnership with the U.S. State Department. Joy is a charter member of the Zonta Club of Greater Reno (formed in 1992), and has served as District 9 Area Director, Lt. Governor, Governor, and Foundation Ambassador.  She served on the Zonta International Foundation Development Committee from 2011-12 and as Zonta International/Zonta International Foundation Director in 2012-14. 

Telling Your Zonta Story

San Jose Room


Attracting supporters and new members to Zonta involves stirring a passion for our mission and the work we do. In this workshop, you’ll learn the elements of effective Zonta story-telling to improve club communications and personal outreach.

Jennifer Massie

Area 2 Director

Jennifer Massie, MSW, is a faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she coordinates a training program for child welfare professionals.  She also trains on issues related to child welfare, LGBTQ issues, and human sexuality.  She has been a member of the Zonta Club of Greater Reno since 2010 and was a member of the Zonta Club of Sarasota from 2004-2010.  She is currently the D9, Area 2 Director.   

Saturday October 3: 3:15-4:15pm

Growing Your Community

Guadalupe Room 


Having an interested and qualified list of potential members, donors and supporters is vital to your club's success. Continuing to grow that list is just as important. In this workshop you'll learn 60 easy ways to grow your contact list. You'll leave with ideas and strategies to capture new contacts and take action to help move your club forward. 

Elyse Tager

Constant Contact

Elyse Tager is Regional Development Director, Northern California for Constant Contact. A long-time marketer and passionate entrepreneur, Elyse has helped hundreds of small businesses, associations, and nonprofits develop and implement effective social media and email marketing strategies to grow their business or organization. 

Websites That Wow

Branham Room 


A compelling website is the foundation of every successful organization.  It's a powerful and very necessary tool for engaging your community and membership. But building and maintaining websites can be intimidating. In this workshop, learn about today's simple and affordable tools to build and maintain your site as well as tips on how to produce compelling content that will excite your members, attract new ones, raise money and tell your story.

Betsy Mahan

Capitol Social

Betsy Mahan started Capitol Social Internet Strategies following a 25 year career in politics and corporate government relations. Capitol Social provides communications and internet marketing strategies for small businesses, professionals, trade associations and non-profits. Betsy donates her time as webmaster for local non-profits and several other organizations close to her heart. She also serves as a foster for the City of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter and is studying animal communications.

Mele Spencer

Lt. Governor

Building Bridges: Zonta for the next 100 years

San Jose Room 


It’s a sad reality that many of the strongest clubs in District 9 have been lost in recent years because members aged and failed to recruit younger women to take their place. But change can be hard. This panel will feature Zontians of all ages – including millenials – discussing how to build clubs for the future and overcome generational differences.


Panel moderated by: Mele Spencer, Lt. Governor


Panelists TBD

Mele Spencer has extensive training and experience in training; facilitating group meetings; mediation, negotiations, and conflict management; strategic planning;  working towards constructive solutions; leading task forces; and project management while working with USDA, Rural Development, and various community organizations.  She has been a member of the Zonta Club of Hilo since 1998, serving in various capacities at the club and district level.  She is currently the D9 Lt. Governor.

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Conference Photography by Robert Cronk

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